CPR Section House

CPR Section House

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I Have Been Busy - Not Lazy

A month ago they looked like this . It felt as if I had time to spare.

Then before I knew it , my harvest table was full of the harvest .

So it was transfer some to the neighbours...

Then on with the process of cleaning , mashing , cooking and juicing all the rest.

These grapes produced 30 litres of extracted juice.

At 1-2 litres at a time , I finally produced grape jelly by the jar and a half dozen half litres of grape syrup . I still haven't cleared away the paraphernalia.

But I will be back to the blog as soon as I do .

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pics From The Mattawa Section House

Dad in the service car -late 50's

Sis, BooBoo and I on the snow hill
beside the house '59

The front Yard

In the front yard '64

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Red Rose Tea Porcelain and Paper

A few Red Rose Tea figurines still hang around
our house including the precious Black Sheep.
 Red Rose Tea (owned by Brook Bond out of Montreal) teamed up with Wade Company out of Ireland to do a mutual promotion. Individual Wade Whimsies were put into tea boxes after 1967 in Canada . Many of these figurines were from Wade Sets produced from 1954-1959.

Every new box of tea brought a new miniature figure to sit with the others on the sash of the single hung window in the kitchen at the CPR section house. Of course , we never drank enough tea to collect all the pieces in any one series.

The figurines were so popular that tea sales increased . The company expanded this promotion into the United States in 1983.

 Before the Ward Whimsies however , Red Rose issued series of Tea Cards from 1959 until 1974. We were always anxious to read about each of the songbirds from the back of the card. Maybe that is where the special place in my heart for birds began...who knows. (Series 1)

There are no more Tea Cards in our house. I'm afraid porcelain out lasted paper in the hands of children.

This one reminds me of a giant Mudpuppy.
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Check around your house/ your grandmother's house for Red Rose Tea Memorabilia. It is far more collectible than you may think. Then go to the website and discover what has happened to all these free gifts that came out of the Red Rose Tea Box.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Red Rose Tea 1977 TV commercial

The " Pity " commercial for Red Rose tea began in the 70's. It was so popular that it was revived in the 80's. I can remember the phrase being used so often that it entered the lexicon of the 'baby boomer' generation .

Red Rose

The TV audience in Quebec got messages like this from the Red Rose Tea Company of Canada ( Brook Bond ).

Red Rose Tea - Pity 1989

This is a not so old Red Rose tea commercial (1989) . Red Rose Tea was a staple in many Canadian households since 1890 . In the 1950's and 60's , like the laundry detergent boxes , Red Rose Tea boxes brought many a 'free gift' into our home.