A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Shelley Laurel Teacup Trio, Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Day

Hello and welcome to the first Tuesday Cuppa Tea in November! Isn't that amazing! 

If you read my last post, we were expecting another wind and rain event from another direction and it definitely arrived. We now have bare trees, some small branches down and a lot of yard cleanup to do. We had an internet outage and flickering lights, but we did well. The West End by Forks and the beaches we visited last week were apparently hit much harder. So we are grateful!

Tuesday is November 5th, which is a major date on the calendar for Brits...Guy Fawkes Day, but we'll do our teacup first for Tuesday Cuppa Tea! As it's fall, I chose a leaf design from Shelley China called Laurel...

This Shelley China, England teacup trio is in a favorite shape of mine, Gainsborough. The pattern name is Laurel, and the pattern number is 13577. The slash has a number after it which denotes the colorway, which is green. The teacup trio was produced by Shelley from 1940-1966 when the pottery closed. This is their most expensive version of the pattern, with the hand burnished gold and gold accenting to the pattern, trim and cup base and handle. Gorgeous! I DO LOVE Shelley China!  For more info about the Shelley teacup trio at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

 source: Daily Mail
source Museum Of London

Everywhere around the UK from September and October, children collect money to pay for fireworks...and a few candies as well...for Nov. 5th, Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes Day. It is the historic excuse for huge bonfires and a bit of neighbourhood conviviality...and lately some political interest, but more about that later.

source Google images

Guy Fawkes, was an anarchist who tried to blow up England's Parliament building in 1607. The plot was foiled, and he was executed. The day has been celebrated in England ever since with bonfires, block or neighbourhood gatherings, roistering and fireworks. An effigy of Guy called "The Guy" is carted around as a collecting tool, as burnables are also scrumped, begged or lifted for the bonfire. The call is usually "A Penny For The Guy" although nowadays, much more is expected. When we were last in the UK in October, and out for a meal with the family at the local Harvester Restaurant, we ran a gauntlet of 3 guys and 6 kids at the entrance who wanted ponds and would have rioted at penneys....and I didn't have my camera with me!

 source Getty Images

 source Daily Mail

source Bridgeman History

One of the oldest images is this by the famous political satirist from 1827, Cruikshank...

One of the modern thing that has come out of and is directly attributable to Guy Fawkes is the mask now used by the Wikileaks and Occupy groups who have adopted Guy Fawkes as their poster child and alter ego:

That's where it came from....But...back to the fun side. Bonfire Night is probably best know for it's food and drink...with mulled wine and cider a favorite with the beer, and the custom from hundreds of years, of baking potatoes in the embers of the bonfire....

Jacket potatoes as they are called in the UK are a big thing, and Bonfire Night is probably the source, although potatoes have been roasted forever in the embers of fires. There is a taste that is so exquisite!  There are baked potato carts, this one is in York....

and whole restaurants with all the various toppings....like tuna mayonnaise, prawn mayonnaise, baked beans, curry, you name it! We took a young friend with us to England in 2001 which was a gift to her from her parents as a graduation present, because she had been a pen friend, or pen pal to a niece of ours whom we were taking her to see. Amy was a vegetarian, and quite concerned about what she was going to eat. It was her first time out of the USA. But when we got to our London hotel for a night before heading up to the Cotswolds for a few days on our way to the family in Erdington in the Midlands, she was thrilled and relieved when we pointed out a Jacket Potato restaurant just around the corner where we often ate. 

The potatoes come out of the fire in their foil containers which keep the moisture in to steam bake them and keep them from burning and being too sooty. The foil is then peeled and the potato is eaten with a bit of butter when it is cool enough.  In honor of this...guess what we're having for dinner tonight! A favorite quick meal for us...a jacket potato with baked beans and cheese...Tofutti cheese for me!

The poem commemorating Guy Fawkes is often read and even presented as a song....

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The gunpowder, treason and plot;
I know of no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fakes, Guy Fawkes

'Twas his intent,
to blow up the king and the Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below
poor old England to overthrow.
By God's providence he was catch'd
with a dark lantern and burning match.

Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

Hip, hip hoorah!
Hip, hip Hoorah!

So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed this mixture of teacups, history and culinary masterpiece! Thanks for joining me.

 The linky is below...please link your tea related posts. Any posts that are something for sale with nothing else to contribute to our wonderful blogging world of tea lovers will be deleted.  I love your comments, and love the posts you link. Such talented and created folks you are!!!  There is also a list of some of the blogs I am looking forward to visiting. Have a great week, and don't forget to have a cup of tea with a friend!

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
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
Lavender Cottage  Tea Time
Playing With My Camera Teatime           
Tuesday Blog Shop
Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
What’s It Wednesday                                           

Home On Wednesday


  1. Your teacup trio is gorgeous, and perfect for fall, Ruth. Have a good week!

  2. Ruth, your Shelley trio is beautiful! I love the green. Those baked potatoes look delicious; yum! Thank you for hosting and joining me for Tea Time. Enjoy the holiday.


  3. Simply gorgeous trio and love the Green and White! The food look amazing, it's almost 1pm here and I am getting hungry for lunch, lol! Have a lovely week. Thank you for the sweet party.

  4. I think we all agree Ruth, the Shelley trio is a beautiful set. There used to be a baked potato vendor at our local weekend flea market and I never left without one. Unfortunately the lady passed away and no one took over her business. Your dinner looks good - something I'd like!

  5. Beautiful teacup trio! Your baked potato brought back lots of sweet memories camping with my parents and having the potatoes cooking in the coals. Yum! Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

  6. Hi Ruth,
    I enjoyed all of your post. The wonderful and elegant Shelley tea cup as much as the story about Guy Fawkes. I learned so much today. Thank you for sharing this great micture of beauty and history.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  7. Ruth I'm loving your teacup trio and that baked potato ... YUM!!! thank you for hosting. Wishing you a fabulous week..hugs, C. (HHL)

  8. Hi Ruth,
    That Shelley Laurel trio is beautiful. I love the gold with the mint green - so exquisite!I always learn so much from your post. Your baked potato looks yummy! Thank you for visiting me and hosting "Tuesday Cuppa Tea". It is such fun. Take care,

  9. Your "Laurel" Shelley Trio is exquisite, Ruth! And Guy Fawkes Day is new to me. Your blog is always so informative. I well remember "Jacket Potatoes" from my trip to the UK. It was the first I had heard them called that. I had one for dinner tonight, but mine was baked in the oven, not over coals. Blessings, Phyllis

  10. I love the Shelley tea cup. It is so beautiful. Always love to learn the history you share. Thank you for all the things you share with us. Blessings, Martha

  11. Absolutely fascinating! I have never read about GFD and I enjoyed learning the history. The historical images are fab!
    Your Shelley is gorgeous!

    I am sorry you are having such challenging weather, I hope that clears up soon.

  12. I love that teacup. I had never see it before.

  13. Ruth,
    I enjoyed that post on Guy Fawkes day. Thanks for the info. I forget about it but, it is a perfect thing to read this time of year. Thanks for hosting!

  14. Hi Ruth,
    I loved this post, not only the fantastic Shelley trio but also your evocation of Guy Fawkes Day. I don't know why I hadn't been able to add my link, only just now have I succeeded and moreover your posts haven't appeared on my blog reading list for months... I'll join as your follower again and see what happens...
    Thanks for hosting and all the best.

  15. Beautiful classic trio! Interesting history too!

  16. You have really opened my eyes to the wide array of Shelley designs! This one is gorgeous!


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