Saturday, April 24, 2010

Old and New

Mr. Nature and I have been having a marvelous time with our hobbies, and with digging up some fab vintage finds. Did you see that? I used the word 'fab' in a sentence! These vintage finds are mostly from our own stash, and though I have had an attachment to them over the years, it is time to let them go.These cigar boxes are very useful for holding treasured items, and they make a nice display when stacked together on a shelf or side table. The one on top has been the house for some of my favorite seashells and stones for just about 20 years. The one below was home to some intact sand dollars, but I find that it makes a very happy place for Mr. Nature's coasters and a wine opener. (The nautical theme anchor coasters are available here.)The wine opener is one of my most prized possessions, as it was a gift from Mr. Nature some years ago. It is a Lagouile corkscrew, complete with the signature bee insignia. What? You don't know LAGOUILE?! Well, here's the scoop:

"Chateau Laguiole corkscrews are hand-crafted in the workshops of a highly respected French corkscrew and knife manufacturer, S.C.I.P., in business since 1850. They are designed by Guy Vialis, a knife and corkscrew designer. Chateau Laguiole corkscrews are made from highest quality stainless steel, with handles crafted from a variety of horns and woods. The beautifully carved bee on every Chateau Laguiole corkscrew represents its authenticity." ~ from Lagouile Knife and Corkscrew

Mine is from olive wood. They do come with a hefty price tag, but when purchasing something of heirloom quality, one would expect to pay more than for the plastic and mixed metal variety from the grocery store. I first learned of Lagouile while reading one of my favorite authors, Peter Mayle. If you have not read his book called French Lessons: Adventures With Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew, you might want to dive in and give it a read. But, start with his book called A Year in Provence for some background.

Then move on to Encore Provence, Toujours Provence, Acquired get the picture.

Saturday is a good day for reading, no?

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