Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Shamrock Items

Wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick's day...with an antique postcard!

St. Patrick's Day was celebrated today by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, with the Irish Guards at Mons Barracks in Aldershot...

Which is an annual tradition with the Royal family....the Irish Guards being one of the 5 brigades of the Queen's Guards...

And in honour of St. Patrick's Day...I looked out some shamrock themed items from Time Was Antiques....


Like this 1960s Irish Belleek creamer in the Shamrock pattern, or....

a Belleek Shamrock sugar bowl or sugar basin from the 1960s with a basket weave pattern...or...


 an Aynsley, England 1930-1940s Shamrock patterned teacup trio...or...


This Shelley Dainty Shamrock teacup and saucer.

 What ever you do this St. Patrick's Day...hopefully including a cup of Irish Breakfast tea...may it make your Irish Eyes smile...!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Deal Of The Day March 9, 2015 Barratts Old Castle Red Transferware, Commonwealth Day

Hi there...I have been silent for a long time...just can't seem to do two blogs at once! But I am gonna try....this will be a simple blog...basically doing my daily Deal Of The Day items from Time Was Antiques, and things of interest in the UK...but in simple posts...hope that's okay!

 Deal Of The Day! 1950s Barratts, England red transferware ironstone salad plate in the Old Castles pattern...at Time Was Antiques...25% off today!


Transferware has been popular for centuries, and this is a variation begun by Barratt's in the 1920s...

The mark dates this version to the 1950s, with the mention of acid and detergent proof...as earlier ironstone plates often discolored with the acid of tomato dishes like spaghetti...but the glaze was improved in the 1940-1950s for all ironstone makers and that was much improved.

This is Commonwealth Day, and here is a you tube of the speech Queen Elizabeth did for the Commonwealth on her 21st birthday...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Wishing you the best of New Years in 2015!

The London Eye fireworks...

 The Elizabeth Tower and Big Ben fireworks....

 Seattle Space Needle fireworks...


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Christmas and Merry Christmas!!!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas! The photo above is Bath Abbey at night...lit for Christmas.

Ice skating in Hyde Park, London by the London Eye...

 Christmas at Windsor Castle...

And a very Happy Christmas
Merry Christmas
to you all!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ho Ho Ho! Santa Mug Seasons Greetings and Celestial Seasonings Teas

Hello and welcome to a Tuesday Cuppa Tea which I am joining with Antiques And Teacups.

The top of the china cabinet is decorated with a swag I did a few years ago and is adorned with a German Dresden paper star angel announcing the birth of Jesus.

 But Santa, or Father Christmas is coming soon. I pulled out another of our Dunoon mugs from the Season's Greetings series by Richard Partis that features the jolly old elf himself! This isn't a teacup, but when it's cold my Honey likes a mug and not a teacup...and of course that's fine with me!






Pretty cute, isn't it? And isn't he jolly! What a long list! For more info on the mug at Time Was Antiques, click on the photos. 

The perfect mug for a cup of seasonal teas. Here are 2 of our favorite Celestial Seasons this year. I favor the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and my Honey likes the  Gingerbread Spice best!

 I can sit with a cup of tea while going through some of my seasonal books. One of my favorites is The Ritz Book Of Christmas which I picked up at the Ritz Hotel when we were there one year during the Christmas season and stopped for afternoon tea in the Palm Court. The book has Christmas lore and traditions, history of the Ritz and it's tea tradition and some marvelous recipes. I am sharing a simple one I like for Fruit And Nut Clusters.

 Fruit And Nut Clusters

"Red and green are the classic Christmas colours and the decoration od red and green glace cherries on these delicious little chocolates carries on the theme. They look enchanting in individual gold or silver sweet cases, if you can get hold of them, but failing that, pack them into a gold or silver box tied up with red and green ribbon."

The recipe has both metric and cup measures, but I give only the cup measures here.

4 squares semi sweet chocolate, broken into small pieces
1 tbs light honey
3/4 cup mixed dried fruit
1/2 cup chopped nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts
red and green glace cherries for decoration

Place the chocolate and the honey in a bowl, then either stand this over a pan of hot water until the chocolate has melted, or put into a microwave on low power for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the fruit and nuts until they are well coated with chocolate. Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto waxed paper or parchment. Press a small piece of glace cherry into the top of each piece and leave in a cool place until set. 

For a fun tour of Christmas at Windsor Castle, here is a link from The Royal Collection Trust about the festivities there with a video at the bottom of the page:   HERE

Lastly, most of you will have already seen this, but here is the latest picture of little Prince George, son of William and Catherine, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.

I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for her Christmas Tea and Ruth at Antiques And Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.   Have a wonderful day visiting the other blog parties. And have a cuppa tea with a friend!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wedding Anniversary Queen Elizabeth and Philip, Diamond Jubilee Teacup, Thanksgiving

It is torrential rain interspersed with sunshine here in the Pacific Northwest.Forecast to be a drier and warmer than usual winter...it has been exactly the opposite so far...go figure!

Thanksgiving is this week, and we are looking forward to the official national day to be thankful for the many blessings we have. I don't want it to be only one day of the year, but I want my life to be lived in the attitude of thankfulness to God for His blessings!

 November 20, 1947 Princess Elizabeth married Prince Philip of Greece, in....as royal weddings go...a small and cost conscious post war ceremony.  They had their 67th wedding anniversary just a few days ago....

The young couple...when they were engaged, and below...just a few weeks ago...a couple aging together....

I love this photo!..My teacup today is one of the few made for the wedding by Paragon, England. And it was another simple post war idea...another previously made design was reused with the addition of the wedding bell border added. Very simple...



The bottom bears the Royal warrants of Queen ElizabethII's mother Queen Elizabeth...wife of King George VI...and her grandmother...wife of King George V...Queen Mary.  Pretty and simple. Robin's Egg blue was said to be the bride's favorite color at the time.



Wedgwood did a fancy and huge mug for their 25th anniversary in 1972 by designer Richard Guyatt which is quite spectacular. The trim is platinum and the mug is gorgeous!



They are very hard to find! I loved this one!



I don't have a more current wedding cup and saucer or mug, but I do have a Diamond Jubilee cup and saucer made for the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II ascending to the throne. I love the smiling portrait on that...



Isn't that lovely? I think it's a great image of a wonderful woman who has shouldered a tremendous job and done it with integrity and grace. Her image is surmounted with the crown and surrounded by the rose for England, the thistle for Scotland, daffodils for Wales and the shamrock for Ireland.



The teacup and saucer is bone china, made by Heirloom, England, one of the new small potteries to emerge since the last major consolidation and closing of potteries in the early 1990s. May they long survive and continue to make pottery in the UK!

Thanksgiving is one of the times I get out the old issues of Victoria magazine...this is the September/October 2008 issue, and I fell in love with this natural material wreath...

 I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends, and don't forget to share...or at least think about...the many blessings we take so for granted. We are indeed a people truly blessed...don't let the negative get in the way of our appreciation for our many blessings! God is good!

 I am joining these lovely blog parties....

                                     Tea in the Garden with Bernideen 
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