One of the things I like about living in Norfolk, is getting up early in the morning and making my breakfast of choice ~ a bowl of porridge and a cup of coffee. Cooking jumbo porridge oats slowly on mark 2 for 20-30 minutes produces a nutty thick consistency that I love, as I’ve never been that fond of milky ‘porridge swill ‘
I used to have a special porridge bowl that I took on solitary retreat. This recently got broken, so I returned to Made In Cley where I originally got it from. Whilst buying a replacement I sort of acquired a matching mug as well.
When I got homeI realised a small tray given to us to refinish and sell, would do nicely as a breakfast tray. I sanded off the dark varnish, revealing a rather soft oak edged tray with an oak laminated plywood base. I briefly toyed with the idea of staining it grey, but decided in the end to leave it as it was and just matt varnish it. I like the effect the combination of bowl, mug and tray has, a sort of Zen feel for a rustic naturalness.