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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Victoria Portobello Road And Peach Crumble

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! It has been a HOT week here, so we have hibernated...heat is not good for my Honey. Luckily he has watched lots of the Olympics, so that has been good. My Tuesday Cuppa Tea is a bit different this week...



I have a digital subscription for Victoria magazine, but somehow was sent a print issue this time as well...the English issue, which I loved anyway...



I love that they featured in the article Prints Charming...Burleigh's Blue Calico which I have often mentioned on this blog...



And they featured one of the weekly London antiques markets...possibly the most famous...Portobello Road...se...there on the upper right are my teacups for this week...lots of them! If you didn't already know, we traveled to the UK every year for a month for 20 years to buy for our antiques businesses Antiques And Teacups and Time Was Antiques and visit family, and always spent a week in London doing the antique markets...there is basically one every day in some part of the city...and a Saturday always found us here, on Portobello Road...



This is one of the iconic images of Portobello Road...this is a recent photo from the borough website and you will see it in my other photos before it got it's spruced up paint job fr Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee...fitting for a teatime blog...don't you think?




We always stayed just a few blocks away by Kensington Palace and the Bayswater Road, so could easily walk to Portobello...but you had to get to Portobello Road market early...I swear half of London was there. As I have mentioned before, you had better not be claustrophobic...and don't mind antiquing like it's a rugby scrum at times...see the teapot with it's un-spruced paint job in the photo I took a few years before?




The streets are closed to other than foot traffic...good thing to! It's amazing how crowded it gets...but some of the strees are really cool with lots of colors...



From a VERY early morning start one year...this is a favorite antiques mall called Alice's...but the draw is really the small stalls that line both sides of the street for blocks with eveything imagineable...we always had a backpack for our "smalls" as they are called in the trade...



Definitely china heaven...but everything else as well....we often had to pass things up because we knew we couldn't carry them back to the hotel....sigh...but you had better know what you are looking for, examine everything carefully, and watch for pickpockets!





There's another street photo in the bottom left of the Victoria article....I hope you enjoyed that small tour...I'll have to do a post on some of the other weekly markets...

This week I made Peach Crumble with the last of a batch of organic peaches using a cookbook I have had since the 1970s again...I guess we were sorta considered hippies, as we tried to grow our own food and lived a very simple life. This is one of my favorite cookbooks from that time...More-With-Less Cookbook...by Doris Janzen Longacre




I photographed the back to show how it has been used over the years...it's amazing how what it touted has come back into fashion...not that it's ever left my kitchen....so I thought I would share this simple, delicious and versatile recipe that I must have made with all sorts of variations over the years...





Fruit Crumble
Serves 6

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place in a buttered 8 X 8 baking dish: 
2 1/2 cups pared and sliced fruit like apples, cherries, or peaches

Combine in a bowl and mix to form crumbs:
1 cup flour
1 egg
dash salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup chopped nuts if desired

Sprinkle over fruit. Drizzle over the fruit:
1/4 cup melted butter

Bake 25 minutes



So thanks for joining me this week for Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Respite From The Heat...Remembering Kalaloch Beach

I t is an extremely haot few days for us...supposed to be 104 in Seattle on Friday! Amazing! It will be high 80s to low 90s here on the Olympic Peninsula which is very hot for us! So I wanted to share cooling photos of a weekend we recently spent at Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park just a few miles from us on the Pacific Coast...the West End of the Peninsula...beloved of Twilight fans...not many words, but lots of photos of a beautiful place taken over 3 days...





At the Lumber and Woodsmen Museum in Forks...cut from a single tree, now used for a bus stop...


No tea...just a chicken pizza....




The beach at Kalaloch...we stayed at the Lodge here...are littered with driftwood and logs...




The sea mist comes and goes from moment to moment...




There is a lagoon in front of the lodge that ebbs and flows with the tides...




A path takes you down from the lodge for beach access with miles of sand and driftwood....






The gazebo at the top of the path is a quiet, contemplative place...especially early in the morning and in the mist...I spent several early mornings here, mug of tea in hand as the day begun....

I hope you have a place you can retreat to for a bit of peace and coolness in the heat.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, My Treasure Teacup, Country Diary For August

Hi ther and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! We are sorta binge watching the Olympics...love the swimming, gymnastics, track and...well..most things! And it has continued to be hot...for us...here, and continuing for the next week as well. Been watering our dwarf Japanese Maple to make sure it makes it... how is it where you are? Hopefully not too much rain or heat!



First of all, I want to do a shout out to Nora at Teacup Tales who posted a few weeks ago about her tea pitcher/diffuser/infuser by Primula, which prompted me to order one...



and we have been enjoying liots of infused water...great way to keep hydrated...the photo here is a lemon brew...just did lemon & strawberry...they last us about a day, and are so refreshing!



I have been remiss the last months not starting out the month with my favorite Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady, but...life happens! I had a birthday last week...so I am definitely vintage! Then there are the Olympics...but here it is...



The reason I try to share the book, is that I get it out at the first of every month...and urge you to find a copy! It is such a window into a bygone era, and I love seeing familiar places...albeit changed...because aout families did and still do live in this area of Warwickshire, England, at the top of the Cotswolds. What an amazing observer and artist Edith Holden was!




The book is full of poems, mottos, quotes, Bible verses and folk wisdom...a joy to revisit often...



But I wanted to share a treasure I haven't ever shared in my 10 years of blogging...it is a family piece. Some of you may remember I  was given my English Nana's teacups at 16...(Emma Bridgewater, my grandmother, on my left sidebar) and this is the pride of her and now my collection.





I suppose this teacup is really a covered chocolate cup, but it is my pride and joy. The 3 piece porcelain set was made by Ernst Bohne Sohne Germany in the 1850s, and is completely hand done...start to finish...and incredibly labor intensive...



Notice the delicate and beautifully twisted handle that becomes twining stems with flowers...



Each little flower is hand made and applied, and there are strong ties between Ernest Bohn and Meissen, as Ernest Bohne was a decorator there before starting his own pottery. Like Meissen, they did the hand applied flowers and hand painted insects..can you see the bug on the cup? They are scattered about...



As is the case with saucers from this era, the saucer is deeper than later ones...and there is much hand applied gold accenting all over the piece.



The mark is the anchor with an E and a B on the shaft....So there is my treasure. I have only had 2 others by this maker over the years, and both, although gorgeous were not...in my opinion...as beautiful as this one, and both also had chipped or missing flowers, which this one does not. I am amazed this made it intact across the Atlantic in a trunk on a ship when she emigrated!  I only wish I had asked where she had gotten it. I know the history of some of the cups she gave me, but not this one...sigh.



Well, I hope you have a lovely week, and thanks so much for joining me for Tuesday Cuppa Tea! 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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