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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Chalet School Does It Again
PostPosted: 08 Nov 2020, 01:09 
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I have some willow pattern china to this day, though it's a collection of oddments in slightly varying patterns and from different Potteries rather than a complete set. The majority of it originally belonged to my parents; they probably bought it in the 1950s, and I 'inherited' it in the late 1990s when we emptied my father's last home. When I want to replace broken pieces, the challenge is to find items which are still made in England; so much is now 'made in China'. I've had most success through 'Replacement' stores rather than traditional 'new china' shops.


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Willow pattern china is often donated to charity shops


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Lotte wrote:
ETA: my favourite sale was probably the one in Carola. What was the theme of the one in Tom Tackles? Was it the Alice in Wonderland one? The ones I've definitely read besides Does It Again are the one in Tom, Many Nations (Carola), fairytales (Lintons) and Crown of Success/education (Bride).
This is most of them, if not all:
Fairy Tales (Lintons)
Alice (Tom)
Willow Pattern I (at Plas Howell) Should be in Lavender or thereabouts?
Many Nations (Carola)
The Crown of Success (Bride)
Willow Pattern II (Does it Again)
Old English (Genius)
Shakespeare (Coming of Age)
There’s a Sale upcoming that term mentioned in Theodora, but it's not described
Arabian Nights (Wins the Trick)
Spanish (Jane)
Kate Greenaway (Summer Term)
The Seasons (Prefects)


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We used a Willow Pattern dinner service for years when I was growing up. I think it had originally been my grandmother's. I still have what's left of it, although I don't use it any more. Mine was produced by a Newcastle Factory called Maling (more famous for their lustre ware), and dates back, I think, to the 1930s.


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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Chalet School Does It Again
PostPosted: 09 Nov 2020, 17:39 
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Yes, we don't actually see the first one. I'm mean enough to suspect that it exists only so that the second can be brought off so easily in terms of its set-dressing and costumes!


It's one of those times that's makes you wonder who makes the decisions on packing in the CS.
I can understand taking costumes. It even makes sense for the Willow Pattern costumes to go to Switzerland (they've been used once in England but will be "new" to Switzerland) but why on earth do you take a "plate" that must have been awkward to pack and ship and which would not be much of a challenge to make anew?


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PostPosted: 09 Nov 2020, 18:05 
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Victoria wrote:
Noreen wrote:
Yes, we don't actually see the first one. I'm mean enough to suspect that it exists only so that the second can be brought off so easily in terms of its set-dressing and costumes!


It's one of those times that's makes you wonder who makes the decisions on packing in the CS.
I can understand taking costumes. It even makes sense for the Willow Pattern costumes to go to Switzerland (they've been used once in England but will be "new" to Switzerland) but why on earth do you take a "plate" that must have been awkward to pack and ship and which would not be much of a challenge to make anew?


All for the sake of the plot! I cannot remember off-hand but didn't Madge also have some strange choices which she had taken out off Austria?


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They seemed to have all sort of old clothes and other stuff, but it's quite credible that, in the rush to leave Austria, Madge just bunged everything into packing cases, said she'd sort it out when they got to Guernsey, and then never got round to it because she was expecting Josette, Margot was ill, and she kept running out of time as you do. But you'd think they'd have sorted things out before going to Switzerland :lol: .

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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Chalet School Does It Again
PostPosted: 10 Nov 2020, 19:16 
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You can see with leaving Austria that they would have already had "stuff" sitting in trunks in case it came in useful one day and would not have had the time and inclination to go through them chucking out the clearly useless( halo with hair stuck to it -which always baffles me as to why anyone had put it away in the first place- for instance). The trunks would have been sent off "as they were".

When it came to Switzerland, on the other hand, they had plenty of time and you would have expected some common sense in the matter. After all, the girls discuss the cost of shipping the library books!

Overall, there's a lot of sending things where you would have thought that the cost of shipping clearly outweighed the value of the object(s). I'm thinking of old lacrosse sticks and things for prizes on "Evenings" here.


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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Chalet School Does It Again
PostPosted: 12 Nov 2020, 12:49 
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Noreen wrote:
Yes, we don't actually see the first one. I'm mean enough to suspect that it exists only so that the second can be brought off so easily in terms of its set-dressing and costumes!


Though it was mentioned in Bride Leads, so it wasn't just conveniently invented when needed in Does It Again.


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Thanks for pointing that out, Margia - it's just that EMBD's love of working things out backwards makes me naturally suspicious of things like this. And we still don't actually see it...

I wonder what the upcoming one that was mentioned in Theodora (first published 1959) had as its theme? As long as it wasn't the Nursery Rhymes one that always seems to be the fall-back suggestion when inspiration is lacking. Given the date, A Space Age one might be fun!


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We had willow-pattern china when I was little, and one of my grandmothers had a slightly different pattern. I was always fascinated by the pictures on the plates, but never knew the story until I read it in the CS books - by which time I was long grown up and the willow-pattern plates had long since been broken!


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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2020, 12:38 
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Still use my grandmother’s willow pattern platter for serving the turkey at Christmas.


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lizco2 wrote:
Still use my grandmother’s willow pattern platter for serving the turkey at Christmas.

Oh that's lovely lizco.

I more prosaically use my mother's giant saucepan for steaming ours, or rather I used to. We no longer eat turkey at Christmas but she used to cook hers over very little water, constantly adding more and rotating the fowl, and only roasting for colour briefly at the end.

The almond stuffing, wrapped in a muslin nappy kept for the purpose, was steamed alongside.

I have never eaten any turkey as succulent as those she produced.

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There's an item in today's online Guardian about what to have for working-from-home lunches. The chilli cheese toastie is photographed on a willow pattern plate! I think I'm coming back into fashion...


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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Chalet School Does It Again
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 Post subject: Re: Books: The Chalet School Does It Again
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lizco2 wrote:
Still use my grandmother’s willow pattern platter for serving the turkey at Christmas.

I have a feeling that we do (not me, but my mother and sister), too!


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My brother uses ours at Christmas, not sure how old it is or who it belonged to, probably grandmother, certainly old


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