In our era of fast food and instant this, that and everything else, it’s easy to forget how much we take for granted nowadays. A cup of coffee, a cup of tea, exotic fruit from the islands, spices from the east, everything is available via a quick trip to the supermarket and is consumed without too much thought and certainly at times, not that much real appreciation. Back a century or so – a mere blink in the timeline of our cultural history – all these things were treasures to be prized, enjoyed and savoured. I drink my daily espresso in a simple white cup, no frills, no ceremony, but my great (possible great-great plus a few) grandparents took their evening coffee in beautifully crafted porcelain cups, decorated with ornate golden patterns and glazes and supported by intricately worked solid silver holders, such was the occasion and the importance of this everyday pleasure. I’m lucky to have inherited these beautiful pieces and they are constant reminders that for all our apparent modern-day riches and privilege, the more we have, sadly these days, the less we often appreciate……..
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