I smiled at Thelma's post today (North Stoke) about what to do with possessions when moving house. I was the same when I moved here four years ago after my dear farmer died. I had a Minton Haddon Hall design afternoon tea set. I kept it and when my son came round he said he would make a cup of tea for us. When he brought the trolley in he brought the Minton tea cups and saucers. In twenty five years I had not used it - I used to joke I was keeping it for when the Queen came to tea. I remember once before when his wife asked if he could get her a glass of water, he came back with a Brierley crystal glass. (For many years we lived almost next door to the Brierley Crystal factory.) I just don't think these days that younger people bother about such things. Not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing but it does rather raise the question that Thelma asks - is it worth keeping things like this when it is quite probable that no-one wants them after us?
I have asked a similar question before regarding small things of little or no monetary value and what will happen to them when I am gone. I was reminded of the question again this morning. I have Book Group here on Monday morning (observing all the Covid rules) and sitting in my chair I saw just how dusty and dismal the fireplace area looked so I got a damp cloth, a duster and some window cleaner for the water colours and set to clean it up. It was very hard work - certainly too much for me. I managed to lift everything off the mantel shelf on to my trolley and then lifted one water colour off the wall. It took such a lot of doing that I didn't even attempt to remove the other one. Then I lifted the ornaments off the mantel - they are treasured - they come from Mesa Verde in the US, China, Alma Ata, Lincoln, Local clockmaker, Russia, Salamanca and Mesa Verde again. None of them have any value in monetary terms - they were holiday souvenirs brought back so they will lose that connection when I go. I wonder what will happen to them.
Maybe we place far too much importace on possessions. What do you think?