This is a follow-on from the Tea Towel Blog of 27 September 2015 when I described my touristy tea towel that I bought in Bergen when I visited there in 2003; Bergen was a stopping off point on a cruise and we were fortunate enough to be able to spend 12 hours there.
For me, Bergen is a shopper’s paradise, full of small, interesting, independent shops. Amongst the shops on Bryggen (the oldest area of Bergen, near the port) was a Christmas Shop. I didn’t care that it was May, this was a Chrsitmas Shop and I needed to go in it. It was a shop that sold more than just Christmas baubles and decorations but all things to do with Christmas, including tea towels. This is the tea towel I bought there. It is good quality cotton and, similar to the one of the Notre Dame de Paris, it is reversible in two-tone grey, great absorbancy, very functional tea towel because it is easy to disguise any stains. It has certainly held it’s quality. The design is a simple one of stags. I think stags are one of those designs that can represent Christmas but could actually be suitable for any time of the year. Knowing where I bought it and why, it has become part of my Christmas Tea Towel Collection.
Bergen is a big meat-eating area and venison was a significant part of their diet. This tea towel does remind me of some of the best venison stews I have ever had – even if it was May – full of flavour, tender meat. This tea towel, for me, has a lovely sense of Christmas-time but not that over glamourised, commercialised Christmas of the Tesco’s adverts – just a time for family and friends.