Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Bits and bobs

It's been a bitsy week so this post will be a bit bitsy too.

We have just had a lovely Easter Weekend.
 The weather behaved and it was only slightly autumnal,
with warm sunny days and only a hint of rain in the evenings.
We were able to sit outside to enjoy our coffee 
and the company of my eldest grandson and his partner.
They arrived on Friday evening after a long car trip, 
made longer with all the people and places they stopped to visit on the way down.
They were busy playing Easter bunny and dropping off baskets on their way.

This one was for my GKB and me.
We have enjoyed tucking into it
 but I'll have to get out walking
 to make up for too much indulgence.
Claude found it very hot and one day he was spreadeagled
rather inelegantly on his back on the mat catching the breeze. 
By the time I crept past him to get the camera 
he decided to change position and I missed it. 
But here he is anyway, I haven't posted a pic of him for quite a long time.
He's not looking too bad for an older boy :)

Grandson always goes around to visit his great grandmother, my little mother, 
and she had a box of his things there that she had found out in the garage.
He came home and said "Here you go Granma, these are the souvenirs
 I brought back from Singapore for you and Grandad."
He was in Singapore about seven years ago 
so we all had a bit of a laugh about that.
Both the paper weight and the ashtray 
have the Singapore merlion on them, an intriguing creature.

I thought I'd show you this little demitasse tea set I have in my china cabinet.
When we were first married my GKB saw them on sale
 and used to arrive home every Friday night with a cup and saucer.
 I have another completely different set as well and I'll show it to you another time.
I've just noticed tonight that one of these has a tiny chip, bummer :(
They have Japan stamped on the bottom, 
 and when you look at it the pattern is Japanese style.
I think it could be lustreware but not really sure,
but I think it is pretty.
That's it for this week. 
I hope your Easter was enjoyable, ours was. 
We started with a Maundy Thursday shared meal at the church, 
met with church family on Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday 
and spent time with family relaxing over a lovely weekend.

sharing with:

Until next week,


  1. Glad you could sit outdoors to enjoy coffee. Sounds like you had a delightful visit with grandson. This is a gorgeous set; I love the rose color. Have a great day.

  2. We had a wonderful Easter service Diana...no more holidays here until Memorial Day weekend and we will attend the wedding of another nephew. I love your demitasse service. I have always loved anything that is pretty and delicate.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful Easter weekend. And I too have a little demitasse set in my china cabinet that used to belong to my mom. She got it from her sister when they lived in Okinawa. It says *made in occupied Japan* on the bottom. It's a shame people don't use these anymore.

  4. Glad you have had a wonderful Easter. When we lived in Puerto Rico we often had Puerto Rico coffee.... very strong.... in the little demitasse cups. Any more than that size and we would have been awake for a week!!

  5. Hi my friend! I so love the story of your grandson. Your demitasse cups are so pretty. Love all the memories that you shared. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  6. Sounds like your Easter was really nice. : )
    What pretty tea cups.

  7. Your weekend sounds lovely and relaxed. I bet those Easter eggs were very tasty :).
    Your cups are very pretty. I do love China tea sets.
    Thanks for welcoming be back to blogging.
    Take care!

  8. I sounds as though you had a great Easter! Lovely China :)

  9. The Singapore souvenir made me smile. I've always liked the lusterware pieces from Japan.

  10. Hello, sweet friend! Your Claude is absoltuely precious and your tea cups are quite lovely!

    It sounds like you had a delightful Easter :) Hugs to you!

  11. Dearest Diana; What a delightful Easter weekend it was to sit outside to enjoy your coffee accompanying your grandson♡♡♡ Your Claude looks really sweet♪
    Wow!!! You showed me two surprising items; how I wish to have the lovely paper weight with 'orchid' from Singapore. The precious gift is Very Pretty, isn't it♪ And your valuable treasure "demitasse tea set" (’demitasse’ was a new word for me) is GORGEOUS☆☆☆ Thank you SO much for sharing with us.

    I hope you are having a wonderful new week.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in New Zealand, xoxo Miyako*

    1. PS> My hearing aid is from the company called 'RIONET' and no howling sound :-) Hope yours is or will work well♪

  12. Claude! What an awesome name for a cat. He looks very comfortable there. The Singapore tea cups and saucers are lovely. What a treasure. I'm so glad you had a wonderful Easter.

  13. I really like the story behind your demitasse set. What a great way to end the week with a new teacup. Thanks for sharing a photo of Claude-a handsome and relaxed fellow. Glad you had a nice Easter with your family.

  14. Claude is gorgeous. I've got a soft spot for ginger cats, and your demitasse tea service is so pretty. Well worth all those Friday night purchases. I think that's probably how most of us build up our china sets: bit by bit as the finances permit. All the best, Bonny

  15. Claude is gorgeous. I've got a soft spot for ginger cats, and your demitasse tea service is so pretty. Well worth all those Friday night purchases. I think that's probably how most of us build up our china sets: bit by bit as the finances permit. All the best, Bonny

  16. so glad you had a good Easter...nothing as fun as spending time with grands. :)


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