Monday, April 30, 2012


Downtown Abbey is a fabulous mini series, produced by the BBC. It's a wartime saga that follows the lives of an Aristocratic English family and their servants during the wartime... sort of an " Upstairs, Downstair" story.  If you you haven't watched this series ... please do take the time to  make yourself a pot full of tea and get acquainted with the fabulous lives and characters of this award  winning  show.  

You can watch the whole series in one day on " streaming", if you love a good English Drama. 

You'll understand this teatime chatter, if you've watched the series... If not, you're WELCOME to join into a spot of tea and meet Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham... a real character( ha ha )

So Ladies  ... Shall we let  teatime begin, or rather, let's catch up to the Teatime Tuesday conversations and quotes with Lady Violet.  

" Sometimes, I feel as if I were living in a H.G. Wells novel."

Well Yes "Lady Violet ", after all you are a character from a script... and Maggie Smith , you're a superb Grand Lady, with great one liners... BRAVO !!!

By chance... This set is stamped by Royal Doulton as " Grantham' ... Ha ha .. so hilarious that the fictional, Downton Abbey should choose this name ... I did a little research and found it to be a peaceful little medieval  English Village,  that began as a ' Saxon' word ' ..( Ham) meaning  somebodies name or home.

A juicy little tidbit is that , Sir Issac Newton was born in Woolsthorpe near, Grantham and attended King's School, near Grantham, so  that certainly puts the village of Grantham on the map.

This Granthan teaset is an antique Royal Doulton China set  that was gifted to me, from my husbands', mothers, mother who bought it for  a penny in a cereal package.

Imagine ...  Royal Doulton  in a cereal box ... My mother -in-law, remembered it as the porridge pattern and poo- pooed it's grand name. Personally ... I love the whimsical swirls and all the delightful posies that adorn this vintage set. 

Knowing that it was used  everyday, before I or my husband, Kim  were born, makes it even more special.  Unfortunately, my mother-in-law, Peggy  dislikes it's familiar memories of war and loss of loved ones .... Goodness ... I never realized that pieces of china could carry such a legacy. I'm resolved to enjoy these dishes because of family connections and the many unknown good times that may have been. .. Now ladies,  let's return to Lady Violet !!!!! 

" I'm a woman Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose."

In Downton Abbey, Lady Violet had so many fabulous one liners...and I love the name ' Violet "and I also love the woman, that they have created. Lady Violet and most Victorians would have  enjoyed drinking tea from a  fine china cup. Perhaps, a grand lady would choose this pretty cup and saucer for her teatime fancy.

I do hope the violets pop up into this tea and allow you to see how very sweet this teacup really  is.  Can you see them round the bottom of the cup ? I chose  this lovely  teatime duo with violets and forget-me-nots in mind... and of course it  also reminded me of , "SPRING".

(Slurp...sip...slurp..sip)... Really, I  drink my tea quite graciously, but do forgive a good  loud sip and slurp every once in awhile. ( ha ha)
 Lady Violet, would of course, object to the complete lack of our Canadian or American manners, since she believes that we live in wigwams.


Lady Grantham: " Why would you want to go to a real school? You're not a doctor's daughter."
Sybil: "Nobody learns anything from a governess, apart from French and how to curtsy."
Lady Grantham: "What else do you need?Are you thinking of a career in banking?"
Cora: " Things are different in America."
Lady Grantham: " I know, They live in wigwams."

  The golden  filigree on this saucer is  definitely a harbinger of Spring with it's floral whispers and  sweet blue nosegay. I am almost tempted to sip from the saucer( ha ha).. but I think that would be a Victorian,
 " no-no ".

Wouldn't you love to engage Lady Violet into a teatime chat about etiquette and manners? What fun we could have!!!!

Of course .. It may bring you to a  " Lady Violet " moment ... HA HA ... and ... She is quite  a Teatime Lady ... with an opinionated Teatime Voice  !!! The perfect Mother -in -Law ( Ha ha )

Lady Grantham: "You are quite wonderful the way you see  room for improvement wherever you look. I never knew such reforming zeal."
Mrs. Crawley: "I take that as a compliment."
Lady Grantham: "I must've said it wrong".

" You'll find there's never a dull moment in this house."

I hope you enjoyed  seeing my "Lady Violet "ATC's . I just couldn't resist making a few cards of this grand, Dowager Countess.

So Ladies, please do sit back, enjoy another cup of tea and watch "Downtown Abbey" while I scurry into blogland to visit a few Teatime friends. Thanks for another extraordinary teatime chat..

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Maria Andrade said...

Hi Zaa,
This Royal Doulton set named Grantham is so lovely!
And I loved knowing about the village it probably took the name from.
As to the association with the Grantham family of Downton Abbey, it's a very up-to-date coincidence!
I'm also a faithful follower of the series which is on in Portugal, too, trying not to miss any episode :)
Thanks for the lovely tea with these very pleasant connections.

Zaa said...

Thanks Maria ... So glad you're enjoying the series over a cup of tea with me...Hugs

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Zaa,
Your RD set is lovely! Imagine getting that for a penny! I love vintage pieces and yours is a treasure for sure. Thank you for a very pleasant tea time.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Sorry, I forgot to comment on your pretty teacup. The violets are so sweet and make it a lovely cup to sip or slurp tea from. ;)

Cinderella Moments said...

Great teacup! I love the series. I only really got into it the second season. I'm not much into tv watching but if there were more like this I would become a tv addict. Love your post!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Very fun post! I, too, am a Downton enthusiast and am waiting eagerly for the third season. Love your art work, teacups and your wonderful Violet quotes. She sure can deliver them!

Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am taking the next 2 weeks off my son & DIL will be hear from Utah, and who knows what we'll be doing! I'll be posting Tuesday Cuppa Tea for May 22nd.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Zaa,

I love your vintage pieces and your beautful violet teacup!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

"Downton Abbey" is such a fun show. When it first came on, we realized that we had once been on the grounds of Highclere, the house used in the series. I'm looking forward to the next season. Lovely china!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Such a cute post! I enjoyed reading about Violet. Lovely china and I enjoyed the history.
Have a good evening,

The Victorian Girl said...

I also loved watching Downton Abbey. Recently, I saw a segment on Good Morning America where they said that Violet would be leaving the show, as Maggie Smith wants to get back to doing theater. But the real kicker was that Matthew would also be leaving! NO THEY CAN'T DO THAT!!!!!! I don't know if they meant during the third season or after, but I can't imagine Downton Abbey without them. Hope I haven't ruined your tea!

Kathryn Ross said...

Zaa - Absolute perfection in a tea post!!! Love your family legacy pieces and that sweet blue and gold china cup - stunning! But, Lady Violet steals the show - a show I really must git! We don't do TV so I haven't seen it yet. I get the DVD's - but - not having the disposable income to put towards a new series at this time. TOtally on my list. LOVE the ATC's - I shall have to try my hand at it . . .

Beth said...

What a stunnng filigree tea cup! I also love your one-cent sugar and creamer! Great buy, but then a penny was more then than a penny is now. I love your post, and look forward to reading more about the Grand Lady.

allisamazing said...

Your teacups are beautiful and I will have to check out that show. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Zaa said...

Thanks for all the sweet comments and kind support Ladies... Please do come again....HUGS

Anonymous said...

This is a delightful post and very inspiring as well.
I must to say that you have been inspiring me to collect more tea-cups... perheps someday I'll have the time to share them with you all.
Big hugs sweet lady.

Lady Linda said...

I absolutely LOVE this post. I want to read it over and over. GRAND!

victorian parlor II said...

I love Downton Abbey-especially Lady Violet! Your china is lovely!



Zaa said...

Thanks Sol..Please do start a collection and we shall have teatime together, my friend...hugs

Zaa said...

Sweet Lady Linda... Your visits are always so welcome and I'd love , if you would stay over a little longer...HUGS to You !!!

Zaa said...

Welcome Kim... How nice of you to pop in for a teatime chat... I'm coming over to visit you right now ....xoxox