A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea St Patrick's Day, Dublin Visit

Welcome to a St. Patrick's Day post of Tuesday Cuppa Tea!  Our kids have just flown home yesterday...miss them already, and I am feeling much better!  Thanks so much for the lovely comments. messages and emails. You tea friends are the best!

So here's wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day, because on St. Patrick's Day...everyone's Irish!

My teacup today is really three Shelley Irish themed ones...

An early Shelley from the Late Foley period, meaning they were producing at their Foley pottery (Foley is a district of Stoke-on-trent) between 1908 and 1916. The pattern is of course, Shamrock, and it is in the Bute shape.  This is from my archives.

Then we have the later version of Shamrock in the Dainty shape, made between 1940 and 1966 when the pottery closed. Same pattern, different era and shape. But still so Irish!  Available at Antiques And Teacups.

And lastly a Shelley landscape design called Old Ireland that was made for the Canadian market. This teacup is  in the Cambridge shape and was made 1940-1966. From my archives. Shelley does so many wonderful teacups! 

Tea Time magazine had this lovely photo of a Belleek, Ireland teaset last year. I don't have that, but I do have a Belleek Shamrock creamer and sugar in a Shamrock pattern. I love Belleek, don't you?

This is the time of year I always remember Ireland. I was last there a couple of years ago but in early May. And, being Dublin...we had to visit the home of my husband's favorite beverage....

The Guinness Storehouse, as it's called, is a big tourist attraction as well as a working brewery and pub. I am not a beer drinker, let alone a stout drinker, so can't stand it. But my husband was raised with it...I do not say that inadvisedly, as Guinness was touted as pretty well a cure for anything, and even suggested for children. As my husband was an asthmatic, sickly child, he was given it as a child. This was an ad board from the time...

Amazing now...but then Coca Cola with the original cocaine ingredient was touted as that as well...as well as radium laced water and medications at one time, so...no surprise..But I digress...when he went to Guinness, I did what any red blooded American woman in Dublin would do...head to Grafton Street and go shopping!

Brown Thomas is a department store with a wonderful tea room...but I didn't think to take photos...and no selfies! I guess I was way beyond the times...to confess, can't get into selfies today either!

I found I had a little Irish cookbook...

This is A Little Irish Cookbook by John Murphy and here is the illustration by Karen Bailey of the Irish scones...

I made them, but made the in wedges which is our favorite...

Here is the simple recipe:

2 cups self raising flour
3 tbs butter
1/2 cup milk...I use almond milk
pink of salt and I added 2 tbs of dried currants

Sieve the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter quickly and lightly with the fingertips. Add the salt and then using a round bladed knife, mix in the milk a little at a time.  With floured hands knead lightly to a soft dough, adding a bit more milk if necessary. Roll out evenly to about 1 finger thick on a floured board. Cut out and cook on a greased cookie sheet close to the top of a pre-heated oven at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes.  They are best eaten for tea and do not store well.

So thanks for joining me...hopefully things will get back to normal...when I catch up with the housework! Lol! I am joining this week...

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! I am so looking forward to visiting you!


  1. Very beautiful tea cups!Lovely post!Thanks for sharing!Hugs,Maristella.

  2. It's so nice that you had a great visit with your family, Ruth! I loved seeing your pretty teacups today, and hearing about your trip to Dublin. My late Beloved and I visited there in 2009 and had a dream vacation. Thanks so much for hosting and Happy St. Patrick's Day week. ☘

  3. Welcome back, Ruth! I always enjoy seeing your lovely Shelley teacups. I've never acquired the taste for beer so I'll stick with tea. Thank you for hosting and Happy St. Paddy's Day!

  4. Ruth, Thanks for sharing your recipe and lovely delicate shamrock tea cup. Sylvia D.

  5. Your posts are always a delight and very educational! Thanks for sharing about that trip - what a blessing!

  6. Your posts are always a delight and very educational! Thanks for sharing about that trip - what a blessing!

  7. Oh the teacups are wonderful - and what an adventure. I do love scones with tea.

  8. Oh the teacups are wonderful - and what an adventure. I do love scones with tea.

  9. Wonderful interesting post! I love your teacups! I don't have any shamrock teacups or teapots! I am glad you are back hosting!

  10. Good morning Ruth...what a lovely lovely post. I love all things Irish and enjoyed this so very much. Hope you are well.

  11. I really like the white with green designs china... so light and fun. :)

  12. I absolutely adore your post - every single pic is a delight to this Irish lass.

    Thank you so much for hosting the party.

    May the Wind Be Always at Your Back.......... ♫ ♪

  13. Hi Ruth. This is my first visit to your blog and I am joining you for your linky party. What a gorgeous shamrock tea cup! Happy St Patrick's Day to you!

  14. Happy Pink Saturday and Happy St. Patrick's Day. Thanks for sharing. I took a quick tour of your shop and love what I see,

  15. Ruth, I love all of your pretty tea cups, and the postcards are so cute! I love scones but rarely make them. They sure do look yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. So pretty! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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