Wednesday, October 1, 2014

" HUG IN A CUP "


It's  just the Balloon Lady and me, enjoying a morning cup of tea ... So Welcome !!!!!   I'm reminiscing over the brilliant  moments of Autumn while gazing at my gladiolas


How resplendid those elegant flowers look in that old pickle jar( Ha Ha)...I just couldn't find a vase tall and large enough to cradle the lofty stems , so I had to improvise in order to save them from  naughty Jack Frost, who has been nibbling about lately.


Actually, I was quite  content  with the retro appeal of the jar and the 1930-ish teaset that I had found at the flea market... It's  one of  approximately 1300 patterns  that the Johnson Brothers Pottery managed to   produce by the turn of the  20th century. This one, called ' Montery " seems to  possess all the warm elements of the season.



Look at those pretty blossoms gathered  around  this handsome saucer. Yes, I think that the cup is a girl and the saucer a boy (ha ha) since there seems to be quite a bit of charming  design chatting up  from this saucer. I love that art deco type edging too !!!

While most  pottery is difficult to date the Johnson Brother's collections, fortunately, have a reference guide available to locate and date your teaset pattern. Their guide is broken down into separate chapters based on shape or pattern of the china. There are three major plate shapes, scalloped, coupe and smooth rim. If you have a plate with a scalloped edge then you would proceed to the chapter marked scalloped edge,



where you would see  hundreds of illustrations to  assist  in identifying your china. The reference guide  also includes information such as the pattern name, number and history or production date. I was however unable to  identify the " Pareek " name which I thought might have some significant value...If you know anything about this label ..Please do kindly pass it on as I'm so curious about it .


HMMM... Excuse me while a take another sip of my Earl Grey , the bouquet is quite intoxicating.



Plus taking a little sip break  allows me to enjoy  the abundant gifts that Autumn has  shared in the garden.  The gladiolas are still blooming amidst the cool temperatures. These elegant looking flowers are one of my favourites.


As a child I used to visit an elderly gentleman. who  exclusively grew,  hundreds of  gladiolas. Every Spring and Fall I would watch him  lovingly  tend to the plants and for that  happy childhood past-time , I always received a glass a milk and two freshly baked  cookies.( Ha Ha)..So of  course I visited quite often.



Childhood past-times often rub off and I quess , my love of this beautiful flowers is one of those childhood tributes... The brilliance of  colour  on these 36-48 inch  stems,  certainly sets the yard ablaze with happiness. ( Below) The sun was shining from the window onto the blossoms giving them a golden aura. Isn't Autumn Beautiful !!!




Drinking my morning  tea with the Balloon Lady and you has been so relaxing... Sometimes, it is nice to just drift away... So let go of a few balloons today and enjoy  the colour of life , my Friends
Thanks for your kind visits.



                                                             I'm sending you all ...

                                                             " A HUG IN A CUP "


                                                          Today I'm sharing with :
                                                            Rose Chintz Cottage
                                                             Martha's Favorites
                                                           Tuesday Cuppa Tea
                                                     

Found this Early Morning cup of tea  post  on pinterest ... It really made me smile  ( Ha Ha)

24 comments:

Stephanie said...

Hello sweet friend! I haven't visited you in ages - how have you been?

Your post was a delight filled with beautiful pictures :)

Sending hugs your way!

Zaa said...

Hey Stephanie.. How grand it is to hear from you ...Thanks for your sweet visit. Hugs

Jill said...

The Balloon Lady would make a great tea companion. I have never seen this old Johnson Bros pattern. I agree on the 30s era, which appeals to me also. To date, Earl Gray is my favorite.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your Balloon Lady is a sweet figurine and would be a wonderful conversation piece at tea time. Love your JB teacup. It looks right at home for the Fall season and your Glads; such glorious blooms! Mine are long gone. Thank you for joining me for tea and have a lovely week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Zaa said...

Thanks for the kind visit Jill..Please come again soon..Hugs

Zaa said...

Dear Sandi... I'm so happy that you stopped by for tea... I still have a few gladiolas blooming that I would share with you ...Hugs

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Love that cup and your glads! They are one of my favorite flowers. Your Balloon Lady is so beautiful. I collect figurines so it is extra special. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Mom Wald said...

What an absolutely lovely tea cup, and oh so perfect for autumn. Johnson Brothers is one of my favorite companies. Thank you for sharing your flowers with us!

Zaa said...

Thanks Martha..SO glad that you enjoyed your tea amongst the flowers...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Martha..SO glad that you enjoyed your tea amongst the flowers...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Mom Wald...It always nice to share with a kindred spirit..Hugs

The Charm of Home said...

I don't think I have ever seen a Johnson Brothers pattern I don't like. This pattern is beautiful! Thanks for stopping by!
Sherry

Zaa said...

Thanks Sherry..So glad for the visit...Hugs

Millie said...

The colors in the cup are so appropriate for the season. I enjoyed your posting.

Zaa said...

Thanks for your kind visit Millie.

Beth L. said...

The colors of fall are the reason I love the season so much,

Deborah Montgomery said...

Beautiful flowers and teacup! Such a lovely time of year just to enjoy. Thanks for stopping by my blog and introducing yourself!

Karen said...

Hi Zaa,
What a lovely post! Such gorgeous gladiolas and I love the memory the flower holds for you. Your Johnson Brother teacup is so very pretty and your Balloon Lady is so beautiful! Thank you for visiting me! Happy Fall! Karen

Zaa said...

Thank You Deborah... Love your artistry !!!!!!

Zaa said...

Hey Karen...Your kind visit is so appreciated, my Friend. xoxoxox

Carrie said...

The Balloon Lady is a great tea guest! Your cup and saucer is very pretty and those flowers are simply gorgeous! Thanks for your visit to my blog, and I hope you are having a great weekend :)

Ruth Weston said...

Hi Zaa. LOVELY flowers, and I love the Johnson Brothers china. The Pareek isn't a pattern name, but their name for the kind of china...a variation of semi vitreous...close to ironstone. I love the pretty floral. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Zaa said...

Thanks for your sweet visit Carrie...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thank You Ruth ... I wasn't sure about the name ' Pareek" and could find anything on it...So glad for the teatime chat. xoxox