Birthday A La Francaise

Last weekend I celebrated my birthday by skipping down to Alameda for an evening of dancing with my favorite people.

When I returned on Sunday, my parents and I celebrated again, with pie, flowers, and a gift or two.

One of these gifts was CHEESE, and not just ANY cheese, but Le Delice de Bourgogne, the most brilliant creamy wonderful gooey tasty stinky cheese EVAR. Along with it were some beautiful pears and some sourdough bread, which made a delightful breakfast the next morning, along with a pot of tea. I felt so civilized 🙂

Aside from the cheese, my non-edible gift was an antique Limoges teacup and saucer, date unknown as of yet, that has been in my family some very long time. Limoges porcelain goodies were produced in several factories in France from the late 18th century up through the 1930s. My guess is that my lil’ teacup and saucer dates somewhere around the 1920s, given the sobre decoration and subtle design of the ware itself.

Limoges is a region in France, and Chambord a French commune.
I suspect that “Block” is one of the factories that held a Limoges license
and produced pieces with the “Limgoes” mark.

It’s so lovely and delicate I’m afraid to use it, but what fun would that be? This is the perfect heirloom beginning to the mismatched tea service every modern 18th c. lady (read: addict) should have!


  • Angela

    November 13, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    What a lovely way to celebrate your birthday! I always feel that a wonderful experience is so much better than getting stuff – now of course a sweet Limoge cup and saucer is always a nice little something to receive. I like to go along with William Morris who essentially recommends that one should only have things in your home that are beautiful and useful! Enjoy! Oh, the cheese sounds wonderful! Where did you folks find it? Angela

  • American Duchess

    November 14, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    Yes, I agree with Morris as well, though I think I am quite guilty of having, uh, a LOT of non-useful items. 🙂

    The cheese is from Costco, of all places. It's divine, AND cheap. Go and partake!

  • Angela

    November 17, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Ah,yes, I must admit that sometimes I turn off the little Wm Morris editor off when I am out and about, so, yes m'dears, I do have many things that are beautiful and not necessarily useful – Ce la vie! right? Anyway, I hope your birthday month continues to be bright and beautiful and filled with lovely memorable gatherings! Angela

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