A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, March Anemones Teacups, March Meanderings, Clotted Cream

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...a weekly tea party linky for your tea related posts. I have been playing hookey this week...it's been glorious weather here...in the 60s and our area continues to break warmth records...which is not good for my allergies, but I am trying to ignore them...have taken some day trips...but more of that later...

I love to start out a month with a visit to a favorite book...The Country Diary Of And Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden...but missed last week with my Welsh St. David's Day post....

Written in the Warwickshire area of England, just north of the Cotswolds, it is an endearing picture of a bygone era and countryside. One of the reasons I think I love it so much, is it is where both my and my husband's families are from. He was born in a small hamlet called Lady Wood by Stratford-Upon-Avon, and my family is from Leicester, not too far from there. 

The Edwardian era stretched from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 to the death of her son King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra...grandparents of the current Queen Elizabeth II...to the reign of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.

On the first page of March she has a proverbs and a poem:

"A peck of March dust is worth a king's ransom"

"So many misties in March
So many frosties in May"

"March'll search ye, April try ye,
May'll tell, whether live or die ye"

"March hack ham, comes in like a lion
and out like a lamb"

"March borrowed from Averill
Three days and they were ill
The first it sall br snaw & sleet
The neist it sall be rain & weet
The last it sall be sie a freeze
Sall gar the birds stick to the trees."

This is one of my favorite pages for the month with the birds. I love birds, and in the spring they are particularly welcome...

And I love the Daffodils and pussy willows...

And March is the theme of my teacup this week...by Royal Albert in the Flower Of The Month series, this is the teacup for March...Anemones....

The Flower Of The Month series has had several versions from the 1930s, and this is the latest. It is done in both regular sized teacup and the demitasse size. They never stay around the shop long...just sent one off to Australia on Friday...

The teacup for March has pretty Anemones in this set...but in older sets it is Daffodils...I prefer the colors on the Anemones, but Daffodils are always associated with March in my mind...what do you think?

Available at Antiques And Teacups just click the photos. Anyway, I love month associated teacups. They make me smile!

 I made simple scones with raisins for tea today...the photo above is from a past post, with the clotted cream, as my allergies from pollen has been bad...with this being a wet and warm spring...it's going to be a bad year! Ans as I am allergic to MANY things, I have to be careful to eliminate any dairy products if I am also dealing with the pollen so I don't get asthma, breathing problems and sinus headaches/infections.  But a week a go, a blogger A Delightful Repast, shared her version of making clotted cream, which I want to share...

Her version is simpler than one I grew up with that I shared a few months ago, and....if I'm gonna have clotted cream with scones, IMHO Devonshire or "Mock" just isn't the same.....so click on the photo to go see her recipe...it's too long to post here.

Lastly, with the lovely spring weather, we drove to Bainbridge Island to visit the museum. The driftwood sculpture dog was in one room of the museum, made by a local sculptor, and the horse below....

was out in front. I think they are fabulous!  No surprise, the highlight for me of the collection on the history of Bainbridge Island and Winslow...the main city which used to be called Port Blakeley...and in the 1860s was the biggest lumber mill and port in the world...while Seattle was an upstart village. The town was a total mix of nationalities....

And this was some of the Chinese Export 19th century ceramic survivals from the Chinese community there...I can't resist blue and white china!  Then we had brunch at our favorite Streamliner Diner...

And had their Bainbridge Farm Fresh Benedict...poached eggs on a biscuit with hashbrowns and fresh organic veggies and greens....lovely!  On our way home, we stopped in Poulsbo to wander around the antique shops and get an afternoon snack at Sluys Scandanavian Bakery....for our favorite Almond Butterhorns...heaven!

So thanks for joining me today! Later this week I am posting a :
So join me then!

Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of and there is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and can find you to visit!


  1. I love the teacup of the month, really pretty! I could use a treat from that bakery about now.

  2. I love diners and we go often when we find a new one! I bought some of that clotted cream from eBay awhile back but keep saving it for some reason. Now that I have a recipe it will be more tempting to go ahead and use it.

  3. Hi Ruth, Thank you for the recipe for clotted cream. I've never made it before and think I'll attempt to make my own for St. Patrick's Day. I also like the Royal Albert flower of the month teacups. I only have the December one but would love to collect more. My college roommate was from Bainbridge Island and have enjoyed many visits there. I've never been to the museum though.

  4. Hello Ruth,
    I love your March teacup! I would like to collect all the months of my family's birthdays but they are scarce around here. I do love clotted cream. Unfortunately, my hubby does not care for it so I seldom make it. Your postings are always so interesting. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely day.


  5. Hi Ruth,
    Always fun to start the month off with The Country Diary Of And Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden and the cup of the month. Another fun and interesting post. Thanks for hosting and happy tea day!

  6. I love your anemones teacup for March, Ruth! The colors are so pretty. Thanks for sharing the link for the clotted cream. I will need to check that out. The butter horns sound delightful and I'd be wanting one, too. Thanks for hosting your lovely party.

  7. Hi Ruth,
    I do hope that you don't think I copied you today Ruth. Great minds think alike. Lol! I had my post all ready to go on Saturday but we had a baby shower yesterday for my grand daughter and so I didn't get around to posting it until today. I do love this March teacup. Please forgive me for featuring the same teacup. Happy Tea Day! Karen

  8. Sorry to hear that you are suffering from allergies.
    Sounds like a nice day trip you had and your teacup is lovely.

    Thanks for hosting,

  9. RA's March teacup is a beauty. Looks like a fun visit to Bainbridge Island!

  10. You can never go wrong with a flower of the month cup. Imagine having the job of getting to design those sets. How lovely! I really like the pieces of china in the museum.

  11. Hi Ruth! Your March teacup is really pretty and I always enjoy seeing parts of the diary. I really enjoyed you sharing your trip with us!

  12. I very much enjoy the Book of Months you are sharing. My sympathies for the up coming allergy season. Do you find using local honey helps you? I do not know if it is the placebo effect for if I really benefit from using local honey (a spoonful a day). Oddly I can tell you that in bad allergy years local cantaloupe makes my asthma worse. Weird but true! Thank you for hosting. It's always a pleasure.

  13. I love that book The Country Diary one. Pretty teacup too! Thanks for hosting!

  14. I love Edith Holden's book, too. Delightful. And I didn't know that RA had an anemone teacup for March, very pretty. My daughter (birthday in March) would probably like that better than the daffodil (jonquil) one. And those driftwood pieces are amazing!

  15. Wow, almond butterhorns, clotted cream, pretty cups, AND gorgeous blueand white!? Heaven!

  16. I too love the teacup. I had the same one however when we downsized I gave it to my oldest daughter.

  17. We were stationed at Mildenhall for 4 years when my husband was in the Air Force, we loved our time there. The tea cup is gorgeous!

  18. The teacup of the month is pretty, I think I would like the daffodils as well. March down here is autumn of course so they don't fit with our down under seasons, but still very pretty.


  19. Ruth, thank you so much for including my How to Make Clotted Cream in this post! I just shared it with a friend from Wendover, Buckinghamshire who is eager to make it when she gets back home. I was thinking I didn't have a tea-related post this week, but actually ... my Irish brown bread goes beautifully with a nice cup of strong black tea!

  20. Great and informative post. I have a complete set of the birthday tea cups. Mint condition, never used.Wish I could sell them as I am 85 and have no need for them.

  21. I love that your husband was born in a hamlet! Just sounds so magical! I absolutely adore that book and the illustrations in it. Would love to find one! Your scones and cream look simply delicious! Can you believe I have never had clotted cream? On my bucket list. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  22. Hi sweet Ruth! First I must apologize for just now getting around to visiting your lovely blog. I have been dealing with computer issues for the last 4 days. Thankfully everything seems to be back to normal.

    Your post was a delight to read and I thoroughly enjoyed the poem. I am so glad you shared this with Roses of Inspiration - I hope you join us again on Tuesday! Hugs

  23. Hello, Ruth!
    What a lovely blog you have! When I have seen your beautiful photos of Edith Holden's book, I decided to write my comment on this post. I have both The Nature Notes and The Country Diary (translated into Finnish) and I love them.
    You have so many delightful objects in your posts... and the Guinness eggcups (in the most recent post) are the coolest eggcups I have ever seen.
    Have a lovely week & See you soon!


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