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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, St. David's Day, Shelley Daffodil Time Teacup, Things Welsh


Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea for the first week in march...and that begins with the Welsh National holiday St. David's Day!


The Welsh national symbols are Daffodils, and leeks, so I have chosen a Shelley China, England teacup called Daffodil Time as my teacup this week fot Tuesday Cuppa Tea...



I love landscape designs, and this is a favorite. The forest with it's blanket of cheery Daffodils...my favorite flower, well one of them...just sings of spring...The teacup and saucer is in the art deco Perth shape, which isn't seen too often, although I love the art deco lines. The pattern name is Daffodil Time with the number is  13370, was made between 1940 and 1966 when the pottery closed, but the Perth shape was discontinued in 1960. The teacup was actually made between 1940 and 1952, because it doesn't have the pattern name on the mark, which began to be used in 1952. The pattern was also used on Cambridge, Dainty, Henley, New Cambridge, Richmond and Victor shapes, and was one of Shelley's most popular landscape designs.



You can see why, can't you??!




The number 5 below the pattern number is the trim color...which is yellow handle with gold trim. It came in various other combos trims of no gold with yellow and with green. I do love Shelley, and I especially love how good their record keeping was!


Not all that impressive, but our first Daffodils are out...just in time for St. David's Day!  I found this great list of facts about St. David, or Dayffyd's day on the Daily Mirror site...

1. St David’s Day falls every year on March 1. This was the date patron saint of Wales, St. David died in 589.
2. It wasn’t until the 18th century, though, that St David’s Day was declared a national day of celebration in Wales.
3. Saint David is typically depicted holding a dove, and often standing on a hillock. His symbol is the leek.
4. In 2007 Tony Blair rejected calls for St. David’s Day to become a Welsh national holiday, despite a poll saying that 87% of Welsh people wanted a March 1 holiday.
5. A Welsh stew, named Cawl and containing lamb and leeks, is traditionally consumed on St. David’s Day.
6. Across Wales on Mar 1 St. David’s Day parades take place, and in bigger cities food festivals, concerts and street parties also occur.
7. 2009 saw the inaugural St. David’s Week festival in Swansea, a week-long event featuring music, sporting and cultural events.
8. Bizarrely, Disney's Mickey and Minnie were turned Welsh last year for the Disneyland Paris St David's Welsh Festival.
9. St David's Day in Welsh is Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant.
10. Despite the fact that Saint David abstained from drinking and advised others to do the same, a number of Welsh breweries make special St. David’s Day ales.


The national flower of Wales is the Daffodil which is often paired with the leek, the national symbol of Wales with the red dragon. St. David's Day, or Dayffd's Day is celebrated with all of these symbols. 




St. David was born in the 6th century and was a hero during wars with the Normans and was canonized and became the patron saint of the Welsh. St David's Day is celebrated with traditional clothing, parades and lots of red Welsh dragons.


For more info on the Shelley teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.




Wales is a favorite place of ours in the UK...my husband's family often went from the Midlands to Wales on holiday, and my husband took me to Aberysthwyth above and Abersoch below where his family often holidayed as he was growing up...




on one trip staying at the small Craig-y-Glyn hotel with our niece for 3 days...laughing ourselves silly on the trip trying to pronounce Welsh place names...and talking about her new found faith in Christ...my husband had just led her to the Lord a few days before...she was 24 then...she is now married to a pastor and her daughter has married another pastor and they are sharing the ministry in the town of Morecombe in the north of England...Lovely memories!





A traditional food for St. David's Day, which you can make easily...or in England find at the food halls year round of Aldi, Sainsbury's or Marks and Spencer's (lovingly known as Marks and Sparks)  is the Welsh Cake which I love. They are a great item with a cup of tea at teatime!





Welsh Cakes
from BBC Food

Ingredients

Preparation method

  1. Rub the fat into the sieved flour to make breadcrumbs. Add the sugar, dried fruit and then the egg. Mix to combine, then form a ball of dough, using a splash of milk if needed.
  2. Roll out the pastry until it is a 5mm/¼in thick and cut into rounds with a 7.5-10cm/3-4in fluted cutter.
  3. You now need a bakestone or a heavy iron griddle. Rub it with butter and wipe the excess away. Put it on to a direct heat and wait until it heats up, place the Welsh cakes on the griddle, turning once. They need about 2-3 minutes each side. Each side needs to be caramel brown before turning although some people I know like them almost burnt.
  4. Remove from the pan and dust with caster sugar while still warm. Some people leave out the dried fruit, and split them when cool and sandwich them together with jam.


So glad you could join me for St. David's Day...a celebration of all things Welsh! 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!


22 comments:

  1. Good morning, Ruth! Your Daffodil time Shelley teacup is a beauty. I love landscape designs on teacups, too, and that cup would be a pleasure to have tea from. I've seen daffodils here in the Dallas area, peeking up through the snow and ice! The Welsh cakes would be a lovely treat to have for tea time. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week.

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  2. I really enjoyed and learned many things in your post, Ruth. I have always dreamed of traveling to Wales and loved all of the photos you shared. I didn't know anything about St. David's Day before now. Beautiful Shelley teacup too! Have a wonderful week!

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  3. Ruth, you have shared a wealth of information today. I adore your Daffodil Shelley teacup! Makes one want to leap into the forest and stroll along the path of daffodils. Beautiful! The Welsh cakes look wonderful and would be a treat at tea time. Thanks so much for sharing and have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  4. I LOVE that daffodil teacup set. It is beautiful and so appropriate for today. Hope we get to see some daffodil's soon in my part of the world.

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  5. Hi Ruth,
    Oh my that Shelley Daffodil teacup is absolutely gorgeous! We had the same idea with daffodils this week! You share such wonderful facts and information! Happy St. David's Day and thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Karen

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  6. The teacup is adorable - and thanks for all the info about St.David's Day.

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  7. Yes - this one is a real beauty. I have sold one at my shop with a dessert plate. It went pretty quick. I enjoyed seeing this recipe for crumpets! That's fun!

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  8. I LOVE coming to your site and learning such info! This is awesome. Well, Happy belated St. David's Day, hope it was awesome. Sounds like it was!

    Thank you for hosting!

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  9. Ruth, you are a font of knowledge! Love learning all the things you blog about. David is a special name in our family; my oldest son and my brother are both Davids, so I enjoyed learning a little more about St. David. And that Shelley, gorgeous! Love the landscapes and daffodils; I've never met a Shelley I didn't like! And the Welsh cakes look yummy too.
    Have a wonderful week.

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  10. I don't think that their is anything prettier than an Shelley tea cup. You have some amazing tea cups. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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  11. Wonderful post on this Ruth! Thanks for hosting!

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  12. Lovely teacup! I'd love to visit Wales one day and try out their Welsh cakes!

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  13. Hi Ruth! Daffodil Time is gorgeous! It is one of my favorites too. Thanks for sharing all the info on St. David's Day and those beautiful pictures of your trip to Wales. The Welsh cakes look delish!

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  14. Hi Ruth, your teacup and saucer just scream Spring! And perfect timing for those Daffodils. Mine are just about ready to bloom. I had never heard of St. David's Day and found it very interesting. Thanks for sharing the history. Happy to be joining your party today!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  15. Another holiday means another reason for a party, a tea party!

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  16. Lovely post. I have Welsh ancestors (Jones) so I found it very interesting.

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  17. Hello, sweet Ruth! Your posts are always full of delightful information and of course beautiful tea cups :) Your Daffodil tea cup is quite lovely.

    Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration - I truly appreciate you linking up. Have a wonderful evening. Hugs!

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  18. The Welsh cakes sound like a lovely treat to enjoy with pretty tea cup. Beautiful daffodils. I'm still waiting for mine to appear.

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  19. A great informative post and what a beautiful teacup!!

    Diana

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  20. Hi Ruth,
    Your pretty teacup does speak of spring and lucky you to have daffodils already!
    The welsh cakes would be lovely with a cup of tea.I have never heard of St. David's Day before.
    Thank you for hosting,
    Carolyn

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  21. What a beautiful teacup! That may well be the prettiest one I've ever seen with a daffodil theme. Just charming. And I also loved seeing those gorgeous photos of Wales and hearing how you husband led someone to Christ there. That's the loveliest thing in the whole post! :)

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  22. Seeing all these beautiful teacups on all the different blogs makes me want to start collecting them again.

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