A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea is Back! Shelley Fruit Center Teacup

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful fall week...as it is now officially fall. And welcome back to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!



  Teacup Tuesday is back, as my husband is home from the hospital and recovering nicely...as best he can with the added Parkinson's Disease.
A bit nearer to some sort of normal anyway!


It is fall here in the Pacific Northwest and really my favorite time here. Lovely! I have chosen a fall themed teacup in a pattern called Fruit Center by my favorite Shelley China, England that was made the last 3 years the company was in existence from 1963-1966. 



The shape is called Lincoln, and I love the blushing pink color!


Aren't the fruit luscious looking? We have a lot of organic growers around here, so at the moment I have plums and peaches sitting on the table. Making some sort of plum dessert tomorrow I think.


Among Shelley collectors, there is an ongoing discussion as to whether the fruit is apples or peaches along with the grapes and currants. Living in a state famous for our apples, I tend to side with the apple faction, but it's not clear at all! What do you think???


For more info on the pink Fruit Center teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.



I always love getting Victoria's British issue...my favorites!
And I re read the other issues...



Speaking of fall and fruit, I was revisiting the September/October 2011 issue of Victoria Magazine which is a favorite thing to do as I have my afternoon tea in our sunroom.  I loved the apple pie on the front...doesn't that look delicious? 



And inside I enjoyed the fact that there were many articles about England which is my second home.  





But there were also great articles like the ones above. The top was part of the ongoing Touring section and features the Inn At Montchanin Village in Delaware. I was taken by the lovely display of transferware.  The bottom photo is of the pages titled The Flavor Of Fall and featured many great recipes. I have made so many from my collection of Victoria...some are family favorites and made often.




A Tiffany stained glass window panel from The Four Seasons at Morse Museum

Thanks so much for joining me again for Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
I will be joining this week:


Here is the Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there!  I am so looking forward to visiting you!



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Simple Fall Tea And Update

Hello my bloggy friends! A simple teatime in the sunroom today...a bit late, but...


My husband's surgery was Thursday, and I brought him home on Friday. He is recovering, and I have to remind him recovery after surgery and anaethetic takes some time. I feel at the moment like the family pest...time for your...meds, walk,  food, vitamins etc....


This is what we have had the last week...found this little pumpkin in the grocery store yesterday...we have even had our first snow night before last on the Olympic Mountains behind us of Olympic National Park...


So with that in mind, I also picked up some of my favorite fall Pumpkin Spice tea from Republic of Tea. Someone recently posted they had found a Pumpkin Ginger by Republic Of Tea as well, but I haven't seen that variety yet, but will be looking forward. Ginger is the best for nausea, and my Honey has that a bit both with Parkinson's Disease medications from time to time but also post anaesthesia at the moment.


Using a Johnson Brothers hand colored transferware mug in the Olde English Countryside pattern from the 1960s. 


Brown transferware is just fall to me...


My neighbors brought us over a few delicious bran muffins..packed with nuts, raisins and orange juice for a welcome home. So sweet!


A perfect with the Pumpkin Spice tea, too!
I put this one on an orphan Shelley China art deco saucer with dote in an unamed pattern from the 1930-1940s...


Love the unusual color...so deco!


Our really big news, as our daughter, son in law, their oldest son and his wife...our oldest grandson... arrived the 11th for 2 weeks of looking for property to move here from Utah...so excited!


Our daughter and son in law....


And our grandson and his wife...
They are looking for a property to share...
These photos were from a day tip they took to nearby North Cascades National Park...it is really beautiful there too!
Our son in law says he wants to be here by Christmas, but...we'll see...


So that's what's happening here in our neck of the woods. I hope everyone on the east coast is safe...I have been praying for the storm victims. Horrible!

Tuesday Cuppa Tea may be up by next week, depending on how the doctor's follow up on Friday goes, and what the family is doing. They fly back to Utah on Monday.
Thanks again for all of your wonderful messages, comments and emails here and on Facebook. It has been a blessing to us.
Thank you!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Update For My Friends

Hi there...
I just wanted to post an update.
Thursday, Sept. 13th my husband had surgery to remove a blockage and I was able to bring him home on Friday.
We are cautiously optimistic this will alleviate the problem, although the Parkinson's is worse at the moment because of the stress of the surgery and hospital stay.
At least he is home and resting, so I am so grateful!


I am also grateful for the wonderful messages, comments and emails I have received on the blog and through my Facebook page or FB messenger.
Thanks so much...encouragement and prayer has meant so much! 


Hopefully... Tuesday Cuppa Tea will be back soon...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Quick update here

Just a quick update...
yesterday my Honey had a camera probe which resulted in good news and not so...
The specialist said that the good was he is is pretty good shape despite Parkinson's Disease, etc, 
there is no cancer or other possible problems. 
The not so good is that surgery is definitely necessary, and we are waiting for a scheduling sometime for the middle of September.
At least now we know where we are now.


I took this photo for fun to show off a birthday gift from a friend... some lovely macarons.
Raspberry with chocolate, Lemon, Matcha and Pistachio and Chocolate/Chocolate....there were a dozen. 
A fun tea treat.


The teapot is a Roy Kirkham Redoute' Rose from Antiques And Teacups, which I was photographing when the macarons arrived.

Using one of my spare Shelley saucers. This is a Rock Garden Chintz.

Will keep you posted, but am still mainly caregiving, so will not be posting a Tuesday Cuppa Tea for a bit...
Have a lovely week!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Shelley Tea Tray And A Linky Break

Hi my dear blog friends... I have realized at this seaso I can not do the Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky, because of the care of my dear husband ...I am his sole caregiver at the moment...is just not leaving me enough time to ensure I get to visit everyone who so kindly and faithfully leaves a comment or link.
Hopefully soon I can return...


But I managed to remember to photograph a tea I was having in the sunroom using various Shelley pieces, as I finished the last of a Blueberry Nectarine crumble on Saturday....


This is a Shelley I got recently... in the Blue Rock pattern and Henley shape...


The pattern has the added feature of the scroll border as well as the gold trim and blue handle and foot...


The pattern number is 13546, and it was made from 1940-1966 when the pottery closed, but on several different cup shapes.


I put some of the organic Blueberries we got at our local Gray Marsh Organic Farms in an oval  Shelley webbed shape bowl....


The pattern is called Hulme's Rose Bouquet, named after the Shelley designer who created it...so pretty!


The pattern is number 13240 and dates from the same parameters... 1940-1966...made on different shapes during that period.
These bowls are so versatile as well as pretty for a tea table!
Lemon, teabags, cream, jam.. you name it!


I have a lonely Shelley Harebell Low Footed Oleander cream soup that doubles as a dessert bowl.  The saucer arrived after a buying trip to England in 4 pieces, but I love the bowl so kept it. And I don'y care if I never find another saucer really! Lol!


The pattern number of the cream soup is 13598.


And for the custard I am making for the cobbler, a lonely Shelley Bridal Rose or Rose Spray Dainty shape creamer. The sugar bowl was another victim of the shipping from the UK. But again, so versatile and goes with so much!


The pattern number on this is 13545, and again a long time of production until the pottery closed in 1966.


So there we go... thanks so much for joining me for tea. It helps keep my sanity at the moment... if that's possible! Lol!
Have a lovely week and visit some of the wonderful blogs I follow on my sidebar.
Hope to have Tuesday Cuppa Tea back soon.
Psalm 31:15
Our times are in His hands
and I am content for that to be so!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Luster Teacup, Hot, Health and Pea Salad

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Things are a bit more regulated around here, my husband is stable although incapacitated for the most part, and waiting for a scope test on Monday August 13th which will decide the next course of action, so thought I could do a Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Thanks so much for your patience!



I am sharing a family recipe for peas salad, so I thought...why not a green teacup! I shared this once before a year ago, but it is one of my favorites. The cup and saucer is a bit different, but very pretty....

The green is really a teal green. The teacup was made in Japan in the 1950-1960s, and is unmarked. I love the luster finish with the gold overlay...


The teacup saucer has a reticulated, or pierced rim, and the cut outs are heart shaped...so sweet!


I just love it! For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.




As it's summer (finally if you live here in the Pacific Northwest), in fact breaking records here, so I have hauled out one of our family's favorite family recipes that we always have during the summer, and are asked to bring to potlucks.

Pea And Pecan Salad

1  10oz pkg, or 1 1/3 cup of thawed frozen peas
2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
3 green onions thinly sliced including greens
1/2 cup sliced radishes



1/4 cup each, mayonnaise AND sour cream (I use IMO non dairy sour cream)
1 tbs white wine vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard (I never use this, but it was in my grandmother's recipe)
1/4 tsp curry powder (this is just a taste and not overpowering if you don't like curry, and I admit I double or triple this amount)
1 cup roasted pecans...split into 2 sections



In a large bowl, combine peas, cabbage and onions and set aside. 
In a small bowl, blend mayo, sour cream, vinegar and spices. If made ahead, cover and chill vegetables separately up to 24 hours.




Mix vegetables and dressing and 1/2 of the pecans/ Salt to taste. Serve topped with the reserved pecans.
Makes 6 servings


Enjoy... we certainly do when it's hot!


We are enjoying this Sunburst Green Iced Tea from Mighty Leaf I found at our grocery store. I like Mighty Leaf quality, and this has a lovely orange and lemon nuance to the green tea...very refreshing!

I hope you have a lovely week and stay cool...

Lord willing, I will be joining this week:

Here is the Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there!  I am so looking forward to visiting you!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Sequim Lavender Festival, Jardin Du Soleil

Hello and welcome to my meme Tuesday Cuppa Tea featuring the just past Sequim Lavender Weekend.
There is no linky, as due to my husband's health situation I won't be sure what the coming weeks will be like until another procedure and a test Tuesday, July 24th, when we will know what's next for him.



In honor of the Sequim Lavender Festival, which has just ended, here is my teacup from my archives...as purple teacups don't come by too often...a purple three footed beauty from Occupied Japan:



I  love the vignettes and beading...


And it had 3 feet too, which I am indeed partial to!


The mark on the bottom of the saucer is below....



The Occupied Japan period was from 1945-1952 when post World War II Japan was occupied and rebuilt by the allied nations. I love the color, shape and decoration. Too cool! 



This is the artwork submitted by artist Julie Peterson that was chosen as the 2018 Lavender Festival image this year, and was on lots of different items for sale on the weekend....


The 22nd annual Sequim Lavender Festival ended Sunday...three days of lavender farm visiting, lavender cutting, sniffing, eating and shopping with the additions of a car show, hot air balloons....and actually gorgeous weather...which is not always the case. Estimates are that we had 30-40,000 extra in town for the festivals...the ferry from Victoria, BC had been sold out for weeks, even with extra trips added.


On the first day we choose a lavender farm to visit, and, as we couldn't do that this year with my husband's health, I am reposting a previous year's visit to Jardin Du Soleil, as we took out visiting Daughter and son in law there the week before my husband fell ill.  
 We visited Jardin Du Soliel early in the morning before the crowds arrived.





Outside the gift shop at the lavender farm




25 different varieties of lavender for sale. They are grown here, and they always have some for sale







Some views of the wonderful lavender fields. Note the colors of different varieties.  Below, are items in the gift shop.









 Earl Grey tea with lavender instead of bergamot?????




Our lovely daughter Olivia in the fields...and some other photos I took...




Are you Lavender'd out? It always smells so nice around here this time of year. And then, in a week or so, the rest of the harvest strips many of the farms...always sorry to see the purple tint leave the fields. We have an old plant in the yard, but we leave it until the blooms have dried because the bees and Hummingbirds love it.

We have a few of our Adderley, England Lavender mugs left at Antiques And Teacups, just click on the photo...




On a change of topic, I had a lot of emails at Antiques And Teacups about the Prince Harry & Meghan wedding mugs we had as they sold out, asking if we would be getting anymore. I couldn't get any more of the Leonardo ones I had before as the pottery sold out, but we did get some by Adderley, England which arrived a week ago. The link is here, click on the photo, or on my blog right sidebar at the top.


I just want to thank you for all your kind emails, blog comments and messages on Facebook offering prayer and encouragement for my husband. It is much appreciated.
Thank you!
Have a lovely week, and hopefully I will have some good news to share on Tuesday.

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