A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, American Beauty, Tea At Port Gamble

Hi there and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am writing this as my Honey is in the front room watching the Super Bowl and rooting for the Seattle Seahawks...our local team....



I got that info in my last short Super Bowl post, so now on to what is more interesting to me....tea, teacups and having tea with friends!




I chose for this week a Royal Albert American Beauty rose design...I just love this cup and saucer...it is just lush and ...well...beautiful!





The cup and saucer is a 1940s pattern...although it was made later for a few years in the 1960s again, but with a different mark. This is with the brushed gold trim, which is considered a more upscale version of the pattern...as it was also made with just a gold line trim. The brushed gold is more labor intensive. Wouldn't tea taste even more delightful in this cup?!


The reason I chose this teacup is because it reminded me...sort of...of the teacups at The Tea Room At Port Gamble where a bunch of us had tea last week. The town was built in 1853, pretty much for the lumber trade...Washington state having lots of forests...and was the site of the oldest continuously operating sawmill in North America.



Now it's on the National Register of Historic Towns, very quiet and a lovely place for a day out for us, about an hour from Sequim....



The tea room is in an historic home on the mains street of town....



This is the owner, Janis...who has had the tea room for 8 years and does a wonderful job!



Our group of 18 were seated at tables of 2 or 4....and if 4...which was the case of our table...had a choice of 2 pots of different teas from their extensive tea menu of about 25 choices of black, green, white, decaf black and fruit teas....we had black Snow Monkey Plum tea and a decaf black Northwest Fruit Blend.


We had their Chocolate High Tea....



Which consisted of...
Tea Sandwiches...
Smoked locally caught fresh salmon with caper spread on 9 grain bread
English cucumber with cream cheese and dill on white
Cotswold cheese with sliced Roma tomatoes on light rye

Scones...
a choice of lemon or cranberry pecan with Devonshire cream and homemade strawberry jam



we all had the latter, and my Honey and I split one and took one home...which, as you can see, filled the 6 inch bread plate...and is one of the best scones ever

Desserts...
cream puffs with strawberry cream filling
a Tea Room chocolate truffle
chocolate fondue with various fruit pieces to dip in dark, milk and white chocolate with fondue forks....which I forgot to photograph!



If you didn't like the truffle that had been randomly selected for you, you could exchange it for your choice from the truffle counter....




Then we took a....needed....constitutional around the town to work some of our scrumptious tea off....the angel was in the front of a bookstore and the grapevine, still dormant in another front yard...



The General Store has a museum, a very good cafe and lots of fun things...one of which I got for an upcoming giveaway...stay tuned...



This is an old Victorian that we are quite fond of in town...it has lovely views over the harbor, has a wonderful gingerbread veranda and has been several different things, but none have succeeded in the long term. It needs TLC and, unfortunately, quite a bit of cash to bring it to it's former glory....




And the water towers that are really symbolic of the town...love these! 



So, there you go! Glad you came to tea with me! Below are some of the blog parties, and the linky for your tea related posts...remember it is SSLLOOOOOWWWW...so you must be patient! But it does show up! Have a great week!

26 comments:

  1. Hello Ruth,
    What a wonderful tour. The food looked delicious at the Tea Room and I know you all enjoyed yourselves. I love American Beauty! I thought I had the set until I got it home and discovered that I only had the saucer with a look alike cup. I was so disappointed! So I'm still looking for either a cup or the whole set. Yours is gorgeous and I love the brushed on gold. Have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  2. Hi Ruth,
    Thank you so much for visiting, I can tell you love Victoriana your post shows that clearly. Lovely teacup you shared with us. One of my favorite things to do is to visit historic towns and blog about them. The tea room is charming and that Victorian house is beautiful!
    I am you newest follower, Happy February!
    Gina

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  3. Hi Ruth,
    I just love American Beauty. I have the dinner set for about six which my sis and I split up when my mother had to go into a home. It is so beautiful

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  4. Hi again Ruth,
    I wasn't finished typing and my comment disappeared. I was saying how much I adore American Beauty and have six place settings. I also wanted to also say that the Tea House looks delightful. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Happy Tea Day! Karen

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  5. What a great tea room! The food looks lovely! American Beauty is a gorgeous pattern. Have a good week!

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  6. What a beautiful tea cup and saucer this is such a wonderful pattern. I have this same pattern and really enjoy using it. The best part of your trip to have tea in the lovely little teahouse was the food it looks absolutely fabulous. Thanks for sending these beautiful photographs of the little town our way.

    Pam

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  7. Love stopping at this little oasis when I come north to visit family.

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  8. What a pretty and historic town. Your teacup really is special with all the details and pink roses. The tearoom sound amazing! I know I'd enjoy a visit there for tea. I wish you a beautiful week. Pam

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  9. Your American Beauty is such a gorgeous tea cup, Ruth! What a fun time you must've had at the tearoom with all that fabulous food and teas. I love visiting tearooms through my blogging friends. Thank you so much for hosting and enjoy your week.

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  10. Your teacup is pretty Ruth and it looks like the fare at the tea room was ample, and delicious.

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  11. Because I have a sweet tooth, my favourite part of your delicious high tea is the chocolates! I also love the Tea House's front porch and white picket fence and arbour.

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  12. You can't beat it when Royal Albert is combined with Roses!!! I enjoyed the tour as well. Probably never get to that part of the world so a visit like this is the next best thing.

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  13. Oh that is a very pretty RA pattern!! I haven't noticed it before. Thank you for hosting!

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  14. Hi Ruth: Thank you so much for your prayers. I know God hears you. I love the tea cup you shared today. It is always so informative to visit you. I read the whole post so I won't miss a thing. Sending hugs your way, Martha

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  15. Gorgeous tea cup, Ruth, and i love that tea room....Christine

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  16. Yummy, yummy tea party. Great tea house and the teacup is gorgeous too dear Ruth.
    Thanks for the lovely tea party.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  17. American Beauty was my daughter's very first purchase on eBay when she was in high school, and it was so beautiful, I had to get one of my own! I just checked, and they both have the brushed gold trim! yay!
    The tearoom, and that whole little town looks like a delightful place to visit. What a lovely selection of goodies to have with your tea!

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  18. What a darling little town and wonderful place for Afternoon Tea. Your American Beauty teacup is always a favorite! I like mine sitting next to Lady Margaret Queen Anne! This was a very fun post!

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  19. Lovely Royal Albert Tea Cup! What a lovely little town.

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  20. Oh how delightful! Isn't tea the loveliest thing...? And such a beautiful tea cups - I love tea cups! Hugs to you! Kelly-Anne

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  21. Lovely post as usual. I could use a giant scone right about now!

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  22. What a grande tour - felt as though I was with you! Such delights!
    Thank you for hosting - so sorry I am late.

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  23. Hello sweet Ruth! What a beautiful place to enjoy tea - the treats look delicious! How I would love to join you, dear lady :)

    And the tea cups.....so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing at Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

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  24. Hi Ruth! Wow, that tea looks simply scrumptious! I saw a bit of valentine's décor too--what a terrific tea! Walking around that old town looks like the perfect way to walk off some of the goodies. American Beauty is really pretty--but then I'm a big RA fan :)

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  25. Hello from southern California. I loved reading your post about Port Gamble. I'm from Gig Harbor and I discovered Port Gamble a few years ago on my way to Poulsbo. It's a lovely city. It reminded me of a New England town. It's really a unique place in Washington. I so enjoyed your lovely photos. And, I miss my beautiful home state of Washington!

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  26. How fun to attend tea in that darling house. Would love to visit there! Your teacup is gorgeous. The roses almost seem to be real! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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