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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Strawberry Picking Time Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea on a wet day...but warmer weather expected by tomorrow!  

I hope you had a lovely Father's Day in your home...ours was a mixed blessing, as we got a call from the kids of course, but when our daughter called to wish her Dad a Happy Father's Day...it was from the hospital...where our youngest grandson...who just turned 21 a week ago...had a diabetic out-of-control episode and had to be in the hospital for stabilization. He was diagnosed at 6 months of age, and does very well, but sometimes things just go haywire, for no reason they can pinpoint.   But got a text just a few minutes ago that he was stable and they could take him home. I am so grateful for modern medicine...he would not be alive without it and he is the sweetest boy imaginable! We are so grateful for answered prayer!

It is definitely early summer here in the Pacific Northwest...proven by the opening of the strawberry fields in town. That was the inspiration of my teacup post today...but I had to use a teacup I have already shared...because the other strawberry themed one I had planned to share sold and was shipped before I could photograph it! 

So...I am repeating this strawberry teacup.  This is one of my favorite teacups in a pattern called Strawberry Hill that was made by Wedgwood, England between 1957 and 1978. I love the shape...and I love strawberries!

Strawberries are an early spring harbinger and essential around here. We drove the 2 miles to the coast last week to a U-Pick organic farm called Graymarsh Farm here in Sequim...

You can see the Olympic Mountains of Olympic National Park, still with some snow field. The other photo looks to the water of the Strait of Juan De Fuca.  It was mid week, and early in the day, but we weren't the only pickers....

A little later...next moth in fact, the Graymarsh U-Pick lavender opens up, the week before our annual Sequim Lavender Farm Faire, but the crop is turning purple nicely...

Then it was time to slice, sugar just a bit and serve with a homemade non dairy angel food cake...

Sometimes we serve it with the non dairy coconut ice cream I get at our organic market. Yummm!  And thinking of strawberries...

This is a birthday treat I received at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC Canada a couple of years ago.....

A cute little tuxedo dressed 3 tone chocolate covered strawberry, white and dark fudge and a chocolate truffle with a little plastic tube and bulb inserted into it. We hadn't seen that before. The tube was filled with a liqueur. We weren't quite sure how to eat it though. Oh well...we are pretty provincial folks...  But I love the little tuxedo!

Several months ago, I received a letter from Judith of Lavender Cottage enclosing 2 Canadian postage commemorative stamps of Queen Elizabeth II....

The stamps were issued in anticipation of Sept. 9, 2015, when Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch...replacing Queen Victoria. Sweet Judith knew I would treasure these...such a thoughtful gift! Thank you Judith! I realized I have never shared this thoughtful gift, but with all my royal postings lately, I went and found them in my curio cabinet where they live.

Also a Happy 34th Birthday for William, Duke Of Cambridge who's birthday is Tuesday, June. 21st...

Thanks for joining me for my Tuesday Cuppa Tea...and strawberries!  I am joining...

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  1. What a beautiful post!!! I dearly love strawberries AND lavender!!!

  2. Strawberries, china and a little royalty - perfect!
    I was just reading about the Lavender Festival in Sequim - maybe this will be the year we'll make it over. It's on my list every summer, and then the weekend just whizzes by.

  3. I was happy to read that your grandson is doing well, Ruth, and that prayers were answered. Both of your strawberry teacups are beautiful that you've shared. I have the second one, and love it, but I love all things strawberry related. Wasn't that thoughtful of our friend, Judith? She's a dear blogging sister! Thanks for hosting, Ruth, and enjoy those strawberries!

  4. Such a sweet post with delicious shortcake and a lovely cup and saucer. I totally enjoyed!

  5. Lovely post, Ruth! The tuxedo strawberry is delightful. Strawberries are my favourite fruit so I am looking forward to our berry season and with a house full of family arriving in July, I will be sure to have lots of preserves on hand. I am so happy to hear your grandson is doing better. Diabetes can be a scary thing. Our friend Judith really is a dear and very thoughtful to send you the stamps. Happy first day of Summer, Ruth, and enjoy your day!


  6. Yum! Those strawberries look scrumptious, Ruth. Love your cup and saucer too but I would like to go to that lavender field. I can just imagine the fragrance...Christine

  7. I haven't been strawberry picking for years! Must remedy that. And those lavender fields are beautiful. What a fragrance they must give off.
    So glad to hear your grandson is okay.
    xo Deborah

  8. It was great to get out and pick fresh berries, wasn't it? I think my favourite recipe to use them in is a Victoria sponge so that could be my next baking project.
    When I saw the stamps I sent you it jogged my memory that I haven' sent Bernideen's hers yet as she was about to move when I got them. I hope one day they'll be a collector's item for us.

  9. Now you've got me craving strawberry shortcake! I love all things coconut so I'm intrigued by the non-dairy coconut ice cream.

    How thoughtful of Judith to send you the Queen's commemorative stamp. I used to collect stamps when I was younger so I'm tempted to see if I can get some at my local post office. Thank you for hosting and happy first day of summer!

  10. Hi Ruth, Coincidentally, I went strawberry picking also. Lucky you to have a close-by organic farm. The Pacific NW berries look delicate like our Midwest ones. I am envious of your strawberry cup. Judith gave you a special gift.

  11. Your post today about your Wedgwood teacup sent me to my china cabinet for the name of my Wedgwood trio, which is similar to yours. Mine is Wild Strawberry, and I've blogged about it in the past. Your fresh strawberries look wonderful. Great post, as always! ~ Phyllis

  12. Hi Ruth,
    What beautiful strawberry desserts and the wedgwood strawberry teacup is gorgeous. The Strawberry fields look lovely too. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Blessings, Karen

  13. Oh that lavender farm!! So beautiful! The strawberries grow well here too. Our soil looks like your soil, maybe they like that kind of soil. Happy Birthday to Prince William! I am fond of the royal family! Thanks for hosting!

  14. I'm so glad for your boy, dearest Ruth !
    Thank you for another wonderful post of yours, amongst lavender and strawberries and the lovely Royal family, sweet friend !

    Hope you're having a beautiful week I'm sending blessings of joy to you

    Dany ♥

  15. Dear Ruth:
    Just letting you know that this post was featured today on my blog! Congratulations!


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