Happy 2012 :)

Welcome to the future! I hope you had a wonderful new years, and I also hope none of you are nursing particularly nasty hangovers today, and have recovered as gracefully as possible.

Last night I got the idea for a quirky post while looking through our cork collection – it’s a bit nerdy, but what we do is keep the cork from wine or champagne from special occasions or particularly unusual moments over the years. I keep them all in a large jar in our kitchen. Here are some of my fav {not in date order}: 

The first is as a thank you  present from   Qwerky for my first interview, next is from a wine tasting excursion on Mount Etna in Sicily in 2008, then our engagement champagne from April 2011, then our celebratory wine from moving into our first apartment in 2008, followed by our second anniversary trip to Paris later that week. 

Next is a bottle of champagne we uh, borrowed from an Interior Design grand opening at the RDS in 2009, then fiance’s scheming Valentine’s evening where he bought me these incredibly convincing faux hydrangea’s, then dining in Vienna in 2009, Valentine’s Day 2010, fiance’s 21st birthday champagne in 2008 {I later whisked him off on a holiday to Switzerland}, and lastly some more corkage from our trip to Sicily in 2008.
Those are our most special ones. I have more, but they have stories that are long winded. One particular story is when fiance accidentally opened the bottle of champagne meant for his niece’s 21st birthday – we opened it 18 years early. Sorry, Katie. Fingers crossed you appreciate the sentimental nincompoopery of me keeping the cork. 
Do any of you have odd things you keep or collect for sentimental reasons? I like to think I’m not the only one 🙂

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  1. January 2, 2012 / 00:09

    We do this, too! In fact, when my DH and I married, our friends got this enormous faux champagne cork and passed it around amongst themselves and signed it, then gave it to us at the reception. This same crowd would sign and date a cork, then hide it somewhere at the party host/esses home, for them to find later. Ah, good times!

    Best wishes to you and yours in the New Year!


  2. January 3, 2012 / 21:48

    Great blog. Got your blog from H&H. I too am a hydrangea girl!! Sinead

  3. January 3, 2012 / 23:09

    That's such a cute idea Barb. I especially like the thought of hiding a cork! That's one way to find out how thorough the host/ess is when cleaning. And I'm glad I'm not alone with the cork sentimentality!

    Ahhh, you're a lady after my own heart Sinead 🙂

  4. January 5, 2012 / 21:48

    What a sweet idea – definitely stealing this one : )

  5. January 6, 2012 / 10:09

    A heads up Marie – at times people think you're crazy. I'll never forget one Parisian waiter gave me stink-eye when I asked for the cork back.


  6. Anonymous
    February 17, 2012 / 19:29

    Really, a champagne is not to be kept so long. Most of them are ruined in their third year, so for sure you did her a favour…

    • February 18, 2012 / 00:00

      Whaaaat, really? I never knew that. Duly noted … thanks for the heads up!