Friday 19 April 2013


I've loved this tea set forever
as it was part of every
family gathering as I grew up.

My darling mother treasured it
and she wouldn't trust anyone else
to bring it down safely from the
top shelf of the kitchen dresser.

It holds such happy memories
of many lovely coffee mornings
and afternoon tea parties.

Mother had several lovely
china tea sets
but this 'Spode Camilla' set
she loved the most.
This is the one she brought out
for special family occasions!

Being the only daughter in our family,
most of her lovely china
was passed on to me.
I in turn will pass it on
to my daughter.

It is used every day now and
I treasure it dearly - it never
goes in the dishwasher
but is carefully washed by hand!

Today I'm joining

Bernideen's Open House Thursday

Please make a cup of tea
and pop in to say hello!

Terri of Artful Affirmations blog
is having a beautiful Giveaway to
celebrate her new class
Soulful Adornments here
the winner will be chosen on 1st May!

À bientôt

be kind to one another



...his mother put him to bed and made some chamomile tea.
AND she gave a dose of it to Peter!
'One table-spoon to be taken at bed-time'.


  1. The cups are so pretty, I love the blue color!


  2. Are these teacups ever pretty! I love china but haven't see this pattern before. I'm glad you use them every day. Beautiful photos! Pamela

  3. Oh that is sooooo pretty!!! Glad you didn't send it to an opshop!!! That's what many people do!!!


  4. I am so thrilled to hear your "china" story and see the beautiful color of the set. What a treasure to pass down to your daughter. So happy to see that you linked to "OpenHouse"!

  5. What a beautiful set of teacups and so full of memories. Take care and have a wonderful weekend. Jen

  6. luv your blues!
    feminine and shabby - ty for sharing!

  7. Shane, these cups are absolutely gorgeous! Your mother was wise not to trust their safety with anyone.I know you enjoy them, along with the fond memories attached.

  8. I can see why it is your favorite.
    So lovely. Ahhh! Peter Rabbit such sweetness.....
    Smiles, Dottie

  9. That is one of the prettiest tea sets I've seen - just lovely. And how wonderful that you have it passed down in the family.

  10. This really is a treasured set of cups and saucers Shane - a family heirloom also and it is so great to see you using it! - I am the same with these beautiful pieces of China.
    We are so fortunate to be able to appreciate the beauty in these!
    Love and hugs,

  11. I love this post---of course! And I love spode china. I can see this is old and lovingly used and cared for. What a treasure you have to pass down to your daughter! And I love the PR excerpt! This whole post just made me smile!

  12. Your spode is beautiful. I really like the shape of the cups. They look easy to handle. Very beautiful.

  13. Oh, that is LOVELY! I don't think I've ever liked a pattern and color combo more!

  14. Hi Shane
    Your mother's, and now your treasured tea set is pretty. I wish I had something like this of my mom's but we never had any good china or silver.

  15. This is the most beautiful china -- what a treasure to have and to know it was your mother's favorite. Your daughter is a lucky woman. I can just see the table setting!

  16. Dearest Shane,
    What a lovely blue teacups from Spode! Replacements Ltd. here in the USA does have a few pieces of this china:
    Wishing you a lovely weekend and happy tea drinking!

  17. I immediately thought of my grandmother when I saw the first picture. She had a large collection of cups and saucers and I remember there being one very similar (if not the same pattern) in her china cabinet. I always liked the blue ones best!

  18. This tea set is lovely and a real treasure since it beloged to your Mother. It is nice to have such wonderful memories about it!

  19. This is such pretty chine - even better is that it holds so many lovely memories for you.

  20. The blue is perfect, the pattern gorgeous, I would love it, or better still love to come share a cup of tea with you there in Auckland some day Shane!

    How lovely that you use this tea set and that it brings back wonderful memories of your mother. Many store things away and never use them, what's the point. I can understand you lovingly hand washing the pieces - it is precious - but I bet the tea tastes delicious around 4 PM each afternoon!

    Happy weekend dear - hugs, Mary

  21. I know your daughter will treasure the lovely tea cups as much as you do and it's lovely that you use it. I have already passed some of my family treasures on so that we can all enjoy them and happy memories will continue to be stored up.

  22. That particular shade of blue and that particular pattern is so lovely. It's grand that generations of your family have had and will have the opportunity to enjoy using that special tea set.

  23. Oh, it's gorgeous!! I would love to have a family set like that -- lucky you!

  24. Blue and white just cannot be matched. How pretty is your mother's tea set. I know you treasure it all the more because she treasured it.

    I missed Mary's inspiration linky this week - just didn't get myself together. But I'm enjoying seeing all the beautiful blue out there.

  25. Your blue Spode cups are just beautiful Shane. I am glad you use them every day, which they say is better for the china, too. We love Peter Rabbit in our house, and now enjoy him all over again with our grandchildren. xx

  26. What a soft blue color! They are lovely. Sweet hugs!

  27. That tea-set would be treasured in my home, too. It is simply gorgeous. I bet tea tastes so good in one of those cups. Deb

  28. Good Morning Shane, The colours, blue and white has such a pull on me, and the subtle shade of blue on your cups and saucers is so gorgeous, I adore it. The shape of your Spode cups is beautiful and it would be such a pleasure to drink tea from these cups.
    I have enjoyed meeting you and I have become a new follower. I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have the time.
    I look forward to seeing you there.
    Best Wishes from England.

  29. That is the prettiest blue china that I have ever seen. I can see why it is a favorite...the color, the delicate flowers...just precious!

  30. I love your precious tea set, the colour is perfect!
    The flowers on the bottom inside the cup
    are a nice surprise to appear after you finish your tea.

  31. What a lovely set. I am very partial to blue. I painted our reading room a beautiful shade of blue. Isn't it nice drinking tea or coffee out of your beautiful cups. I know you treasure them. I am visiting from A Favorite Thing and am your 400th follower!! Please stop by Still Woods Farmhouse for a visit when you get a chance. Bring your cups! We can have a nice cup of tea in my blue room!
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

  32. Very special! I think I would even have those in my house, though there is no trace of blue here so far. Beautiful!

  33. Just beautiful! Just stopping in to say hello!

  34. Shane, this set is so beautiful! I love the delicate design and I can see why you treasure it so.

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us this week!


  35. Such a lovely pattern. I do love blue and white. Best wishes, Tammy

  36. That is one of the prettiest tea sets I've ever seen!!

  37. That is one of the prettiest tea sets I've ever seen! I adore the blue and white.

  38. your tea cups are absolutely charming and so very beautiful steeped (pun intended) with precious memories and more!

    using them every day honors them in the loveliest way dear Shane!

  39. Oh my goodness! These are glorious dishes! No wonder your mother treasured them so. I would have been very careful too. Such a lovely shade of blue!
    Thank you for mentioning my new class and giveaway. That is so kind of you!
    I was driving all day to Art and Soul, and am late to my own party lol!
    I have enjoyed my visit here : )

  40. I don't recall ever seeing that china pattern before but I love it! I can see why it was so special to your mother and now, to you. Beautiful china with such precious memories attached makes it priceless.

  41. Hello Shane,
    I LOVE your blue Spode teacups! My friend has a few of these and they really are beautiful. Such wonderful treasures having belonged to your mother!
    I have one blue Spode teacup but in a different pattern. I would dearly love to find some in this pattern.
    Thank you for coming to tea and sharing your beautiful teacups with us and the lovely story that goes with them.
    Thank you for following my blog too. I am trying to follow you back but your GF list is missing at the moment. I will keep checking back. Don't want to miss any posts. I have signed up to follow you on LF. Have a wonderful day.


  42. Oh! These blue teacups are really lovely! And I like how they look stacked for the photos.
    I also like knowing you use them every day, lucky you!
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  43. I love blue and white dishes, and your teacups are lovely!

  44. Oh Shane, It is so beautiful. I can understand why your mother would have loved it. Also love seeing Peter Rabbit there at the end.

  45. Such a beautiful bleu set of china, that I pinned it to my French Bleu Pinterest board.




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