A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Trip to Victoria, BC, Violets Cup And Saucer

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. I am joining other wonderful tea party memes listed at the bottom.

Just want to again congratulate Mom Wald who won my wedding anniversary drawing for a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee mug. As soon as I get her address, the mug is...in the mail!!!!  

Thanks so much for all of you who signed up to participate in the drawing. I'll be doing another in a month or so.

I have spring on my mind, so here is a violets teacup and saucer made by Clarence, England in the 1950s. I love the rounded square shape of the cup and the sponged gold trim. Sponged gold trim was hand applied, and always denotes a more hands on, special cup and saucer design. I love the violets. Ours haven't appeared under the pines yet. We are actually scheduled for a bit of snow today. We even had some earlier today...I think I saw 20 flakes total.  At least we won't be shoveling!

Clarence China is an interesting company. It was produced at a the Windsor pottery  in Stoke-on-Trent by a group called the Co-operative Wholesale Society from 1911 through the 1960s when it folded like so many other potteries. The group was an amalgamation of small potters who banded together and marketed all their offerings under two marks...Clarence and Windsor. The story is that Clarence was named for the Duke of Clarence who had a sponsorship of the pottery and Windsor was named for the works name. 
For more info on the violets cup and saucer at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

I wanted to report on our 38th Anniversary trip to Victoria, B.C. I hope the photos work put. My travel camera has refused to communicate with my desktop computer, so after I save this as a draft I will change to my netbook where I downloaded them into Picasa and we'll see if I can get them to work. Haven't done it before, so it might be interesting.

We took the morning Black Ball ferry The Coho from Port Angeles to Victoria, about a 90 minute crossing. It was drizzling, but it IS February in the Pacific Northwest!

This is what it looked like when we left...drizzling and snow falling on the Olympic Mountains to the south of us.   A photo of the Coho on another, nicer day as it was coming through the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Olympics in the background.

We stayed at the Hotel Grand Pacific...here is their phot0..as mine is grey.....

Here is my photo of the Fairmont Empress, a block away from our hotel, catticorner across the Inner Harbor.

Here is another photo of the Empress from a sunnier day last summer

This next photo is from the seawall in front of the Empress with our hotel seen in the back.

I am sorry this photo is not better, but with the rain and the fact the statue od Queen Victoria, whom the city of Victoria is, of course, named for faces the Inner Harbour with her back to the sun (what there was of it). In the back is the dome of the Parliament building, as Victoria is the provincial capitol of British Columbia.

This is our ferry, The Coho, at anchor by the quay in the Inner Harbour.

Besides some lovely meals...which I forgot to photograph...including a dessert gift from the hotel (we had creme brulee) we went to the IMAX theater at the Royal BC Museum and saw:

We had not seen the Lewis & Clark and enjoyed it. The Cirque production was the first thing we had ever seen by them in 1999. It was great to revisit it. We have been to several Cirque du Soleil productions since in several West Coast cities. We love their productions!  Then, a trip to Murchie's Teas.

and a wonderful night's sleep, a yummy breakfast and back home on the ferry, having had a wonderful time and special anniversary. Thank you for so many good wishes!

So below, find the linky for Tuesday Cuppa Tea after the list of other tea related blog parties to visit!
Monday Marketplace
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
Tea With Friends
What’s It Wednesday


  1. So pleased you enjoyed your anniversary. Looked really good.
    x jeanetteann

  2. Your violets teacup is beautiful, Ruth. I enjoyed reading about your anniversary trip to Victoria, British Columbia. Such a fun place!
    Wishing you many more wonderful years to celebrate.

  3. Congratulations Mom Wald! The photos are wonderful,thanks for sharing them. Elizabeth

  4. Thank you for becoming a follower on my blog, Ruth. We do, indeed, seem to have many things in common.

  5. Thank you for hosting our party. Your violet teacup is stunning! I enjoyed learning more about Clarence China. Your anniversary trip to B.C. must have been divine. Just look at all those pastries and teas.

  6. What a pretty pattern on the teacup! Your trip to Victoria sounds lovely even in the rain and damp. Lots to see and do. Happy Anniversary to you!

  7. Your viotet teacup is very pretty. The pictures are great and look like you had a wonderful time in those places. Thank you for sharing them!

  8. Looks like a wonderful Anniversary celebration. I love the teacup ... I have one just like it (love the violets) and really enjoyed reading about Clarence. Happy Tea Day!

  9. Hi Ruth,
    I don't know where to start. Congratulations to your 38th anniversary. This must have been a wonderful trip. The photos are great.
    Your tea cup is also wonderful. I saw it seldeom that violets are paired with other flowers. But they go together wonderful. The paiting is so natural and the golden trim so rich. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tresures. Congratulations to Mom Wald for winning the giveaway.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  10. Wonderful trip to Victoria and gorgeous photos you've shared. I love the pattern and shape of your teacup, you have the most beautiful teacups. Thanks for hosting.

  11. Hi Ruth,
    What a pretty teacup! It says Spring so well. Your photos of Victoria are wonderful and thanks for sharing. I have added myself to your Linky Followers. Enjoy your week.


  12. Hi Ruth
    So glad your trip was nice for your anniversary. We had a full day in Victoria 2 years ago before our Alaska cruise and it was certainly a busy place. How I would have like to have tea at The Empress but one needed a reservation well in advance of course.
    Mmm, look at that pastry counter in the tea shop.
    Interesting history of the Clarence china and your teacup is perfect for this time of year.

  13. That looked like a fantastic trip. Thank you for hosting!

  14. I HAVE to get to Victoria - AMAZING! Your cup is nothing short of lovely and this post heartwarming. Thanks for linking up and sharing your lovely place for tea as well!

  15. Thank you again! I am planning a few Jubilee themed bits for our tea time celebrating getting the cup.

    Love the lavender and yellow in this one. Thank you for the information on the company. I never would have guessed!

    It is wonderful that you and hubby had a great time.

  16. Hi Ruth,
    I congratulate you again for your 38th anniversary. I'm glad you so much enjoyed your trip!
    Your violet tea cup and saucer is just gorgeous!
    Thanks for hosting.

  17. Hi Ruth,
    Lovely photo's of your trip to Victoria, B.C. for your 38th Anniversary! I have been to Whistler, B.C. and loved it! The mountain views are breath-taking. Your violet tea cup is so pretty! Thank you for hosting.


  18. What a neat trip, Ruth! Happy anniversary! Love your violet tea cup as well.
    Hugs, Beth

  19. Hi Ruth! Joy to you and WOW what lovely anniversary vacation shots - a nice little trip - and I'm sure many opportunities for proper teas, too! Congratulations!

    Your violets seem to be in keeping with many featured cups this week - though I am celebrating today with lily of the valley.


  20. I love the world of blogging. It helps me as someone who is housebound get out and see the world. I note you live in BC? My grandmother was born in Rosslyn BC and came to Australia with her parents when she was 14 in 1933. She has passed on now but I always think it very cosmopolitan of her to have had such an adventure at such a young age.Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures. I also note you have a Victoria there. In Australia we have a state called Victoria and the state of Queensland that I live in was named after Victoria. History is so fascinating.

  21. Happy Anniversary! It looks like you had a wonderful fun trip. Thanks from a dessert addict for the picture of the pastry counter. It just makes me happy! LOL! I love the cup. You're right, it's total spring beauty. So glad to have found your blog!

  22. Hi Ruth, A belated Happy Anniversary. I enjoyed your sharing pictures of your wonderful anniversary trip. I loved the violets on your cup. Of course, I like purple. Have a wonderful day. Your Missouri Friend.

  23. Wow! This must be Mom Wald lucky day. She won my giveaway too. You cup is beautiful and your post is as always so full of information. I would love to know just half of what you know. You are an amazing woman. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  24. Your trip looks and sounds amazing. Your photos are WONDERFUL! Since I don't travel the world, it is AWESOME to see the world through blogging. I would love to see this place. Thanks for sharing your trip.
    And thanks for visiting me at Down Memory La La Lane.
    Have a great day, Ruth.

  25. Hello, friend,
    Your violets teacup is very charming. Thank you for sharing some history about it, too. Your trip to Victoria looks like so much fun. I would love to visit there some day. Thank you for stopping by for a visit at Bunny Cottage. Enjoy the rest of your week! Vicki

  26. Congratulations on your anniversary! What a wonderful trip to celebrate the special occasion! Your photos are beautiful!

    The violet teacup is so dainty and pretty! I loved reading the history of the factory as much as seeing the pretty teacup!

    Thanks for sharing with us,


  27. Thanks so much for linking these lovely photos of your trip! Looks like a wonderful time and I would love to go there. I have made some of the recipes that the Empress has in the Menus and Music Series books. Thanks for linking to Friends Sharing Tea.


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