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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Antique Shopping in England

Hi and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! This is a bit of a different one, because we are out of town with friends and I didn't have much time to do a post. But here it is, such as it is! Lol!

As we were talking with the kids, I was looking for a family photo and came across some photos of  one of our annual antiquing trips to England we did until my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease a few years ago and could no longer tolerate the long flights...from the West Coast to England or to the East coast to catch ships back and forth. We do miss them...not only for the business, and our love of England...we spent a month each year...but also being able to spend to time with our English families. Sigh..life changes and reinvents itself, doesn't it? Anyway, I found these of an antiques faire in Bingley in Staffordshire, by Stoke-on-Trent, and thought you might enjoy seeing them...My teacups this week are the ones on display by the vendors....

The antiques Faire was at the Stone Leisure Centre...a huge barn of a place...

We spent about 4 hours there, and probably didn't see but half...the mezzanine held a tea area, so that's where the last few were taken to get a better views of the faire....amazing! And we were loaded down when we left! 

We then went a few miles up the road to a favorite town in Staffordshire, just outside of Stoke-on-Trent called Stone where it was market day down the high street, although that was allsorts, not antiques...scenes from Stone...

Actually, this is in Bingley where the antique fair was...the Old School House on the Longton Road...

The Crown And Anchor pub in the center of Stone...we have had many meals and teas there...

Joules Ales on the Trent & Mersey Canal which runs through town...canals were essential for the potteries in and around Stoke-on-Trent. The Dunoon pottery is based here in Stone, and as we carried their mugs for years, we used to visit each year and put in our order when we had our bricks and mortar antiques and tea items shop...

Antiquer favorite pub, the Star, which is right by the canal...we've had quite a few meals and teas there too! Lovely!

As this isn't a regular Tuesday Cuppa Tea, I'm not adding a linky this week, but hopefully will be back with a normal post for next week. I hope you didn't mind a change of scenery! Have a wonderful week and thanks so much for visiting!


  1. Hi Ruth,
    What lovely pics! I have never been to England and wish that I was brave enough to fly there. Unfortunately Washington is the farthest that hubby and I go. Lol. My father had Parkinson's Disease and I know how difficult this must be for your husband. My father was a musician and was very frustrated because he was unable play the piano to his liking during the early onset. I do hope that your hubby has medication that helps him and I will pray for his condition to improve. Have a wonderful holiday and see you next week! Karen

  2. This was a wonderful post! I would love to go to the antique faire you photographed. I would go crazy with all of the items and be there for hours. Stoke-on-Trent is definitely on my "to visit" list. I think it would be amazing to tour the potteries. So sorry you are unable to visit England. I haven't been back to Ireland in years and I truly miss it. Enjoy your time with your friends!

  3. I so enjoyed your photos of your time in England, Ruth! My late beloved and I went to Ireland, but one day I'd love to visit England. The antique fair and the tea area would be like heaven. You and your hubby must treasure those memories of England. Blessings to both of you.

  4. Oh, how I would love to visit England. My ancestors are from there as well and I have an uncle who grew up there. Before the dementia started to settle in, he could regale me with all kinds of stories of the potteries he had visited. Being an Englishman, he really enjoys his tea time. I would love to have taken some time at the antiques Faire. Wonderful post, Ruth! Enjoy your week.


  5. Hi Ruth! I would have loved to be in thst faire. I would never leave. How lovely! Thanks for sharing...Christine

  6. I was wishing when I was in Ireland last summer that I could have seen some of England - and a couple of tea rooms! What a huge antique area, but a tea area would have been calling to me too.
    Enjoy visiting with your friends Ruth.


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