A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Fantasy Birds Teacup, Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady for January

Good morning! And welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Grab your favorite cup, current favorite tea and enjoy visiting the wonderful participating blogs and other blog parties seen at the bottom of the post.

I am in a bird mood today. With the Christmas Bird Count just finished here by the Audubon Society and birds in our local news, I chose this wonderful teacup with what are called Fantasy Birds. Why? Because they are really our of an artist's imagination, and not a real bird at all. Really fantastic! The first fantasy birds came from the 16th century drawings of explorers back from foreign shores trying to replicate birds they saw or thought they saw from memory, or from recreating birds they had seen on china from China and Japan.

This particular teacup is by Queens China, England that was made in the 1960s. I love the turquoise color as well! I'd love to find one of those birds in my back yard! For more about the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

I wanted to start out 2012 with a favorite book...and it has birds on the cover as well! Edith Holden's Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady is a perennial favorite...a book I return to again and again.

The colorful birds are Blue Tits, Cole Tit and Great Tit...which reminds me, I have an Emma Bridgewater mug from her Birds line:

The leaves are identified as Elm, Oak, Beech, Chestnut and Sycamore.


  "Janiveer freeze the pot upon the fire"

"If the grass do grow in Janiveer, It grows the worse for it all the year."

"A wet January, a wet spring"

"The blackest month of all the year, is the month of Janiveer"

From our local newspaper, The Peninsula Daily News, there was an article about an influx of infrequent visitors to our area from the arctic...Snowy Owls. The Owls have up to a 52 inch wing span (!) which I can't even imagine! They come every 5-10 years during certain fluctuations in the lemming population in Alaska. Who knew???

Photo from the newspaper by a local photographer. To read the article click on the photo.

So from this bird brain...a happy Tuesday among the birds and teacups and tea related blogs below. I am trying a different linky which I hope will work for me. Got an iphone 2 days ago & am still figuring it out...ahhh technology for the techie challenged!

Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup 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
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday


  1. That was very interesting, the origins of fantasy birds, and I love the "Country Diary". Well, I think it's time for my late afternoon tea. I prefer a particular Earl Grey that has a double infusion of Bergamot. I use a little cream, well actually, canned skim milk. It has all of the body and none of the fat.
    Have a lovely day.

  2. Wow, and exotic bird cup, an utterly beautiful book, and snowy owls in real life! What an exciting post.

  3. Happy New Year Ruth! I love your pretty turquoise teacup! Hubby and I could become very avid bird watchers if we had the time. Thanks for sharing your post with us and having you for tea is always a pleasure. Have a delightful week.


  4. Lovely images and very interesting. I didn't know that the bird images on china were only made up and not real. You have a photo of your Grandmother on your side bar. She is the Emma that painted the cup I take it. How nice to have such a treasure.

    Thank you for visiting me and your sweet comments. It's incredulous how small the world is,to think of you and your family coming from the same part of the world as me and we both have ended up on other sides of the world from each other.
    Happy Tuesday too. xx jeanetteann

  5. These are all lovely, especially the first ones!! I would love to have peacocks roaming our property!! Happy New Year xo HHL

  6. Greetings and Happy New Year Ruth... Your cup is simply gorgeous... I too love bird cups and would dearly love to see more birds flying around, but lately they seem to be in hiding..It must be the weather!!!..

    I have that same book and have cherished it for years with it's wonderful illustrations...It's a collectors item buy now I quess ( ha ha).. Now I've been update with your part of the world and feel refreshed to carry on the look out for the snowy owl... Lovely post and ENJOY your week....HUGS

  7. I love the birds and the turquoise is lovely! Thanks for hosting!

  8. I love all the birds shown and we've had the owls here too for the same reason. The sightings are exciting when they come.
    One of the farms here has peacocks and it really is strange to hear their calls. They wander over to the arboretum I help maintain but I've yet to see the male in full plumage.

  9. Happy New year..and thank you for visiting Nowhere..:-)

    T.D and Company.

  10. Your tea cups are just amazing, especially the first one. Beautiful!

  11. I truly did enjoy your bird post. I love birds. The fantasy teacup is gorgeous. The Diary of an Edwardian Lady is one of my favorites also and Emma Bridgewater. Lovely post. Happy Tea Day!

  12. Hi lovely lady.
    I love your Gorgeous Tea Cups sweet lady.
    I would love to add to your linky party but I don't have Tea Cup's sorry. Im your newest follower on your blog now. I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2012 New Year.
    XXOO Diane

  13. What a delight visiting you this morning. So happy to have discovered your charming blog and I am your newest follower. I hope that you will stop over and visit me sometime too.

    Susan and Bentley

  14. Love your post on birds. My Christmas tree at our log home was decorated with all kinds of bird ornaments. Next year I'll do a post on it.
    Happy new year and thankyou for your lovely comment.

  15. Hi Ruth,
    what a pretty cup in a bright color. Love the decoration. And the book is really sweet. I know it is translated to German also. I think I have seen it once. The little tits are so cute. And the snowy owl reminds me to Harry Potter moovie.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  16. I love, love, love birds! And spend a lot of time watching and listening to my feathered friends...so naturally I love your beautiful book and teacup! You have inspired me to look out the window...and fill up my bird feeder! And sip a cup of tea of course. Thank you for such a nice post.

  17. Hi Ruth,
    Very fine choices to start the new year, all with
    the bird theme!
    I found the cup and saucer truly exquisite and that book, so superbly illustrated!...
    A beautiful post!
    Thanks for sharing

  18. Hello Ruth,
    What a beautiful post! I love birds and birdwatching, especially in the wintertime! I adore the blue color of the first cup and the illustrations in the books are wonderful! Thank you for sharing these lovely things for Teacup Tuesday!
    Hugs, Cindy

  19. That is a beautiful teacup! I think you really have a lot of knowledge on teacups-thank you for the info on mine today.


  20. Oh fascinating post! I love it! I have not heard of Fantasy birds...but I have seen them on china. How very interesting. Thank you so much for sharing about them.
    I love that book too! I want to read it again. Thanks so much for reminding me.

  21. Turquoise is one of my most fave color and that teacup is soo gorgeous! isn't the country diary of edwardian lady awesome?! i have the same one! i love emma bridgewater's mug or any of her creations are just to drool for! oooh snowy owls remind me of harry potter, they must look majestic! thanks for sharing! Happy Tea Time!


  22. What a beautiful, beautiful book -- we are avid birdwatchers (as is my mom, as was her mom) and that book is right up our alley. I'm going to have to see if I can get my hands on a copy. Great share, thank you! :)

  23. Just saw someone post Edith Holden's book on Pinterest - love it - I own a hardcover and a softcover. So lovely - and so is your bird cup!! Stunning!


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