La vie en rose
I have always had a weakness for old-fashioned pink roses.
Whether in the garden or in the kitchen;
whether in full bloom…
or in bud on vintage wallpaper,
old-fashioned roses never fail to make the world seem a cheerier place.
So you can imagine how excited I was when I spotted these cups in the window of a local vintage shop on Friday.
Cabbage roses on a bone china cup is a match made in heaven as far as I’m concerned. (Vintage teacups are another weakness of mine.) These two little unmarked coffee cups and a Copeland Spode teacup and saucer are all rather the worse for wear with cracks in several of the pieces, so I was able to ‘rescue’ the lot for a few pounds. Looking at the gilded design in the centre of the saucers, I’d guess that both designs date from the late 19th Century – perhaps the 1880s/90s? – although I’d welcome further information.
It seems delightful serendipity that I found them just in time for this weekend. Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK, when Mum is traditionally brought a nice cup of tea by her family; and what mother would not like tea in such a pretty cup? I am sure my tea tasted extra good this afternoon.
Not only that, but it is Laetare Sunday in the Church’s calendar, also known as Rose Sunday.* All in all, pink roses could not be more appropriate for my Mothers’ Day tea. So here’s a cup raised to all our mothers – and I hope that all these roses have helped to make your world, too, a little bit cheerier today!
*You can read my introduction to Rose Sunday in this post.