Sunday, February 26, 2023


 One way to survive winter while the 
garden takes a break and outdoor
activities slow down, is by finding
some craft projects or perhaps sewing
or baking something wonderful.  I decided to look at some old Victoria magazines and go back through the January and February issues before this month is 
over.  A cup of tea and a seat at the table were all I needed to get started through my magazines.

Last month I did some reflecting on the Scottish poet, Robert Burns and of course
I came across a lovely article in the January 1990 issue.

  In the same issue there was an article about a woman name Jeanne Gresham who had a shop on Cape Cod called "Horsefeathers" where antiques and beautiful tea wares mingled.  Now bear in mind we are talking about 1990 (not now) and a friend I knew in Colorado in the 90's told me she had visited this shop and raved about
it's beauty.

I'm sure you are aware that in January
and February the Snowdrops bloom
in England.

The cover on the January 1991 issue is
so very lovely.  I have been thinking about
looking for an older fire place screen to
soften the area in front of our gas
fireplace.  As soon as I opened this issue
 I saw a wonderful example of one in an
article called "Found By The Fire".  

to see the recipe for the
Carmel Cream Pie.

As February prepares to leave us
here in Missouri, we see bulbs popping
 up out of the ground.  We did a major pruning of the pussy willow bush in our 
front yard.  A few Hellebore plants
are blooming.  We know we have had
a relatively mild winter.

By doubling my recipe ingredients,
I had enough for a deep dish pie and
also more to make a little tart we can
take over to our senior neighbors.
(on a foil base for transporting)

Thursday, February 16, 2023


 When February arrives we know that
Spring is not too far ahead and that
means the violets are coming.

This teapot above is an
English Crown Dorset.

I have always been fond of tea
wares with the violet theme.
The teapot on top of the cake
platter is from Japan.

We are having a cold, damp
and dreary day so violets will
certainly cheer things up.

I am starting to collect some purple
transferware but so far only have
4 plates.  It seems that is is rather
expensive. The teapot above lower
right is an English Crown Dorset.

This is one of the plates:

I am not fond of pieces from China
but did like this piece (from my 
former store) made in China for
Flowers & Balloons which became
Burton & Burton.

I just made a quick dash outside to
shake down the birdseed in the bird
feeder.  It could possibly snow here in
Missouri tonight.