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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Easter Sunday...National Tea Day and Queen Elizabeth's 93rd Actual Birthday


He is risen! He is risen indeed!
Wishing you a wondrous Easter Sunday!

And also today, April 21st...



April 21st is National Tea Day in England...I know what you are thinking, isn't every day???
Well, yes, but this is the official one.


And today I am drinking Twining's Darjeeling... a repeat buy here at my home.



And I hope you have a cup to raise to toast a birthday!



Because April 21, 1926 is Queen Elizabeth II's actual birthday...


Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in a photo by Marcus Adams with her mother Elizabeth, then Duchess of York in 1926...



As we saw her on Thursday, looking fabulous, the Queen is 93 years old April 21st and is a marvel!


So here is a Shelley coronation teacup from 1953 with my favorite sepia photograph taken by the Queens then brother-in-law Anthony Armstrong-Jones who was married to Princess Margaret....






 I found these patriotic biscuits at Tetley tea...





April 21st is the actual birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, although it is officially celebrated in June as the weather's more predictable. 




An official coronation portrait by photographer Dorthy Wilding



Andy Leipzig's portrait of Queen Elizabeth as Wonder Woman...released for her Diamond Jubilee....




And one of my favorite images of Queen Elizabeth....source unknown...




The Queen and the Cambridge great grands...

So Happy Birthday Ma'am!


Friday, April 19, 2019

Happy Easter! Pot Pourri Of Easter Things

Hi and thanks for visiting for a few Easter related things...



Interesting Easter related information from a Victorian Delineator magazine from 1894. The article was called Fortune Eggs. 
The Delineator was a Victorian combination of Good Housekeeping, Vogue and Crafts and was a trend and style setter of the late Victorian period.

The article said:
The one who gets an egg of white
In life shall find supreme delight

A striped egg bodes care & strife
A sullen man or scolding wife

The one who gets a golden egg
Will plenty have and never beg

The one who floral egg obrains
Will go through life by country lanes

A Silver egg will bring much joy
And happiness without alloy

The one who gets an egg of brown
Will have establishment in town

A lucky one - the egg of pink
The owner ne'er sees danger's brink

The one who gets an egg of purple shade
Will die a bachelor or old maid

The one who gets an egg of blue
Will find a sweetheart fond & true

The one who gets an egg of green
Will jealous be and not serene






Well...that should give everyone something fun to think about if you have any Easter egg hunts in your future. 


And what to do with those hard boiled eggs????




Tarragon and Shallot Deviled Eggs
Yield: 2 dozen eggs

1. Mash 1 dozen hard-boiled egg yolks, and add 6 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon mustard, 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. 
2. Spoon egg-yolk mixture into egg whites.
3. Garnish with fresh tarragon sprigs.

Hard-Boiled Eggs
1. Place 1 dozen large eggs in a large saucepan with enough cold water to cover. 
2. Cook over high heat until water begins to boil. 
3. Reduce heat to medium. 
4. Let eggs simmer for 10 minutes. 
5. Remove eggs from heat. 
6. Drain eggs, and rinse with cold water. 
7. Peel eggs, discarding shells. 
8. Halve eggs lengthwise. 
9. Remove yolks, and place in a small bowl; set whites aside. 


from: https://www.framedcooks.com/2011/04/deviled-eggs-with-tarragon-and-shallots.html

What I especially liked about the recipe...besides the fact that deviled or stuffed eggs always make me think of spring tea parties and left over Easter eggs, is the photo showed an innovative serving method. The eggs are cut across rather than horizontally and served in eggcups. I am an eggcup lover!




And for dessert...
Candy Cottontail Cookies
from Good Housekeeping magazine


Allergies and sinus headaches are still plaguing me this week, so things are a bit curtailed until we get enough rain to really clean the air.
 But wishing you all a wonderful Passover, which begins April 19th, 


or Easter Sunday on April 21st.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Titanic Anniversary... lost April 15, 1912

April 15th, 1912 is the date the Titanic tragically sunk...
the ship was the most famous in the world... and probably still is...
and was supposed to be unsinkable...
it has been a romantic touchpoint in history since then...




The above photo is the last taken of the Titanic as she sailed from Cobh or Queenstown, Ireland in 1912 by Father S. M. Browne.


White Star Line Titanic poster... PBS


Poto representation of the contrast of the size of Titanic versus a modern cruise ship...
fascinating! Pinterest, don't know source

And we have cruised a few cruise ships, even across the Altanic several times...

Onboard the Celebrity Millennium several years ago, we loved the Olympic specialty restaurant onboard, which is named Olympic after the sister ship of the Titanic. The Olympic was also a White Star Line ocean liner built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast, Ireland in 1910. White Star ultimately became Cunard. The dining room has the original paneling and murals from the Olympic. I have found a YouTube video with more info about how the dining room, the Olympic specialty restauraunt came to be on the Celebrity Millennium: 





We were invited to a tea in the Olympic restaurant, and I share here a few photos of that. We were so busy talking to friends I forgot until the end to take photos. Also, some of the original Olympic artifacts were in glass cases and did not photograph well. Sigh...















I can just imagine what the Titanic decor was like...seeing the beauty, elegance and workmanship of this sister ship's decor.
So sad....


In 2012, for the Titanic centennial, Harney and Sons Tea debuted a tea blend in honor of the ship...

A press release at the time said that Harney &Sons Tea has just launched (yep...their pun) a RMS Titanic Blend Tea for the centennial of the of it's sinking. Here is the tea description on their website:


Titanic Tea is our latest endeavor, created as a tribute to the tragedy and heroism of “A Night to Remember”. PH Nargeolet, one of the divers with the French exploratory group at Woods Hole in Massachusetts when the Titanic was found, encouraged John Harney to create a commemorative tea to honor the 100th Anniversary of those who perished when the Titanic sank. John has created a tea blend which reflects the quality of tea that was served on the Titanic.

There is Chinese Keemun, one of the last teas British still consumed in 1912. The British had mostly switched to black teas from Assam, India and Ceylon. Also there is Formosa Oolong, which was popularized in both the UK and the US by an enterprising Brit. So this blend would have been recognizable to tea lovers a hundred years ago.
A portion of the sales of our RMS Titanic Tea will go to The Ocean Conservancy, the dedicated organization committed to preserving one of the Earth's most valuable resources, our Oceans. We hope you will enjoy this tea, and “Remember".

Here is the link to the tea on the Harney and Sons Website, as it is still one of their best selling teas. And is quite nice... I have had several tins over the years:

RMS Titanic Tea Blend




Photo of an actual 1st Class menu on Titanic... Getty images

Remembering all those who lost their lives, and all the brave folks who helped in the rescue effots...like the Carpathia...

Monday, April 8, 2019

Spring Daffodil Tea And Visiting Kids

Hi there. I have been out of commission with horrible allergies. According to the allergist worst for years...lucky us!
And the worst is our son, daughter-in-law and middle grandson arrive for a visit, and I have a whole list of things I haven't been able to get done!
Oh well...
This is a Daffodil spring tea I did a few years ag, but it seemed appropriate as our Daffodils are all out.


Tea, as usual in the sunroom...


I had some Welsh cakes I had made for St. David's Day on March 1st I got out of the freezer... and enjoying a pot of Tete-aTete miniature Daffodils I found which I will be planting outside...




I have a HUGE German Farmer's cup and saucer from the 1890s I have temporarily placed the little pot in...even as a tea lover, ther is NO WAY I could drink that much tea in the morning and survive! But I had German neighbors as a child who had one each every morning! It has a dog on the front...



I am always a bit hard pressed to find yellow or green teacups, as those are not my usual go-to colors, but this fits the bill, and reminds me of Primroses which are just beginning to pop up around here...






The pattern is called Jacqueline and dates to the 1960s. Enoch Wedgwood is a famous collateral of the famous Wedgwood family, a cousin to the Josiah Wedgwood branch...but not the same.



For some years, they sort of capitalized on the Wedgwood name as Wedgwood & Co. Ltd. until 1965, when they were acquired by Semart with the understanding they alter the name to Enoch Wedgwood. But it returned full circle to the Wedgwood Group in 1980 and became earthenware, and subsequently disappeared, presumably into the Fiskars conglomerate along with the rest of WWRD.


The second teacup just seemed like spring to me...hand colored pansies on brown transferware with enamel accents.


The maker is Tuscan, England and dates to the 1920s. Tuscan was a trade name of Susie Cooper and Plant and survived intil the but potteries attrition in 1966. Again, all rights and records hidden somewhere at Fiskars, Denmark now since 2015.


Did you notice the stacking teapot in the back? I remembered I had that...in a peach to green luster and thought it would go well for our tea...


The stacking teapot is by Royal Winton Grimwades from the 1950s in a line called lusterware. Lots of folks haven't seen them, but they are the origin of the current popular Tea For One with the difference that they incorporate the teapot...perfect for 2...and the cream and sugar...apart it looks like this...




Royal Winton Grimwades started in 1894 when Grimwades used the trade name Royal Winton named after the Winton Pottery where they made their goods. It had the same fate of many potteries being acquired many times. In 1995, new management went back to the original name and reissued some of the famous chintz patterns from the 1950s to a new audience in Victoria magazine, and are still producing, although not necessarily in the UK.


I added an art deco pair of sugar tongs so you can drop the Demarara sugar cubes into your tea...


So I hope you have a lovely week. We are so looking forward to the kids' visit, as they live out of state so we don't get to see them as often as we would like... and my husband's health precludes us going to them.
So doing the happy dance between sneezes!

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