After the holidays when I was putting everything away. I realized how many lovely silver pieces I have. I usually take them out to use for special occasions such as holiday dinners. During the rest of the time, for the most part because silver tarnishes, I try to keep it in stored wrapped up with tarnish strips.
But what's the fun in that.
I have always wanted a butler's pantry and that simply isn't going to happen so I decided that for the winter months I would turn one of the kitchen cabinets into my version of one. And into it just like a real butler's pantry in a wonderful English county house would go of most of my silver. It's my little version of Downton Abby.
So instead of hidden away it is out for the next few months to enjoy.
I really don't know where it all came from, some were wedding gifts, the coffee and tea service were given to me for my twenty fifth wedding anniversary. Many of the trays my brother gave me. The two chafing dishes were year sale finds. The two bridal baskets are antiques, one from a family friend and the other from a thrift store.
The candelabras, tea caddy and tea strainer were my Mothers and the exquisite little bud vase I bought on a whim at a lovely florist shop as a gift to myself.
Later this Spring, when it all will get stored away again there probably will be lots of polishing to do but right now it gives me great pleasure every time I walk into the kitchen. It has been rather like a hidden treasure in my own house.
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