Cee’s fun foto challenge : Circles and Curves

Sometimes you just can’t resist a challenge, other times you are lured there bit by bit.  Cee does her very best to make it fun and I do like to reciprocate.  I started out with my head full of Greek amphitheatres and quirky gnomes pushing spherical balls in Wroclaw, but look where I ended up!


You know I’ve been mentally wandering the Greek Islands lately?  Well, it was on one of those islands (and right now, I don’t recall which) that the great plate adventure began.  We had recently moved into a house with a Delft rack, and it seemed a shame not to use it.  Standing outside a Greek pottery shop, I chanced to admire a plate in the window, and right there the collection began.

Not the cheesey “souvenir from Corfu” type, you understand.  Oh no!  Far more tasteful than that.  But it did become a feature of our holidays for a number of years that we aided the local economy with a carefully chosen plate.

Back in the UK, I spotted some beautiful Russian plates in a magazine.  A semi-naked kitchen wall seemed to be crying out for a little attention.  Before I knew it, I was collecting again.  Aren’t they a lovely shape?

This post gives me the opportunity to try out the circles format in the WordPress gallery.  If you click on the first of each series of plate you can see them in close up.  Sorry the photography’s not great.  Much scope for practise, methinks!

I guess I just like plates!  I even started to receive them as presents.  This little one normally sits on the top shelf of my china cabinet.  No, I’m not going to show you the entire contents of the cabinet.  A girl has to have some secrets.

Pretty, isn't it?

Pretty, isn’t it?

Thanks Cee, for this opportunity to mess around with circles.  You’ve properly cheered me up.  Head over to Cee’s page for some totally different takes on circles and curves, and some much better photography.


  1. You have a lovely collection of plates but the nicest part about the collection is the story about how you acquired each plate. Wonderful memories.

  2. Lovely collection of plates, Jo. I had the same collecting obsession with bells a while back, and ended up with about 500. I’ve had to scale down a lot, so the charity shops did well. 🙂

    1. We gave up collecting long ago or we wouldn’t get in the door, Margaret! I completely take them for granted most of the time but now and then I give them a smile and a polish.

  3. I recently bought a plate for $1 from a second hand shop. It has Greece written on it and an intricate picture exactly the same as your image 5524 on this page. I need to find out more about it because on the back is written (in gold) that it’s painted in 24 carat gold! Good grief, I’m pretty happy about that! 😀

  4. I love all your plates. I have a huge carton in the loft which contains my Mum’s collection of (mostly) Chinese plates. Our old house had a delft rack all round the 65 sq metre living space, but there was no way we could fit them in here. I suppose the kids will inherit them.though it seems a shame not to display and enjoy them now.

    1. I hate putting things into the loft, Viv, because the effort of get them out means you probably never see them again. Maybe you could display just a few on a wall?

  5. What a lovely collection! I love the Rhodes one best of all. I had a fairly decent blue and white Chinese porcelain collection, but I gave them away as well when we decided to de-clutter….must have been out of my mind!!

    1. I’m not really a big fan of clutter, though you could be excused for thinking otherwise from this lot, Madhu. The Delft rack only has about eleven plates on and I don’t even notice them half the time..

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