At the end of a busy day I sit in my garden and admire the summer scene. I pick a ripe loganberry and gently squeeze the gooseberries – not quite ready yet. The grapevine is becoming quite heavy with fruit. Making jam is one of our favourite hobbies, picked, cooked and in the jar in less than 2 hours – how fresh can it get. Of course it takes a bit longer than that when it is marmalade time and the oranges have to travel from Seville, but that is the best start to the year keeping a lookout for those bitter oranges that have become such a typical english breakfast item. I firmly believe in a sensible breakfast to start the day and having some pieces of silver on the table can only enhance the look and give a sense of ‘start as you mean to go on’ – ‘start with quality and end with quality’ So I always put my marmalade or jam in one of my appetite preserve bowls with a matching spoon, butter in the lidded butter dish with tray, toast in the silver toast rack or occasionally croisants in the brioche bowl. A proper start to the day
I have never been a big sports fan but occasionally an event will catch my eye and I will start to follow it. This happened this year with Euro 2008. Although England did not qualify I thought the standard of football was good and I watched quite a few matches and thoroughly enjoyed the final. Well done Spain! I liked their play throughout the tournament. At this time of year Wimbledon is something I find enjoyable to watch and there is the automatic association with champagne, strawberries and cream. Well perhaps a good quality cava will be suitable this evening served in my silver champagne flutes.
I think I have a few ripe strawberries in my garden. ENGLISH strawberries from garden to plate in seconds, with just a little cream and sugar – delicious!
I am so pleased I designed the appetite collection to include the different sized athena bowls, sugar sifter and cream jug. If you are going to have the best and freshest food available then use beautifully designed ENGLISH silver and crystal to serve from.
Egg cups have been a traditional christening present for years, confirming that it is something everyone should have from the earliest time of life. When I look around my garden I wish I had just that extra bit of room so I could keep my own chickens. Good quality food is one of my priorities. I do the best I can and buy free range organic eggs. A simple perfectly boiled egg takes a lot of beating especially when served in a silver egg cup, with matching spoon. An adult may like one from our appetite range or may be a lovely christening present could be one from the ‘over the moon’ range that I designed a couple of years ago. This is decorated with moon and star motives
These salt and pepper grinders are one of my favourite designs, I recently gave them as a present to a friend of mine and it started me thinking about all the positve aspects. I have recently started to make these from a new tarnish resistant metal. This dramatically cuts down the cleaning frequency from about once a fortnight to perhaps once every 3 months. The mechanism I use is a Peugeot, the best in the world.I hope my friend shares my views about silver and how it can enhance any table for any meal no matter how simple or how elaborate. It can be a pleasure to look at and enjoy in solitude or when entertaining friends and family for that extra special occasion when a table set with select pieces of silver can really have that ‘wow’ factor and make your guesta ask ‘where did you get that from? I must have one of those’I designed them about 15 years ago and they are quite complicated to make but the satisfaction I get from seeing them come together is worth all the time and effort. Each batch always causes comment in the workshop as the time comes for them to be finally polished and packed into presentation boxes. ‘they look good!’