Monday, October 8, 2012


" I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree".... The autumn splendour is intoxicating with it colourful array. The awesome scenes encourage my soul to be happy and thankful  for this Thanksgiving .

After a brisk  twenty minute doggie walk,  the  warm nectar of the tea nymphs was all I needed to soothe my already awakened spirit. Goodness, it looks as if some mischievous little golden boy has already been sipping into my cup.

 While the crimson leaves of season are my favourite ... I delighted in choosing a complimentary,
 " Kahla "teaset to rally the vibrancy of  autumns flaming colours.

It's a lovely set that blushes with the autumn flowers in their last dance of the year  .... See how   the three stems are so elegantly poised in a floral ballet ... Note that the cup is only 2 inches high. It was a gift from my mother, so it's befitting that I invite you to share midday tea with mother and I.
Shortbread is a family favourite so, help yourself to the dainties while I chat up alittle Kahla history.

It seems that Kahla has a 150 year old history that  really dates back to 1814 when Christian Jacob Eckhard requested Kahla citizenship. In October 1844 production begins in Kahla, a town in the Saale-Holzland district in Thuringia, Germany. Cups, pipes and doll heads are created out of porcelain and it develops into a major enterprise  employing many of the surrounding villagers.

In 1856 a Prussian business man takes over the factory and continues to produce porcelain dug from the grounds situated near the Leuchtenburg Castle. Porcelain is created out of three basic materials: quartz sand, feldspar and kaolinite, which makes each and every china set an elegant work of art. 
Have I got your interest ? 

Unfortunately, the Kahla journey is far too extensive for me to post here. It has a full tapestry to explore... so please take your time ... but I warn you it's very exciting and you may have to go for a holiday over  to Germany.  Maybe even  to visit Johanna!! ( Ha Ha)

 For more information, it would be advantageous to visit sites pertaining to Kahla and Walpersberg, where there is a fabulous wartime history on the pottery factories. 

 Would like a little more sugar in your tea?

  I really admire that in the thirties  the Kahla-Group was taken over by designer, Dr. Hermann Gretsch
( 1895-1950) as the Arzberg-Linie" company brand, then  in 1972 with Hutschenreuther, one of Germanys' most prominent china manufacturers.  I have collected their figurines and pottery for years... never knowing the history... What goes around finally comes around...Amazing !!!!! Please do take the time to research this china. It's fascinating.

Hopefully, I haven't tired you with all this chit chat... and please do indulge yourself with a little teatime reading when you get home, my Friends.

In the meantime , enjoy the music of the leaves beneath your feet. Thanks for the pleasure of your teatime company ( crunch crunch)

Savour the warmth and dusty rich fragrances of the season.  

Be creative and express how you feel about OCTOBER


Check out my ( for a" cut'npaste"  ATC tutorial 

I'm sharing Thanksgiving Tea with:
Sandi .... Tea Time tuesday(
Terri ....Tea Cup Tuesday....(
Ruth ...Tuesday Cuppa Tea ....( www.antiques and


Snap said...

What a lovely post! The Kahla china is quite fascinating. You have me hooked on reading more! Lovely fall tea post. Happy Tea Day!

High Heeled Life said...

Wonderful post!! I'm lovely your Kahla china and the history is amazing... thank you for sharing it with us. An d Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, we are still recovering from all the yummy food...xo

Stephanie said...

Your pictures are stunning! And I just love your Kahla china. It's very beautiful and has a very interesting history. Thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful day!


Beth said...

Your still life(s) with the leaves show glorious color. Your china is really beautiful too. Have a great week!

Millie said...

What a precious teacup! pretty pictures too...

Terri said...

Hello Zaa,
Your post is totally amazing! I enjoyed reading all about the makers of your fine tea set. What a lovely gift from your mother. The set has such a fine design, very flowy and natural. Your pictures look amazing. Thank you so much for your wonderful Autumn post.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Although I much more prefer the leaves on the trees, I do enjoy hearing the crunch of them underfoot too. Every season has its beauty. Your china cup is really lovely and I love how you described the dance of the stems. You are so poetic! Thank you for sharing your interesting post and have a beautiful week.


Maria Andrade said...

Hello Zaa,
How interesting is your post!
Your Kahla set is so lovely and the flower decoration very beautiful and original.
I also have a cup and saucer by Kahla, but didn't know their history, so thanks for the relevant information you share here.
Have a great week!

Zaa said...

Your comments and teatime visits are so very welcomed Ladies...Thank You.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tea set! Shortbread is one of my favorite things in the world and the minute the air turns crisp I start thinking of baking some...

Blondie's Journal said...

Very pretty! The cup is so petite and sweet, how nice of your mother to gift you with it!

I hope you are enjoying fall as much as I am! Beautiful weather and so many fun things to do! :)


Zaa said...

Me too Danette... I love shortbread... so glad that you stopped over for a wee bit of tea and a friendly chat...Hugs

xinex said...

What a pretty tea set, Zaa! So pretty with the fall leaves too...Christine

Lady Linda said...

I love your tea set. It's so simple and elegant. Your fall pictures are lovely.
I could eat a whole plate full of those shortbread goodies...yum.

Zaa said...

Thanks Christine..Hope you had a lovely holiday with your family ...Hugs

Zaa said...

Ha ha ..Lady Linda... I love shortbread too.... Have a wonderful week-end Sweet Lady...Big Hugs to you .

Two Cottages And Tea said...

I enjoyed your tea time splendor tea so much! You have a beautiful tea set and I enjoyed the history so much. Thank you for sharing with us.

Zaa said...

Thanks for your sweet teatime visit...Enjoy your day...Hugs