The dark damp January days are starting to take their toll as this month drags on. So for today's Shelf Sunday, the last of the month, here's a bit of spring colour on my kitchen-diner mantle to lift the spirits.
The little decorated Poole vase was my nana's, and my mum has one too, I've always loved this design. It looks so pretty holding a posy of cottage garden flowers.
As I am still waiting impatiently for my spring bulbs to bloom, I couldn't resist these jolly tulips which fit nicely in our larger Poole vase.
The rest of our Poole collection consists mostly of plain pale green plates, cups and saucers. There seemed to be quite a plethora of the stuff in the charity shops of Norwich.
I've tried to research some more about these patterned vases. Poole pottery dates back to the mid 19th century, so there have been many designs over the years, and these are now no longer in manufacture by the current owners who took over in 2007.
Ursula, the beautiful green jug, is by Royal Copenhagen - I've just found out that it's been discontinued too, so I must be even more careful than usual near it!
There's a little bit of print in this scene too, keen-eyed observers will notice my Helen Rawlinson Sunset Strip pendant lampshade, from back in my London-based screenprinting days.
So now back to waiting for warm sunny spring days, it can't be long now, surely?