A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tuesday Cuppa Tea...Did'ya Miss me???

Did'ya miss me??? Because I sure missed you, my dear blogging friends. But I am back, Lord willing, after healing a hand issue. I posted a bit ago about one ergonomic mouse, but here's another I am using which is great. It's a mouse you hold like a gun. I can even mouse from my lap which totally removes the pressure that caused me the problems....learn something new every day:

This is the first thing I have ever bought from China...but no problems with the transaction on the big E, which I don't do often. Cool!

So on to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...with great joy to be able to participate again!!!! I have read your wonderful posts...but couldn't comment. That was TOUGH!!!!

As many of you may remember, I have a real soft spot for the art deco era hand painted teacups that to me are little works of art, and are underappreciated, so I thought I'd choose one of that genre that was a recent find.

 This little beauty was made by Phoenix China...a part of Thos Forester, England, in the 1930s. I love the way the design is TOTALLY hand painted, from the background, which I call chickenwire to the flowers and the further applied red enamel flower accents.

I love the streamlined art deco era handle. Cute, huh? The lime green trim is unusual as well. I just loved it when I found it! Thomas Forester and Phoenix China...which was named for the pottery where it was manufactured...evolved from Charles Meigh in 1835, and passed through several partnerships until finally succumbing to the economic downturn and changing tastes that dramatically reduced manufacturers in the early 1960s. I have always loved the art deco work of the Phoenix works which did such fabulous hand painted works during the 1930s and early 1940s. Alas, all gone....For more info on this teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

I missed most of September....but here is the September page of my teapot calendar....

And now I turn to the last quarter of the year...to autumn and October...amazing, isn't it?!

I got out my favorite Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady today...

No matter how many times I read the pages with Edith Holden's charming drawings, watercolours and poems, I am taken back to the long gone era in the English countryside, so near to my husband's birthplace and to my family's as well....

With a cup of tea in hand, I read of acorns, blackberrying, and mottoes from the Edwardian era...

"A good October and a good blast
To blow the hog, acorn and mast"

"In October dung your field
And your land it's wealth shall yield"

"Then came October, full of merry glee"

"Calm and deep peace, on this high wold;
And on the dews that drench the furze,
And all the silvery gossamers
That twinkle into green and gold.

Calm and still light on you great plain
That sweeps with all it's autumn bowers,
And crowded farms and lessening towers,
To mingle with the bounding main.

It has been so nice to have tea with you today again. Below of the linky if you would like to link your tea related posts. I would love to hear from you with a comment, and look forward to visiting you, my dear blog friends!


  1. Glad to see you're back and with a new GUN at that! Hope this helps alot. That is a very unique cup and saucer and I have never seen one like it.

  2. Yes, I did miss you. Welcome back. I love your deco cup and the history you gave us.
    One of my fav books and of course, wouldn't be without that calendar.
    Glad your are back! Ruthie from Lady B's

  3. Welcome back, Ruth! We've missed you! Your teacup is a unique one. Love the calendar and the book. Thanks for stopping by and linking up with TTT again. It's lovely to have you. Happy Autumn!


  4. Glad you are back Ruth, and that is some new gadget to use. The teacup has an unusual handle and an unique pattern.
    I like the pages from your Tea calendar. Amazon has one but I don't think it would fit in my Lang calendar holder.
    Have a good week.

  5. Love your teacup, Ruth. I've missed you and am glad you are doing better!

  6. Welcome back Ruth!! hope your hand is doing better... you have been missed ... thank you for sharing tea today..wishing you a beautiful week... Hugs and Blessings, C. (HHL)

  7. So very delighted that you're back! Love your sweet teacup and I do love the book, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady - I have it and the video! I hope you have a blessed week,

  8. Welcome back Ruth!. It's wonderful to see your post here tonight. I was away in August when you wrote your last 2 posts so I missed them, unfortunately. I love this art deco teacup. It is so pretty and the lime green is a favourite colour of mine. Your calendar pages are gorgeous! So full of colour. I also enjoyed your Edwardian Lady quotes. Blessings, Pamela

  9. Love sweet Art Deco cup and saucer! The pages from your calendar are beautiful! Have a lovely week!


  10. So glad you are doing better and able to post again. You have been missed! Lovely teacup and book! Thank you for hosting!

  11. Oh I've missed you sweet lady, I'm so glad you're back and feeling better! Pretty teacup and book. Thank you so much for this lovely party. Have a wonderful week.

  12. Welcome back, Ruth! You were missed. Wonderful Art Deco teacup. So different. Hope the new mouse is just *the thing*!!! Happy Tea Day!

  13. Your teacup is so pretty. I love the colors, would be perfect for spring too. Welcome back!...Christine

  14. YAY! I am so glad you are back, sweet lady! You have been missed :) I am sorry about your hand, but am very thankful to hear you are doing better. LOVE your tea cup - it's so unique. Have a lovely day, friend.


  15. Oh Ruth, how very good to have you back! I think I kinda of missed the summer and most of the past few months! It was like a hug to find your message on my blog today! Much love,

  16. Hello Ruth, I am glad you are back! I hope you are recovering well. That is a nifty mouse! I think I could use one too.
    Your art deco tea cup is beautiful with her hand painted design! I do love art deco too. This cup is a great find.

  17. Hello Ruth, welcome back! You've reminded me to get out my copy of the diary book. I always love looking thru it and need a reminder to get it. I also love Art Deco pieces and your tea cup is fantastic. For me, it's getting harder to find these days. Must look harder. :)

  18. Hi Ruth,
    It is so nice that you are able to host another Teacup Party today. Your teacup is lovely. Thank you for hosting. Take care,

  19. Glad your feeling better. I love that "Country Diary..." book I will have to look it up at the library!

  20. Oh, joy! You're back! And with a nifty new gadget to make the going smoother. Healing well, I hope, in all areas of life, milady. Glad to have you posting in Blogland and that you kept things happening on facebook through it all, too. A nice cup you've shared today - but Edith Holden's book is a treasure! I love my copy and want to get the wonderful film on DVD. I had it years ago on VHS - but, alas - they are obsolete.
    Welcome back!!

  21. Yes, you were missed, Ruth, and all of us in 'blog land' are glad you're back sharing teacups and informative info about them. Happy October! ~ Phyllis

  22. Hello Ruth
    I'm joining you for the first time today after seeing your comment on Judith's Lavender Cottage post.

    My post is about my coffee set - I hope you won't turn me away as I usually conform and talk about tea!

    Great that you have found a friendly mouse so you can post again - it's no good being in pain.
    Thank you for hosting your party and lovely to meet you Ruth!

    take care and hugs

  23. The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady, the English series is all on You Tube and well worth watching, I had such fun doing so.

    Lil Bit Brit


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