A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, New Green Tea, February Stuff

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! We are on the our vacation/family visit...having taken the Bainbridge Island Ferry to Seattle, spending the night and flying to San Francisco, but here is my weekly tea party linky Tuesday Cuppa Tea...

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day...and we celebrated our 42nd anniversary with lunch...it gets too packed at dinner sometimes...at our favorite restaurant Alder Wood Bistro...with a gift reservation from our son and daughter in law...so sweet! And a wonderful organic,  farm fresh locavore slow food meal was wonderful!  But...of course, we were so busy talking about our trip...forgot to take a photo with my phone of the caught-that-morning Halibut with red pepper remoulade and garlic aioli panini, pomme frites and coleslaw...that was positively brilliant! Or the creme brulee for dessert...sigh....

I have a simple tea this week...from a teatime in the sunroom on a break from packing for our trip....with a vintage hand embroidered runner with a crocheted shell edging on my William Morris print table cloth, and a blue transferware teacup trio....

The ironstone blue transferware teacup trio is in a  popular pattern called Royal Homes Of Britain by Enoch Wedgwood, a Wedgwood family member, from the 1950s...

The pattern is a landscape design, and Balmoral Castle in Scotland with a floral border...

I love transferware and landscape designs....

The mark on the pattern has a unicorn, which was their trademark for years, because the name of the actual pottery in Tunstall, an area of Stoke-on-Trent, was called the Unicorn Pottery. Love it!  E Wedgwood merged with Wedgwood, then Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton and now is owned by Fiskars, although the name stopped being used in the 1970s....but Fiskars now owns the pattern books. For more info on the teacup trio at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

And what's a tea party without treats...these are my husband's favorites...Nonni's Biscotti...he likes the double chocolate. We don't get them often, but I got them for him for a Valentine's treat, and these are the last...

And for tea...this is my newest...Harney & Sons Green Tea With Covonut. Angela, at Tea With Friends shared her take on a sample of Bangkok Green tea she received, and when I went to the website...as I am always looking for tasty green teas...they said it was this tea...whole leaf green tea with coconut, ginger and vanilla in silken bags. It lived up to expectations, and the ginger makes it a bit spicy....a pale straw color, as you can see in the photo below...

I don't know if you noticed the lavender rose decorated sugar cubes in the photos of me tea at the top, but they were a gift from Joy Devivre from attending the virtual book launch of her ebook One Lump Or Two?

More about that in a moment...

The ...sweet...little gift arrived from the maker Cuberiffic prettily packed with a lavender ribbon and a hand made not from Joy.  

The book is the first of her Tea Cozy Mysteries, and  loved that it combined an antiques shop with a tea room...something I did for years...her character's shop name is Antiquiteas, mine was Teatiques!  Anyway, set in the scenic area of Pacific Grove in the 1920s...we honeymooned in Carmel,  just a few miles away...it was a lovely blend of transitional eras, enjoyable characters and a mystery to be solved involved with antiques and tea...what more could a tea lover want?! I got mine at Amazon.

Tea by James Tissot...1836-1902

So thanks for joining me for tea...we will be with family, and on a Mexico cruise for our anniversary enjoying a bit of warmth. I will be checking in when I can, replying etc, and will talk to you soon! Please visit:

Here 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! Thanks so much for joining me for tea!


  1. I must try this new tea mystery. I love the ones written by
    Laura Childs.

  2. What a thoughtful gift from your son and DIL, Ruth, for your anniversary.
    Your vintage runner is so pretty for your blue transferware tea pieces. The Harney tea sounds very tasty. I wish I could sit and have a cup of it with you.
    I must look into the tea mystery...it sounds like a good book. Thanks for hosting, Ruth!

  3. Dear Ruth,
    Have a wonderful time on your vacation! The tea sounds delicious and I have that same lovely E Wedgwood teacup. I love it! Thanks for hosting.


  4. Hello Ruth, your blue and white tea today is just like mine! I love your tea cup. And your entire post!
    Have a wonderful (and warm) vacation!

  5. Oh the lunch sounds wonderful - and the tea is delightful - love the blue and white china. Have a great trip.

  6. Your anniversary lunch sounds delicious! I love all things coconut so I'm intrigued by the H & S coconut, ginger and vanilla green tea. I'll have to look for the new tea cosy mystery at my local library. Thanks for hosting and enjoy the rest of your vacation.

  7. Happy anniversary! Enjoy your cruise and thanks for hosting!

  8. Lovely blue and white teacup set. The biscotti sounds delicious....Christine

  9. Hi Ruth,
    I do love your blue and white transferware today. It's so wonderful how you can mix and match patterns and they look beautiful together. I do hope you have a wonderful holiday! Thank you for hosting! Blessings, Karen

  10. Hi Ruth! Lovely blue, white and pink tea. I'm always a fan of Harney and Sons, and your new tea sounds delish! Thanks for the book recommendation and have a great vacation.

  11. Ruth, sounds like you celebrated in style! Happy anniversary to you both! My current post isn't tea-related (a one-pan turkey quinoa taco casserole - or taco and burrito filling), so I linked one from 4 years ago - Fat Rascals.


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