Well, I bought the set I was after and it arrived this morning at the undignified hour (for a day off anyway) of 8am.
It is beautiful, a cream background with tunning and somewhat loosely painted orange, yellow and grey flowers.
I've got a teapot, 6 trios, 4 side plates, 2 cake plates a jug and a sugar bowl. Gorgeous! I also picked up some lovely silver tongs and a 4 matching teaspoons for 50p recently so I'm all set in the tea party department.
Here is my new baby in all her glory!
I've tried to find more of that rugged yorkshire dales pattern but there isn't a bean on the 'Bay.
Anyway - my yellow pattern is called "Sunburst" and while there are a lot of tea items available there isn't much in the way of dinner sets. Infact I saw a tureen on eBay with aprice of £119! It must be quite rare. I might try and find something complementary but easier to find for my dinner service.
I also treated myself to a lovely new (old) sewing box today - and have totally tidied my craft cupboard. Look at this lovely thing. I think its possible the cats like it even more than me! It was from my very favourite second hand shop - Past Caring on Essex Road in Islington - an absolute treasure trove of vintage lamps, glassware and sewing paraphernalia.
I also had a fantastic hair day today - but that's all part of tomorrows post!