When I babysit for our #2 daughter, I like to use late Aunt May's tea set, part of her Staffordshire china which our daughter inherited. Aunt May is actually a great, great aunt to our daughter and she brought her china from England to Canada when she came over.
The unique thing about this set by Ridgeway is that every piece has a different hand engraving from Bartlett's scenes of early Canada in 1842. The teapot features "The Lake of Two Mountains".
The creamer has "A Shanty on Lake Choutierre", the sugar "A Lake Farm on the Frontier", and the teacups all have "Village of Cedars" on them. The saucers are quite deep and my husband said he remembers his grandfather pouring his hot tea into a saucer and drinking from it. Today's saucers certainly wouldn't hold much tea and I'd not like to try drinking from one. Anyone heard of this before?
My 8 year old grandson used my point and shoot camera to take this photo of his sister and I having afternoon tea. We used the teacups from the kitchen and found a box of chocolate mint Girl Guide cookies to nosh on.
The photo on the wall in the background was taken by our daughter, an accomplished photographer.
In keeping with our pink theme this month, I've included a previously posted photo of a tea tray with the book "Taking Time for Tea" by Diana Rosen.
I'm linking with these tea gatherings: