Weekly photo challenge: Grand

Grand 002 (Copy)If I had one thousand of these I would have a $Grand

Grand 005 (Copy)I would need a thousand of these ones too but the Mint doesn’t make them anymore!

Grand 004 (Copy)I would only need five hundred of these to have a $Grand but unfortunately they don’t make these ones anymore either!

Grand 003 (Copy)I would only need two hundred of these! That would be GRAND ūüôā





Weekly photo challenge – Arrange

For this week’s photo challenge I am featuring my miniature china tea sets. I did a series of posts recently on my various collections and so the “arrange” theme provides an opportunity to show how my collection is arranged in my china cabinet.

The other photo is of some champagne flutes and other glasses.


Cheers for now


Anyone for tea?

A gift from Amsterdam

Just like the tea set I had as a little girl

When I was a little girl, one of my favourite games was to play with little cups and saucers and a teapot. I would fill up the teapot with water and make cups of tea for any willing volunteers. My grandma taught me how to hold my cup like a lady and I would pretend to having a very polite and well-mannered tea party.

In recent years I started collecting miniature tea sets, usually fine china ones, and I have them displayed in my china cabinet. Whenever I travel now I look out for the tea sets in antique stores and souvenir shops. My collection has really grown.

Just before¬†Christmas last year I was looking in a gift shop and came across a tin tea set just like I had as a little girl. I felt a bit silly but I decided to buy it for myself for Christmas. The lady¬†asked if it was a gift and I replied “Yes, it is a gift to myself”. She wrapped it beautifully and I put it under the Christmas tree. It is very nostalgic and I put it in the china cabinet among the other fine china, even though it is made of tin.

One of six that my partner gave me for Christmas 2010

I received a lovely set of miniature cups and saucers for Christmas last year. They are antique and were made in Germany around 1930.

My son and his (now) wife brought me a little set back from Amsterdam last year. Another of my favourites is one I bought for myself. It is bone china with the Old Country Roses design. I bought some beautiful cups and saucers from the gift shop at Westminster Abbey in 2008 while on holidays in the UK.

I visited my grandson in March this year and I was delighted to see he had a tea set (his Dad didn’t approve :-)) so we had a lovely time together playing cups of tea. It was wonderful.

Old Country RosesBought at the gift shop at Westminster Abbey 2008