Sunday afternoon this week – and we’re expecting company! Cousin, Jill from Bella Rosa Antiques, is stopping by on her way home to Pennsylvania with hubby, Bebe – and my new Shelly teacup I purchased from her Etsy shop – a special delivery!
So, when she called to say she’d be here in an hour, I knew just what to whip up for a casual afternoon quick-tea! A recipe I had just found for Raisin Oat Scones – with my own personal gluten free/dairy free twist!
They were simple – about 20 minutes of prep time and a little less than that in the oven – and yum!
Actually, I’m really trying to cut out sugars – as much as I love a sweet treat. Even though this recipe depends on the natural applesauce and raisins for sweetness, you can add more with the spreads as noted – or about 1/4 cup of honey after the almond milk.
So, finding a bread basket, and setting out my newest find of bread dishes from Ridgway Staffordshire England in the “Windsor” green pattern, of which I have seven dinner plates, too – using it for Thanksgiving and hoping to collect more – if you have any good leads within a reasonable budget . . .
I decided to put out my green mugs – matching the plates to perfection – that were also a thrift store find!
All was ready for coffee, tea, and scones – and a Sunday afternoon visit with family, friends, and fellow antique-lovers!
Upon arrival, I couldn’t open the packing on the teacup fast enough! We just had to pose in my office/studio to commemorate the occasion!
A lovely little bit of fine bone china from England by Shelley. The pattern features a beautiful landscape of an Autumn scene – golden leaves on the trees at peak foliage, keeping watch by a stone bridge over a stream, rimmed with pink heather.
Note the markings – on the cup . . .
And, on the saucer, the pattern name of “Heather”. . .
The sweet gold trimmed handle and lip – with little tucks along the edge and a surprise painting just inside the top.
After a lovely visit and shared stories of antique finds and family news, Jill and family was on their way home. I posed my new cup and saucer so you could get a better look!
And, it looks like you wouldn’t be the only one getting a better look!
This time, it was our own Emma, curiously circling about the table, investigating the new addition to teatime. She got her sniff and then sat for the subsequent photo-shoot.
She’s a stunner and knows it. Camera in the vicinity and cat poses to be expected.
We are not disappointed – in either the teacup OR the cat!
Such a sweet new addition to my fall teacup collection as we venture on towards the end of harvest displays and look forward to Christmas joys – as noted in the sweet vintage postcard Jill so thoughtfully had tucked into the teacup box as a special treat – dated 1924! Thanks, Jill – and Bella Rosa Antiques!!!
Later this week I will begin posting my Thanksgiving series – the story of the Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving – in a number of segments featuring poems and songs from the era, recounting the trials our Christian forefathers suffered in their quest for religious freedom. I never tire of these inspiring true stories and pray, as we look to Thanksgiving celebrations in less than a fortnight, that we might learn from their accounts anew – knowing where we came from, so we know who we are, giving us direction for where we should be going in the future . . .
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