Friday, February 3, 2017

A Young Jane Austen...Read Her Own Handwritten Notebooks

For the bicentennial of Jane Austen's death in 1817, the British Museum is hosting a special display of several of Jane Austen's earl hand written notebooks, and I just had to share them. 

The notebooks date between the ages of 11 and 17, and are fascinating. The illustrations are by Jane's favourite sister Cassandra, and are thought to be drawn from family members. The photo above is from a BBC article about the exhibit, and you will enjoy visiting the article for more info and photos.
Fascinating!  Here is a link to the article on the BBC website:

Jane Austen Bicentennery Exhibit at the British Museum

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Victoria, Wonderful Video by UK History

I hope you are watching Victoria on PBS... a very good adaptation. And there is a wonderful video series produced by UK History several years ago available on YouTube which includes royal family memorabilia not seen before, and the history to flesh out the TV adaptation. I highly reccomend it!

UK History Queen Victoria part I

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Robert Burns, January 25, 1759

Wishing a Happy Birthday to the Scottish poet Robert Burns, born January 25, 1759.

He is still remembered by many with Burns Night festivities which include poetry, whiskey and haggis...he even wrote a poem to the famous regional dish of Scotland... which I don't like.  

I recently read a cozy murder mystery by Canadian author C. C. Benison called Eleven Pipers Piping, where the murder occurs at a very rancourous Burns Night supper. A very fun read! 

 I also love his series featuring transplanted Canadian Jane Bee who finds herself a housemaid at the Royal palaces and sleuthful helper of the Queen. Great fun!

So remember to sing For 'Auld Lang Syne of Robert Burns most famous compositions. I won't suggest raising a glass of whiskey...don't like that either! I make a poor Scot... good thing I'm English...I'll have that cup of tea now...

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year 2017 from Time Was Antiques

Happy New Year 2017 from Time Was Antiques!

Wishing you all a new year filled with health, happiness, prosperity and joy!
Hoping to do a better job of blogging this year!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy Saint Nicholas Day!

And a happy St. Nicholas Day! December 6th is the name day or birthday of the saint said to be the source of our Saint Nick and therefore Santa Claus. 

Born in the 3rd century, Nicholas spent his life giving away his inherited wealth to help those in need... and the gift giving tradition continues today...although Saint Nicholas gave year round, not just at Christmas...good idea, huh???


Thursday, April 23, 2015

This week...a week for England

I know I have been very bad at my blogging on this has a way of intervening. But today....I just had too! Too many things about this day....

First of is St. Goeorge's Day, and St. George is the symbol of England...not the Union Jack....

 Which is thy symbol of the United Kingdom, but of's the symbol on the National teams of England. St. George is the patron saint of England and believed to have dies on April 23rd. He is thought to have been a Roman soldier, and, of course...reputed to have killed a dragon.....
 This is a Dunoon, England bone china mug we have at Time Was Antiques with the ubiquitous image of the St. George Cross, symbol of

April 23rd is also famous in England because it is celebrated as Shakespeare's birthday...

 which is a big deal in parts of England...especially Stratford-upon-Avon where he lived...big celebrations there this weekend....this Shakespeare teapot is from our archives...

And April 23rd in the anniversary of the founding of the Coldstream Guards, a unit of the Queen' Own Guards brigade of 5 units, and special to us because it was my husband's old unit. For more on the guards, I have posted previously about it HERE

And April 21st is the actual birthday of Queen Elizabeth II...89 this year, and still out riding. For a great photos stream of her life, click on the photo or HERE for more photos from The of course, a new baby is due soon as well...

Jason Bell photo of Prince George, son of William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge, on his christening day....So a special day all around. Hope yours is brilliant, and that you celebrate with a nice cuppa!

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...!
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