Late night movies and goodness, it's already morning, but I just had to watch Leo Tolstoys ' War and Peace"... It's a full length 1956 epic, surrounding the 1812 French invasion into Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on the Tsarist society, as seen through the personal lives of two aristocratic families.. The stellar cast included, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer and Peter Fonda ... It's a lengthly movie, but truly a classic.
Please pardon my tardiness in preparing our teatime.( yawn) I'm peeking into cupboards with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage today so I best choose my teaset quickly and get the kettle boiling.
It's a rather rather brisk day that is filled with the aches and pangs of the season ... The trees are turning so quickly and now float restlessly to the ground. I am reminded from the chilly movie scenes( above) that it's getting cold outside . It's definitely a harvesting time for all god's creatures, including myself. Today I am lost in a myriad of thoughts that fall and scatter just like the leaves.
I smile, as the chipmunks and bluejays rally over the peanuts that have been left on the doorstep for them.
( hurry, scurry)... because, I , too, just want to snuggle into the warmth and comfort of the day. Yes... Autumn is a time for helping and supporting one another.
While the kettle was whistling, I was rummaging through old papers and found this beautiful quote from one of my favourite personalities .... We can ponder it over a steeping hot cup of tea.
" Remember, if you ever need a helping hand,
it's at the end of your arm, as you get older,
remember you have another hand:
The first is to help yourself,
the second is to help others ."
... Audrey Hepburn
Don your coat and hat before coming over. It's just a short walk over the bridge to my house. I'll have a cup waiting for you!!!!
My cupboards are filled with such a wide variety of brightly coloured teasets, but stacked on the left hand side, are a collection of white cups and saucers, that I have rarely used ...Today, I've decided to break the habit.
What a lucky decision, as I have found such a wonderful history for this elegant little teaset. Look (above) .... Doesn't it remind you of a soft vanilla ice cream cone with all those pretty swirls?
This " Royal Tuscan " has a most interesting potted history, that is quite well documented.
Tuscan Tableware was founded in 1878 Staffordshire , England by R.H. Plant. The records show that the Plant family were potters of renown going back at least as far as 1775. There were jugs, white glaze baskets and a pair of lions produced about 1780 - marked J. Plant and B. Plant respectively.
Also the 1775 diary of the same individual is kept in a private collection showing how much he paid for glazes and other potting materials. Isn't that a unique insight into the history of Tuscan tableware!!!!
About 1900, two brothers, R.H. Plant and S.L. Plant established a major factory called Tuscan works and in 1915 became a limited company., R.H.Plant & S.L. Plant Ltd. Blazoned on the outer factory building were the words, " Our Work ... Our Pride ".
Tuscan Works produced what is widely considered to be a fine line of china
Their branded bone-china was known as " Tuscan" until 1967 after which they were taken over by a new parent company, Wedgewood, who added the " Royal" prefix for marketing purposes.
My cup and saucer would have been made at this time as it is marked " Royal Tuscan ".
This unpretentious teaset is deliciously decorated with a generous amount of decorative gold, yet it retains a very simple integrity that is gracefully poised, much like Audrey Hepburn. SO, that is what I shall call this china setting ... " Audrey " ( ha Ha)... and with every sip I shall feel elegant and beautiful.
In the mid 1900's, the factory was considered to be very modern for the times, with one gas-fired and two electric kilns, which were the heated enclosures used to process their decorative china, by firing, burning or drying.
Today, the factory is closed, but many pieces can still be purchased through websites. I checked ebay and found a generous amount of beautiful teasets and table settings still available at very reasonable prices.
Although I did not find this exact set, there was an abundance of this swirled pattern, minus the gold gilding, in a plain peachy pink , " Peach Bloom " which was one of the company's noted china patterns. If you're looking for new additions to your tea collection, an online search of " Tuscan china " is well worth your time efforts.
Talk, talk, talk....You hardly got a word in.... Thank you for being such good listeners ladies .... Have a few more nibbles and one or two more sips for the road... Teatime has been simply divine !!!!
Brrrrr...It's still a little chilly outside ...Please bundle up warmly .... Check your cupboards for an
" Audrey " cup when you get home. You know, one of those unsuspecting little treasures, that hide in the cupboards. Fill it with your favourite tea, warm your heart and your hands on it and feel the BEAUTY WITHIN .... breath in the aroma and say to yourself " I AM BEAUTIFUL.
HAVE A PEACEFUL DAY, LADIES !!!
I peeking into cabinets and sharing teatime with:
Sandi .... Tea Time tuesday( http://www.sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.ca)
Terri ....Tea Cup Tuesday....( http://www.artfulaffirmations.blogspot.ca)
Ruth ...Tuesday Cuppa Tea ....( www.antiques and teacups.blogspot.ca)