“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
It is very cold again here this morning with a “freeze warning” in effect. My iris and other perennials are budding, including my peonies. I am like a policeman every day out assessing the situation. I have very little to share from my garden so I am heading in another direction.
In my younger years, I had an affinity for some of the Asian pieces that were often offered in stores like Rich’s of Atlanta or Lord and Taylor. Bob and I have a few pieces we like a lot. The Chinaman has a story very close to my heart. I have used these pieces in my tablescape.
Large Chinese cloisonne vase filled with flowers that compliment this special vase. I expect to make a pasta dish with pork, mushrooms and other special ingredients. Publix was offering samples and Bob and I both loved the mix of flavors.
A pair of candlesticks go well with these pieces.
Very delicate workmanship creates a piece to be enjoyed for many years.
I have used my everyday china and pasta bowls to go with this setting. Most of the time these jars set on top of a chest in the bedroom.
The ewer pitcher is a companion piece to the vase.
Oh, how I love the old Chinaman with his Chinese goose. My friend, Brenda Bridges left this for me about forty years ago. Brenda battled breast cancer for 10 years. During that period of time, Brenda and I spent lots of time together. We made a trip to Atlanta during this time. She wanted my assistance in choosing an item she was looking for. While on this trip, she bought this Chinaman and, of course, I insisted she buy it. It was one of those pieces locked in a glass encasement.
The lace tablecloth adds a sense of elegance to an informal table.
Brenda lived fully knowing her time was short. She shared her unwavering faith with me. She was one of the bravest, most generous people I have ever known. A few weeks after her passing, her Mother called and said she and her husband would like to come over. They delivered the Chinaman with a note from Brenda telling me she loved me and she hoped I would have a wonderful life. I guess that probably tells you something about this special person. The Chinaman has had a special place in my home since that day.
Friends, you are important in my life. God certainly knew what He was doing in giving us people to support us and love us during difficult times and also our happier moments. I thank you for indulging me as I told the Brenda and Chinaman story.