Sunday, 28 September 2014

Tea with Mary

One of my embroidery friends Mary
has an enviable collection of tea cups
most of which belonged to her mother.

This cup is  called Summertime
made by Royal Weston in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

I recently read that drinking tea in the afternoon
had it's beginnings at Woburn Abbey.
During the late 1800's Duchess Anna Maria
wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford
complained of having that "sinking feeling" 
in the late afternoon.
This was remedied by a strong cup of tea
which took her through until dinner at 8pm!

I'm joining 
Judith for Mosaic Monday
Sandi for Tea Time Tuesday
Ruth for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen for Tea in the Garden

Thank you all for visiting and for your kind comments!
Welcome to my new followers.

Merci à bientôt
please be kind to one another!



  1. Have a Nice from me...x!

  2. That's a pretty tea cup Shane. One of the most popular designs. Drinking tea from a pretty tea cup makes the tea taste so much better I think. Enjoy your week.


  3. The cup and saucer are really beautiful. And I wouldn't mind munching one or two of those delicious looking macarons either.

  4. Lovely tea cup and images..Now, I know what to do when I have that sinking feeling in the afternoon.. Have a happy new week ahead!

  5. Tea of the hot sort season is rapidly approaching here and iced tea is not quite so appealing. Having my tea in a cup like this one would definitely make it taste better!

  6. What a pretty tea cup and I love the pretty pink macaroons! I love a good cup of tea in the afternoon too. Have a wonderful day and week.
    Julie xoxo

  7. I love chintz china. Your cup is gorgeous, your tea sounds lovely!

  8. What a beautiful tea cup set. I learned a lesson from this post about drinking tea in the afternoon. Have a blessed Sunday. Madeline

  9. Dear Shane,
    thank you for showing this most lovely and beautiful cup, belonging to your friend Mary, and thank you for sharing the story behind the afternoon tea... about the Duchess Anna Maria, ..a lovely story ,too.
    Your collage is wonderful with the cuop ,sign and beautiful macaroons ..
    Hugs for you-

  10. Tea cups are so pretty! Thanks for the information too. :)

  11. Hi Shane,

    Your friends has a lovely trio of Summertime
    made by Royal Weston in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Tea with friends is such fun ... and yummy goodies, too! Happy Mosaic Monday and Tea Day!

  12. What a beautiful teacup Shane! Hope to find one like that one day.

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

  13. As I sip on a cup of Spearmint tea with some honey, I gaze upon this lovely post, very nice~

  14. Summertime is a pretty teacup and I am delighted to see French macarons in a matching pink colour along side for tea.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Shane.

  15. Love the tea cup.and sure enjoyed learning of how afternoon tea started..

  16. Wow, that is a pretty design!

  17. Such an interesting bit of history you served today in such a beautiful tea cup!

  18. A beautiful teacup set, thank you for sharing the lovely story. I have inherited some beautiful teacups, saucers and plates too and must get them out and give them a good wash and use them more. Thank you for the "prompt" Shane. Have a good week.Shirley

  19. I love this teacup and the collages you created with it

  20. Beautiful photos Shane, as always. I do love my cup of tea in a nice china cup & now use all mine that were stored away in the cabinet. I always remember the verse "do not save anything for a special occasion ... being alive is a special occasion" Have a lovely week x0x

  21. Dearest Shane,
    Well, having tea with friends from such pretty teacups is a double stimulant! It surely works and we always have our tea time in the afternoon with a healthy snack.
    Sending you hugs,

  22. Your friend's tea cup is so pretty! It reminds me of one that my grandmother had on display when I was growing up! And that bit of history is fantastic...yep...tea is always a good idea! Wishing you a fantastic week Shane! Nicole xo

  23. Hi Shane,
    what a lovely and wonderful Tea-Cup! I love it! Yes, a god cuop of tea is always a good thing ;O)
    Wishing you a wonderful new week,
    sending Love and hugs,
    Claudia xo

  24. Beautiful's good to hang on to these precious things at a time when so many of them end up in charity shops.

    Happy Mosaic Monday!

  25. Hello Dear Shane,
    I was intrigued learning about how the afternoon tea originated. I wonder if that "sinking feeling" might have been alleviated by the wonderful cakes they ate as well!!??

    I have that very same "Summertime"
    cup, saucer and plate in my own collection too. It is totally adorable!

    Your collage is so beautiful!

    Hope you are keeping well dear friend?

  26. Enviable is right on the spot. Love the china!

  27. Lovely tea cup. I'm very familiar with that afternoon sinking feeling! But didn't know that's how afternoon tea began!

  28. I've been collecting cups for years and always have an eye out for new and different gemmies! Great post

  29. Hello Shane,
    Your friend's Summertime tea cup is a wonderful example of chintzware. I seem to recall having seen that pattern featured in a Victoria magazine, many years ago.
    Tea certainly is always a great idea! I have a steaming china mug beside me now as I read blogs.
    Have a great week!

  30. What a pretty teacup! I love chintz china. I'm glad the duchess needed a boost in the afternoon and thought of tea, It's a lovely practice that I enjoy most days. Have a beautiful week. Blessings, Pam

  31. I do love a pretty piece of chintz china, Shane, and this one is a beauty. Have a great week my friend! xx

  32. Bonjour Shane!

    The teacup is magnificent! My Mom had a cup & saucer collection and the love of them rubbed off on me. Her collection was very large and she always wanted me to give her friends and family members a cup to remember her by after I had taken the ones I was in love with. I collected violet teapots so of course I kept the ones that were violet themed. I use them when I want to feel her hugging me. I loved the history of afternoon tea! I had no idea but makes sense doesn't it? We all need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon.

    Thanks so much for stopping by our blog. We were so excited you are following us Shane.

    Many blessings, bisous, Edie Marie & Marie Antoinette

  33. Lovely postings as always.
    Tea in the afternoon or anytime at all is truly a piece of Heaven.

    Love Jeanne

  34. Whoops, I lost my comment.... I love Mary's RW Summertime chintz trio! I adore chintz. I also love afternoon tea and am so glad the Duchess began that sweet little ritual. But can you imagine not eating dinner until 8:00 PM? Not very healthy! Thank you, Shane, for sharing and joining me for Tea Time. Have a wonderful week.


  35. That cup and saucer is so pretty!

  36. That is a gorgeous teacup. How lovely to have tea with a good friend that collects beautiful tea ware. I actually am giving a class at the NW Tea Festival in the States next weekend and dear Anna will be part of the talk. The topic is Afternoon Tea and High Tea, what is the difference.

  37. I love the history of Afternoon tea and also what a beautiful chintz cup and saucer!

  38. What a lovely blog you have!
    Your photos are beautiful, and I love your friend's teacup:) It's pretty! Thank you for visiting my blog. Of course, I'm a new follower!

  39. Tea would taste particularly flavourful in such a cheerful cup!

  40. Such a lovely tea set complete with delicious macaroons... Yummy .. Thanks for sharing that bit about the afternoon tea...Hugs

  41. Hi Shane. So nice to meet you! I love your RW Chitz teacup. They are gorgeous, aren't they? Perfect for tea. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  42. Dear Shane,

    Lovely post and I agree, a cup of tea is always a good idea.
    Marys teacup is so pretty and love it with the divine pink macarons.
    Happy Thursday

  43. What a pretty tea cup & saucer! Sounds like a good idea...a strong cup of tea in the afternoon.


  44. Wow, what a pretty tea cup :)

  45. That's such a pretty set Shane and thanks for sharing the origin of drinking tea in the afternoon! x

  46. What a pretty teacup I drink a lot of tea now as well. Especially fruit tea and I recently discovered liquorice tea

  47. I love the chintz from RW. I was lucky enough to get a set handed down to me. It is really a beautiful pattern!



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