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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Potpourri Of Things....Royal And Floral

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! There is so much going on, it was hard to decide what to post...so this is a potpourri of items.

First of all I am remembering those who have given so much to ensure our freedoms...not just at Memorial Day, but always....Thank You!

Also remembering that May 24, 1819 was Queen Victoria's birthday...namesake of the Victorian era I am so fond of...

My tea time in my sunroom today, features a brown transferware teacup, an inherited hand made lace runner from my grandmother, lemon bars and some Fairmont Organic Breakfast tea....

My teacup today for Tuesday Cuppa Tea is an English ironstone brown transferware teacup in the Charlotte pattern from the 1920-1930s....

 The design was made for the Royal Staffordshire pottery and reported to be a design by Clarice Cliff who was famous for her Bizarre art deco designs...she was an art director at Royal Staffordshire when this was manufactured. 

I have chosen it for it's royal connections...but more about that later. 

I love the flower basket design. The pattern is actually one that you will see versions of on a number of different versions and makers...Clarice Cliff seems to have taken it with her when she moved to Royal Wilkinsons, and it was made in 4 colors and a polychrome...means multi color...transferware that I know of....easy to mix and match.

 The tea is the Organic Breakfast I get whenever we stay at a Fairmont hotel, or go to Victoria, BC Canada, a short ferry ride away, for a visit...I love the complex flavor. Very nice! I had just mail ordered some when I got an email that the Cirque du Soleil is performing in Victoria next weekend, so we are taking a short break for that...if I'd know, I'd have waited to get my tea until then. Ah well....

The lemon bars are the normal thing everyone has a recipe for, so I am not including one...this is a recipe from the cookbook my parents gave us among our wedding presents 41 years ago....

Back to my teacup choice, Charlotte, this week...the Telegraph posted this copy of the new Princess Royal's birth certificate, which I thought you might like to see...Her Royal Highness Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge....fun!   I have English bone china photo mugs ordered for the birth for Antiques And Teacups, but they won't arrive until July....we do still have a few Prince George mugs and tea towels available...

I found this fabulous pink baby carriage CAKE by Rosebud Cakes...maybe it was for Charlotte's birth?!

The baby was named for Queen Charlotte Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of George III...

These paintings are from the Royal Collection...the family group is by Zoffany painted around 1730 and the painting of Charlotte a few years earlier....She was said to be a very hands on mother with many children...15 to be exact!...and a patron of the arts, a botanist and responsible for Kew Gardens. There is an interesting theory that she had some mixed blood...curly hair was not appreciated at the time, so I'm in trouble!....because of her relations in the Portugese Royal family which did have a black branch...a 13th century relationship of a queen with a Moor who was possibly black, but who knows...or really cares....

The Duke and Duchess and the royal babies have moved to Anmer Hall, on the Queen's Sandingham estate, a Georgian house that has been undergoing restoration since their wedding....If you want to see more about the home and restorations, here is the article I took the photos from on the Daily Mail website...just click on the 2 photos....

And lastly...I posted these last week when I found them on the Interflora.co.uk website...the Royal Flower Show at Chelsea was last week, and this exhibit by the florist was a tea lover's dream...titled "Time For Tea"...to see more photos, the link is below....

 'Time for Tea' RHS Chelsea Flower Show Exhibition 2015.

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. Hello Ruth,
    What a great post, filled with so much info. Charlotte is a beautiful baby and I do love her name! You know I love transferware so I'm loving your teacup of choice today. Enjoy your trip to Victoria and thanks for hosting. Happy Memorial Day!


  2. Ruth:
    Sounds like you will be having a great trip. I am sure you are looking forward to that. Your teacup is lovely as well and it is nice to have a sun porch!

  3. I just love your brown transferware teacup, Ruth, and a lemon bar with a cuppa tea is perfect. Thank your for all your information that you share with us and thank you for hosting.

  4. Hi Ruth,
    Your teacup is so lovely and all of the pics are so interesting. What a dear sweet baby girl Charlotte is - very precious! Also, I adore that chintz teaplate holding your lemon squares. Just gorgeous colours! Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Happy Tea Day! Karen

  5. You included so many wonderful things in your post. It's been years since I've been to the Fairmont in Victoria and glad to learn about their organic breakfast tea. That tea would make a nice gift for tea lovers. The teacup display at the Flower Show is amazing! Looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland. Beautiful brown transferware teacup. Nice to know a bit about the teacup's artist. Thanks for hosting!

  6. Kate is so lucky to have a little girl so she can enjoy tea time in Tea country, England.
    Love that brown flowered teacup.
    Thanks for the party and have a great week.
    Happy Memorial Day.

  7. I LOVE the info about baby Charlotte! And the link to the flower show w/ the teapot theme was amazing! Thank you for such a fun post. Happy Tea Time.

  8. Ruth, we are thinking alike again. I also have lemon for Tea Cup Tuesday this week. Your bars look delicious. I also acquired two brown transferware tea cups this week, and am a huge fan of Clarice Cliff. Thanks for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea where us like minded folks can visit each other!

  9. Lucky you to live so close to Victoria! It was fun reading Charlotte's birth certificate and the tea-themed floral exhibition made me smile. Thanks for sharing!

  10. A lovely Brown teacup. I haven't followed much on the Prince and his wife and baby.. It was very nice of you to share the information about them.. I would love to see their new place.. going to click on those photos. Happy Monday with love Janice

  11. Hi Ruth. thanks for having another fun tea party for us! I am going to click over to the links you gave us....love to look at the Royals....hugs...

  12. Hi Ruth: i always love to visit and learn from you. You are amazing. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  13. what a lovely post from start to finish- love all the info on the royal's new addition :)

  14. Hi,
    I love tea cups!!! Your post is very nice!
    La Sportina

  15. Always a delightful visit.... to see thru your eyes... such pretty things.

  16. Dear Ruth ... Such a wonder-filled post... I loved seeing all the sweet pictures of the new princess...Love the name Charlotte... transfer ware is always warm and inviting at teatime... Yours is especially lovely ...Thanks for sharing ..Hugs

  17. Such a lovely teacup. I too love the name Charlotte.

  18. I just love that you found a "Charlotte" teacup, and I would never in a million years have thought it had a thing to do with Clarice Cliff! Fascinating!

  19. As always, sweet Ruth, your post is simply lovely! I always enjoy visiting you :) Thank you so much for joining Roses of Inspiration - I truly appreciate it. Hugs!

  20. Ruth, I love everything about this post: the history lesson, the brown transferware, your grandmother's beautiful runner. I've linked a recipe that goes well with tea (that's all I make, stuff that goes well with tea!).

  21. Lots of good stuff here. I do love the little princess's name, and nice of you to share such a pretty cup with the same name.

  22. Thank you for your lovely post, Ruth.

  23. Ruth, I love your beautiful transferware teacup and lemon bars are one of my favorites! Isn't that baby precious and It almost seems like a fairy tale reading her title. The time for tea display is fabulous! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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