Friday, April 3, 2009

Show & Tell Friday!

Welcome to “Show and Tell Friday!” Do you have something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, or a treasured collection. Look around your closet if you have to share! Share photos and the story that goes with your special item.
For more Show & Tell treats visit http://www.kellishouse.blogspot.com/

I have always wanted a Royal Albert tea set. My grandmother used to have one, and it was stolen (along with a lot of other valuables). I was devastated, but, these things happen and I got over it!

Royal Albert is a brand that was inspired by the English country garden and the national flower, the rose!
Philip used to work for a franchise company whose stores bought and sold used items. He was on a store visit one day, when a little old lady came in carrying a large Photostat paper box. She asked P if he would be interested in buying her old tea set as she needed the money. He opened up the box and carefully unwrapped an item – it was a Royal Albert, Dimity Rose tea cup! In fact the box contained a 6 piece tea set, cake plate, side plates, sugar bowl and milk jug! Everything except the tea pot! He knew how delighted I would be, made her an offer and bought it!


When we were in London, we visited Harrods and looked for the matching tea pot. We weren’t able to find one, but were told that we could have it made (at a price mind you!) We weren’t in a hurry, so Philip asked a friend whether he would keep an eye open, and if he ever saw one, to buy it for us. A couple of months later we received a call to say that our tea pot was in Johannesburg – he had found it and sent it down with someone he knew who was an air hostess!
How delighted I was to have the FULL set!
Some months later, we were walking around an old antique shop and THERE IT WAS – a full, Dimity Rose tea for two!
What more could a girl ask for? My romantic, exuberant, beautiful, feminine, floral set is complete!

24 comments:

Firefly said...

Really something to be proud of. Every week I read your Friday Show and Tell post and think I should start doing it as well. I just never come around to it. I should make an effort and post it on my Personal (B)log Supplimental. I will, I will, I will... Hopefully I don't forget next week. Or maybe tonight.

Janet said...

LOL! I am going to look out for that now!

Smilingsal said...

How blessed you are. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Happy Show and Tell Friday. Here’s mine:
http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/2009/04/show-and-tell-friday-my-questionable.html

Hootin' Anni said...

Absolutely beautiful. And the lace doily is a treat too!!!

My Show n Tell is some of my treasured roses and amaryllis this week. Come by and enjoy the sweet fragrance and beauty.

Happy Friday.

Sandra said...

I love teapots. Yours is just beautiful.

Simply Heart And Home said...

Your tea set is so lovely! I can imagine many wonderful moments spent enjoying a cup of tea with friends.

Blessings,

Gina

A Hint of Home said...

Very pretty set. So glad you found everything to complete it.

Jadehollow said...

Very Pretty.
Thanks for sharing.
Debbie

Julie said...

Your set is beautiful. I love old china with roses....But your set is precious...Have a wonderful Friday...Julie

Susan said...

It's beautiful. PROVERBS 37:4 - Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give
thee the desires of thine heart.
Susan

Mrs. Miles said...

Visiting you via Kelli's Show and Tell blog train!

A girl could NOT ask for much more - cept a good friend to enjoy the tea with from these lovely settings. So beautiful.

Thanks so much for allowing us to see your collection.

jadey said...

So pretty I am so happy you were able to complete your set. I have a friday 55 up if you would like to take a look.

Jackie said...

So, so beautiful and feminine. I love it! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Jax in Alaska

P.S. Come on over to my blog for more Show & Tell fun.

Judith said...

what a beautiful set - well done you - Judith

The American Homemaker said...

That is such a beautiful set! I LOVE it!!!

shamrock fields said...

Dear Janet-
What a beautiful tea set and a great story about how you finally got the set! Thanks for sharing!
Molly

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

What a beautiful set...and some neat stories to go along with it...

Pam said...

So pretty. Isn't it funny how the whole set came together!

p.s.You're so sweet. I did indeed give Ellis the ((HUG)) you sent her this morning. Thanks! Later on this afternoon, I overheard her and Mark talking about the globe and that it needed to be returned to Caroline's room upstairs. But before it went she preceded to show him where we live, which he praised her for, and then she took her finger and drew a long line around to South Africa. She looked up at him and said "This is where Mommy's friend, Miss Janet, lives. In South Africa. The pink one. See how far away she is?" I thought it was so cute. Little did I know that she would really remember EXACTLY where you were!

Have a great weekend!

Susan B said...

You have a very beautiful tea set. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Kathy said...

I love your beautiful tea service -just lovely!

This is my first visit to your blog and I was surprised to see that you live in South Africa. I have a very dear friend in Cape Town. We met online from a pen pal site and have written daily for 11 years! She's become a true friend and she plans to visit me in 2010. I enjoyed my visit here and will be back.
Kathy

Eleanor said...

I just love Royal Albert! And particularly Dimity Rose. My daugher has a full teaset which she bought in Bloem. Do you know Uncle Tim's just outside Benoni? It is my favourite place for porcelein shopping. I take the airport road from Pretoria, the Benoni turnoff and through the plots (Bredell, I think the area is called). On the left hand side of the road just before you get to Benoni is this little cluster of special shops on the site of an old farm. Try it!

. said...

Wonderful. So beautiful, so feminine. I like very much teacups and teapots. Yours are amazing. Lucky girl.

Alfazema

auctiongirlvintage said...

Gorgeous pink roses!!! Thanks for sharing.

Victoria
30 Days of Junkin' in April

Raph G. Neckmann said...

How beautiful and elegant! It conjures up pictures of ladies in long gowns drinking tea in a sunny English garden - like the lovely old English garden watercolours.