A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Pumpkin Spice Tea Tray

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea.

This is a favorite scripture...
My times are in your hands
Psalm 31:15a
and it has been a week that week...just got over the sinus infection...then having an allergic reaction to a change in coloring in a new sourced med by my pharmacy that gave me a migrane...sigh...hadn't had one in 20 years! Back to old manufacturer and...starts to dissipate...the joys of science!

So it's a tea tray in the sunroom...with packaged cookies! Lol!
When life gives you lumps in the road...make do!

I am calling this my Pumpkin Spice tea tray! Because I have out the Republic of Tea Pumpkin Spice black tea that I always seem to switch to in September...

I have put the tray on my grandmother's trunk in the corner of the room...and used a hand made crewel embroidered English tray cloth from 1930s with pretty flowers...

My teapot is a fun one from Sadler in their English Country Cottages line...unfortunately, they decided to discontinue the whole series' of figural teapots a few months ago...sad...

The design is called Ivy House, and I love the shape and Tudor timbering. There's a dog and a cat in the doorway too!

For tea today, I have both a teacup and a mug...as often my husband prefers it...his Parkinson's Disease makes it wasier for him to drink from a mug and not rattle or spill from the tremor....

The cup in saucer, really a teacup trio, is by Johnson Brothers in their Olde English Countryside pattern of brown transferware with hand colored accents. I do love brown transferware!

This is a 1970s set, but the pattern was made from the 1920s. Johnson Brothers began in 1883 and in 1968 was swept into the Wedgwood Group and through subsequently, like so many, into WWRD...Waterford, Wedgwood Royal Doulton which was acquired by Fiskars in 2015. In 2007 they had moved most of production to Indonesia, especilly their famous Friendly Village line...it will be interesting to see what happens next...

My husband's mug is by Dunoon in a design called Cottage Paths by artist Sue Scullard from 2005. There were 3 different designs in the series, all with a different type of cottage, cottage gardens and a cat somewhere in the design. See the cat???

Dunoon...Hooray, hooray! is still made in the United Kingdom...stoneware in Scotland and bone china at their Stone facitility just outside Stoke-on-Trent. We used to stock them when we had our bricks-and-mortar antiques and tea item shop, and loved going to the pottery every year to choose our designs. 

I added my glass pumpkin and a green sparkly one I have had for years with an oak leaf garland...I love the colors of fall!

As I mentioned...packaged goodies this week...with the sinus infection I was vegan, and then with the migraine I have to give it a few days for the allergy complications to subside, so here are the vegan Pecan Shortbread cookies for tea today...really not bad for vegan!

But we have so much to be thankful for, that joy just bubbles up in me...vegan or not! Lol!

Thanks so much for joinin me this week...have a cookie and some Pumpkin Spice tea, and enjoy the many things we have around us that bring us joy!
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!


  1. I'm so sorry that you had an allergic reaction to the coloring in the med and then a horrible migraine, Ruth. Hopefully this first full week of Fall will be better for you. I do LOVE your Sadler cottage teapot, and the mug, and teacup (I have that same English Countryside one!). Thank you for hosting your party, and enjoy your Pumpkin Spice Tea.

  2. Dear Ruth,
    What a lovely way to end your post! Yes, we have much to be thankful for. I wrote about the same thing this week. I love the teapot! Those cottage teapots are so very charming and of course, I am very fond of JB china too. I am also drinking Pumpkin tea. 'Tis the season for it. Hope your week is a better one. Our bodies are wonderfully made but they do get sick and we must rest and take care of ourselves. Happy Autumn and the Lord bless you!

    Blessings and Hugs,

  3. I admire your ability to roll with the punches, Ruth! So far, I've managed to resist purchasing new pumpkin teas, except for this pumpkin chai which will be featured in an upcoming post! I'm also a fan of the JB designs, particularly the Friendly Village. Thank you for hosting, Ruth!

  4. Hi Ruth!Love your beautiful and exquisite tea set trio!The pumpkins and mugs are also gorgeous.Pretty embroidered cloth tray,a treasure.The teapot is cute. Love that psalm too...My times are in Your hands...We can't forget it.Thanks for hosting and take care!Hugs,Maristella.

  5. Love the village houses and the English countryside pieces. I have a few pieces and I just love them. Thanks for hosting, Ruth...Christine

  6. Very nice post. I happened upon your blog this evening, and may just link up with you next week, as I just got a pretty, new teacup. :) Enjoy your evening!

  7. Ruth, I enjoyed your beautiful, informative and encouraging post. Thank you for hosting. Looks like I picked the right week to link my Pumpkin Tea Cakes!

  8. So sorry about infection and hope you are better now! The darling house teapot is a lovely replica of one in an English village. Your Johnson Bros cup and sauce in brown transferware is great for fall! Have a grand weekend!

  9. Beautiful Ruth! I love that gorgeous tablecloth and teapot. Hope you are feeling better! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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