That's our sugar bowl. We bought it in Minorca, Spain twenty years ago. It's a piece of Mediterranean sunshine in our kitchen and it serves us well. Ironically, I rarely use sugar these days for a year ago, I began to use artificial sweeteners in tea and coffee. Most days I drink five mugs of tea and one mug of coffee so in the last year consuming yet another small mountain of sugar has been avoided.
Below there's our butter dish. We bought it in Portugal in 2004 so for eleven years it has been another friendly and treasured kitchen item. It cost us the equivalent of £18 but we were attracted by the naive pastoral design that speaks of summer meadows and simplicity. I have never been a fan of margarine or olive spreads in plastic tubs and have always been sceptical about the health benefits of these butter substitutes.