Monday, May 7, 2012

Afternoon Tea


Marianna Arolin
 
My copper kettle whistles merrily
and signals that it is time for tea.
The fine china cups are filled with the brew.
There’s lemon and sugar
and sweet cream, too.
But, best of all there’s friendship,
between you and me.
As we lovingly share our afternoon tea.


Hello everyone! Today I am having tea with some of my mother's old china. She collected it from the grocery store (back when you could do that). It is a full set, everything but alas, the teapot. The pattern is called English Garden- fine bone china.




I love my little blue crackled vase. It has a story and a fond memory. Way back when I first got married, I was on an outing with my DH. He was playing baseball with his submarine buddies  and I  found a flea market next to the  ball field. (Mystic Ct.)  I found the vase there for 50 cents. Such a deal...







I hope you all have a wonderful week.
~Clara

25 comments:

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

awww...I have this same china. My dear mother in law gave it to us soon after my husband and I married 33 years ago. And I actually found the tea pot in a Thrift Store for $1!! I did not know that it came from a grocery store..how interesting. Mine always brings sweet memories too :) Thanks for sharing.
Betty

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

How lovely -- so nice to think you could get something so pretty from the grocery store!

SmilingSally said...

I remember that pattern being offered in the grocery store; I could not afford it, though. Times were tough even back then! I adore that pretty blue vase you show with your mother's china. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Blue Monday, Clara.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

My sweet MIL had the same china, such a delicate pattern, and now I'm sure it graces one of her children's china cabinets....
The little blue vase, compliments it beautifully, and is quite special, made even more so by the loving memories :)
~Jo

shutterbuggbitten said...

What a great story for the blue vase. The china is beautiful! Too bad you don't have the teapot also.

Tina´s PicStory said...

how pretty and made with love :)

Beth said...

What beautiful china, Clara! I have had some grocery store premiums (not china, but ironstone/earthenware) over the years. Yours is truly lovely. I like your little blue vase too. A very pretty setting for a cup of tea.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What pretty china, Clara! Your little blue vase is adorable and such a bargain too. A charming setting; especially like the last photo! Thank you for sharing this with Tea Time and have a delightful week.

Blessings,
Sandi

kitty said...

I love your Mom's china from the grocery store. Isn't it a treasure to have it? That's a loving tribute.

Lavender Cottage said...

I collected china from the grocery store back in the 70's and it had a pretty pattern too. It's nice that you have your mother's set and can complement it with your blue vase.
Your tea tray is set nicely.
Judith

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

I love china! So elegant, so creative setting. I think the blue-pink combination turned out fabulous! Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Texas Tea Party said...

What treasures you have and wonderful memories. I collected a similiar pattern with blue flowers from the bank and had to get family and friends to open accounts at the bank for a 5 piece place setting. I wish the grocery stores would have those promotions again! Your blue vase is so pretty and I love the story with it!
Enjoy Mother's Day! Pam

Michelle said...

Your mosaic and blog are lovely! Is that a picture of your real cottage above in your header?!

So pretty!

Terri said...

Your mother's china is sweet indeed! I remember buying china at the grocery store! It used to be quite nice way back when. It is wonderful that you have it now.
Everything looks very pretty.
Hugs,
Terri

Rowan said...

Your mother's china is really pretty, it's lovely that you still use it. I like your little blue vase too, it all makes a very attractive tea tray.

Annesphamily said...

I love the china! It is so pretty. You might get lucky and find that matching teapot. You never know. I love having tea. Wish we lived close. I would invited you over. :)

Zinnia said...

I sit with a big cup of tea now when I read your blog. But I take milk in my tea. Beautiful tea ware. Beautiful color of the vase. I wish you a nice day! Zinnia

Lynn Holland said...

You had me going there I thought you were in the UK where I am.
I go foraging for old china and lovely things on my local flea market.
Check out my blog for a look
www.oneimadeearliertoday.blogspot.com
if you put in the word TODMORDEN you will see where I go.#
Lynn - One I Made Earlier Today
no. 62

Bernideen said...

Let's pretend this is on your lovely porch - thanks for linking - this is lovely!

Martha said...

A lovely tea! Your mother's china is pretty!

Sarah said...

Lovely! I'm enjoying your little rhymes. Cut idea.

Magnolia Cottage said...

Hi Clara,
I love your Mother's English Garden China...so beautiful! And the blue vase with the flowers is gorgeous.

Lisa

Jocelyne said...

What a lovely post! I love your china set, it's very beautiful. It's a shame you don't have the teapot, maybe you could find one in flea markets or antique stores ?
Oh and I love the vase, love the colour !

Carmel Cole said...

what an elegant presentation. i love your victorian cups. visiting from blue monday. http://www.heartscontentofamama.com/2012/05/blue-pansy-some-blue-wild-flowers.html

Suzy said...

Very pretty!...I remember my Gramother having lots of pieces that came in washing soap!

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I love to hear from you. ~Clara~