There's nothing better than going to France and digging out treasures - than the day the treasures arrive back in the states. Last year, I lost a box of beauties, it just never arrived - "fell off the truck" was all the shipping company could say. Meanwhile I envisioned some lucky person "finding" a box full of 18th and 19th century French fabrics and having a field day! So this week, when I got the call that the boxes were ready to be delivered, I dropped everything, and ran to the shop waiting patiently for everything to arrive safely.
It's such a thrill to open boxes and see old bits of French history come to life again in a whole new environment....17th century land deeds, hand scripted on paper that has been waxed so it can be reused for years; early 1800's silk pin cushion that advertised a cashmere company in Toulouse before the cashmere trade was shut down by the Marquis; a piece of primitive thistle fabric probably from the late 1700's (given to me by one of the guests at the chateau!); and even an old, turn of the century, wooden toy - which if used improperly could take a finger off. Unwrapping each item, I wondered how each had been kept safe for so many years, who had taken care of each small trinket and what history had been passed on with each treasure.