Monday, November 10, 2014

Poppy Day, Tower Exhibit, Old Curiosity Shop Cup And Saucer, Royal Birthday


It's Remembrance day, Poppy Day or Veteren's Day depending on how you were raised..Brit or Yank.  The name Poppy Day came from this poem written during the Great War or World War I:


 On my last post I shared the progress on the Tower Of London installation commemorating Britain's entry into World War I. You can read about it HERE. It was finally finished...with 888,246 red ceramic poppies...the number of British casualties in the war...



The Times Online posted this photo of the Tower with the completed exhibit from the air, and a friend of mine is in London at the moment, visited the Tower and sent me this photo....



 Look at the way they poured from a window...the scope of it is truly amazing. Thank you, too, to all the veterans who have given so much for our freedom. Thank you. The poppies are in place until Nov. 11 when they will be sold for 25 pounds each to raise funds for charities, 11.2 million pounds.


And to my teacup for Tuesday...

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 I want to share a teacup for Tuesday Cuppa Tea, so chose this English themed Rosina, England demitasse cup and saucer that was a souvenir of The Old Curiosity Shop in London England...

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 The Old Curiosity Shop was immortalized by the novel of the same name by Charles Dickens....

 I can remember crying so hard over the plight of Little Nell when I was a child...

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 The Old Curiosity Shop is still there, although it has been through several changes in the stock...from antiques & curios, to high fashion shoes, to carpets to an art gallery...but the outside remains unchanged...this is from one of our London visits...


Rosina, England, one of my favorite china makers, made fine bone china souvenirs for the shop in the 1940-1950s, most with this Cecil Forbes original engraving design of the shop...for more info on the teacup at Time Was Antiques click on the photos.

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This is a circa 1900 early postcard and early photograph of the shop interior...I would have LOVED to have a wander around...wouldn't you?



And a Happy Birthday to HRH Prince Charles whose birthday is November 14th....who is 66.

Prince Charles at age 5 with sister Princess Anne...and below from a few months ago...both courtesy of Getty Images...


 Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful week. I am joining Tuesday Cuppa Tea.

5 comments:

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Ruth, your teacup is just wonderful! How interesting its depiction of the Old Curiosity Shop. I am amazed at those poppies! Not only do they make quite a statement but they are for such a worthy cause and beautiful too. Wonderful posting and thank you for sharing it with us.

Blessings,
Sandi

Zaa said...

Hi Ruth ..your choices for teatime are always fabulous... and unique... and todays choice is perfect for the Remembrance Day tribute... and of course, In Flander Field " is such a wonderful poem... Thanks for sharing... Hugs

Snap said...

Love the In Flander Field poem. You whole post was wonderful for Remembrance/Veterans day. I've been following the "growth" of the poppy field on the internet. Your Old Curiosity Shop tea cup is wonderful. Fun post. Happy Tea Day!

Susan Clayton said...

Excellent post. The poppy installation is amazing. It is touching hearts around the world. Love the pictures and the information and the teacup! Enjoyed this post so much. Happy tea day!

Mrs.Rabe said...

That memorial at the Tower has captivated me this year. So poignant.

Your tea cup is so special.

Deanna

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