I'm into the pickle juice... Oh me, oh my ... What a busy day I'm having! September, is always a delightful mix of colors and plump fresh fruits and vegetables. The kitchen itself smells to be pickled and my hands are stained a lovely beetroot red ...
It's time for a break .... On days like today I need some invigorating yellow to get me through the canning tasks of the season. I've always been partial to yellow, which I believe is the most enchanting color in the color spectrum.
Certainly the charm of this "Ansley" teacup, is like drinking a cup full of sunlight ... especially for someone, who might be a slight bit "pickled"... or should I say tickled with the aromatic scents of vinegar and spices.
This is a regal design that someone of royalty could have commissioned, but of course it's only one of a hundred or more , dazzling Ansley patterns. The saucer is so delicately rimmed in gold florets and perfectly completed with intricately connected rose bowers. I alway marvel at those who create such symmetrical beauty.
Ansley China was produced in the late 1700's, as a family business that started as one man's hobby. Today it one of the worlds highest quality chinas.
John Ansley, the chairman of a local coalmine in Stokes-on-Trent, England, had a strong interest in collecting pottery and lustreware and in 1775 started his business in Longton. He used local clay and his own engravings and soon became known as a master potter. His son James successfully maintained the business .
Funnily enough it was his grandson, John Ansley ll, who took over the manufacturing and introduced a new process. ( This is something I didn't know) He added 50 percent calcified bone ash to the porcelain creating a stronger and whiter product .... thus the name bone china !!!
It was at this time that Queen Victoria commissioned a set of personal tableware and allowed Ansley China to use the royal family seal in it's logo, where it remains today. The company boasts recent commissions including sets for Queen Elizabeth ll and the Prince of Wales.
Today, Ansley is still in demand and is now part of the same group that produces Belleek porcelain from Ireland.
Ok ... Time to get back to the task ... (Scrub, scrub scrub) ... Luckily my son loves culinary arts and has encouraged me to continue into the wee small hours of the morning ... Graham made the brine and I cut up the horse radish and cleaned the cucumbers... We finished at 12:00 a.m ... No wonder I'm excited to see all bright green pickle jars... A job well done !!! ( Yawn)
Maybe I'll have just one more spot of camomile tea before bedtime !!!
Goodness , I hear a knock on the door...It's the local ladies flying around on their brooms...They stopped in for an , All Hallow's Eve chat. ...Would you like to join us for some teatime cackling ( ha ha) ... T'is the witching hour !!!!
Sometimes, I do wonder about this neightbourhood and it's strange tea brew !!! ( Hee Hee Hee)
Thanks for the visit and ENJOY your last week of summer .