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Hello Aileen and Gail,
The parcel arrived safely in Horncastle this a m. I'm very charmed by all the little items you sent! Thank you so much. I've put a hand tatted runner under the Stilton and small pieces of cheese/fruit/onions in the silver trough. Your little plates with the biscuits and butter curls look very in keeping. I had a tiny pewter jug for the celery. The little roots on the spring onions are a delightful detail - and the little holes in the biscuits. I love the weight of the telephone - a lovely item - and the little kettle just makes me smile. All the cheese is wonderfully realistic. The store cupboard items remind me of childhood. Thank you. Kind regards,
Thank you very much for sending me the missing item. It is lovely! Although I said you didn't have to give me back my money for the wrong item, also thanks! When we see eachother again, I will certainly buy more items from you. With kind regards,
I've just ordered them - Thanks so much
My friend Sara was thrilled to bits with her which arrived beautifully packaged with a lovely Happy Birthday message. The attention to detail is fantastic, and it looks great in her amazing Tudor dolls house! Many thanks, great work!
Dolls House and Miniature Food
By the early years of the 20th Century summer in the English country house was likely to be a very active affair.
During the week the family were sure to be in their town house in London participating in the varied social scene that was the Season.
But at weekends special friends were invited back to house parties. The upper class education of young ladies was not geared to academic success, but to accomplishments that would help to fill in their leisure time as adults or facilitate the entertainment of their guests.
Embroidery, sketching, reading, practising the piano, painting in water colours were all genteel occupations considered most suitable.
But gradually through the last decades of the 19 Century, a quiet revolution had been taking place, young ladies started to participate in "SPORTS!"
There had always been riding, even if they did not join the Hunt, although many were enthusiastic riders to hounds, now they began to enjoy the outdoor sports that their brothers had been able to participate in for years.
Bicycling, archery, tennis, skiing, croquet, fishing, golf, skating, both roller
and ice, boating, yachting, photography, and there was not only lady-
Shops, especially in London and the larger cities had started to expand their premises
and by the third quarter of the 19th Century were beginning to move away from general
One such shop was "Lillywhites", John Lillywhite had taken a stand at the International Exhibition of 1862, exhibiting articles associated with cricket.
The general public showed so much interest that the Lillywhite family, who were all famous cricketers were encouraged to open a retail shop at 31 Haymarket in 1863.
This was the first specialist sports shop and proceeded to be extremely successful, catering for the needs of the new enthusiastic sportsman and woman, so much so that it was not long before it moved to larger premises at Piccadilly Circus.
All those new outdoor activities and the increase in popularity of afternoon tea among the upper and middle classes, gave rise to garden parties specially for one sport or another.
Croquet, tennis, archery etc: a garden table and chairs were set up and tea was brought out either on to the terrace or under a shady tree on the lawn.
Small dainty sandwiches, thin bread and butter, scones and jam, pastry tartlets , fruit cake, seed cake, and of course the reviving cup itself.
Both Indian and China tea were served by the butler or the housemaid to be received gratefully by all the participants after a very invigorating afternoons play.