Thank you and Tea 2

Hi sorry for the delay. I was laid up in bed.
One morning there was a cheerful “ding-dong ding-dong” on our door bell which woke me up. I muttered something about how doorbells had no right to sound so cheerful in the morning, then my next thought was need to install a portcullis and wasn’t there that rather natty idea where you could pour nasty things on people at your castle gate. Ha this English girl’s home is her castle! I told hubby who blandly remarked “My aren’t you a cheerful soul this morning” and laughed. Hmph.
I then had a few odd dreams I remember thinking I ought to write these down. Then I was dreaming that I had written them down. Weird!

Anyway I’m back cue Jack Nicholson image from that Stephen King film. 🙂 I promised some more tea things. The above pic is the tea cupboard. I think you can read the flavours if you click on the image.
Now we’re on to children’s tea things- the above are based on nursery rhymes (history in links):
“Hey Diddle Diddle”
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

“Rain Rain Go Away”
Rain rain go away,
Come again another day.
Little Johnny wants to play;
Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again!

“Baa Baa Black Sheep”
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Little Bunnykins plates. The idea started in 1939. They are so sweet. You can even buy the figurines.
Wooster Bear bowl and mug.
This little lot are from the illustrations of Beatrix Potter. My grandmother was a huge fan of her work so I grew up with those little books -perfect for a child’s hand size. When I had a boiled egg it would come in an egg cup with a green watering can on and my “soldiers” of toasted bread fingers would arrive on a little plate, with Peter Rabbit tucked up in bed in the centre. Even the salt had a special tiny salt spoon. It’s a treasured memory for me.
The “onions in a hanky” pepper pot, Tiggywinkle bowl, egg cup and oatmeal dish.
Peter Rabbit Christening bowl, the salt shaker, another Tiggy oatmeal dish.
The same egg cup I had as a child, a Peter bowl and the little mouse is an exact copy of Lucy M Boston’s mouse from her Green Knowe children’s stories based in her own home. Totally recommended- the gran figure makes and repairs very old patchworks. The author herself was a keen patch-worker over papers. I saw her quilts when I visited her house. They are what inspired me to have a go. If you can’t go to the house, there is a book called The Patchworks of Lucy Boston if you can get hold of it. I think it’s going to be reprinted.
Tiggy moneybox plate and cup,
Big Tiggy plate, Peter Christening moneybox, Jemina cup, a Peter plate the same as I had as a child, and a Peter moneybox.
Tiggy cup and saucer, Peter Christening mug, milk jug and teapot.

If you are thinking of a gift for a child, I can recommend them. Childhood should be a wonderful place filled with beauty.
I’ve probably mentioned how my daughter has a strawberry “thing”. One of her friends gave her the cup and tray for Christmas. She found the little butter dishes, jam and honey pots in a couple of charity shops recently. Happy bunny. 🙂
So this is where I’m up to- a huge mug of lemon tea for me and a pot of tea for the children. I feel like I ought to go into some sort of support group now- “Hello my name is Melanie and I do tea as well as coffee. ” LOL

Before I forget I have some big thank yous:
Thank you Suzie at Little Busy Bee
Thank you Anne Marie and Ulla from Anne Marie’s Quilt and Kotkarankki respectively.
Thank you Melissa at Melissa’s Heart and Home.

~This is an award for being a wonderful Mom.~

~You do fantastic work!~Be proud of your accomplishments.

I will be passing them on soon. 🙂 I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone. If I have, give me a swift kick I promise not to be offended. I have a lot of catching up to do with everything -just don’t mention son’s new school shirt. I think milk gets ink out? I’ll show you next time. I hope to be popping in and catching up soon. 🙂 What flavour tea have you got in the pot?

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