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Monday, October 22, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Maple Leaves Teacup, Sequim Bay State Park

Hello friends and welcome to my meme, Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Fall has arrived definitely on the Olympic Peninsula...we have had our first 3 nights of frost, and each morning it has been below 40 degrees when I have opened up the blind in the kitchen when I have gotten up to make tea. The snow is back on the Olympic Mountains of Olympic National Park behind us.

So I have an autumn leaf pattern teacup, and a last sunny...but cool visit to a local park...Sequim Bay Washington State Park.  The linky and list of blogs I am joining is at the bottom of the post....

For this fall Tuesday Cuppa Tea, this is one of my favorite teacups. The pattern is Maple Leaves, or Maple Time by Coalport, England and it was made between 1945-1962. I love the shape, the chintz and the color. It was actually made in several other colors, but I love the richness of the magenta, or dark pink. There's a nice little bit of gold trim as well. I think it is so elegant!

Like all Pacifin Northwesters, when the weather is lovely, we are out taking advantage of it. Such was the case last week, just before a storm came in a fall put in it's real appearance with rain and wind. We woke up, saw the sun, and said....day out!!!  We headed down highway 101 east from Sequim to Seqim Bay State Park, which is a favorite with campers, boaters and shellfish hunters. Sequim Bay oysters are a big thing here...although we don't like oysters, so that's not what attracts us. For us it's the scenic beauty of the coast...in this case the sheltered Sequim Bay, and the wonderful sea air.

This didn't photo well, but the beach everywhere is littered with oyster shells. There are even huge piles of them in some places, so many are harvested here. There are strict rules and regulations about seasons, permits and allowable sizes and quantities of the catch as well.

By the boat ramp with all the notices and regulations, is this great sign Kids Don't Float, and a tray of loaner children's life vests. This is a feature of most of our boat ramps, and I think it is a great idea.

As this area is known for it's lavender production, no surpise even the parks are planted with lavender. This late blooming trio is the shorter Spanish lavender with a more compact lavender head with topknot petals. A very nice landscaping shrub around here.

We were so glad we took advantage of the day to visit the park, and sit in the sun admiring the bay. The next day was quite windy, pouring rain and 20 degrees cooler. But...that's fall, isn't it?

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  1. Very "fallish" cup and saucer and very pretty!

  2. Hi Ruth,
    Your mountains are magnificent! I only see mountains when we visit my son in Vancouver, BC. Of course we also fly over the rockies to get there. My son always takes us up some mountain when we visit. It is such a thrill!
    I LOVE your teacup today! It is gorgeous with its dark pink leaves and the shape of it. Coalport always makes a lovely cup. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea. Have a beautiful day.


  3. Ruth, You live in a beautiful area of the country. Thanks for showing it and telling us a little about it. I enjoyed seeing your pretty autumnal teacup too. Very lovely! Have a good week, and thanks for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
    Hugs, Beth

  4. Very beautiful tea cups. Natural beauty you show in your pictures. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

  5. Hi Ruth,
    this is a beautiful Coalport tea cup. Love the maple design. And I love to see the photos of this pretty area. Thanks for sharing.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  6. Hi Ruth!
    You always have such beautiful teacups. Thank you for sharing them.

  7. A gorgeous cup and saucer with red maple leaves like we're enjoying now for autumn. (like the big handle too)

  8. That is a VERY pretty teacup and saucer!

  9. What a beautiful teacup, I can see why it would be a favorite of yours. I love how the larger pattern is inside the cup and the tiny chintz on the outside. You live in a beautiful area. Those mountains are fantastic and the shore so beautiful!

  10. Thank you for sharing your day at Sequim Bay State Park with us. Loved seeing the lavender growing there. Your Chintz Maple Leaf cup is beautiful and perfect for this time of the year!

  11. Such a lovely post Ruth! The photo of the snow covered mountains is so gorgeous and I enjoyed your trip to the seaside park as well. The tea cup is very pretty and I like that the outside of the cup is a diffrent pattern than the inside and the saucer. We had a really warm weekend but it is back to normal fall temperatures this week. Blessings, Pamela

  12. What a gorgeous teacup, Ruth!

    And it is so neat to learn about other area's landscape and indiginous flora, etc.

    I hope it is ok to link my post - for once I am not sharing a teacup, but I think those who love teacups may like to read it.

    Feel free to delete if I have posted in error to what you prefer to have on your linky party, I will understand completely.

    Smiles and happy sipin to you, ma'am!

  13. So glad you shared your lovely teacup and saucer! Coalpoat shape teacups and saucers are a favorite of mine. The Maple Leaves pattern is beautiful and a perfect choice for fall. The photos are so lovely and the perfect place for a day out. We really enjoyed our time in Oregon this summer for the heat in Texas was hot. The photos remind me of some places we visited and photographed. My son has moved back to Texas and therefore we will not be going to Oregon again. Our fall is warm at the moment with a high of 86 today but will turn cold in the 50's this weekend. Thanks for sharing your day trip and china.

    Thanks, Pam

  14. Just a lovely park to visit on a pretty day! Your teacup is very pretty also. Thank you for hosting!

  15. Such a beautiful tea cup, and lovely pictures.

    Jocelyn @

  16. Hi Ruth! Love the maple leaves print and I am really becoming enchanted by the "redware" look - this shade would not be my first choice but I've seen more and more of it online lately, I'm thinking to keep a look out for something like this for my own collection. Maybe for Christmas . . .
    Your NW scenery is beautiful! Actually - no matter where we are in God's creation there is beauty!!

  17. What a beautiful teacup! It is so perfect to use at this time of the year. Love that place too, it looks so peaceful....Christine

  18. The setting is so relaxing! Perfect for a bit of tea. Your pattern is lovely and I too would prefer the reddish tint. Would be great for a Christmas tea also!
    sandy ;)

  19. Hello Ruth~ Oh, I LOVE your teacup with the leaves on it. How charming. We had oak leaves inscribed on my husbands wedding band because we love the outdoors. Lucky you to live in such a scenic area. We have friends living in your town and one of these days we are going to come up and visit...maybe during the Lavender Festival. Have a great week and thx for hosting,

  20. Oh that is a gorgeous Coalport! I have never seen leaves in such a beautiful color! This is a lovely cup to have in your collection.

  21. Oh, Ruth, I loved this cup and saucer. What a beautiful combination of the decoration inside and outside!
    And it is a Coalport which in my eyes adds to its value!
    Thanks also for the photos of beautiful landscapes.
    See you next week for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.

  22. Love this delicate teacup - especially that it is red. Beautiful scenerey - quite serene. I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,


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