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Friday, January 18, 2013

Timeless Treasures

It seems I tend to surround myself with objects that bring back memories of my childhood in England.
One collection in particular is English Staffordshire Ware.
One look at those pastoral village scenes, and I'm transported back to my grandmother's kitchen, where her cupboard displayed shelf upon shelf of these timeless treasures.

I can see the kitchen table covered in a freshly-starched embroidered tablecloth, the milk-jug sitting atop, awaiting the first of many pots of tea served throughout the day.
Treasured memories of gentler times........
 

 
I'm joining up with  Bernideen's Open House today~ http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.com/
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22 comments:

Bernideen said...

Your pitchers are gorgeous. I have one blue one I purchased in Canada in the 80's which had come over from England.

Bernideen said...

Would love to have you link this to "Open House"....

donna baker said...

Jo, we're so alike. Copper, tiny baskets, the scales and blue and white pottery. Love it all. Oh, and the cottage I spy.

Country Gal said...

I have one like your first photo but it is a pale green print by Alfred Meakin , England ! I found it at a garage sale and had to snap it up ! I to collect tea pots and jugs of all kinds ! My mum had lots of lovely English dishes and sets but they went to my sister . I know what you mean cause every time I see someone else with these dishes it brings back my memories of my mums collections ! Have a good day !

Elizabeth said...

Sounds like wonderful memories!

Andrea said...

How simply elegant!!! Love!!

--Andrea
XOXOXO

Ginny said...

Love the pitchers, scale, copper. We collect alot of the same things <3.

Beth said...

So beautiful! How nice to have these keepsakes.

Beth said...

Your blog is lovely, and I'm your newest follower!
Beth

L. D. Burgus said...

The things of the past with so many memories just makes the life so much more enriched. I like old pieces because of the mood they create.

Vanessa1988 said...

We used to have bowls like that when i was younger, unfortunately they have gone now, we may have the odd one somewhere but the rest got broken or chipped :(.
They are a lovely design though.
Hope your well.
Vanessa
x
http://mylifemywaymyopinions.blogspot.co.uk/

Ruthie Miller said...

What a sweet memory and those pitchers are absolutely gorgeous. Looks like you have a lot of treasures on that shelf.
I love Ashoken Farewell and listening to it while looking at your beautiful pictures. Which version is that? I would love to buy it.
Thank you, Ruthie

Winifred said...

I have lots of blue & white pottery mainly Wedgewood Willow but some Maling & some Spode Blue Italian. I love it but sadly my daughter doesn't. It will end up on eBay I'm sure!

Nellie said...

You have such a rich heritage! What wonderful memories! I love your pitchers!

Dewena Callis said...

My favorite collection is English pottery, especially Spode but the only Staffordshire piece I have is a Blue Willow platter from the 1800s. And please tell us, how do you pronounce Staffordshire? Is it just as it's spelled or one of those tricky pronunciations that leaves a syllable out?

The way you group things together is so pleasing.

DJan said...

They don't so much make me think of England as they remind me of... YOU! They are just your kind of beautiful thing. :-)

Janneke said...

Love the Staffordshire ware. I have a blue pitcher and I collect teapots, all bought on my travels to England.
It's great to have such sweet memories.

Mel said...

I love this. I feel the same - I love surrounding myself with treasures from family because of all of the memories they invoke.

Bluebell Woods said...

I do the same thing, I have surrounded myself with things that remind me of the past. Some are silly things like a sock darner but the memory of Dad sitting darning his own socks is priceless to me.
Janice

Terry said...

They are so pretty!

Mamabug said...

Beautiful treasures indeed Jo! They're a great collection.

Susie said...

Jo, You being from England, I bet you have had great cups of tea. I like the china. I think our memories are the best treasures.xoxo,Susie