Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Luck Of The Irish, Irish Meanderings

Hello and welcome to my post for the tea related blogs listed at the bottom, as well as a Wednesday vintage blog party.  

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visiting the Irish Guards last year...

As it is close to St. Patrick's Day, I am sharing two very different Irish themed teacups from the archives of Time Was Antiques.

This is the Shelley China, England Shamrock pattern in the Bute shape that was made from 1908-1916. The shamrock was used on several different shapes but this was the first I could locate. They never were around for long, because a lot of folks collect the Shamrock pattern.

This is a Shelley cup and saucer in a landscape pattern called Old Ireland with a cottage that is also pretty neat. This one was made in the Cambridge shape and dates from 1940-1966 when the pottery closed. I always love the landscape patterns. You sip you cup of tea, look at the saucer and dream you were there....

And to go with it, and English EPNS silver plated napkin ring with a shamrock theme dating to the 1930s. Pretty cute! Irish or shamrock themed collectibles are so fun! On St. Patrick's Day, everyone's Irish!

The teacups and the postcards are from the archives of Time Was Antiques.

We have visited Ireland several times, and Dublin is always a favorite. This part of the post is for my husband, a Brit who loves Guinness Stout. Here is the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin where he took a tour...and got samples...I went shopping!

I left he and his buds here, and the ladies went to Grafton Street, the best shopping area in Dublin. We had a great time and ended up at Brown Thomas, one of the best department stores which also has a lovely lunch room where we had a smashing lunch!

Thanks for visiting! And may the Luck Of The Irish be with you!
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Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy St. Piran's Day... Patron Saint of Cornwall

Photo: Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE

Just in case you didn't know... today,  is St. Piran's Day, commemorating the patron saint of Cornwall...Poldark would have known!

Cornwall is a favorite area of England...and the site of many wonderful holidays over the years...

St. Piram is famous for being credited with discovering tin. The metal was a major reason for the development of the area.

This is Mousehole...pictureseque and we just loved the name!

Fowe, where my husband has cousins we visit...

Polruan, where a niece lives...and a wonderful place for a holiday...

And Poldark is not the only famous literary work set in Cornwall... there is always Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier and her Jamaica Inn...a tale of pirates and smuggling....lots of books! The horse brass above is a favorite souvenir of the area. Click on the photo for more info.

Agatha Christie lived and wrote in the area...

 And of course, the famous Cornish Pasties...nothing better!
So happy St. Piran's Day!
I'll have a cup of tea to celebrate!
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