Anyway, what I want to say is: I’m still here and as mad about all things “plant” and as keen about writing as ever. And to prove it, here is a small post on the eve of Christmas (I don’t want to ring my own bell, especially after what I just had to confess, but for a mum of two smallish ones who has to actually organize Christmas I hope you appreciate the dedication to you, lovely readers! ;-) )
No, not postage stamps. I’m talking of stamps that would be inked and then printed onto paper – in this case as illustrations in Victorian catalogues. It was a lovely vintage shop, tastefully decorated, with all sorts of bric-a-brac. When my friend found something that piqued here curiosity, I still felt detached enough to remind her asking how much it cost in a nonchalant way so as not to betray her interest and thus perhaps driving the price up. Ten minutes later and I’d completely forgotten my own advice – or rather, I was totally incapable of concealing my excitement.
I’d never seen anything like it for sale anywhere before and of course I HAD to have them. If anything, the shop owner seemed amused by my excitement and very kindly threw one or two in for free as I couldn’t make up my mind which ones to choose. He may even have given me a discount. I know he not only said so, because the stamps had prices attached to them. Proof, if it was needed, that nonchalance isn’t always the best way to go about such things. Back home, I handed the package over to my man and told him he could put it under the Christmas tree for me. He was kind enough not to ask how much they’d cost and I didn’t tell him. Still, considering that they are a sort of “true antiques”, I believe I didn’t pay over the odds.
Tantalizingly, there is a German address engraved into the wood in some of them – quite possibly the manufacturers. The products depicted however – the stoves, spades etc. – seem to have a French or Belgian inscription or trade name. So who was F.A. Mueller, Fink Str. 26, Stuttgart ? I’d love to find out more, perhaps uncover the stamps’ story. Can’t wait to unwrap them in a few hours!
Have a very merry Christmas and a great start into the new year, wherever you are!