— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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June 3, 2013

Things I might need if I am teleported into a Barbara Pym novel...


 
a coffee pot {in my mom's lovely china pattern, c. 1952},
for when we take our coffee in the drawing room

 
an ice cream fork
{because one is suddenly longing
to set the table properly}

 
a muffin cover
{even if I'm staying here}


a soup tureen
{because even if the soup is tinned,
it can still be very nice}
 
 
What's on your packing list? 


9 comments:

Cosy Books said...

Such beautiful things...the ice cream fork is a new one to me though. The etiquette would most likely have been pushed aside last night when it was me, a big spoon, and a tub of coffee-flavoured Haagen-Dazs. Apologies to Pym!

My list would be include a teapot and strainer - no bag dunking allowed.

Audrey said...

I love looking at examples of what was included in older silver patterns ... though I don't think eating ice cream with this implement would be very cosy.

Joan Hunter Dunn said...

What a lovely idea for a post, what fun it must have been thinking it up.

Alex in Leeds said...

That ice cream fork looks positively lethal. Mmmmm, beautiful cutlery, smooth, delicious ice cream... owwww stabbity fork tines hiding in the spoon.

The coffee pot is very pretty though. :)

JoAnn said...

What fun! I am also intrigued with the ice cream fork... have never seen one before. Yesterday I made a Nutella Crunch Ice cream cake (sinful, really) for a family gathering. The fork would have been perfect.

I don't own a soup tureen, but wish I did. Not sure it would see enough use to justify the cupboard space though.

Hina said...

Don't forget boiled eggs for lunch and a warm cup of ovelitne before bed and if you have invited a young curator for lunch, make sure you have a bowl of frsh pears at your sideboard.
Happy Pym Reading week :)

Karen K. said...

A good recipe for Cauliflower Cheese. It sounds vaguely like Mac and Cheese, but I don't know how I'd like cauliflower subbing for macaroni. However, all the sweets sound delicious and I love sherry.

Sunday Taylor said...

Also don't forget your cookery books on your nightstand. Or a bunch of mimosa impulsively bought. I love the items you have chosen. As you can tell, I am reading Excellent Women!

vicki (skiourophile) said...

And a bottle of Madeira, "a suitable present for a respectable unmarried lady who might be visited by the clergy." Personally I think I'd take a bottle of gin...

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