Blustery afternoon, building to gale force winds, 50 mph, this evening and overnight. Time for curling on the couch with some tea.

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Shelley "Hedgerow" cup and saucer, plate is marked "Mira, Occupied Japan, Royal Chelsea sugar and cream jug, French triple plate spoon, unmarked tea pot.

May all who observe Thanksgiving tomorrow have one full of warmth and laughter. And those who don't are wished a happy Thursday, and your share of warmth and laughter as well.
In need of a bracing cup of tea and a cinnamon bun today.

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Doulton plate, Crafton cup and saucer, Foley cream and sugar, coin silver spoon, thrifted silverplate tongs. Cobalt pot isn't marked.
arliss: (witch cat broom)
( Sep. 25th, 2016 05:19 pm)
Hi, yes, hello, here we are again.

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Another thrifted pot, sugarbowl, plate. Another Foley cup and saucer. This one reminds me of rolling Tuscan hills, or stylized waves in Japanese paintings, or fish scales--maybe dragon scales!
arliss: (teapot)
( Aug. 31st, 2016 11:48 am)

The color black is used less often than most colors in china patterns. So when I have a few pieces that do have some black in them, it pleases me to use them together.

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The plate is Royal Standard's "1810" black chintzware, with daisies and daffodils. The yellow triangles teacup is Paragon's "718X" first produced in 1918, and the second cup and saucer, while beautiful, are unmarked. Two views, to reveal the floral decoration inside, and the shape of the foot and the pretty handle.
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arliss: (teapot)
( Aug. 10th, 2016 07:36 pm)
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I love my Brown Betty with the downturned spout--no drips or dribbles! Today's china is Johnson Brothers'  Strawberry Fair. Cookies courtesy of Pepperidge Farm.
arliss: (teapot)
( Aug. 3rd, 2016 04:07 pm)
In anticipation of late summer and fall, I thought this afternoon we'd celebrate in browns.


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The cloth is a dresser scarf with fancy french knots, satin stich, chain stitch, etc. embroidered by my mom, and edged with lace tatted by my grandmother.

I love the English Burslem pot, hand painted with foxgloves and tulips. The cups, Colclough, Sutherland's "Chiang," and Rosina "4951" all have brown details, and look cheerful gathered with the pot. One spoon is coin silver, the other spoons, the lemon fork and tongs are vintage silverplate. Nibbles are raspberry jam bar cookies, and oatmeal bites.
arliss: (teapot)
( Jan. 24th, 2015 06:01 pm)
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Yes, that's tea--black and strong. Portmeirion teapot, teapot stand, plate, and tea strainer all courtesy of ebay. Other items from antiques shops: cup and saucer from Havelock, NC, tray from Kernersville, NC, cream jug from Southern Pines, NC, sugar bowl from Hillsborough, NC, tongs from Bellingham, WA. Full-leaded Typhoo in the pot, homemade pumpkin-walnut  bread garnished with plain nonfat yogurt. Nom!
arliss: (teapot)
( Mar. 2nd, 2014 01:48 pm)
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Mizzable day outside. Inside is cozy. Cup and bowl for sugar are handpainted Delft. Reed and Barton “Desert Rose” silverplate spoon, thrifted cream jug and tongs. Best husband’s best low-wheat oatmeal-walnut-cranberry cookies.

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arliss: (teapot)
( Jan. 25th, 2014 06:17 pm)
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When it's very cold, H makes me tea and brings it in a thermos, with a mug to drink from. I have to be proactive and beat him to the stove to use my tea things.

Portmierion "A Fine Romance" teapot, Haddon Hall teacup by Minton, Daher tray, triple-plate French spoon, vintage tongs, strainer and bowl, Nippon sugarbowl.
arliss: (teapot)
( Jan. 22nd, 2014 02:44 pm)
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I feel like hammered crap today, so I decided to pamper myself a little. I've had the tea cozy for years and years, a never-used gift. It actually fits pretty nifty on the brown betty pot with the downturned spout. The cup and saucer is Rosina, the pattern known only as "4951." The oak leaves and acorns, daisies, apples, and pears are personally symbolic. It took me years to track down this wily teacup, and I enjoy using it.
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arliss: (teapot)
( Feb. 10th, 2012 03:33 pm)


Hummus on a rice cake, woman! Thursday lunch.
arliss: (witch cat broom)
( Feb. 4th, 2012 10:11 pm)


Friday's tea.



This tree stands by a farmhouse in a bend of the river. It's a favorite with bald eagles. They gather to teach their juveniles to fish. There were twelve eagles in this tree yesterday: a pair and two single adults, the rest juveniles. Unfortunately, the camera was at home. There are seven eagles in this picture. The juveniles keep their subadult plumage for up to five years before their white head and tail feathers grow in.



Water sparkles off the bay shore this afternoon.
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