You may recall ('Oh help - she's off...') that I posted a while ago regarding embroidered tablecloths that were pressed into usage during a visit from my sisters. I thought that today (some time after the event) I would show you the china that I had, oh so carefully, selected to go with the tablecloths. If I know a person is coming to visit I will try and get out china, tablecloths, fabrics, books, articles and sundries that I think that person will like.
Daft I know but I like it to be 'right'.
My sister Sue likes chintzy china and delicate cups and saucers and it was her birthday and we aim to please...
In our house we often progress through the day using bits from the last century china/tableclothwise:
Breakfast would usually be using 60s/70s china (robust and hard wearing)
Mid-day would be 50s (brightening up the colours and pattern)
Afternoon tea would be chintzy 30s/ 40s (slowing down for a post prandial snooze!)
Returning to the 70s for the last repast.
If a very late night snack is called for then we would use 60s plates and cups - no tablecloth required at that point in the proceedings.
If have we guests then a suitable 60s cloth would be utilised no matter what the time.
I am quite sure that I am not alone in that particular age sequence but if you utilise a different sequence of china throughout the day then I would love to know the order and the rationale behind it.
Imagine sticking to one decade for everything.....
Such things are important!!!!
So this was breakfast that particular day - no food shown as that would spoil the show......
The jam pot below was one of my early charity shop purchases - from a charity shop at the end of the road where we used to live in London - it cost 30p. Given that this was 25 or so years ago that seems quite pricey to me as you can still buy umpteen jam pots for exactly the same price (I am currently 'sourcing' a new to me sewing table and staggered by the wonderful tables around for between £5-£10 - so now I am stymied and not able to choose!!)
The saucer did not come with it! The saucer was placed to TRY and stop jam droppage
For delicato'ness you cannot beat a cottage garden I think
I got out a 'range' of jam pots...but only had raspberry jam.
In fact that saucer belongs to a very nice cup that I finally found for tea.
Just a note regarding the jam pot in the centre below - I left the raspberry jam inside for a week and it very carefully stained the whole thing (given your kind comment Annie that it is difficult to dye old linens with fruit I thought that it was most unfair that it could stain china so easily!!!). No amount of false teeth cleaner will shift the stains - any ideas gratefully appreciated.
Tea cosy post coming up one day....gulp.....
A trio of jam pots - tra la la
The man from Del Monte said 'Yes'.
Perfecto for Spring and that is even without the tea!
The larger cake plate was bought from the same charity shop some months later....what are the chances!
Sorry a few photos of the same thing
Chip in jug - chips in lots of things
I think I turned the light on as these photos look awful. All of these photographs were taken back in April and I realise how dark and gloomy it was then.
I have some other pieces of this china - don't you think that blue and green look Spring-like and fresh?
Tra la la
Fiddle de dee
Let us have cake
With my plates and me!
PS: I do NOT have false teeth.....yet