About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Noritake China Inspired By a Diary

Country Diary Edwardian Lady Noritake china

Even if you know of the book, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, you might not know that this classic inspired a dinnerware set, made by Noritake in the 1980s.

The book was a publishing hit, when it came out in 1977, in a facsimile edition of the naturalist diary of Edith Blackwell Holden (1971-1920).

Originally the book was called Nature Notes from 1906. She was known in her lifetime as a teacher, watercolorist and book illustrator. This 1977 edition was a publishing success.

It would have been expected for a naturalist at that time to keep a sketchbook . . . → Read More: Noritake China Inspired By a Diary

Irish Pottery Mugs for Cocoa, Tea and Memories

Souvenirs can come from many places, and be just about anything that brings back sweet memories from our travels.

I’ve got some Irish pottery mugs that do that for me. I like to get out my collectibles and enjoy them. Mugs are practical, small to pack, and easy to use.

In 2005, I made my first visit to Ireland, with a friend who had a bed and breakfast business on the west coast in County Clare. Of course we went shopping, and I found these beautiful mugs at a home goods store near the historic Bunratty Castle, not far . . . → Read More: Irish Pottery Mugs for Cocoa, Tea and Memories

Even dishes are Irish

Like food, china and dinnerware can take you places, too.

Take Noritake’s Keltcraft line, made in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s. Soft, pale colors, as on this darling creamer, speak with charm about a vibrant land. Ireland in the spring is very green to us North Americans. In May and June it’s so green in can make your eyes water.

The Kilkee pattern from the Keltcraft line is pale tan with butterflies and pastel blue flowers. This brings up that Kilkee is a real place, in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. West Clare is known . . . → Read More: Even dishes are Irish

Happy Anniversary, Tea in Ireland

A year ago, I was having afternoon tea with my friend Siobhan in a castle in Ireland — at Adare, in the west near the River Shannon. It was a wonderful treat.

Of course, I had to flip the china, and saw that it was Villeroy & Boch. Elegant white china. We enjoyed the dishes and the food in this fantastic setting.

Wedding photos were being taken out front as we drove up. We enjoyed our tea in the library.

We had it all to ourselves, with a lovely view of the grounds from a bay window.

A beautiful . . . → Read More: Happy Anniversary, Tea in Ireland

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