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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Say Cheese


My home county of Cheshire, England is known for being the birthplace of famous author Lewis Carroll, of Alice in Wonderland fame.
It also holds the bragging rights to making some of the best cheese in the land, Cheshire Cheese.

Cheese was mostly stored in a cheese-keeper, as refrigerators were uncommon.

My grandmother's cheese-dish sat on her kitchen table, always with a nice piece of Cheshire cheese beneath, and a jar of pickled onions close by.

I fell in love and purchased this Royal Winton cheese-dish some thirty years ago, at an antique sale in Cheshire.
It's from the 'Country Diary Collection' and the delicate display of flowers reminds me of my grandmothers.

15 comments:

Stacy said...

Isn't it wonderful, the things that we cherish from those we love? With me, it is rarely anything that has any monetary value - but something that they held in their hands frequently. From my Grandmother, a hand-sewn apron, from my Grandaddy a tiny oil can, from my Granny a kitchen stool and from my Papa the dipper from which he drank water each day. These are my most valued treasures!

A very sweet post you've shared today. It brought wonderful memories to mind. Thank you.

Denise said...

Your cheese dish is so pretty Jo. Love a good piece of cheese. I'll have to remember to look for the Cheshire kind as I know it is a wonderful one. We bought a big block of Dubliner's from CostCo yesterday. Got any other recommends?

Barbara Anne said...

How sweet it is when memories of loved ones and happy times abide in beautiful things we have in our homes.

Do I see a David Winter house?

Hugs!

kathrin said...

have a great time, big hugh Kathrin

Angie said...

It is BEAUTIFUL! I would love to have one of those. :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a lovely treasure Jo with lovely memories too!

Patsy said...

Lovely dish!
Funny how our flowers are loveing this rain. It has been very scary and it sounds bad for to night. It looks like the storms pick up speed after it crosses the Mississippi River.Be watchful

Emily said...

I love your cheese dish! The flowers are beautiful!

DJan said...

It's quite lovely, and it has the look and feel of antiquity. I would never have known what it is if you had not told me. I've never seen one before!

Sandra said...

I love cheese and the sharper the better, but this container is really beautiful, so i like it better than cheese

Jen said...

What a wonderful dish! It's beautiful. I didn't know they have such containers for cheese! I love suck keepsakes that help remind me of my ancestors.

Ed said...

Very cool, why am I thinking of the cheese shop skit from Monty Python? :-))

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

What a beautiful dish and even better when it reminds us of those we love. Yes...the Cheshire cat! Ooo pickled onions...haven't had any of those since moving here to Kansas...I think I'll have to make some of those one day. Hope your day is a good one Jo
Maura :)

Star said...

There is always Cheshire cheese in my fridge Jo. However, I don't have a cheese dish. That is something I've always wanted, but never acquired. Shame on me. I must look for one. Yours is lovely.

Kimberly said...

Do you keep cheese in it now? Just wondering.