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Monday, July 31, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Blueberry Crumb Bars, Blue And White Teacups and Roses

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am so enjoying summer! Fruit is everywhere, and is present always at 2 of 3 meals these days...if not 3! Peaches, Cherries, Apricots, Blueberries, Strawberries...oh my! It's wonderful! I LOVE summer!

We are heading into a heat wave...it's supposed to break records and hit 100 in Seattle this week...amazing! 
So an afternoon tea in the sun room on a morning when the marine layer was in to start the day was perfect, because it is hot in there in the afternoon!

I have a butler's tray I set up by my grandmother's Victorian rocker at times for tea, and I decided to use that today with one of my Edwardian English hand made tray cloths I have from her as well.

I am using some pretty blue tansferware teacups by Tuscan China, England that date from 1907-1929...

I love the pretty pattern with the roses and swags...

Tuscan descended from a pottery family of Plants, who entered the trade in the 1782 in various areas around Stoke-on-Trent.  The name added a Royal in fron to f Tuscan in the late 1960s, but by 1970 had ceased to operate, over by the Wedgwood Group and operated under Royal Tuscan for a few years in the early 1970s, then ceased again. 
If you have followed this blog long, you know that Wedgwood subsequently was acquired/became WWRD  or Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton in the great pottery slice and dice as I call it.
Next...in 2015 Fiskars acquired them, and is currently reinventing Wedgwood at least...Tuscan doesn't seem to be in their plans at this point.

I have my white teapot under the padded hand made tea cozy, I liked the color it added on the gloomy grey morning...it has a matching trivet or mug mat...

The tea cozy made me think of this sugar and creamer, so I added it to my tea tray...

The bone china set was made in the 1950s by Royal Standard, England and the pattern is Englisg Rose. Love the lush red rose!
Royal Standard was a trade name of  Chapmans Pottery of Longton, a district of  Stoke who operated from 1916 until it was absorbed by Royal Doulton in 1969...then it ceased operations, just before the great Slice & Dice happened, so it technically could be revived by Fiskars, but I doubt it.

I added a favorite English sterling silver pair of sugar tongs so you can drop a cube of Demarara sugar ito your cup...

The sugar tongs are hallmarked for Sheffield, England in 1915 and were made by Henry Atkins, The Atkin Brothers. So cute!

And some spoons to stir your tea...European Alpaka or German silver spoons with a cut out rose pattern handle and gold washed bowl...so pretty! Goes 
with the cozy and sugar and creamer!

And of course, our treat for this teatime...Blueberry Crumb Bars....

The Blueberry Crumb Bars recipe is from  Angela McRae ...her blog is Tea With Friends
The recipe was in the weekly column she writes in the Coweta Shopper...and it is delicious!!!

Blueberry Crumb Bars
1-1/2 cups sugar, divided use
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon water
4 teaspoons cornstarch
4 cups fresh blueberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a 9 × 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In large bowl, combine 1 cup of the sugar, baking powder, flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter and egg. Make sure dough has pea-sized crumbs because you don’t want it to be too smooth. Pour half of dough into pan and pat down.
In another large bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla, water and cornstarch. Add blueberries and stir just until the sugar mixture has covered the berries. Spread blueberry mixture over crust, then top with remaining dough and smooth. Bake 45 minutes or until top begins to brown. Cool on wire rack and then cut into squares. Drooling is completely optional

So thanks for joining me for tea! I hope it won't be record breaking heat where you are...we will be hibernating a bit during the heat...it doesn't agree with my husband's Parkinson's Disease! 
I will be joining:

Here is the Tuesday Cuppa Tea 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!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Antiques And Teacups New Finds This week

Hi there. Lots of fun items found and added this week...some have already sold!    For more info on any of these items.. click on the photos and that will take you to the item on the website!

Panelled Floral Tea Caddy Tea Tin Octagonal 1950s Blue Yellow Green Canister... SOLD!

English Knife Rest Pair Gingko Leaf Ends Edwardian Silver Plated 1900-1910

Tea Cloth Tablecloth England Floral Embroidered Linen 32X34 Inch Bridge Tea Party 1950s ...SOLD!

Shelley Dainty Harebell Cream Soup Cup and Saucer Large Double Handle Cup 1940s

Hatpin Black Sequin Ball Top Blue Steel Pin 4 Inch Victorian Hat Pin Mourning

Set Sterling Silver Cocktail Seafood Forks 4 International Prelude 1930s No Monograms

Cup And Saucer Royal Chelsea All Hand Painted Gold Leaves Aqua England 1950s

For more info on any of these items at Antiques And Teacups, 
click on the photos!

And a whole lot more!
Have a great weekend!
And enjoy a cuppa with a friend!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Miss Read Book winner

Hello and calling Christina of  organicgardendreams blog!

Congratulations for winning the Miss Read Summer In Fairacre book! But...Your mail server will not accept my email which I double sent through your blog email link and from my gmail  account, so will you please contact me through my email...there is a link on my left sidebar.

As soon as I receive your snail mail address I will get this wonderful book on it's way to you!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Sequim Lavender Fair Weekend!

2017 Sequim Lavender Festival poster art by Craig Robinson

Welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea for the 21st Annual Sequim Lavender Weekend! My teacup this week is a tea mug in honor of the Lavender Festival, and you have seen it before but I don't have much purple or lavender colored china...so...

Because I am in Lavender Festival country, I keep these in stock pretty much all the time, if I can get them! Adderley English bone china with a sprig of Lavender both sides...perfect!

I am reposting the following in honor of the Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm, one of the oldest of the 30 here in a 10 mile radius. 
The owner had a heart attack at the beginning of the year, and is recovering, but was unable to so his normal Festival prep...so our local Lavender growers, organic farm workers and just gardeners in town pitched in and did it all for them...and that's an amazing amount of work...so they would be able to participate this year. They are then retiring due to his health and the farm is up for sale...sigh...so sad...but maybe a new Lavender Farm will emerge...

Back to my Lavender Festival post rewind:

On the first day of the Lavender Festival, we choose a lavender farm to visit, and this year (2011) we visited Jardin Du Soliel early in the morning before the crowds arrived.

Outside the gift shop at the lavender farm

25 different varieties of lavender for sale. They are grown here, and they always have some for sale

Some views of the wonderful lavender fields. Note the colors of different varieties.  Below, are items in the gift shop.

 Earl Grey tea with lavender instead of bergamot?????

So...you can see, how much there IS to see! So many farms, crafts, food...you name it. We are not big on crowds, so tend to get in and out early.

The sun was pretty much behind a marine layer...and drizzle, and downright rain at times! But...we always look forward to it! 

This is at Oliver's Lavender Farm... weather was a bit better this year, a bit more sun, and downright lovely in the low 70s Sunday! Wonderful!

I will be drawing the winner of the Miss Read book, with the help of Radom.org, and will announce it then....

Thanks so much for joining me for Lavender Festival tea!  
I am joining:

Here is the Tuesday Cuppa Tea 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!


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