A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea For Beginning of May...and Taking a Break...

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea for May.


I wanted to share a Robin's egg blue Paragon teacup this week...that I just love...




The pretty design is hand colored on a speia or light brown transferware design. So pretty!


The beautifully made teacup has the double royal warrant for Queen Elizabeth, aka as the Queen Mum, wife of King George VI and her mother Queen Mary, wife of King George V and was made between 1937 and 1952 when the mark changed when Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne.



So pretty, and perfect for Mother's Day which is May 13th. And a very special blessing to all of you who are mothers or who are nuturing spirits!

And I wanted to share some pages for May drom the Contry Diary of an Edwardian Lady...


The drawings of Edith Holden in the Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady from 1904 are just too special to miss!



You can see why I thought of it, as it has her wonderful drawing of the nest of a Chaffinch with Hyacinths.



These are White-Throats and their nest with crab apple blossoms



O velvet bee, you're a dusty fellow,
You've powdered your legs with gold!
O brave marshmary buds, rich and yellow,
Give me your money to hold!

O columbine, open your folded wrapper,
Where 2 twin turtledoves dwell!
O cuckoo-pint toll me the purple clapper
That hangs in your clear green bell
Jean Ingelow

Drawings of Common Garlic, Wild Arum, Cuckoo-pint and Lords And Ladies or Arum Maeulatum




Depicted are Red Campion, Wild Hyacinth and Wild Beaked Parsley



I hope you have seen as many natural wonders as you have been out and about this month. God's creation is always such a joy to discover and appreciate and brings such wonder!
Thanks so much for joining me for tea. There is no linky this week, as...


Just want you to know, I...or rather Tuesday Cuppa Tea, is taking a break for 2 weeks...we need to get some things done due to changes in our life right now, so this seems like a good time to focus on that and have a break.

Tuesday Cuppa Tea should be back the week of May 22, but I might be late posting as we will be busy that prior weekend, and not sure what the schedule will be. 
As it is the weekend of Prince Harry's wedding, we will be attending a tea out of town, so....
See you seeon, and I hope you will be enjoying lots of tea with friends! I will!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Cross Stitch Tea and Special Days

Hi there and welcome my friends, to Tuesday Cuppa Tea for the last day of April.


After record heat for a few days we are back to clouds, fog and rain...typical Pacific Northwest... but the Tulips have finally bloomed!


I posted this on my Facebook page this morning....finally spring feels like it is really here!


I put together a tea table in the sunroom yesterday in a break in the clouds...difficult for us at times. 
What prompted me was the Royal Albert Petit Point pattern china, and remembering I had a spring cross stitch I did in the 1980s that lives in the guest room....


The cross stitch is a blossom and butterfly border surrounding a verse from a favorite hymn Blessed Assurance.
That had been coming to mind often lately... my husband's Patkinson's Disease is progressing, and he has finally had to realize he can no longer do yard work, and we have had to hire someone. He had been putting it off for several months, it's a difficult admission for him
It is another step...another realization that life is changing...we will never go back to what it has been...and we need to adjust to the new realities of life.
But Blessed Assurance indeed, because we are in His hands.


I love the Petit Point pattern...I suppose because I love to do cross stitch...I could actually do something with the pattern on the china! This is the large 40 ounce size...the largest Royal Albert makes. 


I especaily love the hand painted figural flower finial...isn't that cute?
The mark is the early one with the company identified as Royal Albert Crown China.

The pattern is number 8522 and the teapot has the Rd number, or Design Registry number for the pattern for 1933, and it was discontinued in the 1950s.


The cups and saucers are just as cute...


The cup has an interesting stamp you don't often see...besides the Rd#, there is a stamp that says United Kingdom, which means this particular lot of china was made for export to the USA by a retailer. I don't know who, sometimes that was noted too...like imported by Macy's or Bergdorff Goodman or something like that.



For a treat for tea, I made a batch of cream scones. I used a Martha Stuart recipe, just simple scones.
The recipe is HERE but sorry abut the ads... :(


For a tea,we have Harney & Sons Anniversary Blend black tea, because...


Yesterday, April 29th, was William and Caterine's 7th anniversary...


And of course, their third child and second son arrived last week and has been given the name Louis Arthur Charles.


And Princess Charlotte is 3 years old on May 2nd. Lots of royal things in April.


Another small reminder... Prince Harry Weds Mghan Markle on May 18th. We have a few of our Leonardo bone china wedding mugs left at Antiques And Teacups.

Thanks so much for joining me for tea this week.

I am joining:

Thanks so much for joining me for tea! 
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, April 23, 2018

New Baby Born to William and Kate



Just woke to the news!
Welcoming the new baby boy! William and Catherine have a new son, born at 11:01 April 23rd, 2018...just missing Queen Elizabeth's birthday on April 21st. Corngratulations! Bookies say most popular choices are Arthur, Albert, Frederick, James and Philip.

He doesn't share the Queen's birthday, but does share Shakespeares!
See my last post for those birthdays...


And joins siblings


Prince George and Princess Charlotte....

Definitely a busy time of year....with his uncle, Prince Harry being married next month...


Okay...back to normal stuff...have a great day!


And I just remembered that it is also England's patron saint's birthday... St. George! Fun!

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Birthdays and Tea!

Welcome dear friends...to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! This week's post is celebrating all sorts of fun things!




I hope you have your teacup at the ready....because it's time to celebrate a special birthday! 





I have chosen my teacups this week in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's actual birthday on April 21st... she is 92 on the 21st!


This was taken at the Royal Albert Hall special concert birthday celebration...
Doesn't she look wonderful? She is flanked by Princes Charles and William..Catherine is due to deliver her 3rd at any moment...with Shophie Countess of Wessex who is the wife of Edward behind. I can't tell who else is back there, but the queen looks marvelous! Hope I look that good at 92!



I set up a royal tea on our antique Barley Twist table in the sunroom for a royal birthday tea today...as afternoon tea in the sunroom is a fixture around here...with 2 British Royal commemorative teacups honoring Queen Elizabeth II....the first is...what a surprise! 




A Shelley coronation teacup from 1953 with my favorite sepia photograph taken by the Queens then brother-in-law Anthony Armstrong-Jones who was married to Princess Margaret....





Definitely my favorite of the coronation images! The next is a 2012 English bone china cup and saucer commemorating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It has a mature Queen Elizabeth with the national symbol flowers of the United Kingdom and a dedication from one of the newer Staffordshire potteries. Lovely workmanship though.









I am just so thrilled that there are currently small potteries carrying on in the tradition of their china manufacturing giant relatives that are no longer....



I added goodies...what's a tea party without that! Vegan Almonette cookies for me, chocolate dipped coconut macaroons for my Honey and a few vegan lemon wafers just in case...it's still pollen season, and I don't dare have chocolate...I'd have asthma immediately with the pollen overload...and I found these patriotic biscuits at the Tetley Tea website...




April 21st is the actual birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, although it is officially celebrated in June as the weather's more predictable. The Queen was born on April 21, 1926, and I have been wondering if her new great grandchild, expected by William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, would be born to share her birthday...but no news as yet.





Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in a photo by Marcus Adams with her mother Elizabeth, then Duchess of York...





An official coronation photograph from 1953...





My favorite photo of the christening of Prince George, son of William and Catherine, with the queen gazing at her new great grandson....photo by James Bell/Camera Press...





And one of my favorite images of Queen Elizabeth....source unknown...


And, if that wsn't enough, April 21st was also UK National Tea day...
the above photo with the corgi is also from Tetley tea... and the following graphic is from Yordhire tea...do you can see which brew up you prefer...I am in the Tannin Salon...


April 23rd is also a special day... it's Please join me in wishing William Shakespeare Happy 454th Birthday on April 23!  Amazing!  He was born on April 23rd, 1564.
The most read, memorized, published and produced playwright in history! Now that's someone to celebrate! 


So, a thoroughly British week...and with a new royal baby expected this week, more to celebrate soon. Plus the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle next month.


So thanks for joining me for tea! Things are still happening around here, good and not-so-good, but I always love joining you all for tea. Have a wonderful week!
I am joining:

Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of and there 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 can find you to visit!

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