Saturday, August 29, 2020

English Country Folk

A little treasure from the Royal Doulton, Beswick, English Country Folk Collection,
Mrs Rabbit Baker.
I found her on one of our many trips to the antique shops in England during my last trip home. 
She reminds me of my grandma Elizabeth Jane, who owned one of the towns local bakeries.





" No matter what time you call in at Mrs. Rabbit's homely* cottage, you're sure to find her hard at work in the cozy, wood-panelled kitchen.
Whether a traditional Sunday roast, delicious cakes, or her famous homemade scones, Mrs Rabbit's care and skill make every mouthful a special treat."


* for American readers the use of the word 'homely' in England means cozy and comfortable.

15 comments:

Phoebes World said...

She is adorable..what a find!. Homely is a word I use a lot... but have to explain to my American husband ... He says it means something completely different!!
Phoebe x

Louca por porcelana said...

How precious and pretty!

Rian said...

Yes, homey here may mean what homely means in England. There's a poem by Edgar Guest called "The homely man" and it doesn't mean cozy and comfortable... but it's one of my favorites.
Mrs. Rabbit Baker is charming.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

From the Oxford Dictionary:

1.
NORTH AMERICAN
(of a person) unattractive in appearance.
Similar:
unattractive
plain
plain-featured
plain-looking
plain as a pikestaff
ordinary-looking
unprepossessing
unlovely
ill-favored
ugly
not much to look at
short on looks
fugly
no oil painting
drack
huckery
Opposite:
attractive
2.
BRITISH
(of a place or surroundings) simple but cozy and comfortable, as in one's own home.
"a modern hotel with a homely atmosphere"
Similar:
cozy
home-like
homey
comfortable
snug
welcoming
friendly

Yvonne said...

Well, your Mrs. Rabbit Baker looks wonderful in her snug and cozy surroundings.

Marcheline said...

As an American, my tendency is to think "The Brits always say things differently"... but when I realize the age of America as compared to the European countries, I have to admit that it's the Americans that screwed up the English language!

Luckily, my grandmother was born and raised in Surrey, England, and I've got cousins in Leeds and Manchester, so I have fingers in both pies, as it were.

I love language, and the differences and nuances are fascinating, rather than annoying, to me. I love Cockney rhyming slang, for instance. I mean, how can anyone resist that kind of charm? I have adopted several Briticisms - for example, I always "practise" my piano.

Lilbitbrit said...

How lovely, must bring back treasured memories. I was talking about Bakeries with my husband, I had just come back from a Mexican Bakery, where they use a certain amount of pineapple in their fillings for pastries, etc. I said in Italy it's hazelnut chocolate cream and in the UK, it's raisins, currants and sultanas. I think it's interesting that each country has a certain fruit or taste it leans towards, certainly not exclusive, in their pastries and cakes, but a nod. In American I'd say cinnamon. It all adds to the joy of eclectic eating.

The Liberty Belle said...

What a good find at the antique store. Mrs. Rabbit is darling.

DJan said...

Mrs. Rabbit evokes delightful thoughts in my head, and your post brings gladness to my heart. :-)

Susie said...

Jo, So cute. I would have loved your grandma. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Kathy said...

Mrs. Rabbit Baker is adorable. What a find! I'm so glad you got her.

Divers and Sundry said...

Such a lovely piece :)

I'm reminded of the saying that Americans and the British are separated by a common language ;)

Edna B said...

Your Mrs. Rabbit is beautiful. I love that stein next to her. That could be her beautiful cottage painted on it. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Henny Penny said...

Well, I know we have always used the word homely when talking about someone very plain or not too attractive. So, with all the beauty that surrounds you and your home, 'homely' would have to have a different meaning. :) Mrs. Baker Rabbit is adorable. I could move right in her little wood-panneled home with her.

L. D. said...

Those are definitely those kinds of things. I love the rabbit.