Happy New Year to everyone! It has been a wonderful year for me and my family...healthy, happy and blessed. Don't forget you can celebrate the new year at 7 pm. My heart always resides in London! Cheers!
Here we go again...Tea Cup Thursday on Friday. Maybe it's Thursday somewhere in the world? This is my personal china. I was fortunate enough to inherit it from my maternal grandmother. The name of the pattern is Christmas Ball, rather appropriate? It is made by Noritake and has to be at least 100 years old. It is cream colored on the bottom half with a light yellow tone behind the gold balls. I do love this set so much. I have a coffee pot, demitasse set, lots of bowls and platters and many, many dishes. I hope you enjoy looking at it and I wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. A perfect day to reflect upon our blessings and to enjoy the company of family and friends,not forgetting the turkey and all that goes with it. I hope you are using your "Good China" today. My little show and tell for today includes a new book and a new cup and saucer.
I am combining my Tea Cup Thursday with my collection of British commemoratives. This time it will be about "Edward the Abdicator" We all know about his affair with the divorced American Wallis Simpson and his decision to abdicate the throne. However, he wasn't timely in his decision and many mugs hit the marketplace. This particular mug is my favorite. It was designed by Dame Laura Knight who was famous for designing circus posters! On the left side is a knight on a white horse slaying a dragon. On the right side is an elephant and a stylized English rose. His portrait is rather boyish but that crown is prominent.
This is a handle-less mug. It's lovely with all the flags and roses, shamrocks, daffodils, and the crown. Dare I say he looks rather dazed and confused? Imagine how he would feel if he were alive today with all the divorces in the Royal Family. Charles is to be the next king. You know him, he is the one who is divorced and married to his mistress
How pretty is this tea cup? It is Crown Staffordshire fine bone china made in England. It's a pink and white base with gorgeous gold flower and leaves dancing all over. So much fun to enjoy my "cuppa" in.
I just had to post this! Yesterday my daughter and I took her daughter, Claire, to tea. I had no idea that she would wear gloves of gold and a tiara! She was very excited about having a tea party and insisting on having hot tea just like Nanny (me). Her manners were impeccable (as she just recently turned three) and I think we started a lovely tradition. I know that next time I will certainly wear a hat and gloves.
Sorry for the blurry picture. I really love this Aynsley tea cup It is a turquoise and egg shell white border on the saucer with a beautiful gold trim. I like bright colors, they brighten the day! The marking on the back is C 979. If anyone knows what that means, please let me know. I put a question mark on the title because I've been rather tardy lately. I won't be able to post next week as I will be at the American Society of Botanical Artist's convention in Boston. It will be so exciting. Perhaps I can post some paintings when I get home. See you then!
I mentioned that there would be a tea party at my house and here it is! Ruthie and I invited some lovely ladies to have tea and play mah jongg. We made finger sandwiches including of course cucumber sandwiches, scones and a delicious quiche. Tea was constantly brewing and my teacups were enjoyed by all. It was so much fun. Some wore fascinators and others wore gorgeous hats. There is nothing like a tea party to awaken the "little girl" in all of us. Please enjoy the photos.