A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Teacup Tuesday, Shelley Fruit Center, Picket Fence in Quilcene and a Puppy!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful fall Teacup Tuesday. I am joining the blog parties and more listed at the end of this post. Hope to have a linky by next week!

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 2 years the company was in existence from 1964-1966. The shape is called Lincoln, and I love the bold turquoise color!

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 turquoise Fruit Center teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

Speaking of fall and fruit, I was visiting the September/October 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 few weeks ago on a day out, we drove to the little town of Quilcene on the other edge of Olympic National Park from our side and found a neat little shop called The Picket Fence.

Nestled in the Olympic National Forest just off Highway 101 it was such a pretty site for a shop filled with lots of vintage and hand made items by local artisans and lots of bird items. The photo above is the totally deformed a bent over trunks of 2 living cedar trees that they are suing as a side for their flower bed. Amazing! It was a great stop! They even have a website which is fun! The Picket Fence.

We stopped for lunch at the Olympic Timber House restaurant in Quilcene which we had passed a million times but made a point of stopping today. It has a great reputation and ambiance. Built by loggers over several years in the 1940s...the bar was built first and the rest was built after drinks following their days work...the restaurant features elegant yet rustic decor. I especially like the tables which are log slabs and the bases which are branches. And the food was excellent!!!

And lastly...my daughter has a dog sitting business and sent us this photo of one of her charges, a Corgi puppy that was having trouble with a recent heat wave and climbed into the family room floor drinks fridge. Our daughter had been told the puppy loved it, so she let the puppy stay and cool off. The door won't shut because the puppy is too wide & it's a mini fridge so that was no worry.

Here are some of the blogs I am joining with for Teacup Tuesday:

Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Wanda Lee~  http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/ 
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Pam~  http://breathoffreshair-paperbutterfly.blogspot.com/ 
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee~  http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/ 
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee
Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
Tea Party Tuesday
Lady Katherine~  http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/ 
Teatime Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday


  1. Your Shelley cup is gorgeous. Love the color and the fruit inside. The Corgi is too funny and The Picket Fence looks like a fun place. Nice day trip! Happy Tea Day!

  2. Good morning Ruth,
    Such a lovely teacup and I love the turquoise colour! I tend to think those are peaches inside the cup. And what a darling shot of the doggy inside the fridge! He was pretty smart to do that. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


  3. Gorgeous teacup, i love that bright color too. The puppy photo is adorable!

  4. Ha ha .. Love that little corgi...He knows how to stay cool....TOO CUTE.. Your " Shelly" cups and saucer are perfect for the season... The image looks like plump peaches and grapes to me... but I'd change my mind, if I could have a piece of the Apple Pie on the Victoria magazine ( ha Ha) ...Lovely , informative blog...Thanks ...Hugs

  5. Oh, I just discovered your lovely blog! We have many things in common - tea and tea cups, antiques, the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Victoria Magazine, visiting England (I haven't yet, but it is a dream of mine!) The picture of the "hot dog" is sooo cute!! Hugs, Cindy

  6. Hello there dearest Ruth,

    The colors of this masterpiece are amazing!.., What an exquisite teacup!

    Happy Tuesday Tea's and have a marvelous week!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  7. Hello Ruth,
    this tea cup ist superpretty. It would so match to my fruit plates. I didn't knew that cups with that theme exist. Thank you for sharing this treasure. I love to photo f the "cool" puppy. Poor little guy, but it knew what to do.
    Best greetings, Johanna


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