A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tuesday Cuppa Tea - Catching Up

Hello my dear friends and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I have been off the blog for 3 weeks due to a blog attack, allergies and a holiday, but I'm back!

First of all, I want to thank you, dear friends, for the wonderful comments, emails and note I received. I can't tell you how precious they were to me! Thank you with all my heart for your kindness.

Because of the blog pirate and recommendations from Kathy at A Delightsome Life, and Bernideen at Friends Sharing Tea and their techie friends, I have changed the blog address for this Antiques And Teacups blog to a domain related to my retail website that I wasn't using. The address of the blog is http://www.antiquesandteacups.info, rather than the old .blogger.com.   So you may need to change your settings, or re-follow...I hope not, but am not sure!

As you can see, the lilacs are out in the yard. I dearly love them. They certainly breathe out spring around here. We only have lavender, but around town are white, a darker purple and a pink. Their fragrance is intoxicating, and I think they are so beautiful. My teacup today was inspired by the lilacs in bloom.

This gorgeous cup and saucer was made in the 1920s in Bavaria, Germany by RKW or Rudolph Wachter Kirchenlamitz. The design is hand painted lilacs with gold overlay leaves and gold trim on white porcelain. It is a low, wide cup and has a lovely feel in the hand. I just love it! 

The pottery began in 1893 and nearly ceased during the years of World War II. The company survived through good management, and had a renaissance after the war with popular modern design china and beer steins. The company merged with Schaller in the 1960s and finally closed in 1974.

For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

When we returned from our holiday and got the mail on Tuesday, I found a package waiting for me from Celia of A High Heeled Life.  I won a blog gift...and I LOVE it!!!!

I received a wonderful individual teapot with the phrase "Keep Calm And Drink Tea, a box of similarly named English breakfast tea and a fabulous journal from Laduree called The Secrets. I sent Celia an email thanking her, a received a reply from her from Amsterdam where she is currently on holiday. Thanks again, Celia!

Just a reminder to Victorian lovers that May 24th is Queen Victoria's birthday. She was born in 1819 and died in 1901.

This photo was taken at the time of her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. For more information about that year, the household and Victoria's life, the British Monarchy has a fabulous web resource called Queen Victoria's Scrapbook made up of photos, diary entries and other documents from the Royal archives and can be visited. It is fabulous to wander through the website. Fascinating! I certainly urge you to visit if you have any interest in Queen Victoria and her life and times.   And Happy Victoria Day to my Canadian friends!
Queen Victoria's Scrapbook

I was going to do  part of this post on the RHS, or Royal Horticultural Society annual Chelsea Flower Show which was this weekend in the UK, but I found a fellow blogger who attended this year who will be posting about it so I will share her blog instead. The photo above is from her post, from last year's show. We attended several times, but haven't for about 5 years so I fugured her info would be more up to date. My photos aren't digital yet (I just bought a photo scanner) either. So for more info, visit the Happy Homemaker UK blog.

When I get my photos downloaded and organized, I will share about about our 15 days at sea on the Celebrity Century. I breathe best at sea...no pollen, no trees, no grasses, and I am feeling so much better after our trip.

I  want to thank you for your visit, dear friends! Have a great week, and visit some of the wonderful blogs. The linky is here for Tuesday Cuppa Tea and I so love your comments.

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
Tea On Tuesday
Miss Kathy ~http://thewritersreverie.blogspot.com/
Tuesday Tea       
Tea On Tuesday
Tea Tuesday
Tea On Tuesday
Bernideen’s ~ http://blog.bernideens.com/
Tea In The Garden Tuesday

Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
Lavender Cottage
What’s It Wednesday                                           
Home On Wednesday


  1. Hi Ruth, I've missed you! Love the teacup you showed. Can't wait to hear about your cruise!
    Hugs, Beth

  2. Welcome back Ruth! I'm glad you are feeling much better now. I emailed you that I couldn't access your blog but when I clicked on your highlighted blog name it went through to it however, it doesn't show up on my blogroll yet. I'm hoping it will without me adding it again. This teacup is so beautiful and different in it's colouring. I love it. I also like your new teapot. Blessings, Pamela

  3. Welcome back, Ruth! You have been missed, my friend! I was going to leave you a comment but I have been having blogger troubles too although not as serious as yours. I did have a great deal of trouble linking up with you today though.
    Your teacup is really beautiful and I love your lilacs. Ours aren't out yet. Have a lovely day and I hope you're feeling much better.


  4. Hi dear Ruth,

    Welcome back, sweet friend! You have been greatly missed :) Your tea cup is lovely and I look forward to hearing about the cruise.

    Just realized you are on Pinterest so I am now following you there.

    Have a beautiful week!
    Love and hugs to you.

  5. Hello sweet R...so happy you are back! I will always follow you!


  6. Ruth:
    Yes, I changed it on Saturday when I saw your address. Friends Sharing Tea has been replaced by Tea In the Garden on TUESDAYS.

  7. Oh what a wonderful teacup - and a wonderful cruise - perfection.

  8. Welcome home, Ruth! I can't wait to hear about your cruise! Beautiful teacup you featured and it does go along with the lilacs nicely! My sister just gave me the same teapot for my birthday, only in black. A good reminder to stay calm! I've tried joining your party but am having trouble with the image. Wishing you a wonderful week!

  9. Welcome back - you were sorely missed!

    But I am SO GLAD you had a nice cruise vacay- they're my favorite kind of vacations too!!

    I love your info on this post - going to definately check out the Queen Victoria's site - how extraordinary to be able to see such wonderful informational pictures and such.

    My post has a teapot but is mostly about lilacs today, so not joining, but wanted to welcome you back and give you a big hug.

  10. I am so glad your blog is up and in better shape after the pirated postings.
    I know you are happy to be feeling better and the cruise sounds wonderful. Your photo of the the flower show reminds me of the time we spent in England when the flower sho wwas in Stoke on Trent and all the potteries were represented many years ago.
    Love your lilac teacup and saucer and the wonderful info on its manufacture!


  11. Welcome back Ruth. Finally, I could get to your blog - maybe Blogger was giving me grief?
    Your lilacs are pretty and I anticipate mine to open in the next week or so. Such a stunning teacup to enjoy with your tea and teapot from Celia.
    Yes, I can imagine breathing was easy on the open sea; after a week and a half of popping pills, my eyes have stopped itching. :-)

  12. Welcome back!
    Very elegant pics.
    Beautiful post.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    Greetings from Singapore...

  13. Welcome back Ruth! I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. That is so wonderful!
    Your lilac bushes are heaven to me! And your cup? Wow! That is stunning.I adore lilacs and so join in your enthusiasm for this china.

  14. Hello Ruth and welcome back! I had to be in Vancouver just now and missed Chelsea this year...darn...oh well, there's always next year. But we had a lovely bank holiday weekend in Vancouver anyway with the British car show on. I love the mini made form flowers. I own an old 1959 mini and am just crazy for them. Your tea cup is just beautiful. I have a similar one which my father gave me. I'm to scared of cracking it to use it for tea though so it sits on the shelf and looks like a little jewel. All the best to you and I hope you have a fantastic week. :)

  15. Welcome back! First, I have to say I don't believe I've ever seen a teacup with lilacs on it before. Great find! What a great giveaway you won, too! Love the photo of the car at the Chelsea Flower Show, and I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Might you have to just move on board a ship for health reasons? (Wouldn't that be fun!)

  16. Hi Ruth, Thankyou for your recent visit and comment on my Queen Victoria post. I enjoyed yours as well. I am going to check out that scrapbook link right now! Have a great week! Gina

  17. Hi Ruth,
    I just love your burgandy Bavarian teacup made in Germany. It is such a gorgeous deep colour - very rich.

    I appreciate all of the wonderful comments that you have made on my site.

    I am glad that you had a holiday. Thank you for mentioning Queen Victoria -very lovely
    Take care,

  18. What a lovely post - I love lilacs! How lucky to win those adorable tea gifts! Such fun!
    Can't wait to see photo's from your trip!

  19. The colors are so rich in that teacup! Very pretty.

  20. That is such a beautiful set, lilacs definitely breathe out spring around here as well! (Romania) :)

    I really like your gift, too. Congrats on winning! My boyfriend recently got me a fridge magnet that says "keep calm and drink tea", and I got him one that says "keep calm and drink coffee", cause he's a coffee guy. I like these type of gifts the most - out of the blue and among the most significant!


Thanks for visiting and we love to hear from you! We read every comment. If my husband's health permits, I love to visit andreply. Have a wonderful day and a cuppa tea always at hand! :)


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