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by greenrabbitdesigns

That’s teacups etc. not the country!

As you all know, because I’ve gone on endlessly about in the last few weeks, I’ve been spring cleaning. This week it’s the turn of the kitchen. Today I’ve been emptying the cupboards, washing everything and tidying it all away again. A lot of my cupboards are full of china which to my shame is taken out washed and put away again until the next big clean never being used in between. Most of it was given to us as wedding presents over 30 years ago now but some of it we bought ourselves and some belonged to my mother.

This was a wedding present and even though I’m not a ‘pink’ girl is one of my favourites. It’s Royal Albert ‘Lady Carlisle’.

This piece of Carltonware belonged to my mum and it is a piece that I do use as I’m very fond of it.

These pretty little sandwich trays also belonged to my mum, in fact I remember buying the one with violets on for her birthday many years ago.

Glass this time, which again belonged to my mother. I must say I have a re-newed love for these little butter dishes.


Other bits and pieces received, purchased and gathered up over the years!

This coffee set is another Royal Albert set ~ ‘Lavender Rose’.

Royal Albert again this time ‘Cottage Garden’, we received quite a bit of Royal Albert as wedding presents obviously the present of choice 30 years ago.

Finally one which I bought for myself, it’s Queens ‘Virginia Strawberry’, now I really love this china and unlike some of the others I do use it from time to time.

So there you have it the tip of my very large china iceberg which is now all washed, dried and neatly stacked in my clean kitchen cupboards until the next big clean!!

Thanks for ‘visiting’! 🙂

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24 comments

Annie January 24, 2012 - 11:52 pm

I have some old Royal Albert that was left to me by my grandmother, it’s lovely stuff isn’t it and you do seem to have something of a collection here 😀

Amanda January 24, 2012 - 11:55 pm

What a floral bouquet your cabinets must be 🙂 Love those blue and white tea cups. I have paired down my cabinet a bit in the past couple of months but still have sets I can’t part with.

Corry en heleen January 25, 2012 - 5:49 am

That’s quite some collection you show there! I love those Virginia Strawberry teacups.

Gina January 25, 2012 - 7:07 am

The Royal Albert set is gorgeous.

Jenny January 25, 2012 - 7:32 am

You have some beautiful pieces, but gosh you must have a lot if that is just the tip of your collection! 😉 You should try and use some of it more often, it seems such a shame for such lovely things to be hidden in cupboards and not used! (I should take some of my own advice, I always tend to use the same couple of dishes over and over!) Have a lovely rest of the week xx

Emma January 25, 2012 - 10:23 am

Every piece is beautiful and very covetable. I think the Lavender Rose is my favourite though.

Cuckoo January 25, 2012 - 12:08 pm

You had fun doing this post didn;t you? Makes the chore of Spring cleaning more of a joy, hey?

I’m coveting your coffee set.

xxx

Snap January 25, 2012 - 12:57 pm

A girl can never have too much china!!!!!

Gill January 25, 2012 - 1:47 pm

What a beautiful collection of chin and glass you have there Vivienne, Im very envious! I particularly love that first pink set – gorgeous!
Glad to see you are still spring cleaning, you set an amazing example! Although like you I yeran for spring and have embraced your pre-spring attitcude, that hasnt yet nudged me into springcleaning mode!
I hope you dont mind, but I have mentioned your pre-spring post and linked to you in my latest post.
Happy Cleaning!

Gill xx

Gill January 25, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Whoops sorry about all the typos!

Jane January 25, 2012 - 3:39 pm

I think we can all admit that we own things which never really see the light of day but we cannot part with them Vivienne. There are many memories wrapped up with such things. I have a coffee set which we bought before we were even married and I cannot get rid of it even though I don’t drink coffee very often now. I especially love the strawberry set you own…. you know me and strawberries :0). Glad to hear that the pre spring cleaning is progressing well.
Jane x

Patty January 25, 2012 - 3:44 pm

What pretty pots Vivienne, I have a stash which hardly ever see the light of day but at least we take them out once in a while to clean and admire which is a nice way to re-live memories.
I do like the Lady Carlisle and I bet tea tastes lovely in that china, also love the sandwich dishes but then I like all the floral ones! I have, or used to have the blue and white on the smaller picture. Thanks for sharing those, I love looking at ceramics. x

Liz in Missouri, USA January 25, 2012 - 4:01 pm

So, so pretty. I too have china from my mother, grand,great grand and even great,great grand. Lovely pieces all, and I have them in a place I can easily reach, so whenever a cup of tea, or coffee or bits to eat come up – I can pull one or two pieces out and be sure that they get used at least once in a while. Whatever it is – it always looks and tastes better off the pretty dishes.

val January 25, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Wow Vivienne …… I am quite a minimalist these days with moving about so much ….. but my favourites are your Tops and Tails ….. Lady Carlisle and those gorgeous eatable strawberries :0)
Keep up the good work! But make time for your “other things” :0)
from Bella and Val xx LL

Stephanie January 25, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Vivienne,

First, well done for being so industrious; do you spring clean every year? Second, how sweet of you to share part of your china collection with us. Although I enjoyed ALL your pictures my heart skipped a beat when I glimpsed the Virginia strawberries.

Simone January 25, 2012 - 7:27 pm

I did think this post was going to be about Chinese New Year!!! Your china is lovely especially the tea set with strawberries. I bet that would be lovely served with a cream tea! (p.s Thanks so much for the lovely brooch. I now need to buy a new jacket to put it on!!!) x

Mia January 25, 2012 - 8:57 pm

Lovely, lovely pieces, Vivienne!

I used to move a lot when I was younger so all my china has been purchased within last 10years (and my mom still have all hers) so I adore all these with those memories…I wish I could come for tea at yours and take my pick from your cupboards 🙂

Happy week, dear friend!

Yours,
Mia

julie January 25, 2012 - 10:25 pm

OOooh thanks for showing us your china Vivienne. The Royal Albert is very familiar – I used to work for Royal Doulton all around London in the holidays when I was a student and wrapped a lot of Royal Albert china in tissue paper for customers. I love your carltonware platter, I have a couple of bits of cabbage ware that I’ve picked up over the years. Glad to hear that you have a china iceberg and hope to see more of it in future x

Helen Philipps January 26, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Your china is all looking very clean and sparkling! I especially love the Royal Albert design, of which I have just one cup and saucer…but think I ought to at least have a plate to go with it after seeing these lovely ones. Well done on preserving your china so long….most of my original sets are seriously depleted I’m sorry to say…that is why I have replaced so much with newer china. And well done on your thorough spring cleaning too!
Helen x

Louise January 26, 2012 - 6:25 pm

So many pretty things! I’m going to make a start tomorrow and have a good sort out in the kitchen, my workroom and our bedroom. Wish me luck!

Lou xxx

lily January 26, 2012 - 6:41 pm

Beautiful………….I could gaze on your gorgeous china collection all day long, how fantastic to have some pieces that belonged to your mum. x

Margaret January 26, 2012 - 7:53 pm

What a lovely china collection you have Vivienne.
I especially like the Carltonware plate in the shape of a lettuce leaf and the pink set is very pretty also.

alisonb2 January 28, 2012 - 8:02 pm

You have some very pretty pieces. This is on my list or jobs for next week! Happy dusting!

Kristyne February 2, 2012 - 4:08 pm

Vivienne, I LOLed at this post! What a trip down memory lane. Lemme ‘splain. In 1994 I won a Laura Ashely staff contest for all North American shops and the prize was a trip to the Ascot Races. I was poor back then but I wanted a little souvenir. I found myself in a seconds china shop in London and bought a coffee mug (for my tea) and it was Lady Carlisle! See, I’ve ALWAYS been a pink girl. 😉 Sadly think I sold it at a garage sale when I became a stay-at-home mom. Right now I’m thinking the $2 I probably got for it wasn’t worth it. So nice to see your pieces … and that it was YOUR wedding china?! Too funny.

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