Sunday, July 13, 2014

Calico Blue plates and pansies

With all the rain we have been having it has been good for the pansies, which are flowering and looking very pretty.

Today I would like to share with you my Blue Calico plates and bits and pieces.
Burleigh's famous deep cobalt blue pattern has been made continuously in the factory for over 40 years. 
Love the look on the Antique Hutch dresser.

Here's a note from the English Novelist and Playwright- J B  Priestley about the collection.

~ Out of the original Victorian buildings, the clay is moulded, shaped and decorated to produce works of art, cups and saucers, plates and teapots, rush like magic out of clay.
May the ovens never grow cold, may Stoke on Trent, the pottery town still continue to be the heart of British craftsmanship.

I am thankful for all my readers, I appreciate each of you that visit and read my blog - Merci!

Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend - it still continues to rain here but we managed a trip across to the City and out for lunch with our Son.



  1. Hi Carolyn...I was thrilled to see the blue plates. They are lovely. I have always adored a blue elegant!
    Your pansies are so pretty. Love pansies...always plant them.
    So glad to finally take the time to connect...

    Wishing you a happy week!
    Big hugs, Nancy W. xo

  2. Your pansies is beautifu, lovely
    colours. And i like your blue porcelain.

  3. Hi Carolyn, your Calico Blue Plates are very lovely and high quality, the history behind is impressive. Love also your pansies, hope to stop to rain soon from you, happy Sunday! Hugs xo

  4. Like you i love English blue and white china, but sadly with the decline of the factories we have to put up with lots of imports these days. However If i do come across some i snap it up quick as you can't beat English made.
    A BIG thank you for following my blog. I do try hard to make it interesting, but seem a bit short on the ground of followers.
    Its raining here today and as you said good for the pansies, but not good for boot sailing, never hey there is always another week .......xx

  5. Hi Carolyn
    What lovely plates, I've not seen those before. The pattern and colours are so pretty yet bold at the same time - I mean they hold their own on the dresser. I liked the quote very much too.
    Hope the weather picks up soon for you, but like you say, at least the garden is benefitting!
    Happy weekend

  6. Dear Carolyn, in paris is raining too, but it's a very beautiful city.
    You calico blue plates are very very nice.
    Have a nice Sunday

  7. Good morning gorgeous Carolyn! As I looked at the vintage photo of the factory, I thought about the times when art was more of an industry; it still is to some degree, but it just seems as if more time and value was placed on manufacturing quality art as these lovely plates! But we have the vintage relics to remind us of past generations' need as well, to create something lovely.

    HAPPY DAY! Anita

  8. Dear Carolyn....We for a change are enjoying sunny weather. It's kind of cool to think that we both have pansies blooming on opposite sides of the world.
    Love the reminder about the Calico Blue. I've had mine packed away since I sold my other house. Now I want to dig it out!
    Enjoy the week ahead!........*s*

  9. Dearest Carolyn,
    Lovely photos of your hutch with Calico blue plates!
    Pansies don't seem to mind the weather much, ours gave up in the summer heat and we had to replace them a couple of weeks ago.
    Enjoy your Sunday evening!

  10. My dear I truly love your sweet flowers and I love the blue dinner set so much ..
    Sweet hugs for you x

  11. Such splendid blue calico...and the plates do look lovely displayed on your antique hutch.
    Pots of pansies are so very joyful and welcoming...cheerful, sweet faces!
    Sending hugs your way ...

  12. You have my parents plates - except theirs have white centres and I have a whole service and lots of other pieces of Sarah's Garden china which is what your little gravy boat/sauce jug is - although you know that I am sure!! We are china twins!! xx

  13. °º。✿⊱
    Tudo muito bonito!!!

    Bom domingo! Boa semana!


  14. The plates are so classy!

  15. I love your blue calico dishes, Carolyn. Blue in the home is so pretty, and for some reason blue tea cups are the prettiest to me. My wedding china was even in blue. How nice that you had lunch with your son. Spending time with our loved ones is such a blessing.


  16. Lovely post, I am glad I found one piece of that calico dishes at the thrift store!

  17. Calico blue...what a beautiful design and it's neat to see the old photos. Enjoy your day my friend! Hope the sun peeked out for your lunch! Sweet hugs, Diane

  18. Hi Carolyn, Your flowers are so pretty:) and blue is my favorite color .. so I love the plates! I hope you are enjoying your weekend. xxleslie

  19. Wowww like your service from England ...!....enjoy autumn the rain. Finally end we have had beautiful summer Ria ...x...!

  20. When I was first married, I wanted the blue calico dishes, but we could not afford them. I have one shallow bowl that I love, but no space to collect it now.

    Your set is beautiful.

  21. Hi Carolyn, Love your gorgeous calico dishes. The pattern is so pretty and I love the cobalt blue. How pretty they look on your hutch. Thank you for sharing the interesting info.too. Your pansies are so pretty.
    Have a great week and many blessings be yours!!

  22. Glad you got out even with the rain! We have been getting so much here as well! Your pansies are stunning and those dishes are stunning friend! I enjoyed hearing the history behind them! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead! Nicole xoxo

  23. Dear Carolyn,
    those plates war wonderful and your pansies are so lovely!
    Have a great new week and thank you for all your kind lines! Will answer later;O)
    Love and hugs

  24. Dear Carolyn
    I love your blue plates and your flowers!
    A KISS

  25. Good morning sweet Carolyn! It was so nice to see your comment this morning (I love the morning for many reasons, and blogging is one of them!)

    Get your bags packed and your ticket ready....Friday, we are LIVE! Enjoy the process my friend! Anita

  26. Oh My!!! Thank you very much for introducing us your Calico Blue Plates; SO BEAUTIFUL♡♡♡ And I really enjoyed reading the note. The blue color reminded me the china called 'arita-yaki' we have in Japan. Your pansies are GORGEOUS, Carolyn♪

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  27. What pretty pansies and your collection of Calico pieces is lovely Carolyn! Have a wonderful week sweet lady!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  28. Carolyn, I love your beautiful plates, wonderful colours!! So nostalgie, I feel so....:)

    Enjoy your days, my dear friend there far away!!♥

    With many warmy hugs, Marikki

  29. I'm a blue china collector too Carolyn - your Blue Calico collection is gorgeous!
    I loved reading JB Priestly's narrative - I've now added Stoke-on-Trent to my list for the next visit to the UK! I love those old photographs from the time when pottery factories were at their busiest producing the finest china in the world!
    So sorry to hear you were without power - it was so cold then too. Love that you still have a hottie!!!
    Shane xox

  30. The plates has such a pretty pattern!

  31. NIce photographs.
    I hope you had an enjoyable outing with your son.

  32. Such a pretty pot of pansies Carolyn ... I love to see their open smiling faces and inside all is warm and cosy with those wonderfully crafted china. Hoping all is going well in your corner of the world .... won't be long and Spring will be in the air.

  33. So pretty your Calico blue Carolyne! It looks perfect with the warm colors of the wood - makes a cozy, nice home feeling! Hope you have a bright and happy week, xx M.

  34. I love your blue calico, so rich! Love the pansies too! Thank you Carolyn for your kind remarks on my blog. We had a most enjoyable holiday thank you. Love Linda xx

  35. Your plates are lovely, Carolyn. Such a cute kitty on the one!
    Hope the rain stops soon, but nice you got out and saw your son.
    Have a wonderful week!

  36. Whata beautiful pansies!!
    I remember my mom likes to collect (I should say it collect cause we rarely using her plate collection XD) plates, your blue calico is so beautiful I guess she would love this so much, too.
    have a lovely day!


  37. Dearest Carolyn, your collection of Blue Calico plates and bits and pieces is really wonderful - I love the mix of blue and white, and the cat-bowl ist so sweet :o)) And although it is raining, the pansies bring sun and joy!
    Warm hugs, my dear,

  38. Your Calico Blue china is beautiful! Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures with us :)

    Just found your blog and I'm glad I did. I'm now following you on GFC and Bloglovin.

    xo Azu

  39. wow! so lovely photo

  40. Dear Carolyn
    Your blue plates are so lovely and the photos are beautiful.
    Have a nice rest of the week. Hugs Yvonne

  41. Hello, dear Carolyn! It's really lovely to stop by here again and see what you're doing and sharing. I also adore the classic English pottery and have a good collection myself. Maybe too many pieces! Wishing you a most beautiful day, my friend!

  42. Hi Carolyn !!
    Your blue plates are so lovely and the photos are beautiful.
    Have a nice rest of the week.

  43. Hi Carolyn, I really love your pretty flowered plates and how nice to know the factory that makes them has so much history. I love your pine hutch, too - very charming. Pansies are one of my favorites, but it is too hot for them here now. That is one good thing about the rain......Hugs xo Karen

  44. China is really a magic. I love especially porcelain, decorated in blue with floral motifs. And with us today is cloudy, but it's still summer, and soon there will be sunshine!
    Carolin,I'm glad I came across your beautiful blog!
    Nice summer days!

  45. Great design on those lovely blue plates;)

  46. Hello Caroline, what a lovely blog! I'm just visiting from Castles Crowns and Cottages and I'm very glad I came. Barbara

  47. PS I’m so sorry if I just misspelt your name, I was in such a hurry to leave a comment I forgot to check.

  48. Carolyn, I've come to see your European link post, are you still participating? Anita

  49. I love the blue plates, and do hope the pottery will continue on; there is something so reassuring about that continuity. So glad Anita introduced me to you!

  50. what beautiful pottery, specially the plate with the cat on it!

  51. I am so in love with blue right now, so I am crushing hard on those plates!!

  52. Carolyn, are you still participating in the European link party? Or is this the post related to it? I see Barbara came to visit, but are you still participating? If not, please let me know. The majority of the action has taken place today, but I do hope it will continue throughout the week. Please inform me if you are not participating! Anita

  53. Beautiful beautiful dishes.
    A delight to own and admire,

  54. I remember my brother and sister in law having these plates 40 years ago when they first got married! I haven't seen a bowl like that before. Is it rare? Sarah x

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Don't know if the bowl is rare - I bought mine about 20 years ago when I saw it when we saw it in a shop while on holiday.
      Carolyn x


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