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Monday, September 14, 2020

September Progresses With Smokey Skies



Autumn blessings to you...and welcome!


The last few days have been difficult, with temperatures in the 80s... which is hot for us here in the Pacific Northwest... with the addition of lots of wildfire smoke from Washington and Oregon which will not clear out without a wind change and some rain. 
But...


I am sharing an autumn tea time in the sunroom,
mixing last elements of summer and autumn things as the season definitely has changed here...we are in the 40s in the morning...


I needed something with a bit of color for a back ground, so added a polychrome transferware charger I have...


The pattern is called Rural England. I love the mill and stream and the flower border...


The plate was made in the 1930s by Midwinter. Midwinter was acquired by Wedgwood in the early 1960s, and did some great mid century modern designs in their Stylecraft line...very groovy, and very different from this earlier design. If you have visited the blog often, you know Wedgwood has gone through several shuffles and is now owned by the Danish firm Fiskars...always interesting keeping up with the potteries...



This teacup is where my end of summer comes in...the Hydrangea patterned Summer Glory Chintz by Shelley...you knew I get a Shelley in here somewhere...



This Summer Glory teacup is from the 1950s, and is the ivory colorway...which I have never thought a good name for the color, but...
the interior is pale yellow. I would call it a pale peach or apricot, but that's just my opinion. The pattern number is 13648, and it is in the Ripon shape. 


And we need at teapot, so here is a 1950s Sadler pale yellow and gold large teapot....


This one has rather fancy gold flowers with heavy gold outlining. Cool! Lots of tea for everyone!


And for the tea...Republic of Tea's Cuppa Cake Tea Caramel Vanilla...a flavored black tea that is a lovely dessert tea...


I have other teacups for you...this is a teacup trio with an autumn leaves design called Windswept...



The bone china pattern is 1950s as well, with pink and grey green swirling leaves. The set is by Tuscan made by Plant. Later marks from the late 1960s-1970s use the name Plant Tuscan. The company has had it's share of changes, as all English potteries have. It was amalgamated into Wedgwood in 1972, and then permanently closed in 2006. I think Fiscars has all the patterns, etc, but whether the name will ever be resurrected is doubtful.


For a trea for tea, I have some Maple leaf shaped chocolate cream biscuits. During the couple of weeks prior to becoming ill with the smoke, we had friends send us these biscuits from Richmond, BC...a favorite... knowing we coud not get together cross border in Victori, BC as we have in past years. 
So sweet!


They are delicious! 


Also in Victoria, BC a few years ago I found this little cookbook by a Victoria author called Sarah's Tea Time by Sarah Amos.  Sarah is a Brit now living in Victoria. Besides lots of recipes it includes her lovely tea time drawings. Charming!


I am hoping the smoke will soon disperse... we are at unhealthy air... 93 out of 100 and are really hibernating with air purifiers on in the living room and bedroom, and medications on a strict schedule and basically hibernating.
My heart breaks for friends in California and Oregon who have been forced to evacuate. 
Please stay healthy and stay safe!



Monday, August 31, 2020

Ending August With Blue Willow



To close out August, I am sharing a perennial favorite today...various versions of the Willow pattern. Willow has always been popular and therefore was frequently made by various potters. Because of it's long life as a pattern and relative abundance of pieces, it is often overlooked as an important part of pottery design.
It's origins go back to 1792 and Josiah Wedgwood.  


Blue Willow comes from a Chinese legend of 2 lovers, forbidden to marry who elope and are chased by the emperor. At the end, the boy is killed defending his fiance and the girl commits suicide. Sigh...not too cheerful.  
The elements that usually turn up are: of course, the Willow tree, the bridge the lovers crossed to elude pursuers...often with the lovers or with 3 people being variously the lovers and a helper or the lovers and the emperor...

a house they took refuge in and, of course,  always includes 2 birds, doves flying together representing the 2 lovers which has become a symbol of undying love.


It is fun to compare the elements of the design, and the various names as well.


Willow or Blue Willow has been in constant production by at least one poyyrty al though the years since it's inception, and has been made by hundresd over the years...
This teapot is a current version of the design by Johnson Brothers from 2004... but the same cherished elements...




This is a Royal Grafton, England version from the 1940s in bone china.




There are even versions in red, yellow and green, although the blue is the most popular....


This is a red, unmarked early 1920s version in red...


Wedgwood made this Yellow Willow pattern in the 1920s as well...


And Masons, England made this Green Willow version in the 1920-1930s...


And this, a very thin porcelain version from Occupied Japan which dates it from 1945-1954.




And a 1930s version by Royal Albert Crown, England , the early Royal Albert mark, in their version called Mikado, but all the usual Willow elements including the 2 birds. Having it in a pink variation is nice too!




There are just so many other versions and colors you would not believe!



A 1960s version from the North Staffordshire Pottery, that had just been acquired by Ridgway, England in their Willow version...


And another English version from a short lived pottery, Royal Venton, that only operated between 1923-1936.


To go along with all the English Willow, I have out my tin of Harney and Sons Royal English Breakfast which is a nice medium strong black tea I always have on hand...



And I baked a dried cherry chocolate chip cake this week... sort of an amalgamation of 3 different recipe I had around, and it turned out really nicely. We always enjoy a bit of cake at teatime!

So...long live Willow, and may there be many more versions to come to extend a wonderful history!



Monday, August 17, 2020

August Country Diary And Poppies!

August




I have been remiss the last months not starting out the month with my favorite Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady, but...life happens! I had a birthday last week...so I am definitely vintage +++! But here it is...





The reason I try to share the book, is that I get it out at the first of every month...and urge you to find a copy! It is such a window into a bygone era, and I love seeing familiar places...albeit changed...because aout families did and still do live in this area of Warwickshire, England, at the top of the Cotswolds. What an amazing observer and artist Edith Holden was!





The book is full of poems, mottos, quotes, Bible verses and folk wisdom...a joy to revisit often...




And this page is my focus this week, because it features Poppies, and they are the chosen flower of the August Flower Of The Month series teacup from Royal Albert, England...



Pretty ponk poppies and blut cornflowers which are also called batchelor buttons, which I love because they are blue...



I always love finding a Flower of the Month teacups! So fun!


Poppies in the lavender fields at one of our local lavender farms we visited last year... didn't visit this year with all the isolating....

Not especially for a month, but there are lots of poppy themed china... here are a few we have...


Ambleside teacup by Roslyn, England from the 1950s... with pink poppies, daisies and lavender flowers...


a matching cake serving plate....


And poppies in red or orange...


1880s Antique Staffordshire teacup...


Circa 1900 artist painted Haviland. Limoges poppies serving plate...



or even blue poppues... although this plate by Shelley from 1900 in a pattern called Sprays Of Poppies is almost turquoise blue...


And as a blue lover, this is a variety I found which is amazing! Called a Himalayan Blue poppy... I need some for my garden!


I hope you have enjoyed a lovely week and that the poppies bring a bit of cheer to your eyes.
The hot weather is difficult for my husband's disease, and our county is spiking with covid-19 at the moment with new cases so have been unable to spend time with our kids.
But we are content, cocooned and grateful for everything we do have!


Ending with the joy of a lovely poppy collage from Collages My Passion on Facebook

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