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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Happy Birthday Prince George Rocky Mountaineer Pt 2

Hell my friends and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. I am doing this in a bit of a frazzled condition. My dear husband has had problems with atrial fibrillation...a condition he has had for years but occasionally kicks up or has a "break through" as they call it... this week. I think probably because of all the World Cup Soccer excitement and also looking forward to a week with both kids, their spouses and 2 of our 3 adult grandsons, 23 & 18 coming up in a week. It's also our local Annual Lavender Festival weekend, but I'll cover that next week. So....

My teacup and saucer today was made just last year for the birth of Prince George, on July 22, 2013 to William and Kate, Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge...

This is a large, breakfast sized cup and saucer made by Roy Kirkham, England of bone china with the birth information on it...

Roy Kirkham grew out of the dissolution of the potteries in the 1960-1970s and after working at W. Adams in Stoke On Trent opened his own pottery in 1970. It now produces quality bone china with links back to the roots of the area's famous potteries.   Breakfast sized cups are quite popular at the moment. A nice big cuppa....

And the reason for the cup and saucer...the birthday boy! The photos below are from the Duchess Of Cambridge's website....

And this week little George took his first walkies by himself...Happy birthday!

I said on my last post HERE that I would do another part of our trip on the Rocky Mountaineer train round trip Vancouver, BC Canada to Kamloops, Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise.  The last post covered the train itself, here is some of the journey.  We did have afternoon tea every afternoon, but I almost always forgot to take photos!  Some of these were taken from the dome car as we were traveling and are not the best, but...the Rockies were spectacular!

There is some back reflection from the glass...but...

Underneath the dome car was the restaurant car for the Gold Leaf class that we traveled.  It included breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in the dining room, and dinner at your leisure in the towns we stopped at and spent the night...

The first night we spent at Kamloops, but unfortunately we were late getting in and most of the town businesses were closed. Because the train uses the VIA Rail lines, the goods trains have right of way and we lost about 2 hours on sidings while they trundled past...a postcard of Kamloops...

More of the Rockies...

We next stopped at the town of Banff...

And stayed at the gorgeous Fox Hotel which is luxury log lodge and was really incredible. This is their hot springs pool, but we didn't go in...

Not far away is the famous Banff Springs Fairmont which is so beautiful! We drove up to it....

We then had a day by bus to Lake Louise .....

This is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel where we stopped for tea...

The lake is colored like this with glacier silt from the nearby Columbia Ice Fields, our next stop...

We were taken on a ride up into the Ice Field to the Athabascan Glacier for a wander around the glacier with a naturalist. This is my honey...notice his ever present Birkenstocks...even on a glacier...He is 6'3" and loves tires, so had me take this photo....

And here we are back at the Columbia Icefield Interpretive Center...very interesting place!

The area used to be at the edge of the glacier, but it has retreated 2-3 miles in 10 years...Then back on the coach with a stop at one of my favorite places on the trip...Peyto Lake which is a bright turquoise blue because of the mineral content the water flows through to fill the lake. It was gorgeous!!!

We stopped for the night in Jasper...

Which was quite a nice wander-around place.

Then a quick coach back to Banff and the train, taking most of the day, then the train to Vancouver with a night in Kamloops again...

So there you go! It was great fun, and wonderful scenery, but we didn't like the early mornings! Lol!  Lavender Festival next week!

All of the photos are ones I took...I didn't get them all marked with Antiques And Teacups...

Thanks for joining me! Here is the linky for your tea related post...remember it is SLOWWWWWW so be patient! 


  1. I have one breakfast cup that I adore. I had no idea they were so popular! Hubby is going to need a vacation after all of your excitement.

  2. Hi Ruth,
    Oh my. Isn't Prince George a little doll? Love those cheeks. The teacup to commemorate him is lovely too. Your pics of your travels through B.C. are very beautiful! I have been to Banff and Lake Louise many years ago when I was a little girl. I must go again and to have afternoon tea throughout would be so much fun! Your hubby must love tea too! Nice to see a pic of you too, Ruth! Hope your week is wonderful. Karen

  3. What a beautiful commemorative teacup, Ruth! I've so enjoyed the scenery from your fabulous trip. I still would love to go, but would've loved it more with my late beloved hubby. Thanks for hosting your party.

  4. Your trip sounds wonderful, Ruth! I enjoyed the pictures! Praying your hubby feels better and able to enjoy all the family that is coming! Prince George's teacup is so lovely and what a cute little boy! Thanks for hosting!

  5. what a fabulous trip! the scenery is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pics of George and his teacup. And I do hope your husband feels better. Blessings, Deborah

  6. I saw a teacup in the Royal Doulton store on the weekend to commemorate the prince's first birthday.
    Beautiful scenery and afternoon tea, a trip to remember.

  7. Oh, what a terrific trip, I so love trains and having tea in them, wow! The scenery is fabulous too. I love that little George, wish his grammy was here to enjoy him!
    Thank you so much for hosting this lovely party.

  8. What a beautiful vacation you had. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful time. Love the tea cup. Blessings, Martha

  9. What a cute Prince George cup! Very nice keepsake. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures of your Canadian Adventure. That looks like such a wonderful trip!
    Have a great week :)

  10. Your teacup commemorating Price George's birth is beautiful, and your trip photos are fabulous. Thank you for sharing them with us. The afternoon tea would have been one of the highlights for me.

  11. I have a souvenir of Prince George that I bought while laying over an airport in London. The prince baby is so cute! And what a lovely scenery you have seen! Thanks for hosting...Christine

  12. Such a beautiful hotel! I didn't know the Duchess had a website! I must go check that out!

  13. I always enjoy your history of potteries and teacups and learn something new. The royal commemorative teacups seem very worthy of collecting especially since reflecting on the older ones reminds people of the history involved ...often forgotten so easily after few years.

    That is a wonderful picture of you & your husband ! I can see why you did not get so many pictures of tea though, who could take time to snap photos when there is so much majesty to be seen whisking by while you enjoy your meal.

    Beautiful scenery, what a grand trip that is, lodges, hotels, and all.

  14. What a fantastic trip! We have been to all of these places at different times but to the Banff Springs Hotel and Lake Louise in February. I love the Rockies. So much beauty. Have a great day. Pamela

  15. Happy Birthday Prince George! I love the teacup... and I love the photos they have released of the adorable little Prince. Your train trip looks like it was a grand experience! God Bless America! God Bless Prince George!

  16. What a wonderful and informative post! Your trip pics are amazing! thank you for hosting. Happy birthday to Prince Geo!

  17. Oh the train trip is the best way to travel! What a beautiful trip, I loved your photos.
    Thanks for taking us along.

  18. Thank you for the tour of the Mountanier. We saw this train go through our town a couple of weeks ago. We live in Marysville, Wa. I've been to all of those places in Canada and it brought back a lot of memories. Thanks again.

  19. Oh my, this seriously makes me want to book a trip! And I hope your husband is feeling better this week!


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