Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady
My Country Diary China and Book
The Book That Inspired My Kitchen
Edith Holden's Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady has brought me much pleasure over the last 30 years and I anticipate it continuing to bring me pleasure for many more years. I wanted to share this book with you because it has been so special to me. After reading the book, I saw the china and knew that I wanted it. My sweet husband gave me a set for our Anniversary and one thing led to another. Soon I had re-decorated my whole kitchen in Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady. That was about 30 years ago and I have not gotten tired of it yet. This is my story. I hope you enjoy it and I do appreciate your visit here.
Photo: This Noritake China pattern has been discontinued but each type of piece represents a month from the diary with one of Edith Holden's beautiful watercolors. The dinner plate here is the month of August with the Common Red Poppy, Hare-bell, and Mayweed. Around the rim is a quote that she used in her book by R. Cambe Miller: "Fairest of months! Ripe Summer's Queen The hey-day of the year with robes that gleam with sunny sheen, Sweet August doth appear."
Photo by OhMe: My Country Diary place setting with my copy of the book, Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady.
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I have treasured this book for over 30 years. It is sheer joy to peruse! Sometimes I refer back to it when I want to be inspired.
If you enjoy learning about Wildflowers and Birds and if you enjoy seeing beautiful nature watercolors, you will enjoy this book Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady.
Edith Holden's Personal Nature Notebook Was Found and Published
To Share With The World who appreciate Mother Nature!
In 1906, Artist and Teacher Edith Holden began keeping a Nature Notebook which included paintings, thoughts, and her favorite quotes and poems as she explored the countryside of her home in the village of Olton, Warwickshire. This personal notebook was very special to her and she shared it with no one. It was not discovered until after her death and was found on a shelf of an English Country Home. Seventy years had passed since the day she began to write in her nature diary.
I, for one, am certainly glad that her notebook was found and shared with the world. It makes such a wonderful gift for any nature lover.
Photo: Photo of the back cover of my book
DVD of Country Diary
This would be a wonderful gift for any Nature Lover. I sure would like to have one. If you know someone who has not seen the book, it would be great to give a set of the book and the DVD.
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The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady DVD stars Pippa Guard and according to the reviews, it is a great one to own.
This would also make a lovely gift for any special occasions and bring joy to the recipient that can be enjoyed over and over again.
I doubt if Edith Holden ever imagined that her work would be enjoyed years after she wrote and drew in her journal let alone become a DVD, Fine China and more.
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Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady China by Noritake - I never get tired of my Noritake Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady china
Unfortunately, this pattern has been discontinued but fortunately I have a lot of it. My husband gave me the whole set and then I purchased more along the way and was given pieces for gifts. The reason I love this china is that each type of piece is different. For example, the dinner plate which you can see in the Intro Photo is for the month of August and has the Poppies on it. I also like the writings of Edith Holden which adorn the rims of most of the pieces.
This picture shows only a few of the different scenes from Edith Holden's beautiful book.
In the Photo Gallery below, I show how one scene is used throughout my kitchen on the wallpaper, border, tiles, and dishes. I am using the Willow Warbler which is on the cover of this wonderful book and carry it out through the kitchen. Keep in mind that this is just one of the pictures used throughout.
Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady becomes the theme of my kitchen - From my dishes to the wallpaper, handpainted tiles and handpainted borderClick thumbnail to view full-size
Country Diary Handpainted Tiles
For My Kitchen
I wanted a Tile Splashboard all behind the counter and sink. After I chose the Tile, I decided to paint about a dozen of them and have them spaced throughout the Splashboard. I had never painted Tiles that actually were installed so this was a first. When I told the Installer that they had not been fired, he was not concerned. They have held up pretty good for 28 years so I guess he knew what he was talking about. I sure held my breath when he put the caulking all on top of my painted tile and then wiped it down. I just used the craft acrylic paints. I did apply a sealer.
Country Diary Wallpaper
For my kitchen wall décor
I really couldn't believe it when I found the Wallpaper for my Country Diary Kitchen. I am sure it has been discontinued but it has held up very well for 28 years. I have two patterns: One is in the Breakfast Room above the wainscoating and the other is in the back hall below the wainscoating.
More Country Diary Wallpaper
For the back hallway
I really liked this pattern with each month having a separate square but it didn't quite go in the Breakfast Room. I decided that I liked the way it looked in the back hallway. I still have portions of rolls left over and use it for gift wrap.
I handpainted the border in my breakfast room - for my Country Diary Kitchen
Next, I wanted to handpaint a border in the breakfast room painting the same pictures that Edith Holden did in 1906. This was quite an undertaking. Our son was a toddler and I would get up real early each morning and paint before he woke up. I would get up on a ladder and paint for a couple of hours that way. I drew the pictures off first with pencil and had drawn a border line underneath so I would know not to go below that line. I had no problems with the ladder until I had finished all the painting. I noticed that the bottom line I had drawn was showing and wanted to erase it. I got back up on the ladder and what do you know. I fell right to the floor. I didn't get back up on the ladder but worried about that ugly pencil line until my husband hired a friend to make a molding to go under my paintings. I was thrilled and relieved. It really looked so much better.
Short Video Of My Handpainted Border - In My Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady Breakfast Room
The things I will do for Squidoo! I got back up on a ladder but this time it was just an "Old Lady Step Stool" just to show you my border.
My kitchen d�cor is getting old but I still enjoy it
Noritake Discontinued This Pattern
Some pieces can sometimes be found on Amazon and Ebay.
There is actually a revised pattern, as well, but I am not as fond of it.
Noritake Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady Round Vegetable Bowl - Reissue of original design
Dishwasher Safe Noritake Country Diary Vegetable Serving Bowl
This is a little different from my Vegetable Bowl but isn't it lovely.
Noritake Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady Platter
This is a newer version of the Noritake Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. Mine is much older than this but I do like it and I imagine they would blend well together.
I don't use this platter very often but enjoy looking at it in my corner cabinet.
Noritake Country Diary Lunch Plates - Probably our most used piece of our china
These lunch size plates are perfect for us and we often use them for our dinner meal as well. .
We use these for salads, sandwiches, and more. This particular one that is for sale on Amazon is not the original pattern like mine but very similar. I was reading that this is supposed to be more durable.
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