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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Thursday Tea Things And Talk, Geo Jones Shannon, Country Diary For March

Welcome to Thursday Tea Things And Talk! It's nearly St. Patrick's Day, and I had another celtic teacup to share. My main St. Patrick's Day post with some photos from a trip to Cobh & Kinsale is the previous Tuesday Cuppa Tea post, which can be visitied HERE if you would like to.

I love this celtic meets art nouveau design called Shannon by George Jones Crescent China is a favorite of mine who began in England in 1864. The green is so appropriate for St. Patrick's Day, but it also came in a red colorway as well:

I spoke in a different post about the different versions of the same pattern that are produced, and this is a great example of the difference by color. Same exact design...different color.  Fun!  The green version is available at Antiques And Teacups, and the red photo is from my archives. Click the green version photo for more info.

George Jones & Sons England and their other versions, George Jones, Crescent China and Geo Jones Crescent China are a favorite manufacturer. They are probably best known for their stunning majolica ware. The following is a Pinterest photo:

George Jones and the Crescent Pottery operated until 1957 when it closed. Their workmanship was fabulous!   The little bird plate above continued a train of thought raised by the racket of all the birds over the last week who have come in to breed and raise their little ones. We are not the only ones interested. Here is our cat Tinker in the window in the highest window in the sunroom where he is right up in tree level. The trees are just beginning to leaf out here on the Olympic Peninsula...much later than many of you! Our bulbs aren't up yet!

I remembered that a favorite book, Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady from 1911 in Wiltshire, England by Edith Holden, focuses on birds in her March diary pages.

On the first page of March she has a proverbs and a poem:

"A peck of March dust is worth a king's ransom"

"So many misties in March
So many frosties in May"

"March'll search ye, April try ye,
May'll tell, whether live or die ye"

"March hack ham, comes in like a lion
and out like a lamb"

"March borrowed from Averill
Three days and they were ill
The first it sall br snaw & sleet
The neist it sall be rain & weet
The last it sall be sie a freeze
Sall gar the birds stick to the trees."

 The next pages with Edith's drawings are much more cheerful with birds and their eggs, pussy willows and daffodils.

The book is a treat thoughout the year. As she records the small happenings of her life we see a vanished age that is charming and a bit raw. This is the Downton Abbey time, and she would be the equivalent of minor gentry, like the doctor or even Matthew when he was a solicitor. 

I'll leave you today with some shamrocks or oxalis growing in some moss...we have a LOT of moss around here! But they fit right in to a St. Patrick's Day post. Have a wonderful time....my honey will have a beloved Guiness in honor of the day! Not me...maybe a glass of Bailey's Irish Cream though!

I am joining the following blogs and there is a linky if you would like to link a tea related post to Thursday Tea Things and Talk!

Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
What’s It Wednesday                                           
Home On Wednesday
 A Tea Lover     ~http://the-teaist.blogspot.com/
Tea Talk Wednesday
 Coloradolady  ~ http://coloradolady.blogspot.com/
Vintage Thingie Thursday
 Mrs. Olson ~  http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday
Pink Saturday


  1. Beautiful Celtic teacup in green and one in pink. I also love that pretty Crescent Pottery pice, it's lovely with the birdie on it. Thank you for the poem and March proverb. I loved your post! Happy St. Patrick's and thank you for having me at your tea party.

  2. You have lots of "pretties!" Those tea cups looks so dainty and fragile.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!


  3. What a lovely post - even the shamrocks - also that majolica and your cups and saucers are great!

  4. what a delight! from the lovely teacups and bird majolica to the beautiful book (I will try to find a copy!) Thanks for brightening up a grey March day!

  5. Love the March poem, proverbs, and drawings. The Shannon teacups are lovely! Happy St. Patrick's Day. I'm off to bake some Irish Soda Bread!
    ~ Phyllis

  6. I really like those teacups Ruth, especially the green one. I guess it's the embossed cream that is so pretty and the light touches of colour. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

  7. What beautiful teacups, Ruth! I enjoyed seeing the oxalis in your yard too. Enjoy your Bailey's. I also like Bailey's! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  8. Hi Ruth, such pretty things you always share with us. I need to pull out my book...one of my favorites. Love the poetry, love Bailey's too!
    Need to take a dessert to my daughter's for St Pat's and they don't like mint! Any ideas you clever lady???

  9. Hello Ruth,
    Your Shannon teacup is very cute and I'm especially liking it in red. Enjoyed the poetry too and the shamrocks in your yard. I won't see them here for a while yet. Thank you for sharing at my HOME and have a lovely weekend.


  10. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and Happy Pink Saturday. Thanks you for the information on the George Jones Pottery. It's a lovely pattern.

  11. Your tea cups are very pretty. I especially like the green one. Happy St. Patty's Day!

  12. What a lovely post. I love that dish with the bird - just gorgeous. Your teacups are also beautiful.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day and Pink Saturday!

  13. Gorgeous embossed tea cup! love it for St Pat's - hoping yours is special with a Bailey's toast to banter and craic !

  14. Love the different colour ways on the same design. A very appropriate green for St. Patrick! He would approve. It also seems fitting that the other colour is red for his Welshness :-)

    The diary of an Edwardian lady has some wonderful old traditions. I must get a copy.

  15. I love the pink ones!

    Hopping by from Pink Saturday. Hope you'd come and see my PINK
    Your comment is always appreciated.

  16. I hope you had a wonderful St. Patty's Day! I love the soft green and white of that first teacup. So, so beautiful! The illustrations in that book are precious. I think I am going to have to order one. Thanks for sharing all of your lovlies with SYC. Spring is on the way!

  17. I just love finding a pattern in all its different colorways. It's sort of like finding the missing pieces of a puzzle!


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