1st December and I’ve been shopping for Christmas tea towels. I just haven’t got as many as I would like; the range isn’t broad enough. Quite a few are quite old; they are tea towels that I have inherited. Traditional Santa’s, Twelve Days of Christmas and some baubles. I have a few from abroad.
I was just walking down a street in Nottingham, not looking for a tea towel and I spotted a gift shop. It looked interesting, some unusual gifts, I popped in and there it was. A robin tea towel. It was hung on a stand, with a pile of books holding it down, unusual. I took one look and thought “I’d like that, not got one like it”. I couldn’t see the usual pile of folded tea towels; I couldn’t see any at all. I asked the assistant if there were any others. “Sorry” she said “It’s the only one left”. “Can I have this one then?”. She looked a bit surprised but said “yes”. “Can you take it down, otherwise I’ll destroy your display” I said. She looked a bit surprised once more but carefully released the tea towel. It was mine.
It was only after this happened that I realised this tea towel came from the Eden Project. I don’t know why it took me so long since it has a red label across the front with ‘Eden Project’ on it. The Eden Project was somewhere I visited a long time ago, somewhere I really enjoyed. But it is in Cornwall so I was a intrigued why a gift shop in Nottingham would have this on sale (I still don’t know the answer to that question). What I love about this tea towel is it’s simplicity, the pencil drawing with just a few bits of colour on the robin’s breast and the holly berries. It makes it so distinctive; I just think it is a wonderful addition to my Christmas collection.
When I use this tea towel I will think of my visit to the Eden Project and that wonderful gift shop in Nottingham which I will surely visit again.