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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Fall Favorites, Shelley Wileman, bits and bobs!

Hello and welcome to the last Tuesday Cuppa Tea in October. Amazing! The above photo is from a 2010 Harrod's London Halloween display ...I just love this!!! Since this week contains Halloween I thought I'd include it! My niece took the photo and sent it to me.

My teacup today goes with the fall theme...a time for green leaves turning to rust and gold....This is a Wileman China teacup trio in the Empire shape with a pattern called Floral Print With Scroll...

In case you were wondering...Wileman is the precursor of Shelley China. The company was started in the mid 1800s and changed formally to Shelley China in the 1910s, when this shape was discontinued. I love the Victorian styling of the scallops, frills and designs...

The design has a pale green floral transfer which is a nice contrast to the rust scrolling and gold trim...

The Rd. refers to Registry Date, which is when the pattern...number 9109...was registered for use in 1893, but the Shelley pattern books say that the pattern number wasn't produced until 1899 and discontinued with the shape in the 1910s, although the end date is just placed as 1910s. This is the sort of china I have seen on the early seasons of Downton Abbey.  The words The Foley at the top refer to the pottery name which was taken from a district in Stoke-on-Trent. I love the fact that the company kept such marvelous records! For more info on the teacup trio click on the photos or visit Antiques And Teacups.

This post would have been done a week ago, but then I had the computer crash...thanks to a Windows update...and I couldn't get to the photos until things were back up and running again. A big fall festival around here is the Dungeness Crab And Seafood Festival in nearby Port Angeles, 15 miles down highway 101...

Right by the Coho Ferry dock from Victoria, BC Canada, which sold out the ferry 2 days in a row this year...3 trips back and forth...each carrying a total or 940 people...

Here is the map of the town...and the festival site...

Dungeness Crab is actually named for the area...specifically first being identified and classified on the Dungeness Spit by where we live....

The Dungeness spit is also the longest natural spit in the US and has a great Lighthouse. The entire spit area is now a National Wildlife refuge....

It's a 3 mile walk out to the lighthouse...but you can also arrange with the park to stay there if you would like....but back to the Crab Festival....

2 tons of crab was consumed during the 2 1/2 days of the festival...

With lots of other goodies besides crab, of course! Our kids love to visit for this! So...to tie this into tea again, I looked around and found a great recipe for Dungeness Crab Sandwiches on Zucchini Bread at a great blog called Tearoom In The Sky. Click on the photo to go visit and get the recipe!

And for those of you who don't know,  P. D. James' Death At Pemberly airs tonight, and I am very much looking forward to it. I read the book when it came out, so am interested on how it translates to TV....

You may remember on my Tuesday Cuppa Tea I told you how I love candy corn, so here was afternoon tea today...I made pumpkin spice mini cupcakes and decorated them with candy corn!

Thanks so much for joining me. Below is the linky for linking your tea related posts...as always, remember it is SSLLLOOOOOWW but does show up. I love your comments and emails!  Have a wonderful week!


  1. Hello Ruth
    I haven't heard of Wileman before but I just adore your sweet cup.
    The shape and colours are from another era - it's exquisite.
    I'm imagining elegant ladies sippng tea in the afternoon!

    Your Crab and seafood festival looks like fun!
    We're watching Death at Pemberley over here in New Zealand and Downton Abbey Season 5 has started too!

    Thank you for hosting your party Ruth, I'm so happy I had a tea cup post I could share too!

    Enjoy your week.

  2. Your Wileman tea trio is so pretty and the perfect color for Fall, Ruth.
    The Crab Fest sounds like a fun event to attend.
    I'm a candy corn lover, too, and your cupcakes look like a yummy treat. I love it mixed with peanuts.
    Thanks so much for hosting and have a happy week!

  3. What a gorgeous tea trio. Just lovely, both the colors and the shape. I watched Death Comes to Pemberley too. What a trial that screeching Lydia is, and her awful husband Wickham!
    That crab looks delicious.

  4. The teacup trio is lovely Ruth, not an overpowering design which will coordinate well with many autumn tea tables. The crab fest looks like fun, I've been to a lobster fest here when they're flown in fresh for feast and what a treat!
    I don't understand why England (and I see Shane as well) can watch Downton Abbey long before us when it starts in January. :-(
    Thank you for hosting us for tea.

  5. Oh my, what a beautiful teacup trio! I had not heard of Wileman before and it is a stunner for sure! The crab festival looks like fun and the lighthouse is wonderful. Thank you for hosting and have a lovely week, Ruth.


  6. I love the delicate shape and pattern of the set you showed today...lovely!

  7. Hi Ruth,
    I love your rust coloured teacup trio today! Perfect for this season! Your visit to the Crab Festival looks like fun and I would love to try your treats with the candy corn! Thank you for hosting today! Karen

  8. Oh the OZ witch's legs - hilarious. Your teacup set is stunning, and the crab festive is something I would absolutely love to attend one day!

    I am kicking myself, even put a reminder in my smart phone to remember to watch that series - my daughter told me about it, as I never watch tv - so she has to actually call and tell me when there's something good I'd love on. Dang dang dang, well I guess I will wait till it is on Netflix or something. *Sigh*

    Thanks for hosting. I am sharing a simple but Halloween tea today,

  9. Thanks Ruth, for the invite! I read your post and commented on FB, but didn't even think about joining up!


  10. That Harrods picture is terrific! I saw the beginning of Death Comes to Pemberley last night, but I couldn't watch the whole thing (bedtime and all that). I had no idea it was coming on, but was a welcome surprise. Your tea trio is really pretty, by the way--the shape is wonderful and so delicate. That seafood festival looks terrific, and your pumpkin cupcakes so cute! Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

  11. LOL, what a blast those red shoes are. Your Shelley tea cup is lovely and that cupcake just wouldn't be a cupcake without the candy corn I have to agree. A festival favourite crab is and that much in 2 1/2 days fantastic

  12. Hello Ruth :)
    What a FUN post. Love candy corn, lighthouses and your gorgeous Mileman set! Looks like you had a great time at the crab fest. :)
    Thx for hosting ~

  13. This is it, my favorite Shelley Tea Cup EVER! It looks so lacey, and is perfect for autumn.

  14. Lovely and interesting trio. Thanks for sharing the Harrods picture! The mini cupcakes looks yummy! As always a delightful and informative post. Thank you for hosting.

  15. I am not a tea drinker, but do appreciate the beauty in the Shelley tea cups. I have a friend that collects only the daisy shaped ones...they are all so beautiful.
    Have a wonderful week.

  16. Ruth, your teacup is so unique and I love the pale green with the rust! The Halloween display at Herrods is fabulous! I could handle a crabfest. Yum! I love crab!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. Wonderful post - love that Halloween decor - awesome - gorgeous teacups - I'm going to look for that show! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,


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