Saturday, 17 June 2017

More Tea Cups

                    WARNING.... A LOT OF PICTURES OF TEA CUPS!!!

 If tea cups don't interest you please feel free to ignore this post!

We went to a couple of garage sales this morning and I was thrilled to find someone who was getting rid of many that she had collected through the years. She was charging a dollar each which is so
very reasonable that I chose 11.

These 4 were made by EB Foley China.   Elijah Brain took over Foley China in 1885 and together with his sons operated until 1967.

The pattern of these 4 is "Christmas Rose".

The set on the left is Royal Standard  and the lovely one with the dark red interior is a Royal Stafford.

                     Both the ones below are made by Paragon.

The one on the upper left is another EB Foley. Upper right made by Colclough (founded by Herbert Colclough in 1890. He was so dedicated to his china that he would often stay overnight  keeping an eye on his kiln ). In 1930 he was visited by King George V  and Queen Mary who gave Mr. Colclough  Royal license to also produce Royal Vale china.
The bottom cup and saucer is simply called Bell and the pattern is Lady Alexandra Rose.

You might ask where I have room for more tea cups. I asked DH to remove the doors of this cabinet in the kitchen. The hinges remain just in case I want to replace them in the future.

 I'm sure I've posted pics of these cupboards but any new followers wouldn't have seen them.

This shelf is over the opening of  the doorway from the kitchen/dining room to the sun room.

                              A small cupboard in the living room.

These photos are a record of some of my collection for my own future reference. 
I hope I haven't bored anyone to tears. 

Thanks for visiting today,

 Granny Marigold

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

In My Kitchen

We went strawberry picking first thing this morning. Came back with 2 pails full of not so great berries. We were disappointed because it seems the farmers are planting the kind of berries you buy in stores at this time of the year. The ones with very firm white middles. Oh well, they still look and taste fairly good.

DH helped me prepare the berries for freezing and also for a batch of jam. Normally I don't use pectin but I did for these jars. I used the kind where you choose whether or not to use sugar and if so, how much. The regular pectin asked for 7 cups of sugar to 4 cups of mashed berries. I used a cup and a half of sugar to 4 cups of berries and its plenty sweet enough. It also called for a cup of  juice, I used apple.

We're having some cool days so yesterday I baked raisin scones, cheese biscuits, and I tried a new recipe for a banana pie. It's one of the "impossible pie" recipes using Bisquick. I won't be making it again. I guess banana pie isn't our thing. Banana CREAM pie, now that's another matter!!

As usual no two scones or biscuits were the same size since I must confess I am more interested in speed than accuracy. The taste, however, is great so no one complains.
Oh yes, I also made some little French breads, just the right size for 2 people and a little guy that comes up almost every morning to ask if Granny has any homemade bread he can have for his school lunch. He doesn't even want butter on it. He might have peanut butter but kids aren't allowed to bring anything with peanuts to school any more.

So that's what's been happening in my kitchen yesterday and today. Now I think I deserve to sit and put my feet up and read.

Thanks for visiting. Please leave a comment.

Granny Marigold

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Ryder Lake Ramble

Every year around this time the rural community of Ryder Lake has a garden tour. These places are all  acreages. You get a map and off you go trying to find the various places on narrow twisty roads
 ( did I mention that it's almost all on hillsides?)  It's definitely not for anyone prone to motion sickness.

We saw a lot of split rail fences which I find appealing. This place had a field of Irises.

         This Clematis- covered  opening led to a very large vegetable garden.

              More flowers...

             This place had goats. The one DH is petting was very pregnant.

            They also had a brown turkey gobbler. We had not seen a brown one before!.

Another place had miniature donkeys that the man told us live up to 80 years!  He said he had made provisions in his will for his donkeys since they would most probably outlive him. There were also  llamas but they were too far away for a good photo, Oh! I just spied one in the far right corner.

    Everywhere the Peonies were blooming!! I have a red one and a white but not this shade of pink!!

     Just past this flower bed the ground fell off sharply. It was a long way down.

             We saw old houses...

       ......  and new ones built to look old-fashioned. I fell in love with this one.

This house blended into its surroundings very well. Just look at that rock fence/wall that went up the drive and circled around in front of the house!

I hope you enjoyed seeing these places. Sorry it was such a long post. Actually I took 48 pictures. Mercifully I chose only 13 for this post.
Happy beginning of another week!! 

                    Granny Marigold

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Saturday's treasures

You know I can't resist tea cups especially when they're a dollar!! The first one was only .75 because the saucer doesn't match..

    This green one has a delicate painting of roses inside the cup....

and came with two saucers. The one on the right is the actual matching one but the left one is by far the prettier. 

       I have the perfect place to hang these pencil sketches of places in New Orleans.

This strange hangy thing I thought must be meant to be a birdhouse?  but then I realized it's meant to hold a candle or tea light. There is a wire "lifter" inside. In the next photo you can see the other side .
I'll hang it on the porch.

 Last but not least I bought a doll because I loved her clothes that now are on this Teddy bear.  I have a friend who has a little great granddaughter and she may want the doll ( that looks a little like an Anne of GG with long braids) and this friend sews very well so she could make a wardrobe for the doll. If she doesn't want it it  will go to the thrift store.
I think my Teddy looks perfectly adorable, don't you?

Thanks for putting up with my ramblings once again. I hope you're having a good day/weekend.

Granny Marigold

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Saturday, 3 June 2017


The Spring Clematis that has bloomed for the past weeks is now about done.
So today we went from this ( taken when it was at its best)...

  to this...

My little succulent garden has also undergone a change as my DH and youngest son built a wall where the fence was and a roof over top so the bench on the other side is out of the rain.
There were discussions as to how best to do it.  In the background you can see Cinnamon Bun's cage.

More discussions.  The part of the house on the left is the original house which DH built almost 40 years ago when that six footer on the roof was a few months old!!  and  the two-story addition on the right was built with the help of all 3 sons about ten years ago.

We wanted to use this old window in the wall but it didn't look right......

so we went to the Restore store where we were able to get this one for a reasonable price.

So now this little corner has a new look. The other side of the wall isn't finished yet but once it is I'll take pictures. 

Thanks for visiting. Please leave a comment so I know you came by.

            Granny Marigold

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Rocks and Roses

I had quite a shock this morning when I went to my car only to find a fist sized rock had been thrown through my back window.   The hole was the size of the rock so I thought I might as well go do my shopping before coming home and calling insurance etc.. which always takes a while. What I hadn't realized was that as I drove my window would slowly fall apart. It was quite disconcerting to hear the constant tinkle of falling bits of glass. By the time I got home the hole was as big as you can see in the photo.

                       Here's the rock amid some of the glass.

On a much nicer topic my Bonica Roses are full of buds and more open every day!!  See my scissors hanging on the little post?  That's so I can quickly do some dead-heading when I am on my way to wherever.

These are my Rugosa Roses, also in the front yard, but on the other side of the front garden bed. Most of them are the dark pink ( and very scented) except for the one on the right which has smaller flowers and is a lighter shade of pink.  You can just see my white one on the right.

 It's a pleasant day, mostly overcast, but cool so I'm baking bread in my thrift store pan which I'll show you next time. It's a long skinny pan, very different so of course I had to buy it ( .50).       

Thanks for visiting.  I love to read your comments so don't be shy!!

     Granny Marigold