A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, December 3, 2018

December 3rd Postcard, Tuesday Cuppa Tea with A Flock Of Birds

Hi there... I am trying another Tuesday Cuppa Tea, as, although my husband is now on his second set of antibiotics for the infection, we are coping a bit better with the nausea, and I miss my blogging friends! So... this post is made of both new and old elements, plus my...I hope...daily antique Christmas postcard. 
It is my favorite time of year!

My postcard for Monday December 3rd is an English one from 1912 featuring English Robins, my favorites.

I can see you are saying...I know what bird that is...a robin! Yes, but what country does he come from? This is an American robin, beloved visitor to our American gardens with his beady eyes, quick movements and commanding song. But his English cousin, is linked with Christmas to the British people.

 The English robin is much smaller and more delicately made and is a favorite for decorating themes and stories, beginning with the legend associated with the cute little bird, linking it to the birth of the Christ child in Bethlehem. The legend says that the robin, among the worshipping angels in the stable were so concerned that the baby would be cold that they used their wings to fan the embers of a fire into a warming blaze, but singed their chests in the process. The little birds were rewarded for their selfless love and care for Jesus by being given their red breasts as an eternal symbol of the warmth of the fire they provided that night.

My teacup for Tuesday Cuppa Tea is a mug by Dunoon that lives in the back of my china closet until the first of November, then makes an appearance until January.

The design was from the Season's Greetings series of 3 mugs by Dunoon from 2008 by the artist Richard Partis, and I just love it! The design was discontinued years ago. I do have some Dunoon mugs at Antiques And Teacups if you are interested. They have wonderful workmanship and design.

 I think this is the cutest drawing from a Christmas card we received from family in the UK. I also found 2 English Robin designs over the years at Etsy I'd like to share. Darling!!!

This is a cute card design by mulberrymuse on Etsy

This is a design by artist Joyce Geleynse at JoyArt on Etsy

The next are just images I have collected over the years...

You can see why I love them so much! They are an endearing reminder of my childhood and Christmas memories!

Thanks so much for joining me for tea! 
I am joining...I hope...

Thanks so much for joining me for tea! 
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. Your birds are adorable!That mug is so cute too!What a sweet post!Thank you for hosting,Ruth!

  2. A nice story. I didn't realize the Robins were associated with the birth of Christ. Thanks for sharing that lovely story. We have the American Robin here and they migrate South for Winter. It's a welcome sight to see them in Spring. It's nice to see you back in bogland and I hope your husband feels well soon. Merry Christmas!
    P.S. It's ironic, My latest blog is a post on Birds At The Feeder.

  3. What a sweet story of the robin, Ruth, and how they relate to the Christmas story. Your tea mug is a beauty. Thank you for hosting your party, and happy first week of December.

  4. I would have missed this link-up if Kitty hadn't alerted me to it. I think I've seen Dunoon mugs at our local HomeSense. Thanks for sharing the sweet English Robin Christmas story and hosting!


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