A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea December Holly Tea in the Sunroom

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Another week of the "trying of your faith worketh patience" as we still deal with medication side effects. If you ever have nausea problems, have ginger capsules on hand...we found that out years ago when mu Honey was first diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2008 and had a tough time with meds for a year... open a capsule and mix with hot water, and amazing....we have been through a lot of capsules this week as well as a few other things...timimg eating, etc. Ginger works for sea sickness as well if anyone wants to know!  But...that's sort of Off Topic...

Because of everything that goes with the med issues, didn't bake this week, just have scratched the surface of decorating, but managed a small Christmas tea this afternoon as my Honey was doing a bit better...

In the sunroom as usual...where I always take my afternoon tea break, and where my Honey joins me if he feels like it, and  I got our the Royal Albert Old Country Roses Christmas Tree design cup and saucer...made to go with the ususal OCR.

The cup and saucer is a recent manufacture and probably not made in the UK, although it is bone china. The mark includes the WWRD for Wedgwood Waterford Royal Doulton which was the company name from 1992 to 2015 when Fiskars aquired the company, lock, stock, barrel and all the trade names, identities and pattern books and molds. Love the pattern! So festive!

The 2 person Holly teapot was a gift from a friend and just perfect for the two of us. 

The teapot has in gold script aound the top "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace... " Romans 15:13

And it was made by Dayspring ...I just love it!

For tea we are having Republic Of Tea's Downton Abbey blend Downton Christmas Tea which is descibed as premium black tea with mulling spices. It really is lovely!

And as the ornaments come out...so do the nostalgic moments...these were made for me in the 1970s by my father who was a wood worker. He cut them and painted them.  A treasure.

And then the star made by our son in kindergarten...he's now 46!  And lots that I have made over the years...we haven't had a tree for 8 years because of our beloved Tiner...a fiesty little guy who climbed the trees, but as we lost him at the end of the month, we decided to put up a tree again. The lights are wonderful, aren't they?

So glad you joined me for tea! Hope your week will be filled with fun, and family and tea! I will be joining...

Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  Here is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and I do read every one if I can find and can get to you to visit!  If you comment from Google+…it isn’t easy...so forgive me if I am not replying to comments you so kindly leave...I am trying!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea - Are You Ready For December?

Because I'm not sure I am...Lol!  With our trying a new medication for my husband, our last 2 weeks have been tentative at best...he wasn't up to Thanksgiving dinner, so turkey sandwiches filled the gap.... But life goes on despite the medication side effects.....

I  did a small teatime in the sunroom today in a rare break in the clouds and rain...we have had a very stormy few days....and we had found a childhood beginning-of-the holidays treat from my childhood...dark chocolate covered gingerbread. My English grandmother had a close friend from Germany who sent these to us each year for Christmas, but I haven't had any for years!

I have a wonderful Christmas design cup and saucer this week which you have seen before, but it is a Christmas favorite...

The holly and nut or pinecone pattern is called Noel by Royal Grafton, England and was made in the 1950s, and was also made by several other potteries...

The pattern was actually made by several different manufacturers. I have had the pattern by 6 that I know of, which is good because Christmas china is relatively difficult to find and you can mix and match manufacturers in this pattern at least and get enough for a matched set if that's what you want. I love the holly and pine cones. So festive!

I haven't gotten much of Christmas out yet, but did get out the Christmas teas...

and this was my favorite from last year, and I bought more in Victoria, BC a bit ago...so far, still my favorite...Christmas Tea from Murchie's.

The chocolate covered gingerbread biscuits are made by Bahlsen...a mildly spiced gingerbread...I really like it a bit spicier, but still a nostalgic taste...and look so inviting...

I put them in the family Noritake Revenna..... and here is what I have done decorating so far...sorry about the light, but it has been pouring!

And one of the first things out of the first Christmas box was this angel cross stitch on a frame I did about 20 years ago...I have lots of cross stitch projects around. I used to make everyone gifts, but they got overloaded! Lol! But I enjoyed making them! And plan to hopefully do a few more when my retina problem gets resolved...

On a server, I have here a few favorite things for Christmas. I have just started unloading the Christmas decorations and I also had to get out my 1992 The Heart Of Christmas by Victoria book...itis always the first off the bookshelf this time of year to peruse during a quiet teatime...much needed the last few weeks... 

Pleas forgive the photo quality...here in the Pacific Northwest at this time of year good natural light is a bit hard to come by!

This is a pair of Margaret Furlong shell ornaments that I treasure. One has a teapot and one has a teacup. I purchased them through Victoria Magazine about 1992 too, I think. I love her items. She is a wonderful artist who lives in Oregon.  I have several of them in various places around the house.

And also treasured for me are the crocheted Christmas tree forest I have that my mother made me over the years. The body or base is crocheted forest, then the shell branches and snow are added and they have a styrofoam cone inserted so they stand up. We used to live in Lassen National Forest so they are favorite decorations. Nostalgic!

And one of my antique postcards which I will be sharing during December as usual.  This one features a wonderful embossed, snow covered English church with holly and metallic gold. The postcard was postmarked Dec. 23, 1908 and mailed from Buffalo, New York to someone in Colden, New York.

To see more about the Noel cup and saucer at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.  I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and didn't get too frazzled on the day after! I totally skipped any shopping this year...  Thanks for visiting and sharing a cuppa with me and have a wonderful week!

I will be joining the following blog parties: 

Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  Here is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and I do read every one if I can find and can get to you to visit!  If you comment from Google+…it isn’t easy...so forgive me if I am not replying to comments you so kindly leave...I am trying!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! May it be filled with joy and gratitude!

I am thankful my eye was not the detached retina that was feared...just an age related tear that has mostly righted itself as much as it's going to...I am over 35!

And that my husband has a medication that is supposed to stop the decline of cognition now surfacing with his Parkinson's Disease that he is starting today...

This is a small cross stitch I did about 20 years ago that lives on our dining room wall...Let Us Give Thanks....and we do...have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Thanksgiving, West Coast Afternoon Tea, Tea Winner

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Ad another interesting week in the saga...but too much info, already!

The week has been busy with planning our Thanksgiving dinner but mostly sitting through innumerable phone calls and visits to doctor's offices trying to get some clarification on medication changes ordered for my husband's Parkinson's Disease. But...life continues apace...blow from our local organic market Sunny Farms...

Tuesday Cuppa Tea this week will be about an afternoon tea we at the end of September in Victoria, BC Canada. We had a Canadian friend call who wanted to get together for a few hours while she was enroute on Vancouver Island, so we decided to go.  After our time with her, we decided on having afternoon tea. 

It happened to be during the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Vancouver Island, so we knew the Fairmont Empress was having a special Royal tea for 3 weeks...but, as we were last minute, it was booked up, so we had tea at the hotel Grand Pacific where we usually stay when in Victoria....

It is much more modern than the Empress, and convenient for us being right across the street from our Black Ball Ferry terminal. Their Pacific restaurant host their West Coast Afternoon tea... It's pretty minimalist decor...

I want to apologise in advance for the photos taken with my phone camera...not the best, but...this was the table setting...and notice the tea bowl instead of cup and saucer....the menu was definitely east/west and west coast in composition...lovely! And they have a tea sommelier!

There was a large selection of teas...green, white, black blended and wellness teas....I chose the Darjeeling...my favotire...and my husband had the Grans Pacific Blend especially blended for the hotel by Silk Road, a local tea blender.

The sommelier presented first the tea to show and explain them...The Organic Grand Pacific Tea is described as "A rejuvenating blend of ginger, green tea, lemongrass, lavender, rose, citrus and rose hips" and was delicious!

Each pot had a really cool locking steeper basket from the London Pottery Company.

The menu for the foods served was...in case you can't read this...

which in this case was a tempura Spot Prawn...a large local shrimp delicacy... skewered on a red pepper coulis...

Then the tower arrived...and contained savories on the bottom, then the scones and desserts on top:

Free run organic egg salad on smoked salmon rye bread pudding
Sake compressed cucumber on okonomi-yaki
Lime and sweet chile endamame
Chicken liver pate' on crostini
mini Dungeness Crab cake
Dill and baby Shrimp on mini croissant

Scones and  Sweets

Pumpkin spice financier
Vanilla bean scones with cream and jam
Flavoured scone...
ours were orange cranberry
Lemon raspberry mousse slice
Salted caramel chocolate tart...
absolutely incredible delicious...glad they were small...I think...
Praline profiteroles
assorted truffles and macarons

We didn't finish it all, and it was really delicious. They also sent us home with small ins of the Grand Pacific tea as momentoes. Very nice!

My Jim Shore Thanksgiving angel is out...and I came across this on Facebook this week and shared it on my page, but it certainly puts the last few weeks in a nutshell...a refocusing on blessings...

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with blessings and joy. We are so thankful for so many blessings, and I am thankful for each one of you. Thanks for brightening my day with your comments and emails. Hopefully things will be sorta back to normal this week...if I haven't forgotten what normal is! Lol! 

And I wanted to announce the winner of the Winter Berry Blend Alaska tea drawing. The winner is: 

Sandra Garvey!

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Also...my Black Friday Cyber Monday sale has started...here is the code for 15% off at Antiques And Teacups and Time Was Antiques

Sales on my Etsy shops will reflect the discounted prices starting Wednesday, Nov. 23rd

 Here are the blog parties I am joining:

Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  Here is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and I do read every one if I can find and can get to you to visit!  If you comment from Google+…it isn’t easy...so forgive me if I am not replying to comments you so kindly leave...I am trying!


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