Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge: N in the middle of the world

N in the middle

tulip magnolia tree
Tulip magNolia
JoNquils 2019


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


    • Most of it is not that old. The two orange plates are Japanese and originally belonged to my grandmother so they are pretty old. The big grey vase was a present from Naomi who found it in an antique shop. A few of the small bits are old but the rest are from import shops and date from the 80s onwards.

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      • The vase looks like Japanese Satsuma. Even not very old Satsuma is really lovely. The orange plates are interesting. I don’t know much about Japanese pottery. It’s very different than Chinese — an entirely different artistic style. Some of their modern stuff is breathtaking. They make very simple pieces with exquisite glazing. Modern it may be, but I can’t afford it. It’s actually less expensive to buy antiques!

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      • I know that the vase came from an antique shop. It has a little chip so Naomi got it cheaper. It is quite a thick, heavy vase. The only marking I can see is a number on the bottom but that looks like it might have been added by the dealer as it looks like paint or permanent marker. The plates say hand painted and made in Japan. I am not sure where they came from or when. They have been around my whole life.


      • Actually, that’s the big grey vase I’m talking about. I don’t know whether it’s worth a lot, but it could be. If it is undamaged, it might be worth more than you think. A lot of people collect Satsuma pottery and the grey and black pieces are worth more than the orange ones.

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