Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Cups, Saucers & Glasses

And Mugs Too!

I do like nice china, especially vintage cups. Naomi and I went to a cafe recently which is also a collectibles shop and as well as having a wonderful collection of vintage trios (cup, saucer, tea plate) on sale they actually served tea from china teapots into nice china cups. I really must take photos next time we go. However, today we have some old favourites of mine. This souvenir mug doesn’t get used any more . I sometimes used to put David’s coffee in it but I don’t want the picture to be washed off so use it sparingly and it never went in the dishwasher when we had one.

A souvenir mug from England.

Of course, you know how much I love my bird mugs. They are modern and get used every day so often appear in posts. The china below is my “good china”. It’s part of a dinner set I bought in the 90s I’d use it more often but the gold rims mean that it can’t go in the microwave which doesn’t matter for the cups but is annoying when reheating plates of food.

Cup and saucer
Cup and saucer

Here are three glasses with a story. The first one is a ruby glass, one of a set of four that I have. It used to belong to one of David’s great aunts. We were helping his mum and dad clear the house when she had to go into care and when I was asked if there was anything I’d like to take home I picked it because I like art glass and red is my favourite colour (but you knew that). The tall glass was one that Naomi brought me home from her cruise on the Oriana, not the current ship by that name, the previous one. I don’t want it to get broken as the ship is gone now. When Naomi brings her shipping collection here I’ll see if she’d like to put the glass with it.

The glass beer mug is also one of a set of four. When David and I lived at Hallett Cove in SA the local residents’ group brought these out for some kind of fundraiser they were doing and we got a set. Each shows a different scene on the beach which is very rocky. This picture was my favourite and the one I used when we used these mugs. I saw these big rocks called erratics every time I took the dogs to the beach.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. today I found my vintage stacking coffee mugs in a cupboard.They are from the 1970s and I won them all on the sideshow alley believe it or not. There was one game can’t remember the name of it that I got pretty good at.I also got a nice blue glass vase.


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