Friday, 8 February 2013

Breakfast revisited

I have a fondness for setting a nice breakfast table - always at the weekends and if possible during the week too.  If you care to gander over to these older posts you will see how I like to 'track' the ages and have a 'theme' to the breakfast (what!!!!!!!). So here was the 70s breakfast  and here was the 1940s breakfast and Arts & Crafts breakfasts (featuring hearts at breakfast time!) On today's post  I have dug out some old photos of mine of various breakfast tableaux (what.... again!!!!!!) for your delectation.

The children used to use these - sadly I no longer have them (one day I will do a post on things that I USED to have!)

Look at the camera dear....

That's better!


Two children therefore needed two sets...


Both bought from local charity shops


This one I took last Christmas


To be honest this mug is best suited for hot chocolate in the evening but sometimes I just let rip and use it whenever!!!!! 

I know how to live.

Boiled eggs feature quite heavily in these photographs


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Let us contrast that with...




In the photograph above I think Dom selected the coffee cups....they are PLAIN WHITE and very robust (I keep trying to break them....)


Ahhh - that's better...a bit of pattern and colour (see my favourite chair peeping out in the garden)

Orange juice for the children.



In the photo below I remember very clearly that this was Maille's choice of china and co-ordinating tablecloth - best to instil table laying skills early on in life I think.


I calculate that about 5% of china and tablecloths have been photographed for 'The Custards Photography Bank'.

'Archiving'  is a slow and steady process.



This was before any food had been deposited

This one might have been Bronte's choice.  'Jug post'  on the horizon



The one below I shall call 'informal breakfast on a tray' (pompous)


I know that this shall cause a ripple amongst us but I only like Marmite on toast - NOTHING else will do.  I am sorry but it has to be said.

Proof - if needed:


The one above was when Bronte was ill one day - so breakfast in bed.

 I am showing a 'range' of styles here - which type do you prefer I wonder?


Please note - this is a different owl....

...to this one....


Eggs cups another time perhaps

Oh go on then - one more for now

Keep warm...again....today

61 comments:

  1. Hello Jenny:
    What a cheery start to the day at the Custard Household it must be when greeted by any one of these delightful breakfast table settings!!!

    We particularly like the herbaceous border look. Rather like having a picnic outside only in the warmth of a cosy kitchen. The best of both worlds.

    On Fridays we often treat ourselves to eggs for breakfast, believing some old wives' tale that too many eggs can cause untold and irreversible damage although to what we have no idea.Alas, however, we have no wise owls to hold our boiled eggs!!!

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    1. Many thanks as always for your kindest of words. I am not familiar with that particular old wives tale! No wise owls - I am sure Budapest harbours a few.
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  2. I want to come for breakfast at your house :)

    Love the first mug/bowl/plate set - I need one of those - its so very Vicki :)

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    1. I really don't know why I got rid of it to be honest - I have seen plenty of the other type but the first one is particularly pretty....oh dear
      One will turn up
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  3. I love the mug/bowl sets - I've never seen one before!
    More photos please Jenny - egg cups next? or perhaps jugs??
    I have a bit of thing for chairs too and a glimpse of your favourite is not enough!!! Bring on a chair post please!

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    1. Ha ha - I will try and cobble a chair post one of these fine days - I fear that I have whipped you into a frenzy as my chair are quite ordinary!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  4. Ooh they are all fab, i really like the last egg cup, the scandi style one, but the pretty china with orange juice in appeals to my girly side. Wish my table looked like this, its mostly covered in a scattering of squashed rice crispies and toy cars! Catx

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    1. Ours too used to re-enact that scene - gets a bit less chaotic as they get older!
      I have a bit of Scandi style china but never really photographed it before - will do one day
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  5. Wow ! what a fabulous collection you have...I would love to come for breakfast at your house!!!! I have lots of different style cups for different drinks, another obsession of mine! Also I love different designed napkins. Oh and I like table cloths, especially checked ones..and did I mention cute teaspoons? Have a lovely weekend Karen xx

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    1. Many thanks Karen - I have one or two tablecloths...
      Enjoy all your bits and bobs
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  6. I think the second owl egg cup has a slightly guilty look - do you think it explains the rather surprised look on the first owl egg cup's face?

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    1. Ha ha - yes indeed. I see what you mean - oh dear!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  7. Now I'm seeing a B&B / Museum combo...where you book your favourite era, interesting concept? Oh, and pleeeeease have that limerick competition, I'm on it like a car bonnet! EE xx

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    1. Now that is a very good idea - a bit of work involved though!
      When the time is ready (!) I will indeed organise that (it is all written but I cannot think of a suitable photo!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  8. Can I come to breakfast at you house?
    I have similar eggcup combination of the Snowman, but its a bit of a puzzle. It has a plate/saucer - the hat, the egg cup is the head and the drinking cup is the body which you have to turn upside down! How do you drink and eat your breakfast eggy!
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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    1. Oh yes I know that combination - these are not really suitable for eating and looking at at the same time!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  9. oh can i have it all.......hello from another china freak...love the blog...going to sit down with a cuppa and have a good read through, please pop over to my blog sidmouth poppy and have a gander at my china collection x

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    1. Dear miz-bag - thank you for your kind words and I will be popping round shortly
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  10. Divine!
    I could happily eat nothing else but breakfast, it is my most favourite meal of the day, it is what i love to get up for...
    D x

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    1. Good for Miss Lazy Daisy
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  11. Love all the vintage china!! Those first two are darling!! Cute owls too! Happy Friday!! xx Holly

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    1. Thank you kindly Holly
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  12. lovely to have lots of choice and for the whole family to be involved!! some great finds there, Heather x

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    1. Thank you
      I have been lucky over the years of scouring!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  13. What a lovely selection. I love boiled eggs and a good egg cup is a pleasure to find! Have a happy Friday. Jane xx

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    1. I was in a wonderful old bookshop the other day and thought of your good self (not that you are old!)
      Thank you for your kind words
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  14. There is so much to ogle at here. I really like the first breakfast set but they are all great.
    June

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    1. Thank you kindly June
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  15. Just lovely china and colour.

    the hollyhocks table cloth is so pretty.

    Christy

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    1. Many thanks indeed - I have a few with hollyhocks on and then there is the hollyhocks china..
      Oh dear
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  16. If ever I'm down your way PLEASE.....can I come over for breakfast?! :) x

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    1. I have just laid the table in readiness....
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  17. Ah, I recognise those starry saucers with the red stripe. Now that is what I call a coincidence :)
    I am so glad that someone has more china than I do...

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    1. Yes indeed - I usually use that at Christmas time because they remind me of snowflakes - it was £3 for a set of it at the car boot a couple of years ago so of course I had to buy it.
      I wish china could be flattened for storage purposes...
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  18. Breakfast certainly looks a very cheerful affair! I remember having the mug when I was growing up xx

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    1. Since seeing this blog post Bronte has now asked where those sets are - I clearly remember asking them if they still wanted them at the time!!!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  19. oh how lovely that you go to all that effort! I think i will have to make more effort with my table...x

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    1. Lay that table with vim and verve Claire!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  20. Breakfast must never be dull in your house what a selection! Glad to see marmite is featured!
    Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah - somewhere I have a bakelite Marmite blotter......!! I will have to look for that today...
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  21. How lovely! I'm afraid breakfast is very much a rushed affair in our house, weekends or weekdays. I love the mug and the jug reminds me of one my mum gave me last year that was one of her wedding presents. It is in my display cabinet as I am afraid to use it in case it gets broken!

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    1. That is lovely to have such things passed down through the family - I understand your worries about breakage though!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  22. Such a sweet idea - so lovely to take such care in something that so many people skip over as fast as possible. I've left a blog award over at mine for you - have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Oh that is very kind of you - I shall come and visit later on today
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  23. ~ Ooh can I come for breakfast, me deary!! Some of his delightful pottery brings back memories of staying with my Grandma, which was lovely!
    My mum always laid the table like this for our visits and I try to do this as much for evening meals...Loved looking at all your crockery Jenny....and the fact that you use and ENJOY using it and nothing is to precious is wonderful!
    Take Time to dream...~ Love Maria x PS...My little red 'riding hood cape' from my post...I no longer have...Tis sad but true..x

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    1. Sorry to hear about your cape - I bet it was just gorgeous (are you inclined to make one just because!)
      Breakfast and tea - the best times for china laying I think!
      Many thanks as always
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  24. I love looking at all your china, it reminds me of growing up surrounded by family in "The Potteries" - my Grandma had cupboards full of different china tea and dinner sets - I still love "playing" with a tea set!

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    1. It never leaves us does it - that playing with tea sets. It is a favoured pastime...
      Many thanks for your kind words
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  25. 'marmite'? {devil sludge}
    I could really waffle on but in short I have serious china envy, feel lacking in my breakfast providing skillage and marvel that one home can contain quite so many lovelies; you & yours included ;)
    Nicky
    x

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    1. Now Devil sludge is not a term I have come across before Nicky! A great term though - I am a consumer of Devil Sludge!!
      Thank you for your kind words
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  26. How big is your house Mrs. Custard? You have the most divine taste and I would have loved to have had a childhood of such variety. I really think its wonderful that you take time to make such a glorious effort. As for the marmite...well we would literally keel over and die if it didn't exist. Its a stable on toast in this here household. Thanks for sharing such delights with us xox Penelope

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    1. Dawwww - thank you. It is a house with a great deal packed into it...one day it will have to be cleared.
      Hurry for Marmite!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  27. Oops I was obviously thinking od horses when i said stable, I meant staple!

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  28. Jenny .What a great post. I love your childrens sets they are so sweet. I would like to have my table laid out like this everyday, but there isn't time. I try to do this the weekend. Or mainly in the evenings I set our coffee table for tea and cakes in front of the fire. We all love it.
    Rosezeeta

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    1. Ah yes indeed - time is always of the essence. Tea and cake by the fire cannot be beaten in my book
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  29. You put my perching on the sofa with a quickly microwaved bowl of porridge to shame!

    Love the owl eggcups :D

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    1. Thank you kindly - I will send a message regarding fabrico (I hope that I can find it again!)
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  30. I love all your china wonderful pictures Jenny...a girl can never have too much crockery :)
    x

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    1. That is exactly what I keep telling Dom...he feels slightly differently...
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  31. Who could ever convict that Little Bo Peep on your mug? So happy to find your blog Jenny! I've started one, too. Feel free to visit! Aloha with hugs, Ann

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