I dearly love this Shelley, England pattern called Rose And Red Daisy. It is so evocative of lazy days in the garden with tea in hand and a book. The shape is called Dainty. Shelley made about 50 different shapes, but this has has the longest appeal to people with it's feminine and elegant ruffle effect. So pretty! The pattern was made from the 1907, but this teacup was made between 1940 and 1966 when the pottery closed. Shelley china, which is bone china...yes, actually with a content of bones...is extremely light, delicate and yet strong. Lovely! Available at Time Was Antiques. Just click on the photos.
I like to bring out this vintage tea book on a seasonal basis because it is so clever! The book is by artist and tea enthusiast Maryjo Koch, published in 1995, and is called Delectables For All Seasons. The book is a compendium of delightful and fanciful drawings, tea lore and recipes all illustrated with her wonderful drawings! There is a companion book for coffee, but...not for me!
"Tea, Heav'ns delight, and Nature's truest wealth,
that pleasing physic, and pledge of health:
The stateman's councellor, the virgin's love,
the Muse's nectar, the drink of love."
A Poem Upon Tea, Peter Antoine Motteux 1712
Tea is actually in the Camellia family and in China is believed to have a mystical, and royal heritage that was pronounced by the first emperor to taste it as a Golden Elixir, Divine in origin. Who am I to argue????
Chinese proverb: "Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one"
As always, each season has a fanciful teapot. The one for spring is made up of violets and primroses with a twig handle a tea leaf spout and is surrounded by a blue ribbon that says:
"To see a hillside white with dogwood bloom is to know a particular ecstasy of beauty,
But to walk the gray winter woods and find the buds which will ressurrect that beauty in another spring is to partake of continuity."
Hal Borland, The New York Times Nov. 28, 1948
Have a wonderful day! We are mostly sunny and actually feeling like spring! We are driving to our neighboring town Port Angeles, WA to see the Holland America ship Oosterdam come to town on it's way to the Alaska season. It has come from Hawaii. We only get about 2 of the big cruise ships a year, so this is always fun.
Enjoy the blog parties listed below, and I'd be honored if you would like to join the meme for Thursday Tea Things And Talk!
Miss Spenser ~ http://missspensersblog.blogspot.com/
Coloradolady ~ http://coloradolady.blogspot.com/
Vintage Thingie Thursday