Monday, July 18, 2011

Cake Stand of the Month ~ August

August is almost here and hopefully it will bring the gentle warmth of late summer sun. We in the North of England are still waiting. If you stepped outside today you could be forgiven for believing that winter had arrived early. Getting from one place to the next has been like running the 100 metre dash to save getting soaked. The rain has been lashing down and the blustery wind is bashing against the window. It's less than pleasant for mid July. We need cheering up. This pretty cake stand is brimming with summer joy.

August ~ Three-Tier Cake Stand of the Month

"Fairest of Months! ripe Summer's Queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen,
Sweet August doth appear." ~ R. Cambe Millen

Caverswell China August Plate

The above Caverswell 'August' plate is the seventh in a series of twelve for each month. Designed by John Ball to reflect the unique beauty of the book " The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady" by Edith Holden. 

It is beautifully decorated with bright red poppies, so evokative of late summer and corn fields ready for harvest. There are soft lilac harebells, prickling thistles and large white daisies. Those lovely meadow flowers so associated with an English summer in the country. I've talked myself right into an imaginary moment! Lying in a meadow field beneath swaying grasses to the gentle sound of bees buzzing under warm blue skies -sighs!

Okay, deep breath. Back to reality. We've chosen complementary colours and seasonal flowers for the middle and top tiers. A Royal Albert bone china plate from the Botanical Teas Collection with blowsy purple Clematis flowers and delicate orange 'Black Eyed Susan'. The top tier is a vintage Royal Ascot tea plate decorated with traditional old garden red roses.

At least this cake stand cottage garden can bring a little taste of summer all year round.

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