Monday, November 28, 2011

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Rosina Christmas Rose Teacups, Bath England Christmas Market, Store Coupon

Welcome to another Tuesday Cuppa Tea blog party that I am joining at Antiques And Teacups blog, as well as other blog parties at the bottom of the post. This is the first Christmas and holiday blog of the year with lots of lovely special parties next week.

This sweet Christmas themed cup and saucer is in a design called Christmas Rose by Rosina, England that was made in the 1950s. The Christmas Rose is actually a Hellebore which was said to have bloomed through the snow when Christ was born.

Rosina is a favorite maker of mine that is a was a pretty recent manufacturer, only becoming a name on it's own in 1941 from a split at Warrilow & Sons which split into Rosina and Queen's. Rosina ceased to exist independently in 1983.  To see more of the Christmas Rose teacup at Time Was Antiques, click on the photos.

At this time of year, right after the American Thanksgiving, I always think about the annual Christmas Market in Bath, England that we attended a number of years ago, combining a holiday visit to family with our annual English buying trip.

 Bath is a favorite city, and we have spent quite a bit of time there during our annual month in England. But the Christmas market was special! All around in front of the Pump Room by the Baths themselves and the other squares like the Abbey Yard and Bath Abbey that you probably remember from Jane Austen and other English writers, the streets are filled with stalls selling all sorts of hand made goods and goodies. There are street musicians...buskers...choirs, hot chestnut and jacket potato sellers, Punch and Judy showsm acrobats and all manner of entertainment.

 At night the market enters another dimension with the magic of thousands of fairy lights. Did I mention that many of the vendors are in costume? You see grunge, Regency, Victorian and anything else. The smells of the potatoes, gingerbread, wassail, and hot chestnuts is absolutely intoxicating! We spent several night of the week we were there in Bath wandering around, nibbling, buying and generally soaking up the fabulous atmosphere.

 These photos are from the Bath Christmas market site, as our visit predates my ownership of a digital camera. I keep saying I'll get a digitizer for regular photos, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

The Bath Christmas market is open everyday starting, this year from Nov. 25th until Dec. 11th. I would love to go visit it again. Maybe you can???!!!
 2 websites you can visit:
Bath Christmas Market
Bath Christmas Market Magic

Have a wonderful day visiting the blog parties listed below, and the countdown to the holidays has truly begun! 

Here is a coupon for FREE shipping at Time Was Antiques:

FREE Shipping any order over $30.00 for 3 days only. Nov. 28-30. Code CYBER or #029 at 

Teacup Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday
Wanda Lee~ 
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee~ 
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee
Tea Party Tuesday
Lady Katherine~ 
Teatime Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Love your teacup, Ruth! Very sweet!


Johanna said...

Hi Ruth,
your Christmas tea cup is really a beauty. There are not many designs for Christmas. How nice to see an English Christmas Market. I have never visited there and it looks so lovely. Thank you for sharing.
Best greetings, Johanna

Antiques And Teacups said...

Such a pretty teacup and a great place to visit. Thanks for joining me. Happy TT!

S said...

Pretty cup, and wonderful photos. I am glad I dropped by.

Snap said...

The christmas rose cup is lovely. I really enjoy holiday markets. So much to see .. including people watch! Happy Tea Day!

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Thanks for linking this lovely postop.
That cup is just lovely I had never heard that story about the Christmas Rose.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: The tea cup is beautiful. It doesn't even look like a Christmas cup. You are so lucky to be able to see all those wonderful vendor. Wish I was there. Have a great week my friend. Blessings, Martha

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Ruth,
What a beautiful and unusual Christmas cup!
And I loved your photos of Bath, one of the English cities I'd like to visit some day...
Thanks for sharing.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Everything is gorgeous. What a beautiful cup and saucer...thank you for sharing. I have joined your followers list and would love to have you to join me as well. Hugs, Gayle

Terri said...

Hello Ruth,
Your Rosina cup is really lovely. I have not seen this Christmas Rose pattern before, and I really really like it! Rosina made some wonderful china. I think I have half a dozen cups from them, and I really cherish them.
Thank you so much for sharing about the Bath Christmas market too! I never knew!

Ann said...

I absolutely love that photo looking down on the Bath market. So beautiful. I was delighted to read that it is lit largely by fairy lights, as I stumbled across a couple of Victorian fairy lights at an estate sale, purchased them, not really knowing what they were. I researched them, fell in love with them and have collected half a dozen or so. I use them year-round, but find I enjoy lighting them most around Christmas.

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