As some of you know, we stayed in a beautiful rented condo on Lake Michigan this past week. It was a great week of walks on the beach, golf, sunburns, movie watching, and lots of talking and laughing. And one day, when it rained all day, a visit to a four-story antique store in Traverse City.
The guys were happy to sit next door in a pub with the World Cup on, and we spent a lovely couple hours wandering around beautiful china, linens, books, lamps, furniture . . . there were so many delightful things I will surely have to go back next time I'm up north.
Look at the beautiful teacup I found . . .
This says it's the Bridal Rose pattern by MZ Austria, I think. If that faded word at the bottom there is Austria, then this was made sometime between 1884 and 1909. I love china, but don't know a lot about it other than what I've looked up online, so I could be wrong. But isn't it fun to think I might be drinking out of a cup that someone in a real Downton Abbey-type setting might have used? Or later, sipped from while sitting next to a radio listening to Winston Churchill giving his "never give up" speech during World War II? So many histories could be assigned to this little cup!
I love wandering about antique shops and wondering about history and the lives of people who used or made the objects I pick up and admire. For instance, who sat and crocheted this lovely tablecloth?
I got this beauty to put on my kitchen table in between use. It is in perfect condition. I only knit and crochet a little, so I'm no expert, but this looks like it took a long time to make. It would take me forever. I'm going to have to make up a little story for myself about the woman who sat and worked hours and hours on this. What a treasure.
We also went to a little tea store in the town of Glen Arbor. They had this sign posted on the table with their black teas. Just in case you need convincing.
They had a wonderful selection of teas and spices. The owner was very knowledgeable, and made some Ceylon tea for us to taste. This spiced sugar smells and tastes delicious.
I'm looking forward to trying this Manitou Masala Chai tea. The tea must be named after the islands just off the coast here. South Manitou Island is visible from our condo, and there's a North Manitou Island as well, with ferry service to both.
|The teapot in the back was in one of the cupboards in the condo's fully equipped kitchen, a nice surprise.|
We also found the Leelanau Coffee Brewing Company and got some delicious coffee. Check out the old-school dunesmobile on the front of the package. This area is famous for the huge Sleeping Bear Dunes.
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