A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea - Antiquing At Covent Garden London - Canadian Thanksgiving

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...which coincides with Canadian Thanksgiving! So Happy Thanksgiving to our dear northerly neighbors! 

And that made me think of harvest, and that led me to fruit, so that reminded me of a Wedgwood cup and saucer with fruit on it...and that led to an afternoon tea for Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

I had also been thinking about England and antiquing, so you'll see why this was also appropriate.

The teacup pattern is called Covent Garden, which is a famous ages old market area in London, that started life as a produce market....

Covent Garden was established in the 1750s and also has the distiction of being the setting of one of the world's best know musicals My Fair Lady. A cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle is kidnapped/coerced as a research and makeover project by a speech therapist, Henry Higgins, in a retelling of the Greek comedy/tragedy Pygmalion and Galatea. Julie Andrews originated the role on the West End of London and then took the play to Broadway but was replaced by Audrey Hepburn in the movie.

he pattern was made in the late 1940s to early 1960s, and I love the cheery fruit!

I used my fall hand embroidered table topper or bridge cloth with matching napkins...

And had a friend join me...a whimsical an artist made Siamese cat I found at an art walk a few years ago...

My tea this week, in honor of Canadian Thanksgiving, is a Canadian 3 pack of fitted stacking tins I bought in Victoria, BC a few months ago...the flavors are Canadian Breakfast, Ice Wine Black and Maple Black...all of which are delicious. They are packaged by Metropolitan tea.

And my teapot is one I found recently in the Friendly Village pattern, a large polychrome transferware pattern. And I thought it was perfect for this tea time, because the pattern is the Sugar Maples design...cool, huh?!

It is marked Made In England, but it is an early Johnson Brothers version.

And this brings me back to...Covent Garden, London!

Covent Garden still has days when fruit, vegetables and all sorts of produce but also has specialized market days. When we are in London for a week at the start of our month long buying trips, Mondays is always set aside for Covent Garden's Antiques day on Mondays at the Jubilee Hall and outdoor stalls by the Apple Market.  While all this is going on, haggling in process on all sides, there are also outdoor cafes, food sellers of all sorts and street musicians called buskers and all kinds of entertainment all over the area.

And of course, our favorite Jubilee and Apple market antiques days...

We have had opera singers performing from the Royal Opera, students giving sketches from the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts, ventiloquists, jugglers, all types of instrumentalists, string quartets, brass ensembles...you name it! Covent Garden is a place where anything can happen...and on a Monday and in London we won't be anywhere else!

For more info on the Covent Garden teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

I am with the kids this week, so am not sure if I'll be linking at the following blog parties, but I'm sure you will love visiting...

Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  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 if I can find and can get to you to visit!  If you comment from Google+…it isn’t easy...so forgive me if I am not replying to comments you so kindly leave...I am trying!


  1. Good morning, Ruth! I love that you have that Covent Garden teacup and that you've been to the actual place. It was great fun to see your pictures, and oh, how I'd love to be there. Your teapot is one that I admire, and that tea sounds so delish. The hand embroidered table covering is a treasure. Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

  2. Your Friendly Village teapot is loverly! My mom has the mugs so I've been keeping an eye out for the cups and saucers and teapot. Thank you for hosting and the interesting info on Covent Gardens!

  3. Friendly Village is one of my favorites especially in the Fall and Winter...Christine

  4. Ruth, I love the Friendly Village teapot. It's soft in color and really shares the winter feel. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  5. I`m happy sharing my tea cups with you!

  6. What a lovely post and wonderful photos from London! Your little cat is darling as well- Thanks so much for hosting!

  7. Hi Ruth,
    I love the Friendly Village Teapot and your teas from Victoria sound yummy. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Karen

  8. I love that picture of Julie Andrews! Thanks for hosting and Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Well, my goodness, I've been to Covent Garden but didn't realize it was in "My Fair Lady" (came out the year I was born, and Audrey Hepburn and I share a birthday, so I'm a fan for a LOT of reasons, ha!). Thanks for sharing this info!

  10. Ruth, I've always wanted to visit Covent Garden, but I don't do well in crowds, so probably best I avoid it. I didn't link my current post -- a travel review -- even though tea always figures in my travels. One thing I enjoyed about the hotel we stayed at is that there was instant boiling hot water, high quality tea bags and porcelain cups available around the clock, so I was able to nip over for a nice cuppa tea any time I liked.

  11. The Covent Garden teapot is really pretty! Happy Thursday ♥

  12. One of my favourite parts of London because it is always changing and always different



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