Thursday, May 12, 2016

Coalport Leighton Sprays for a Birthday Lunch

It's been way too long since I last blogged.  I think that it's going to take a while to regain my rhythm in my posts.  I can't say that there have been any giant catastrophes in my world, other than the loss of my precious Yorkshire terrier Dickens about 6 weeks ago.  He had been in a "failure to thrive" mode for a number of months.  He was 15 years old, and his tiny warrior body just finally wore out.  He went peacefully in his sleep after spending the morning sleeping in my lap as I visited with my sister, who was our welcome guest for the weekend.  Dickens was such an important part of our family, and his absence left a gaping hole in my heart.  On a better note, my knee replacements have changed my life in a major  way.  I go for days at a time without ever thinking about my knees.  If you have knee issues, you can totally identify with that statement.  Why, I can  even wear a modest height heel now for the first time in three decades!  Admittedly I walked like a 13 year old for a while after taking my little heels for a spin. Life is good.

This week, I'm sharing a tablescape from February, '15.  The Garden Friends gathered to celebrate a birthday for our intrepid leader, Barb.  We're at the games table in the living room.  Come join us, please!

Barb loves bright clear colors.  I love blue and white.  I thought that this table would please both of us.

I made the blue and white gingham check tablecloth many years ago.  Today it added a degree of easy going comfort to the design.

A large AJKA rose bowl anchored the centerpiece. I bought it at an estate sale...great get.  A quartet of cobalt depression glass candlesticks surrounded the bowl of roses in assorted bright colors.  A pair of crystal decanters held water for my guests to refill their glasses.  Small Waterford posey vases featured additional roses.    

The Anna Weatherly cobalt charger was a graceful frame for the dinner plate.  Today I used my wedding silver, Reed & Barton Grande Renaissance.

The star of today's production was the Coalport Leighton Sprays dinner plate.  (I forgot to take a photo of the closeup the day of the luncheon. This picture is acting as a fill-in.)  I adore this pattern, and I use it on a somewhat regular basis.  It's a new addition to my collection, found during my recovery from my knee surgeries.

If you have read my blog for any time at all, you know that I really enjoy using cased crystal.  The addition of sparkling color always makes me smile.  Today the Waterford Simply Pink goblet and the AJKA cobalt Xenia were featured players.

The Glastonbury-Lotus bowl and plate were used for my homemade Gazpacho, another neat shot of fresh color for the table.

Finishing the tableau, Madeira napkins were caught in white Coalport Countrywide napkin rings.  The Val St. Lambert crystal open salts added yet another bit of lovely reflective light.

I'm so glad to be back in blogworld!...

I hope that you will want to join me at my tables once again.  Thanks for dropping by for a visit.

This week I'll be joining:

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

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