Still, never one to miss an opportunity, I took this Transatlantic celebration of tea as a sign that I should add to my teacup and saucer collection. This would make my fourth. That's a collection, right? I started trawling the internet, not finding much to catch my eye. I'm very picky. I agonised over a single pearlware teacup just because it was blue & white and from the 1700s, but the lack of saucer put me off. Then I spotted something I'd always wanted. Crockery decorated with the Enid Seeney Homemaker design. It's a 20th Century design classic and has been copied and adapted time and time again.
There's a lot of it about. It was originally manufactured to be sold in branches of Woolworths, so it certainly wasn't high-end, but some designs define a decade and the Homemaker pattern certainly did that for the 1950s. Here is my little piece of design history:
As per my tradition of using each teacup for the reason it was intended (well, at least once) I took a break from some writing on Sunday afternoon to drink tea from my Homemaker cup and eat a fancy cake. OK, so it wasn't that fancy; just a fruit tart with the kiwi fruit left off (I'm allergic). It was no delicate Parisian patisserie. But hey, it was a quiet 20 minutes to myself to enjoy my latest acquisition.
I'll do a whole series of tea related posts when it's British Tea Drinking Week/Month.....whenever that might be.