Monday, December 30, 2013

Corgis and A Good Tea

Tea and a Corgi on a Rainy Afternoon


Homemade espresso cookies, a pot of Earl Grey and handmade Damariscotta Pottery.  "She does a good tea."  



“The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a gentle, sensible, and even-tempered dog.... He is affectionate, and although he can be a good little watchdog, he is not quarrelsome or foolish and is never mean.” 

- Roger Caras, The Roger Caras Dog Book





Remembering the last corgi.

 Unsuccessful in finding out the name of this old Spode china  pattern.


An In-Town Stroll

She lives up to the Corgi reputation.


“They are, in fact, as close to being ideal pets as can be found.  They have spunk and fire and enormous charm.” 

- Roger Caras, The Roger Caras Dog Book



29 comments:

Joyce N said...

What precious dogs! Lovely biscuits!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!

Laurie Ann said...

The China pattern is beautiful! May have to do some research as Copeland/Spode is quite old.

Bitsy said...

What a lovely dog! A childhood friend had a Corgi. She was a sweet and gentle thing and I’ve had a soft spot for them since.

Anonymous said...

That Corgi is adorable! Corgis are so special and I can see why they are a favorite of the Queen.

HM Stengel said...

Our pair of Pembroke Corgis are model canine citizens. Dooney is 11 and very well mannered. His 5 year old sister is high spirited and always up for a romp through puddles, very dog like. Thank you for sharing photos of this beauty. My brother has accused us of having Corgis for the past 20 years simply because they ARE preppy dogs.

Paul Connors said...

Some of the "most expressive" eyes I've ever seen in dog photos and once again, Muffy, you captured these images brilliantly!

You definitely have your Dad's eye for photographic composition.

Anonymous said...

I will be looking at this posting for some time to come! Lovely, lovely photos of some of my favorite things. As always~ thank you for making life quite a bit more delightful.

Alexandra said...

Although we are a Siberian Husky family, we love all dogs and that corgi is beautiful!
Thank you for sharing!

Beckie said...

by the Maker's Mark, it likely dates from 1891-1900


http://www.heirloomsantiques.com.au/UserFiles/Image/Spode%203.JPG

390 is likely the pattern number

http://spodehistory.blogspot.com/2011/01/dating-your-spode-pieces.html

the Spode Museum Trust might be some help


http://www.spodemuseumtrust.org/contact-donations.html

mary anne said...

As I love all animals, your blog is a constant visual treat! So glad your are continuing this marvelous blog.

Anonymous said...

I've seen a blue version of the Spode plate before, and it's listed as "Fern" here: https://www.blueandwhite.com/museum.asp?m=Spode&p=Fern

The book mentioned on that page might be worth consulting.

Jacob Phelps said...

what a lovely day - and lovely corgis!

lindaraxa said...

Second to Westies, these are my favorite dogs...but don't tell my Sous Chef!

Anonymous said...

The Daily Prep never ceases to amaze me. A Corgi post!!! How wonderful. They are such happy dogs.

Thirty years ago, I was watching an international carriage driving event in the shadow of Windsor Castle, listening to an Englishwoman expound on Americans, how the majority of us are much like the Beverly Hillbillies, rich and ignorant. I refused to take the bait, although it was tempting. At the end of her diatribe, she said, “ do you know whose car you’re leaning on?”

It was a dark green Range Rover, and as I looked to my left, I saw a diminutive woman dressed in a tweed skirt, sweater and scarf, her right hand clutching a brace of Corgis, as her husband, Prince Philip, maneuvered his four-in-hand team through the obstacle course. I quickly removed my hand from the hood, leaving a visible paw print worthy of …..beheading? I know little of English law.

A buffing from my cashmere sweater sleeve removed the offensive mark and returned the hood to its lustrous perfection. While all this was going on, the Queen did not bat an eyelash, but her Corgis gave me the once-over.

Prince Philip finished in 2nd place overall, loosing to a high school dropout who had made his fortune in laundromats. The two were also great friends, as I later found out from the winner himself.

MGC

Muffy Aldrich said...

@MGC - I don't tell you nearly enough how incredibly grateful I am to you for your exceptional contributions. Perfect.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Muffy. It's a good thing my long term memory is in working order because my short term memory is highly suspect.

MGC

Anonymous said...

MGC, I hope you will consider writing a memoir.

Anonymous said...

How lovely! What a beautiful face on that adorable pup and the story of the corgi race (or whatever it was) so very amusing! Thank you all and a happy new year!

Cranky Yankee said...

MGC's Range Rover story reminds me of my favorite Prince Philip quote, "When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife."

Flo said...

Looks like a lovely day the whole way around. I've always thought I'd like to have a Corgi, somehow I ended up with a Sheltie instead!

Paul said...

Also of note: the beautiful green majolica dish!

MFR said...

Once again, thank you for a delightful post.
May you have a wonderful new year and please accept our thanks for continuing your blog through 2014.

LG said...

My father loves corgis, which I understand more as I get older. This one has a lovely coat. The first picture should be a greeting card.

C said...

I know replacements.com is happy to (try to) identify china patterns. Have your friends sent the pictures to replacements.com with no luck?

As for corgis -- always charming!

Lindy Goodson said...

What a gorgous dog!! Give your corgi a hug for me!

Hearthstone Farms said...

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Love the adorable Corgis Their coats look so soft and lovely and they are so well groomed and proper. And each has a distinctive personality.

Anonymous said...

anybody remember the sweet Corgis who used to dominate the sidewalk in front of the late great Quality Wine Shop on Broadway in New Haven?

Hearthstone Farms said...

No, sorry, don't remember the Corgis (wish I did!), but I do remember the Quality Wine Shop as a great favorite!

Bebe said...

Every so often you've posted a recipe, which have been quite tasty. Do you have one for the espresso cookies? The dough looks like a shortbread, but is the espresso in the chocolate or the batter? Thanks kindly.