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"Never place a period where God has placed a comma." Gracie Allen
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –e.e. cummings

Don't let the noise of the world keep you from hearing the voice of the Lord.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Old Country Roses

About 17 years ago we went with four other Young Farmers on a tour to Great Britain and stayed with the families of the farmers that we had hosted in our homes. The men did mostly farmer stuff, but we did manage to visit some lovely shops in the places we visited.
The miniature cups and saucers were carried from Aberystwyth in Wales on the trains, small cars, taxis, the jet ride from Gatwick and home to my china cabinet. You'll recognize the Royal Albert Old Country Roses pattern even though the cups are only 1 1/2 inches tall and the saucers just under 3 inches across. The other tiny cup is behind the saucer holding it up. Now I wish I'd gotten MORE! I ♥ them!
My suitcases were full of small treasures and we made quite a sight lugging everything around Wales, Scotland, and London. These wee treasures were no bother at all! It was the large platter for my Blue Calico dishes that was more difficult to carry so it wouldn't get bumped and smashed. Of course, that was before all the regulations that are in place now for air travel.
The memory of staying in the old farm houses was an experience of a lifetime! Some homes were only 200 or 300 years old. And the china, OH MY! Each home had lovely old family pieces! I was ready to go again within the week of coming home. The next time I go, Sarah's coming and we're taking disposable clothes so there will be more room in the luggage for goodies!


sarah said...

we should start saving up! it would be so amazing. :-)

beyondbaffled said...

Those are adorable! Sounds like it was an amazing trip.

Sharon~heartsongs said...

I love those tiny little cups--and what a great memory!

Bernideen said...

What a great post - lots of interesting details!

Mary said...

I'm always amazed by the work done by miniature artists. I love the detail you provided us with. I hope you are having a wonderful day, Marilyn.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Oh, how fun that must have been, Marilyn! I love to travel...especially if I can look for treasures while I'm doing it. ;)

It's amazing how much things have changed in the past seventeen years, isn't it? Unfortunately, people do not take the care with handling things they once did. I'm glad your treasures made it back here safely.

Thanks for coming by the cottage for a visit!


Donna said...

I love your little teacups!