Victorian Settings

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Christmas dinner is perhaps the most important meal of the year in most houses. It is a time for family and friends. They all return from the four corners of the world to be with their families for Christmas.

There are few occasions during the year when families are so fully reunited, hence the importance of the Christmas dinner table; when most of the chairs at the table will be filled.

Setting the perfect Christmas dinner table is different to setting a table at any other time of year, however formal the dinner, as the occasion calls for seasonal touches and decorations to make the meal festive and special.

Before you even begin to set the table, you should think about what colour scheme you want for your Christmas dinner table as this will help you choose the dinner plates. Having the right table cloth, crockery, cutlery and decorations.

Most people know that red and green are Christmassy colours, but if you want to do something a little different, you could go for purple and green, red and gold or even black and gold.

Setting the Table

So what will you need on the table? From a practical point of view, everyone will need a charger plate, side plates, a water glass, a wine glass, cutlery, a napkin and a soup bowl (if you’re serving soup!)

You’ll also need crockery for the table, serving utensils and placemats for hot dishes, Butter pat dish and bread plates. Mix and match your table, each person’s soup bowl does not have to match their charger plate.

Regardless, the most important thing about Christmas Dinner is….that you have enough plates and forks; that each guest should have at least two plates; a dinner plate and a side plate. That is your gift to them. It shows just how much you care you’ve taken.

Happy Holidays!

Victorian Daisy

A Rare find. Antique Foley Wileman Shelley daisy tea set for four With Teapot, Milk Jug, Sugar Bowl, 4 teacups And 4 Saucers.

A Charles Wileman Shelley daisy shape comprising of a Complete tea set; in the Daisy shape made in 1890.

Wileman was later renamed Shelley and called Foley, One of the most respected manufacturers of fine bone china teaware in the late 19th Century.

The Garden


We talk and in conversations where I take everything in. We talk about everything; sometimes all night and then there are days, when we are just content to be together. 

I love our walks through the park with the dogs. They take us through the flowering trees in the botanical gardens. I think about how much happiness this garden has brought to many.  


There I consider how much the trees towers over us. I love how rough the bark feels under my touch. How they flower and thrive even in the most extreme weather. How the boughs of blossoms stretch out over our heads as it begins to rain; the trees sheltering us from the sudden bursts. How they can stand there; to be still and silent, with the calmness of one; This garden is over a hundred years old. They have seen the way of the world. 


I look and wonder how much this garden has seen, and I think about all the ones who have come and gone; only to adorn it’s beauty. The life of these flowers has survived the years. It’s astonishing how seen the lives and how many moments have been played out around them. Life, loves and all the tears, the laughter and even the poets sitting near them as they write, pondering their next line, the next simile, or the next metaphor.


There is something about the calm and quietness about this garden that makes me feel safe and comforted. Maybe it’s just the way the flowers reach out for attention that is so comforting.  


These words are just some of my thoughts well sanded maybe repetitive; perhaps to be put away into a jar a collection of memories. I will always cherish our walks and talks in this garden and in this park and sharing feelings. Its when held to the eye and we can look and listen; appreciating that right here in Wales that I find there are so many colours for everything and some things don’t change and I’m grateful for being right here with you in this garden. I love that!

Moon flower

At night in the garden
When everything comes alive
There is sweet song
It surrounds my heart.

Beyond the quiet end of day,
Whispering to the trees to pray,
Laughing with the moon flower,
Falling in love with the sunset,
Consulting with the moon,
Gazing up at the starry sky.

With my hand over my heart,
The hand other touching the earth,
Discovering the generosity
Here born of this Universe.

Its beauty caresses my soul
Then a gentle touch goodnight,
Like a beautiful dream beginning,
Moon colors blooming in mystery,
Only at night of an unreal light,
Translucent and pale.

And to my delight,
This moonflower tale
Bids me fair passage
To where we may dwell
We all once sail
On the moonflower pale.

Moon flowers (Botanical name: Ipomoea) are called moon flowers because they bloom in moonlight. Christopher shared these beauties with me whilst in his garden. They very large blooms and are a beautiful white flowers with a star-like shape. The flowers quickly open at night and last the entire night. They close when the sunlight touches their petals.