Well, thank heavens that in this busiest of weeks it’s an easy letter for ABC Wednesday, huh?Â Anyway, I bet you know what the ‘W‘ in that picture is, don’t you? Yep, it’s wicker! And what a lot of wicker there was in this shop – waste bins and washing baskets and all kinds of stuff. It could have been called ‘Wicker World‘ but it wasn’t, it was just one of those wonderful shops in Stamford, Lincolnshire, which sell a little of this and a little of that, all fancy stuff for the house.
And talking of things for the house, look at this house wares shop in San Quirico D’Orcia, Italy.
Wicker, wrought iron, what-nots and whatjamacallits, wire sieves and wee chairs – and even a water tap in an obelisk! We don’t get obelisks with taps in them in Stamford!
Now, Italian shopkeepers love wicker. They display all kinds of goods in it. Even on the market stalls.
See that? All draped in white sheeting, full of whimsical stuffed toys, and manned by a man with wild and woolly hair, yet there it is. The wicker basket! I tell you, they simply can’t resist them!
And here – this norcineria in Castiglione del Lago has some incredible edibles all set out on the pavement in wicker baskets, wooden trays, wedged into racks and wobbling atop barrels.
What is a norcineria?Â Well, as far as I can make out, it’s a shop that specialises in small delicacies, such as white truffles, spices, wine vinegars, whole vanilla pods, and in particular, pork products, especially wild boar.
I’m not sure we’re allowed to display food in wicker baskets in this country. It probably contravenes all kinds of worthless regulations about shop displays, not to mention health and safety. How we all survived in the old days when people did what they liked in their own shops .. well, you have to wonder!
But there. Back home again, here is more wicker in a junk shop in Oakham, Leiestershire.
Did you know that wicker can get woodworm? Be careful if you buy any in a second-hand shop, and watch for the tell-tale holes and dust. I once bought a bicycle basket made of wicker which promptly went into the bin because – yes, it was wormy!