A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Sea Shell Teacup Trio, Dungeness Crab And Seafood Festival

By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea...We can sing that a lot around here!

Welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea, a meme for tea lovers, and all things tea!

As I mentioned in my last post, my Tuesday Cuppa Tea post would be late because our son and daughter in law made a quick visit to us. We got the call about 5pm that they were coming the next day, managing to each have 4 days off from work together, which doesn't happen often. So we picked them up after they flew into Seattle and had a wonderful visit! I'll post more about some of that farther down, but here is my teacup...with an ocean, sealife theme, and also pink for October as Breast Cancer Awareness month with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage:

This teacup trio as it's called, is a cup and saucer with matching plate in the English Aesthetic style of design. The Aesthetic Movement started in the 1870s with organic design and the ideal of bringing natural beauty to all objects. William Morris is a famous founder, and stood for Art For Art Sake, and as William Morris put it...and it's my  motto for Antiques And Teacups at Etsy, "Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or do not believe to be beautiful".

The ironstone teacup trio was made by an unknown Staffordshire, England maker. The design and form/material of the clay dates it to 1870-1890 and it is usually called the generic term of Antique Staffordshire. The design of sea shells and sea weed is a lovely hand colored mulberry transferware. I just love it!

The reason I thought about sharing this today, is because the kids happened to arrive for the annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival in Port Angeles. PA as we call it) is about 15 miles away, and is where the ferry leaves on the route to Victoria, BC Canada.  Here are some of the photos I took of the wonderful day we had. Heavy rain had been forecast, but we had our time at the festival and got home before it started.

The Port Angeles Community Pier Clock Tower, the main approach to the festival.

The first order of business was lunch! Our kids are from landlocked Utah and love seafood, so the main crab feed plate with corn on the cob and coleslaw from Nash's Organic Farm in Sequim. The Dungeness crab gets it name from our area...just by Sequim is the Dungeness Spit and Dungeness Lighthouse near the place where the Dungeness River dumps into the ocean. All of the crab had been freshly caught in the last 2 days and kept in tanks until....well, you know!

This is the inside of the tent, and that's my DIL Casey in the bottom corner!  Below, is what I opted for...Local Halibut and chips. The halibut was locally caught the day before as well. The best!!!

Outside there was crab for sale, cleaned or not...the high school football team was cleaning it as a fund raiser at $2.00. Then there were crab derbies, arts and crafts, and other seafood and carnival type food booths. My daughter in law's fav outside was the grilled fresh scallops on basil pesto rice.  They could not get enough seafood!!! Here are some other sights around the festival:

All together a wonderful day! The sun came out, it was lovely! We all went home full and happy, and just as we turned into our driveway it began to sprinkle. Perfect!

Thanks for visiting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Here is the linky and a list of some of the blogs I am joining. Have a great time visiting them. For more info on the teacups trio at Antiques And Teacups, click on the teacup photos.

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
Afternoon Tea
Tea On Tuesday
Tea Tuesday
Tea On Tuesday
Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday

What’s It Wednesday


  1. How awesome that the timing of the crab and seafood festival coordinated with your son and daughter-in-law's visit. It looks like it was a lot of fun, and nice that the weather cooperated too!

  2. Hi Ruth,

    Your trio of English Aesthetic style ironstone is beautiful! Glad you had a wonderful time at the crab festival and the rain held out for you. Enjoy this time with your son and siser-in-law.

  3. Hello Ruth,
    Your antique Staffordshire trio is lovely with that seaweed pattern! I have a pattern by Wedgwood with seaweed and seashells in blue, but only plates.
    Thanks for sharing the information on the Aesthetic Movement and William Morris and the amazing photos of a seafood festival, a favourite of mine in Portugal, too.

  4. Beautiful cup and saucer. I love your Etsy motto!

  5. What a wonderfully delicious way to make happy memories! Thank you for hosting I'm happy to link up and hop around too xo

  6. What a wonderful time you had with your son and DIL! My hubby loves halibut and all kinds of seafood. Me, not so much although I do enjoy scallops and crab.
    I love your teacup trio today! It is so pretty and unique too. Thank you, Ruth, for joining me for my Pink Tea and have a lovely week.


  7. Hi Ruth! I'm finally back in Blogland!!! Whew! Kept up with you on facebook - but how swamped I've been with all my curriculum writing since school started! Got to get some balance!! Nice to be visiting again for teatime - and joyful to have an interesting tea post to share!

    Love a crab fest! But - what a mess to eat, eh? Not so with tea cakes and cups. Love all the little historic details you share with your china. Love to learn - and your quote about what to keep in the house . . . priceless!!


  8. Wonderful that you have been visited by your daughter and son. Beautiful cup. What a wonderful dining experience with crabs and other goodies. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

  9. Your teacup is beautiful, the crab looks great, and I'm so glad you had the time to spend with your kids!

  10. Hello Ruth, what could be better than a surprise visit from your grandkids! Lucky you! I will get to see my grandchildren around Christmas and I am really looking forward to it. It looks like you had a great day out with them.
    The tea cup and saucer are lovely. I don't have hardly any tea cups as old as yours. I think maybe one or two. It is so hard to figure out their age when no markings are on the cup. I need to learn more!

  11. I am glad you had a wonderful time with your kids! When adult children are able to visit --- the hearts of their parents are so glad! It looks like you had a special time.

    I love your pink teacups --- a great way to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our family has lost one to this illness and I shall use a pink teacup today in honor of her. Thank you for the visual reminder.

    Enjoy a blessed day!

  12. Hello Ruth
    So nice you could enjoy the festival with visiting family. The whole time I was looking at the photos of crab I was thinking how much my SIL from Prince Edward Island would enjoy it.
    Your teacup is a pretty pink for the theme this week at Sandi's.

  13. Oh what fun! I love crab and seafood! Your teacups are lovely...Christine

  14. Hi Ruth,
    thank you for the fun photos of the seafood festival. I was once in Maryland for crab eating and loved it very much. Some of the photos are so cute. Thank you for sharing and for your nice comment on my blogpost.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  15. Such a pretty teacup and dessert plate trio! I love the soft colors of the pink. How neat to be able spend such a wonderful time with your family. The seafood looks amazing! Thank you for hosting your lovely party!

  16. Hello Ruth~ Your teacup is lovely and your outing sounds fantastic...the scent of impending rain in the air, fresh seafood, beloved family along! What a treat. Thx for hosting each week,

  17. Beautiful teacup and plates. I love the color and perfect for a pink tea. I am so glad that the rain held off for your outing. Thank you for hosting.

  18. Was in Maine a few weeks ago and mmmmmmmmmm to fresh seafood! SO GOOD!

    Went to Red Lobster the other night just to taste it again, good but not the same at ALL!

    Thanks for hosting your wonderful linky party again, always so much fun - sorry I am late.

  19. What a feast. Everythings looks delicious and fun. I am sure your day with your family was memorable. Your tea cup is beautiful. Love the sea shell design. I have never seen one like it. Thanks for hosting..


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