Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Olive wood...or post 700!

Mother and I went to the Home Sense store and trolled the aisles for a few items.
Home Sense is a bit farther than Mother likes to drive so she has made it clear to me that anytime I plan to go I am to ring her and see if she wants to tag along.

I replaced the curtains for my closet as Chester shredded my other pair and we found some new kitchen gadgets for Mother...
her things are starting to break and fall apart, I suppose after 50 plus years of use one should expect this to happen. Most of her wedding appliances are still in use and show no signs of fatigue. I think that we are on our second or third set of most electrical things and we have been married for 38 years. I suspect things are made to be replaced and not designed to last forever like they used to be.

I did come home with something that was not on my list and I'm quite pleased with it as it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye as well as functional.

Olive wood Italian cheese board.

What a wonderful way to use up the wood of an elderly olive tree.
With grain so interesting it would seem a shame to use it as firewood.

The instructions are very simple to keep it looking good
wash with a mild soap and a bit of water and occasionally oil it with...
Olive Oil and buff with a soft cloth!

I'd love to get my mitts on a large board like this one for bigger chopping jobs.
I'd even consider leaving it on the counter in plain view.

Mette has fabulous taste.
If you have not met up with her on the blog metscan please do yourself a favour and pay her a visit.
Her kitchen is a work of art and her philosophy is rather like William Morris's
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Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. 
William Morris 

Hope that your week is off to a great start.


  1. I initially thought that cheese board was made of marble. It's very beautiful.
    Congrats on your 700th post! That is something to be proud of.
    xo, A

  2. That cheese board is divine. Such a beautiful display of natural materials!

  3. My mother's meat grinder was more solid than the airplanes of today! Even the implements like lobster shears and nut picks were infinitely better made. Just bought a set of nesting measuring cups The $10 ones were flimsy so I spent $40 on a German rolled steel set, which I should be able to pass onto my children. They are so satisfying to handle.

  4. My mum is still using her wedding pots and pans - 62 years later! I, on the other hand, am on set #3! Congratulations on 700 posts!

  5. That board is beautiful! For cheese, sure, and other antipasti too!

    700! Wow! Congrats! I love your blog.

    1. Just popped over to your blog and I love your fashion sense!

  6. Congratulations for the 700th post Leslie! An immense amount of thoughts shared.
    I feel shy, yet delighted for the mention of my blog in your post. So very kind of you. A big thank you and hugs!!!
    You have brought an immense amount of joy and comfort for the many followers of your blog. I believe, that many of us are addicted to it as well.
    Keep up the good work. I am 30 posts behind you ( had to check it up ).
    So glad that you were able to control your shopping needs and instead buy something useful and beautiful on your last shopping trip : )!

  7. Congrats on post 700! I've never seen olive wood before and was used so beautifully in the cheese board. What an unusual and beautiful grain.

  8. Congratulations on your 700th blog,only 300 more to go and we will be celebrating BIG TIME.Ida

  9. I love olive wood; I have two spoons and they are the pride of my utensil crock. Your piece is stunning, and I foresee many a cheese served to polite company at the Humble Bungalow. Congrats on the 700th blog post!