Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Week

The tea cart sits in our "tea room" and has been decorated
in a Valentine's theme since February 1st.
The ribbon on the three tier server and the tea set change monthly.
The little lady bear holding the teacup and dressed in a pretty hat,
is helping celebrate.  She probably had a name on a tag when I found
her in a little shop in central Kentucky more than 10 years ago. 
But, if so, the tag has disappeared.  Is she a Boyds?  I don't know.
She has moveable arms and legs, and poses prettily on various holidays. 
The tea set and teacup trios are Duchess "June Bouquet."
I hand-carried them home in 2008, from a small china shop in
Stratford-upon-Avon, just a short walk from Shakespeare's home.
While the gentleman in china shop wrapped my purchases
and chatted with Glenn and Austin, I walked a short distance
to another shop and purchased carry-on bag to transport them home.
 (Fun memories!)
I like the pretty dainty rose pattern of the "June Bouquet."  
This set has been used several times for tea with family and friends.

Notice the large open sugar bowl and large milk jug?
The size is typical of many English tea sets. 

 I showed Austin the photo below while working on this post. 
He said I need to be sure you all know this photo was taken in 2008,
and not recently.  *Big Smile*
We celebrated his 9th birthday on the trip. 


Sylvia said...

Beautiful tea set,Linda. Have a wonderful Valentine Day!

relevanttealeaf said...

What fun memories, and your beautiful Duchess tea set helps keep them alive.

Joy said...

Your "June Bouquet" is lovely, and what nice memories accompany it!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Your tea cart is decorated so beautifully! Love your tea set. I have a tea set with the sugar and creamer very large compared to the teapot and was wondering about it. I also just bought a teacart something like yours, but before I could decorate with it, my grandkids took it over as a puzzle table for the winter!

Ruth W said...

Lovely teaset and wonderful display! I always love your tea cart display!

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

Beautiful tea set and pot! Sounds like the perfect place to purchase an English set. On my next trip I want to venture out of London more.

La Tea Dah said...

Sweet memories! A beautiful tea set! I love the open bowl designs of the creamer and sugar. And oh my, how Austin has grown!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

It's a pretty set Linda. I wondered why most of the cream and sugar sets were so large while others don't hold much at all.
I like the ribbon decor and the young Austin in the photo.

Beth said...

Hi Linda, Austin was (and still is) a nice-looking young man. You all are creating precious loving memories together. Love your tea set and the cute bear.

Angela McRae said...

What a beautiful set (love the plump shape of the teapot), and I love even more knowing that you purchased a carry-on bag to transport them home!

And Austin's comment made me smile, too!

racheld said...

That sweet Beary-Girl says it all---welcome and holiday and LOVE. Don't you just adore her little pink footpads and her wee black oil-drop eyes?

You KNOW how I love dropping in to your welcoming home---it seems always ready for a party!


Marilyn said...

It's a beautiful set, definitely worth carrying home from England. Oh Austin is growing up.


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