Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Teddy Bears, Dolls, Toys

I was naturally delighted when I saw this challenge. The real challenge was choosing what to photograph out of my many options. I have been a teddy and toy collector for many years now. I chose my oldest and favourite teddy bears, some of my cool looking Kens and a few other things I had that were still not packed. Luckily there were some things still waiting to be packed because I have packed quite a lot of my things in boxes ready for moving day. I hope you enjoy my choices for this challenge.

Play School Teddy

Large Verna Teddy Bear

vintage toys

A collection of vintage toys

Toby and Teddy's Toys

A collection of the dog’s toys

Toby and His Toys

Toby getting a toy.


A Variety of Dolls

Cool Kens

Here are some pretty cool looking dudes.


My favourite old teddy bears

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Teddy Bears, Dolls, Toys

Dolls, Teddies and Toys

You can imagine how delighted Naomi and I were to have a challenge involving dolls, bears and toys as we  collect them but not all my photos today are  of my own things. Every year I try to get to the Hobart Model Train Show and every year I take photos so I have quite a lot of photos of model trains. Everyone loves model trains don’t they? These photos are from last year. The gentleman in the uniform is Peter Fielding who lives near Naomi. I met him some years ago when we were often travelling on the same bus. Model trains are one of his hobbies and he always exhibits a railway based on military history, usually World War One. Last year he had “The Desert War”.

I love all the layouts but I am especially fond of the ones using Triang trains as I used to have a Triang train set as a child. I also rather like the scenery of the British and European model railways.

David and I were always very fond of the British TV series Doctor Who. The TARDIS was given to him by Naomi as were the little Dalek and 11th Doctor figure.

The Eleventh Doctor and an old enemy.

Here is a vintage monkey who belongs to me. His name is Roy. The Teddy Bear was made by me and the cute little picnic set was a gift from Naomi. The Cabbage Patch baby was in an odd lot of dolls I bought so I knitted him an outfit but he has now moved on.

Teddy and Roy

Of course I was going to add some dolls, here are just a few of my collection.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pots, Pans, Dishes, Silverware

Pots, Pans, Dishes and Silverware

Here are a few items I gathered together for the Fun Foto challenge. For anyone who is interested most of the pots, pans and china were made in England by various companies. I’m not sure about the silverware. It’s great fun to take pictures of them.

canteen of cutlery

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Dishes, Pots, Pans, Silverware

Dishes, Pots, Pans and Silverware

An Op Shop is a great place to photograph pots, pans and dishes. I sometimes take them to post on our Facebook Page but a few were taken especially for this post using my tablet. I don’t like to take my good camera to the shop very often when  I am working there. The tablet is easy to slip into my bag.

Back at home again I would like to share some photos of my best cutlery. This canteen was one of two given to our parents as wedding presents. Naomi and I have one each. Mine has mother of pearl handles on the knives which are stainless steel from Sheffield, England where a lot of flatware was made. I love this set and usually bring it out at Christmas and other very special occasions.

If you look very closely you can see my reflection in the knives. Nice and shiny!

canteen of cutlery

Mother of pearl handled cutlery set circa 1956 Made in Sheffield , England

Dessert spoons from the set.

Mother of pearl handled cutlery set

Mother of pearl handled cutlery set circa 1956 Made in Sheffield , England


Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: glasses, cups, saucers

Glasses, Cups, Saucers

I was so pleased to see this challenge as it gave me an excuse to show off some of my vintage china. I love old things and have been collecting vintage household items for years. For this challenge I am going to show you some of my English bone china tea cups, my beautiful Royal Albert dinner set , my seventies stacking mugs and last but not least some vintage glasses. Some of you might think they are sexist. I am sorry in advance if anyone does not approve of these and is offended. I always thought they were rather interesting myself.

Royal Albert

Moonlight Rose by Royal Albert

Vintage tea setting

Here are some of my vintage tea cups. Anyone for High Tea?

More vintage tea cups

There is nothing more relaxing than a good cuppa and a chat with people you love.

Stacking Mugs

I won most of these mugs on the sideshows in the 1970’s. They were a very common sight at the breakfast table and at morning and afternoon tea.

Vintage Glasses

Vintage Lady Glasses. When you turn these around the elegant ladies are in their underwear.


Cup and saucer

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

Glasses, Cups & Saucers

This week Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge has the theme of glasses, cups and saucers. A lot of my favourite china and glassware is packed away at present but here are some I’d like to share with you.

This glass was given to me by my friends at the Op Shop at my 60th birthday dinner last month.

Glass given to me by my friends at the Op Shop for my birthday.

Glass given to me by my friends at the Op Shop for my birthday.

I bought these mugs a few months ago to replace ones I’d sent to the Op Shop. Life is too short to use mugs you don’t like.

An old Victorian Railways saucer.

An old Victorian Railways saucer.

David and I used to have quite a nice collection of old china and glassware from the railways. Unfortunately our old cat Jake jumped on a shelf and broke about half of it. I bought this saucer recently to replace one of the lost ones. Now to find a cup to match. The china mug has a picture of a British steam locomotive hand painted on it. We would occasionally use it for soup or hot chocolate but not often for fear of damaging it.

A souvenir mug from England.

This china is part of a dinner set that I bought in the 1990s, It is not old or valuable but it is pretty and I like to use it on special occasions.

Cup and saucer

Cup and saucer

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Hot or Cold


Hot and Cold


This was taken at a “Big Bash” cricket match at Bellerive Oval. The gas burners would be fired up if a batsman scored a “6” or “4” or if the bowler takes a wicket. They go off with a whoosh and at one game I think a player got his hair singed so they keep them a bit further away from the boundary now.

Big gas burner at Bellerive Oval.





A nice cold beer at a pub in Darling Harbour, Sydney

Cold Beer.

Hot and Cold

Summer scenes on the ice, Explorer of the Seas.

ice show depicintg summer

A scene from the summer segment.