Tuesday, December 2, 2014

'tis nearly the season to be jolly

As we are expecting house-guests for Christmas, we thought it would be a good idea to buy a large Stilton to dignify the Port.  In Marks and Spencer, we hunted high and low for one, but mostly high, as the more mundane wares tended to be low.



Eventually becoming weary, we approached a member of staff to ask her where we would find the Big Cheese. Looking furtively over her shoulder, she told us that the manager doesn't come in on a Sunday until after his golf.  

Please look away now if you don't want to see what I've got you for Christmas.



 I flatter myself that I am catering to all tastes with this very fetching and useful decanter.

43 comments:

  1. Very nice dear but I would prefer the Albarragna Jamon Iberico de Bellota as it is only a little more expensive at £1,950. Make sure you post it first class as it is perishable.

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    1. I had certainly considered this fine Jamon for you, dear Elaine, but having read on the website that "the pigs are divided into groups to ensure the best lineages and pedigree, and are allowed to forage and eat with between six-ten hectares per pig," I remarked to myself that you of all people would certainly expect and deserve more hectares per pig than that.

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  2. I can't decide if that decanter is the most repulsive thing I've ever seen or the most exquisite. Either way, I shall feign surprise and delight when I open it and absolutely, no way, not ever, put it straight on Ebay. ;-) xx

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    1. I know it would never occur to you to do so, Heather.

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  3. It's divine, you really shouldn't have. And that's a serious cheese, lucky house-guests. With port too, you certainly know how to go all out in the pretty far west.

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    1. It's true, CJ; we are still over-compensating for the potato famine here.

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  4. The answer of the staff reminds me of "Are You Being Served?" - staff is not what it never used to be... and the decanter - ooops - an absolute Must for the shining table of Hyacinth Bucket - sorry, love: Bouquet... do you invite her to the candle light dinner?

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    1. I am she, Britta; I am she.

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    2. Dear Mise,
      Can't be -- though -- well -- it's Christmas time, so I'll bestow her on you - and invite you cordially to my Candlelight Supper - our invitations are specially printed for us on a heavy white card with an embossed edge, with matching self-seal envelope, printed by the gross (if I can be excused using such a word in these days of decimalization). They are sized six inches by four inches (nothing metric will do), and stand well on any mantlepiece.
      R.S.V.P. The Residence, Riseholme
      With warm regards
      Lucia

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    3. I couldn't turn down so exquisitely sized an invitation, dear Lucia, and am looking forward to the Supper. I shall be sending flowers on ahead for you to arrange on your Italian marble pedestal table.

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  5. I look forward to using my new decanter every day. So charming of you to think of our happy little family at this busy time. The turtle eggs did not preserve well this year, my dear so I'll not be including them in this Christmas hamper. But I have included some frozen croc tail. You did tell me that the delivery man is good with frozens, didn't you? If you look in the bottom of the hamper, inside the jar of preserved figs you will find the package of rubies given to me by that very polite man from Zambia. He never did come to collect them, you know, and I really want to share the bounty. I'll be off now as I really must grab a bit of that cranberry wesleydale before the neighbours devour the lot.

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    1. [Thank you, Louise. I am speaking to you in brackets so that no one will hear about the rubies. I will bring them to East London in a false-bottomed puy lentil tin. All you have to do for now is get some alternative passports ready and say nothing.]

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  6. Hmmm cheese, yes please :) decanter, not so keen!! But thanks all the same Mise xx

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    1. Not a problem, Niki, not a problem. Not a problem.

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  7. Oh Mise ….. I already have the Fortnum and Mason handmade parrott decanter …. I thought anyone who is anyone would have one !!!!!! I don't know how I lived without mine !!!!
    Do you think that you could swap my decanter for the iPhone 3GS Supreme which is a mere $3.17 million ? I'm sure that Fortnum and Mason won't mind !! Happy Christmas. XXXX

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    1. Go to Forum and Manson - it's a lot cheaper.

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    2. Oh curses, Jacqueline. I should have known you'd have the parrot decanter already. Their understated elegance is so your style.

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  8. Well Mise, I must say that on the second day of December, you have caused me first to smile, and then to start giggling. I thank you so much for providng seasonal joy.

    (Card painting still very much underway, The weather's not so great here, so it's actually quite pleasant to stay indoors with the painting, some tea, some phone calls with friends, and of course, some catching up on cheering blogs.)

    xo

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    1. I'm honoured to amuse you, Frances. You sound very happily ensconced in your lovely haven.

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  9. Oh, you shouldn't have! Can I trade the decanter for the cheese. I love Stilton!

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    1. Only if you have a gift receipt, Jen.

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  10. Thank you for bringing my attention to the parrot decanter, now I know what's been missing from my life.

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    1. I know. That parrot is almost like an alternative form of faith.

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  11. Alas, I have two already. How typical!

    S x

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    1. Perhaps you could Mod Podge the third, Sandra? I think it would look well.

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  12. So excited to receive the decanter!! I hope you received a slight bulk discount!
    So funny as I am the eldest of eight and one of my brothers cntinually would tell me that " you think you are the big cheese" I told him what to do all of the time of course!

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    1. You were absolutely right to tell your brother what to do, Karena. I'm glad to hear of usages of 'Big Cheese'. It always brings Damon Runyon to mind.

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  13. You give the gift of laughter, dear girl. That alone is priceless. No need to spend your coin on fripperies.

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  14. Love the decanter and yes laughter is included! Happy holidays Mise and wow golf can be very "rude" indeed(((:

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  15. I've opted for a surprise. So excited.

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    1. You're the only one who didn't look, Lucille! People seek such instant gratification these days.

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  16. I just checked that decanter and the website said: "This substantial decanter is ideal for spirits and will also accomodate a bottle of wine."

    What? I'm not dropping £1200 on a decanter from a shop that can't even *spell*.

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    1. To be fair, an honourable retailer would have tested the capacity claims first, so their spelling would be influenced by spirits and a bottle of wine. I think they did jolly well!

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  17. That cheese looks absolutely stunning!

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  18. You are too kind, but sadly I cannot accept, a decanter that clashes with one's curtains is a terrible baglu (faux pas) in Wales.

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  19. The parrot decanter is both irresistible and grotesque (which, I believe, is its own aesthetic, not negative by default). My best of the season to you all, Mise.

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    1. And to yourself, Stan; I hope you are enjoying the Galway lights and traders. You've categorised the decanter perfectly.

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  20. Hee, hee for the decanter. Love the big cheese...we got a wheel of Maytag Blue from the dairy farms of Newton, Iowa:)

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  21. But what size *is* substantial, dear Mise? If only you had provided a point of visual reference - a sheep, perhaps, grazing between its sinister feet, or a double-decker bus, or even a person in a diving suit. Is that so much to ask?

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You're looking particularly well.

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