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.

Made for Harrods of London

Vintage limited edition Staffordshire fruit and veg bowl in pretty bone china made for Harrods by Bishop and Stonier (Bisto) dating from between 1891 and 1936. Numbered 232.

Hand painted flowers surrounded by a cobalt and in a gold plated design. All in good condition for its age except for hairline on underside. No crazing or chips.

This mark (Caduceus) was registered as a trade mark by Powell & Bishop in 1876 the mark was also used by subsequent partnerships including Bishop & Stonier.

The “BISTO” trade name was only used by
Bishop and Stonier and often appeared (but not always) with the two marks shown above.

Incredible find.

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Old Ming Pot

Could it be Ming?

I am to believe I may have an antique Chinese koi Bowl from the Ming Period in my procession.

It is bronze and is a cloisonné enamel bowl. The bowl measures 11.2 inches across at its widest and 3.4 inches high.

The bowl is bronze with beautiful multi color enameling throughout the piece. The iron work and rims have a dark patina or color which is all original to the piece. Incredible find.

What makes this bowl very special is that the outside and interior of the bowl are decorated with fine and enamelings and there is a scroll border along the top rim.

The bronze is glazed in a dark blue green with gilded scrolls, koi and lotus flowers.

The center bowl is in excellent condition, as is the stand.

If you look at the many photographs for more on the look and condition as they are an important part of the description.

The Zhengde Emperor (Chinese: 正德; pinyin: Zhèngdé) was the Ming dynasty Emperor of China between 1505–1521.

Reign: 19 June 1505 – 20 April 15

What do you think?

Is it Ming…or just an old Ming Pot.

Good Morning Wales – Powy Journeys


Good Morning Wales

Somewhere in mid-Wales, up where the sky meets the mountains, as if buried away in the forest,  we could see more of the world than ever when we were just driving. Not really chasing anything; enjoying our time together and healing from our time we spent apart. 

There were many times we would wander off alone to go off exploring castles and such. We’d go off and never tell anyone where we were going or we’ve been to the Powy’s . 

It’s in the middle of Wales and I don’t think I have never seen anything or the same thing twice. It’s beautiful and inspiring. Mountains and waterfall live there, and all the melting snow runs in the River Wye, banking every rock, bend and curve. 

Once we ended up in a remote place called Painscastle. We had been there once before, but we never found the castle. Well we did this time and turns out to be a mound and less than a ruin.  The site is complete buried in the owners back yard and all that is left is grass. 


Nevertheless, the countryside was glorious and incredidibly beautiful. We were there in the spring and found a place to stay; Llongoed Hall. It was once a castle, now a magnificent house in the Middle of the Brecons. And it was that time of the year when the lambs were already born. They are so much fun to watch; curious and dancing about.  


When I walked up to them to take their photos, all of them came up to me. I was amazed that a wild creature would come so close. She was so serious and Maybe it was a a greeting or warning.  I don’t know, but I didn’t feel threatened at all. Maybe she just wanted to show off her little one. Who could blame her for she was a proud mamma. 

So its when I heard the ewe’s cry and calling to her babies, “stay close and I will protect you.”  Her whole world is about protecting her new born lamb. That’s the way it should be I think. 



Their faces are so innocent, The sound of her calling her lamb, heard all over the world; it is a rather sound in the protection, coming in waves of echoes to her lambs. And when one starts, the rest of herd begins, all of their baa’s come in waves, hearing it across the mountains; as if singing a song to their scorned admirers, like unto to the heavens. 


Buried away in a forest, it’s part of the mountain, where it’s seen no more, all man and nature are one existence. The birth of the lambs are proof when all over the world it’s heard its cries, surviving  the sounds of its echos.



Pains Castle, view from the top

History of Pains Castle
The castle is named after its builder Pain Fitz-John and was probably captured and destroyed by Madog ab Idnerth soon after Pain was killed in July 1137. The castle was rebuilt but soon destroyed again by the Welsh. By the 1190s the castle was held by William de Braose, and his wife Maud is said to have defeated the Welsh at Pain’s Castle in 1195.


The bailey surrounding the motte.

Prince Rhys of Deheubarth besieged the castle in 1196 but failed to take it before a truce was made, and there was another attack in 1198, this time by Gwenwynwyn of Powys, who was incensed by his cousin Talhaiarn having been dragged through Brecon, tied to a horse and beheaded.

King John took possession of the castle in 1208 but it was captured in 1215 by the de Braose’s ally Gwalter ab Einion Clud. Gwalter submitted to King John in 1216 and became lord of Elfael, but after he died c.1222 the Welsh of that lordship transferred their allegiance to Llewelyn ab Iorwerth, and the castle must have been destroyed around then.

Surrounding view from the castle

The castle was rebuilt in stone by Henry III in 1231 with a round tower keep on the motte and curtain wall with an east gatehouse and several D-shaped flanking towers. The castle was granted to Roger Tosny in 1255 and a year after his death in 1264 it was captured and wrecked by the Welsh. Ralph Tosny rebuilt the castle in 1277 and it later passed to the Beauchamps, Earl of Warwick. It was garrisoned by them in 1401 against Owain Glyndwr.



in the village of Painscastle, 4 1/2m NW of Hay-on-Wye, Powys, mid Wales SO 166 462


Only impressive earthworks remain, comprising a 9m high motte with a summit 22m long, a bailey 60m wide extending 45m north from the motte ditch, and a deep surrounding ditch with a counterscarp bank. On the west side a barbican projects into the ditch from the bailey SW corner.

Today the main feature of the castle is the large motte. Traces of foundations suggest that it originally supported a round tower, though the foundations have largely been grubbed up. Entrance to the keep was apparently gained through a barbican which crossed the motte ditch to the west. In 1231, £72 was spent on this barbican and the provision of a drawbridge.

The bailey is roughly rectangular and deeply ditched, with a strong counterscarp bank. It too shows evidence of the stone walls having been grubbed up, robber trenches running along the lip of the ward. The overall shape of the castle is that of a playing card, and as a Roman fort could be expected in the area it is possible that this is what was originally here. Roman pavements have been found at the site.


Motte of Painscastle viewed from the ditch.

Mike Salter, The Castles of Mid Wales, Folly Publications, 2004

Paul M. Remfry, The Castles of Radnorshire, Logaston Press, 1996

Photo’s of Pains Castle courtesy of

Good Morning Wales- Beyond Reason

 Good Morning Wales,

When I look him, he is more than than mere eyes can see, hiding nothing inside; no holding back. He is the mountain. 

And through him I see experience and wisdom, hope and faith, abounding truth and trust. But most of I see a heart with uncompromising compassion. 

He is more than enough, strong enough, making me want to look within myself; to be a better person than I am. 

I want to be more like you; Loving you even beyond reason, and just the way you are. 

Photo Quote: J.R.R. Tolkien



One foot on the waves, the other gently touching the earth. 

Two vases she carries; water, pure dew from the sea. 

Aurora was the Roman goddess of the dawn. The Greeks called her Eos. 

She was the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia and the sister of Helios (the sun god) and Selene (the moon goddess). 

Every morning, Aurora arose from the sea and rode in her horse-drawn chariot across the sky ahead of the sun, carrying a pitcher from which she sprinkled dew upon the earth.

Aurora’s first husband was the Titan Astraeus. 

They had several sons: the winds Boreas, Eurus, Notus, and Zephyrus as well as the morning star Eosphorus and the evening star Hesperus. 

Aurora’s beauty caused Mars, the god of war, to take an interest in her. This angered Venus (Aphrodite) *, who caused Aurora to fall in love with a number of mortals. 

She married one of them, Tithonus, and begged Zeus * to make him immortal. Zeus granted her wish, but she had forgotten to ask for Tithonus’s eternal youth too. 

As a result, he continued to age until he became decrepit and shriveled. Aurora shut him away in his room until the gods finally took pity on him and turned him into a cicada.

Photo: Aurora Sculpture by John Gibson. Born: 1791, Gyffin, nr Conway, Gwynedd, Wales Died: 1866, Rome, Italy. 

Museum of History, Cardiff Wales 

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Good Morning Wales – Proper Trimmings

Good Morning Wales,

Where were my manners, “Oh Dear.” 

This morning the gardeners came to take care of the grass and manicure the shrubbery.  There are two of them. Both different, but both very Welsh. One is in the front grooming the roses and the other in back whacking and trimming  the boxwood shrubs. 

They are doing a really nice job. So I told him, the head gardener. And he replied, “thank you, except my man in front working on the roses hasn’t had his tea.” 

So then I apologised for not offering. He said that’s all right; where you from… America? What part?”  

I replied, “Texas.”

He said, ” ah, no tea there, yeah?” Two sugars and lots of milk, he replied. 

Both of us laughing about it and agreeing. I went right to it, making their tea. I served them both, tea and biscuits; Two sugars and lots of milk in large tea mugs; apologising for my shortcomings. 

They were grateful, they even brought their dishes back in and set them on the counter and then thanking me. 

Good thing I had picked up a box of tea biscuits, (cookies) yesterday at the Shops or I really would be in a bad way with the gardeners. 

I would certainly hate for them to feel deprived of a proper tea with biscuits while trimming the shrubbery. 

Photo: Mosaiculture Exhibition