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Coming up Old Country Roses

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Trio Royal Albert : Yellow Rosebud

I have a few passions in my life…(she smiles) is it more than a few, when you need both hands and feet to count. The first few on top of the list besides art, food, photography, would have to be old antique roses (you know the ones with their fragrant perfumes, the ones that fill the whole room with their scent, and make you turn,stop, and smell the heart of a rose) china, white linen, the Victoriana Era, crystal, silver, and vintage hats and boxes…ok, the list is long. Back to the point of this new addition to the china section. I was cast under a spell, to a discounted sale of items in a shop…I wanted not to buy, but just couldn’t resist this trio, Royal Albert, Bone China, Old Country Roses, Ruby Collection – Yellow Rosebud, Made in England, which is even rarer these days to find. An hour or maybe two passed and yes, I had a number of new additions to my collections. So this here, is my first time ever on an afternoon tea serenade with Yellow Rosebud.june 201211

Royal Albert is completely ‘passionate about florals’.

Royal Albert has been dedicated to English grace, elegance, and romance since Victorian times. The story of Royal Albert stretches back over one hundred years to a small pottery business established by Thomas Wild, in Longton – one of the six towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, “The Potteries”.

Established in 1896, Royal Albert is inspired by everything English- the country garden and England’s national flower, the rose.

One of the most famous Royal Albert patterns is Old Country Roses. Launched in 1962, Old Country Roses was based on an older Royal Albert Pattern called Kings Ransom and continues to be one of the best selling fine bone china patterns in the world – selling more than 150 million pieces since its introduction.

Excerpt from the Royal Albert site.

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Petite Baked Banana Cheesecake

These petite Baked Banana Cheesecakes are delicious served warm, with a chai tea latte, a luscious creamy, cinnamon taste. Simply delicious!

june 2012 041 I love the pink bow surrounded by the smallest of delicate rosebuds.

Collages21 An afternoon sitting with Albert, and afternoon of delicious aroma’s of cinnamon…baked banana cheesecake  lightly sprinkled with ground cinnamon and a rich chai latte with vanilla and cinnamon.

What’s Chai?

Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with ‘pie’) is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures.

Chai from India is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world. It is generally made up of:

• rich black tea
• heavy milk
• a combination of various spices
• a sweetener

The spices used vary from region to region and among households in India. The most common are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper. Indian chai produces a warming, soothing effect, acts as a natural digestive aid and gives one a wonderful sense of well being. It’s difficult to resist a second cup.

Have you tried a chai tea latte?

Try the recipe: 2 individual tea bags + 1 cup milk + 1 cup water + 1/4 cup packed brown sugar + 2 tablespoons french vanilla non-dairy creamer (coffeemate) + 1/2 teaspoon ground  ginger + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice.

I find it easier to place the following ingredients into a coffee plunger or even a drip coffeemaker.Place the teabags, cinnamon, ginger and allspice add the water and brew as usual. Meanwhile in a saucepan combine the milk, brown sugar and creamer, cook and stir on medium heat until sugar has dissolved, pour milk mixture into cup, about half way, pour in tea mixture, sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. 2 servings.

Try it…I think you’ll like it! Let me know if you do!june 201213 mos2

Thank you for joining me, and to all the hosts that I enjoy linking to, for the time YOU take to read and leave comments, you don’t know how much I look forward to them, they put a smile on my face.

Love and Gratitude


Peace begins with a smile – Mother Teresa

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  1. Yvette, just lovely. I appreciate the history behind Royal Albert and the beautiful Old Country Roses collection. Yours is so pretty. You’ve created such a pleasant and inviting vignette for tea and cheesecake (yummy), and the lesson on Chai is a delight. Sounds delicious…

    I am grateful for your beautiful postings – always a pleasure and a blessing to visit.

    May your day be blessed,
    Marianne xox

    • Thanks Marianne, hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I’ve enjoyed a couple of blissful Autumn days of sunshine and a weekend away from teaching. As always whenever I have some extra time, I’m with my camera and creating vignettes, and finding time to share the things I love. Thanks Marianne x

  2. Always such beauty and grace in your posts. The china is so pretty, strewn with those little rosebuds.

    • Theres an advertisement at the moment from one of the tea manufacturers, on lifes too short not to appreciate the finer things, like drinking tea from china from the teacups hiding away…or arranging flowers in that large waterford crystal vase that sits on the sideboard, wearing that specisl dress, or high heels to go grocery shopping….or for me spraying that expensive perfume everyday not just for the special occassions…those special occassions are so fewer these days, we should treat everyday as a special day! Every day becomes a special day.if we make it special for ourselves first! Thanks for calling by abd have a wonderful week! x

  3. Certainly easy to see why you favor this china pattern so much. It’s really quite beautiful, Yvette, and the setting has that Old World feel to it. I’m sure it is always commented upon whenever it’s in use. It must be striking.

  4. Lavender Cottage says

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I like this china pattern, it’s a classic.

  5. Yvette, your new tea set is lovely,I like it more so than Old Country Roses. It is so much more delicate. Love the shape of the cup too.
    I am going to try your recipe for tea, it sounds so warming.
    Yes I think we do make great scones here. Thank you for your kind comments and visit. xo

    • Jeanetteann, lovely of you to call by, scones seem to be the in thing at the moment, makes me want to make some, and maybe some fresh strawberry jam and cream. x

    • Hi Barbara, Thanks for calling by, yes discovered another Aussie, who shares the love of scones. They are so versatile, my neice made lemonade scones at girl guides last night, so they were our evening treat! Have a wonderful week! x

  6. Yvette, your post is such a pretty one. I can fully appreciate your affection for the scent and beauty of sweet smelling roses. China teacups featuring them is also a treat!

    • Hi Karen, my garden is ‘crying’ at the moment with ou chilly Winter skies, nothing as pretty as your garden full of peonies. Just beutiful. Thanking for calling by Twistedvines – looking forward to joining in new link ups. Have a wonderful week! x

  7. It’s hard to go past the irresistible tekopar. Very beautiful teacups. Adorable with the strewn rose-buds on the porcelain. Interesting reading on the porcelain manufacture of Royal Albert. Chai is good to drink. Your cheesecake looks yummy out. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

    • Thank you Zinnia, for visiting my part of the world, from visiting your blog I can see we have many passions of gardens and home in common. Have a great week! x

  8. Hello Yvette, your new dishes are gorgeous! Everyone loves OCR and this pattern of it is lovely. I am glad you found it. The banana cheesecake looks delicious! I do love Chai too. I make it differently though, half milk and water in a pan with cardamon pods, cloves and cinnamon sticks (all crushed). I bring it to a boil, and then add Assam tea bags and a sweetener, like raw sugar. Yours has more spices and sounds delicious too! Thank you so much for sharing, I always love trying new recipes.

    • Hi Terri, all of those aromatic spicey flavours are delcious. I’ve also tried a ‘druken hippie’ which is chai tea, with a dash of strong coffee espresso, try it, it’s a surprise taste. Thankyou as always for being a true host, and been able to visit many new blogs, all of teatime beauty. Have a wonderful week! x

  9. Yvette, your china is simply exquisite! How wonderful to find it! Your banana cheesecake is very tempting and would be lovely with a cup of Chai, which I love by the way. I do like mine black however. I take both my coffee and tea black. Thank you for coming by to have tea with me and have yourself a wonderful day.


    • Thankyou Sandi, you’re a lovely host of many teatime beauties…and enjoy visiting and sharing from my little corner of the world. Thanks again, you too have a wonderful day! x

  10. Hi Yvette,
    Thanks for the lovely tea.
    Your Royal Albert trio is so beautiful! And I enjoyed reading about the company and their popular patterns.
    Greetings from Portugal

  11. I really enjoyed your three Royal Albert Cups n Saucers you showed, I love the old Country Roses, so pretty and enjoyed the history of Royal albert. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi Betty, Royal Albert has been collected in my family for a while now,not only do I love creating many a new vignettes, but a cup of tea always tastes delightful! Thank you for your visit. x

  12. Yvette, your tea post is fabulous!
    Such wonderful information and inspiration as well as beautiful photos.
    Those baked banana cheescakes look absolutely delicious!
    I love Chai tea and am actually having a cup right now as I comment 🙂
    Thanks for linking to Heart & Home!
    Have a very blessed week..Trish

  13. tingsgrove says

    Yvette, one of my favorite names as a young adult forward…lovely, and just so you know, I may tell you this again;’) The fine china is really lovely too, and the dessert looks marvelous too~

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