A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea With Irish Still Going On!

Welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea....another St. Patrick's Day edition!  It just keeps showing up!

Aye and begarra but everyone is Irish this time of year! I have the corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots all ready to go in my new Crock-Pot Express Pot and plans for Irish soda bread or scones with my Irish breakfast tea!

It's been a great excuse for a few festive afternoon teas in the sunroom...in between storms. But...we are supposed to have our first spring weather in the 60s the first of the week...hope so!

I set out tea in the sunroom yesterday afternoon with our Irish petit fours. The china is an Aynsley Shamrocks teacup trio I have had for quite awhile that comes out this time of year.
The petit fours is an annual St. Patrick's week teatime splurge for us...

This wonderful Irish shamrocks design by Aynsley, England dates to 1939 to 1959 and is a very pale greenish white with the green clover shamrocks and gold trim. I love the swirl molded bone china design. It is even prettier than the photos.

Here are a few photos from one of our visits to Ireland...this was a couple of years ago when we took a trans Atlantic repositioning cruise on the Brilliance Of The Seas as our taxi to get to England for our annual month long buying trip for Antiques And Teacups. We took 15 days from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton and stopped at Cobh or Cove so we could visit Dublin as well.  I took this from the ship in Cobh, which was home to the White Star office that was the Titanic's last stop before starting their ill fated journey.

The buses were waiting on the quay to take folks on tours. We headed into Cobh first to spend the early morning seeing the town. This is the Kennedy Park along the sea front.

Later we took a tour into Dublin via Kinsale

We had lunch at the Bulmer pub, actually an Irish breakfast. Love the English/Irish bacon and banger sausages, but have never liked Irish blood sausage...didn't eat that... 

And visited Charles Fort, the oldest surviving 17th century star fortification and one of Kinsale's historic treasures.

Ireland was indeed green and lovely, the people warm and friendly and we enjoyed our visits immensley....but I figure that's enough travelogue for one post!

So I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! Below is a list of the some of the blog parties I'll be linky to, and my Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky so you can link your tea related post to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! And I love your comments! It's so neat getting to know you all!
I am joining:


  1. I just love your Aynsley shamrock trio, Ruth, and your petit fours are the perfect treat. My late beloved so enjoyed our dream vacation in Ireland. I couldn't eat the blood sausages, either. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week.

  2. Ireland looks so lush and green. The streets are very colourful and I'm sure it was a lovely trip for you. I love your Aynsley trio! I do love the shamrock patterns although I don't have any. The sausages do not appeal to me either. I can't tolerate pork anyway but I think having the rest of that breakfast in Ireland would be a great experience. Have a delightful week, dear Ruth.

  3. Your Irish petit fours are almost too cute to eat! I'm also wishing that I can try your yummy Irish breakfast dish. I don't have a Irish breakfast tea, but I did find a black tea in my cupboard that contains "Irish cream"...so I think that I can drink that on Irish week. Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

  4. Beautiful Aynsley trio Ruth ! I've had blood sausage and they're really good. That dish looks very appetizing. I wish to go to Ireland some day.
    Thank you for the lovely party.
    Have a nice week.

  5. Thanks for hosting,dear Ruth!That teacup trio is really adorable!Love your beautiful pictures...maybe one day,who knows...Thank you for the virtual tour!Hugs!Maristella.

  6. Thanks for hosting. Lovely pics of Ireland. I'd love to visit there one day. Your Anysley, china is lovely.

  7. Ireland exudes color and song... I would love to be walking down one of those streets or stopping for tea and breakfast. The menu looks delicious and I like everything on the plate( ha ha) including the blood sausage. Your Ansley teaset is a beauty...I too admire the swirls around the china and think it’s the prettiest shamrock cup and saucer that I have seen. ... but you I would also settle for a bit of your dainty little petit fours...Yummy... Thanks for sharing such a HAPPY post....Hugs

  8. What a delightful post and fabulous photos!
    I would love to take one of those transatlantic cruises someday!
    Your tea setting and petit fours seem the perfect escape from our drab March weather
    Thanks so much for hosting-

  9. Ruth, I'd love to visit Ireland one day. But today I will enjoy your mini-tour! That Aynsley pattern is beautiful - I've never seen it - it looks perfect for spring and summer.

  10. Lovely little tea you have here! Thanks for sharing and for hosting!

  11. Hi Ruth,
    Ireland looks like an amazing place to visit. I'm nervous to fly so I guess I will just have to enjoy your pics instead. That shamrock teapot is lovely too! Thank you for hosting tea time! Blessings, Karen

  12. Dear Ruth: Hope your St. Patrick's Day was great. What lovely travels you have experienced and Ireland looks amazing. I think you have some wonderful Shamrock tea wares too! Thanks for sharing your journey and your Aynsley pieces.

  13. The thing that struck me is how clean the streets and roads are there. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.



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