Friday, 19 March 2010
Do you have a drinks cabinet at home? If you live in a modest home in London like our good selves, it's unlikely but would you like one?
Mr Norman has long fancied a globe drinks cabinet. For the uninitiated, these cabinets are replicas of originals from the 17th century, when rich gentlemen liked to discuss the world - and perhaps their next voyage of discovery, over a glass or two of something special.
The maps, with their illustrations of sea monsters, landmarks and foreign peoples reveal a window into the thinking of the time.
Still, the main attraction would be to fill it with drinks that remind you of Christmas when you were little. Ours, depending on size (they come in various sizes and can cost over a grand) shall contain vermouth, very dry sherry, advocaat and brandy, martini glasses and Waterford crystal brandy bloomers. There'd also be pink flamingo and Stuart Crystal stirrers (the latter being the crystal of the region where I grew up).
Of course it'd look ridiculous in our modern flat, but therein lies the appeal.