Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tea Giveaway

 Just in time for the Kentucky Derby, I'm giving
away Elmwood Inn Fine Teas Bourbon Black Tea,
10 oz. package of 14 pyramid tea bags. 
The ingredients are: Black Tea from India, China and Sri Lanka, 
Sunflower Petals, Calendula Petals and Natural Flavors. 
(Contains no alcohol)

Please leave a comment by 8:00 pm. Sunday night May 1st (corrected)
with a way for me to contact you. 
I will ship this so the winner can have it by Derby Day, the first Saturday in May. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kit-Tea for Kitty Rose

My friend, Lynn, and I enjoyed Monday brunch and an afternoon of shopping.
I found these Tea Zing™ Catnip Toys.
Lynn said I "had" to buy them for Kitty Rose. 
 Kitty kept inching a little closer, then pounced on her own Kit-Tea bag.
Too cute!  

Monday, April 25, 2016

James Taylor Concert

Sunday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington (yes, the basketball place)
James Taylor was in concert to a full house. 
Above Austin and Alexa joined the old folks (Glenn and me)
for dinner and a fantastic show.  
We've seen J.T. in concert three times, and this was the best! 
If you have an opportunity, go see James Taylor and His All Star Band
in the "Before This World Tour 2016" touring North America and Canada. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

American Glass - Sandwich Pattern

For several years I have collected Indiana Glass, Clear Sandwich pattern
Depression glass  and have posted about various pieces in my collection.   
I began the collection because I liked the clear glass luncheon plates to
use with various patterns of English Bone China teacups at tea time.  
As time passed, and I began to find more pieces, my collection began to include
cups, saucers, sugars, creamers, dinner plates, side dishes and more. 
To be honest, I am nearly out of storage space. 
This glassware was made 1925 - 1985 and was named for the "authentic" 
Sandwich Glass made around Sandwich, MA.
These are a belated birthday gift from Mary. 
The beautiful plate in the top photo is 13 inches in diameter and very heavy. 
The bowl, below is 12 inches in diameter.  
 I just love the two pieces, either together or separate.    

There are four major makers of Sandwich pattern: Anchor Hocking Glass Co., 
Duncan & Miller Glass Co., Indiana Glass Co., and Westmoreland Glass Co.
I have glassware by each of the above manufacturers, but I haven't yet closely examined
these beautiful pieces to determine which they are. 

My question today: 
Do any of you collect American-made Glass patterns?  
I have a few pieces of various patterns of Depression glass and Carnival glass
from my grandmother and Aunt Mary, 
but not enough, in my opinion,  to call them a "collection." 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Happy 90th Birthday Queen Elizabeth

 This is my "Queen's Golden Jubilee" theme tea table from a fund raiser event in 2008
She celebrated the Golden Jubilee of her reign in 2002..
We were fortunate to be in England during that special occasion.
Thousands of Beacons of Light were lighted to for that event as
will be for the Queens 90th birthday celebration. 
Beacons are similar to bonfires in the USA,
except they are usually at higher elevations so they can be seen for miles.
In olden days it was a way of communication across the country.
The first Beacon for this celebration will be lit at Windsor Castle by the Queen
and family members at 8:00 p.m.April 21st. 
This is my favorite decorated table of all my years of themed tea tables.  
 I used several decorative items purchased during travels
in England in 1998, 2002, 2004 2007 and 2008,
including the Royal Worcester china and the Queen's Golden Jubilee James Sadler teapot. 
Oh how I would love to be in England today!   

Happy 90th Elizabeth II

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Shamrocks and Treasures from Mary

 My dear friend and cousin by marriage, Mary has returned from 
a winter stay in Florida with several treasures from thrift shopping. 
She knows because I'm a March birthday gal, I love shamrocks.
This is a pretty English Bone China mug by St. George

More of Mary's Florida thrift shopping treasures to show in the next post. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

June Afternoon Tea at Boone Tavern Hotel

I am so excited! 
My dream continues.  

Friday, April 15, 2016

Peyton's Spring Break

This week was Peyton's spring break. 
Most all my blog readers know one of Peyton's favorite things ever
is going fishing with Grandpa at the farm   
 Peyton is 11 and has nearly completed 5th grade.  
He had soccer practice several nights this week, so he and Melissa
were only able to stay Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Grandpa came home early from work both days to "play."  
 Peyton played basketball at the farm while Grandpa 
spread mulch around the rose bushes surrounding the front porch of the house. 
(He forgot to take photos of the finished project.)
 Wednesday afternoon, we visited my nephew Charlie and 
our newest member of the family, my great niece.  
 Melissa and baby Kennedy seem to be enjoying each other, below.
 A visit to Berea is not complete without dinner
and yummy spoonbread at Boone Tavern Hotel.  
The time passed too quickly, but we enjoyed our visit. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

You Know You Are in Derby City When...

 Kentucky Derby hats are for sale in the hotel gift shop.
 While in Louisville (Loo a vull) last week, we stayed overnight
at The Brown Hotel, home of the famous Kentucky Hot Brown.
 We enjoyed a lovely dinner in the English Grill (main dining room)
 Austin wanted me to take a photo of him eating the Hot Brown.
I got a good one, don't you agree? 
 The recipe is at this link
Chances are if you visit Louisville, you will want to buy a
piece of Louisville Stoneware.  The mugs are very popular.
The above is their Hot Brown Baking Dish.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Spring Break College Visits

 Spring Break 2016 was filled with daily college visits.
Monday - Asbury University (above), Wilmore, KY
Tuesday -  Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY
Wednesday -  Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY
with a personal reserved parking place.
 Thursday - Centre College, Danville, KY
 Friday - Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
We plan to visit one or two more this summer.
Just FYI - the college entrance process is very different from the
way it was in my day, and good grades during the high school junior year
are very important for the application process.  
Yes, it's hard to believe, Austin is a junior. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Cherry Tea Cart

Most folks reading this blog know I live in a small Kentucky town.
A longtime family friend passed away in the fall. Her house sold, and
the family held an online auction of her household items last week. 
As soon as I saw this cherry tea cart, I knew it needed to come home with me.  
 The bidding began. At one time, 14 different people were bidding,
I researched the going prices are for similar vintage cherry tea carts,
and I was surprised at how high the prices were.  
My house is full of furniture, dishes and more of my mother and aunts.
I'm pleased this tea cart of Geneva's is now mine, and for a very bargain price.
I collected the Crown Staffordshire "Springtime" china in memory of
my mother because she had one "treasured" teacup and saucer in this pattern
which sat on her dining room hutch as long as I can remember.
Now, it sits on Geneva's tea cart.
This makes me happy, happy, happy!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Tea in Lucerne

Tea Time Magazine arrived in my mailbox on Friday, and
there is an article about Taking Tea in Switzerland by Jane Pettigrew.
Neither of the Lucerne tea rooms mentioned in the article
were open when we were there last spring, At the time, I loved the name
of The Queen Camilla Tea House and took a few photos of the exterior.
I was glad to find the article describing this tea room in the center of beautiful Lucerne.
After reading the article and learning a little about the tea background of the owner.
I can understand why this "non-Swiss" named tearoom is called
The Queen Camilla Tea House.

We visited the tea room in Old Town Lucerne (below)
as it was open both days we were there. 


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