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Friday, April 29, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Early, Garden Birds Tea For One, Queen Elizabeth 90th Anniversary Tea

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! A little early...as a lot of tea related blogs are now posting on Friday...which may mean a change for me as well...tell me what you think...This week...featuring birds again....

To a Skylark

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Ethereal minstrel! pilgrim of the sky! 
Dost thou despise the earth where cares abound? 
Or, while the wings aspire, are heart and eye 
Both with thy nest upon the dewy ground? 
Thy nest which thou canst drop into at will, 
Those quivering wings composed, that music still! 

Leave to the nightingale her shady wood; 
A privacy of glorious light is thine; 
Whence thou dost pour upon the world a flood 
Of harmony, with instinct more divine; 
Type of the wise who soar, but never roam; 
True to the kindred points of Heaven and Home! 

I was very excited to come across this Tea For One by Roy Kirkham in the Garden Birds pattern...it was love at first sight!

This is my Garden Birds Tea For One! Roy Kirkham, England developed in England in Stoke-on-Trent in the mid 1970s...filling a conspicuous void when the major pottery closures and combining...or gobbling up as some call it...occurred. They tried for a couple of years to make things out of the UK in the early 1990s, but that was not a success, so they are now manufacturing their bone china in England again...woohoo!

This Tea For One has a wonderful collection of garden birds, with a breakfast sized cup and saucer...which is nice, because the others I have had had not had a saucer as well. I ordered 4 from them...one for me and 3  for my website Antiques And Teacups.

It has my favorite Blue Tit, Wren, Finch, Robin and others...so cute!

As usual, afternoon tea is on my table in the sunroom....and I have a few birdy friends as well to tea...

Besides my birdhouse, this is a Hummel figurine my parents brought back for me from Munich, Germany in the 1950s as a souvenir. They had gone for a conference. The little girls is singing a duet with a little bird...I was always a singer, and a professional for a time later in life...isn't she cute?

And then I have my birdy pair shelf sitters...an anniversary gift from my BFF for our anniversary 20 years ago....but treasured! The books are from my Aunt, whom I was named for, who loved birding...

My tea sorta became 2 parts, because I had finished the first part...without my tea...because it was late arriving. But it did come yesterday finally, so...the second part of the tea time....

I had ordered a 90th Birthday tea from Twinings Tea in honour of Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday last week, but it took a couple of weeks to arrive...It's a loose tea and has a wonderful flavor...I really like it!

A blue and white chintz mug to drink it in, and I baked little chocolate cupcakes or muffins, I guess, as they have no frosting...which didn't photograph well at all! On my Royal Albert Moonlight Roses spare saucer hanging around...

I used a packaged Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie mix and added mini chocolate chips. They tasted very good! But I hadn't used the mni muffin gems pan for a bit, and find that, for the 2 of us, they dry out quickly. I froze part of the batch and its a good thing I did!

So thanks for joining me. So...what do you think? Do I:

1) keep calling our tea party Tuesday Cuppa Tea and post on the weekend 
2)or would it be better to change to Friday Cuppa Tea and move to Friday
3) or would it be better to drop the linky and just post whenever???? Inquiring minds want to know...what do you think? All input appreciated!

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 I do read every one, and can find you to visit! Thanks so much for joining me for tea!


  1. Hello Ruth,
    I love our little feathered friends so your tea-for-one is delightful. I do love the English robins and your blue mug is gorgeous! I just happened to check my sidebar before turning in for the night and saw that you had posted your tea early so here I am. Enjoy that new tea and your new mug and thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend, my friend.


  2. My dear Ruth,
    you always leave me in awe with all you so charming antiquities, thank you for sharing them !
    As for your party, if you have thought of it to be so when you gave it life to, I wouldn't change anything !

    So very grateful for hosting me once more and hope you're having a lovely day, I wish you a wonderful remainder of your weekend, sweet friend, sending you hugs and more hugs


  3. Hi Ruth,
    I am sorry that I am late to link up this week. Your Roy Kirkham teapot and teacup are so lovely. Such sweet birdies! Your muffins look delish! I must try that mix and your tea must be worth waiting for. Have a Wonderful Weekend! Karen

  4. I really like the bird themed tea. The Kirkham teapot makes for a great conversation piece amongst bird lovers. The drawings are beautiful.
    I haven't noticed too many tea blogs switching to Fridays. I think you need to do what works best for you. Personally I need the weekend time to plan and photograph for my blog. I couldn't write a post during the week with work commitments. I'll read your blog any day you post it. :)

  5. Hi Ruth, I am a big fan of birds so I enjoyed seeing all of your bird related treasures! I vote for keeping your tea party on Sunday's but what ever you do will be fine. Thanks so much for hosting and have a wonderful first day of May!

  6. Sorry I missed getting to link with you this week. I don't usually check in until Monday. I will be better next week.

  7. Hi again Ruth,
    Sorry about the mix up. Now I have two pics for the linky party. Hope that's ok. Thank for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Blessings, Karen.

  8. Hi Ruth! I'm so used to checking in on Mondays for your party, but do whatever is easiest for you. Your tea for one is so pretty with the birdies on it. I love Roy Kirkham patterns, but I only have one. Your chocolate cupcakes would be a yummy treat with your new Twinings tea. Thanks for hosting and have a great week m

  9. I love your garden bird teapot, I must be on the lookout for it in my area.

  10. Your Garden Birds tea for 1 set is lovely, Ruth. I don't think that the 90th Birthday Celebration tea is available in Canada. I usually work on my blog posts on the weekend and the Monday linky party is what gets me through the start of the work week. But I can also work with a Friday linky party. Thanks for hosting!

  11. The bird-themed tea for one is beautiful, and I love the blue and white chintz mug. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  12. The bird teapot is delightful- so unique!
    Perfect for a cup of tea while watching our feathered friends
    Whatever you feel works for you for the parties- I just appreciate you hosting them


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