Sunday, July 5, 2015

Summer Strawberries


Hello Dear Tea Friends,

I hope you had a fun 4th of July weekend. We hosted a dessert party with friends. Swimming and sweets were a good combination. It's such a fun holiday...no gifts- just good times, parades, fireworks and celebrating with others. 
Last week I traveled to Portland, Oregon to visit my brother. I had many wonderful tea experiences there that I will share in future posts. 


For now, it's all about the fabulous summer fruit-strawberries! It's hard pressed to find someone that doesn't like strawberries. Just the shape of a strawberry, the tiny seeds, smell and color is a joyful sight to see.  
That is why this teacup on ebay caught my eye. 



It's an English bone china produced by Hammersley and Co. which was part of the Spode Company. Hammersley was first manufactured in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.



The pattern is called Strawberry Ripe.
In 1989 the trade name of Hammersley ceased and the factory was demolished. Anysley china bought the trade name that same year.





Love the details in the polychrome transfer.

The teacup was produced in the mid to late 1970s.

During our camping trip which I mentioned in the post Tea in the Redwoods we had the opportunity to go strawberry picking.


Swanton Berry Farm in located on the coast in Davenport, California. 



The setting is beautiful as the blue along the horizon is the Pacific Ocean.


I love that the fruit is organic.


We picked seven pounds of strawberries.


I would like to say that I made an extraordinary dessert with the strawberries, but I ended up making strawberry jam (already down half a jar).


And for the 4th I simply made a fruit salad. I sliced and froze many strawberries for future smoothies.

As always thank you for visiting! I look forward to catching up with your sweet comments and blogs. I do apologize for not responding and visiting many of you last week. This summer is busier than I anticipated. 
Have a wonderful week of tea and friendship,
Nora


19 comments:

  1. very appropriate for this time of year. I haven't been strawberry picking this year.

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  2. I just love strawberries! I am so glad we both have strawberry farms near! Love the teacup, of course!
    Ruth

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  3. The strawberry jam looks so flavorful! Such a gorgeous cup/saucer with strawberries. Glad you are enjoying summer!

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  4. Oh I do l;love strawberries and your tea cup is gorgeous !

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  5. My late beloved and I used to take our kids strawberry picking when we lived in Ohio, years ago. I LOVE anything strawberry, Nora, and your strawberry teacup is a dream. Homemade jam is the best and I can't do without some on my toast each day.

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  6. I do love strawberries and I look forward to the season opening sometime this week. Your teacup is a beauty and the shape is so pretty. Your salad looks simply wonderful and the jam too. I can't wait to get our fresh berries in. Very enjoyable post, Nora, and thank you for for sharing it with us at Tea Time. Have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. I have always admired that strawberry cup and saucer. Maybe it's because I love strawberries too!

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  8. I'm also a fan of strawberries so naturally, I like your teacup!

    I have some Hammersley and Aynsley cups in my collection so it was interesting to learn about their connection. I saw some beautiful Aynsley teacups on Kijiji (online classified ads) last night, but someone beat me to them. Bah!

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  9. Such a sweet teaset...It really does make me want to go strawberry picking with you.. especially since you've put out the jam and salad...I'll bring some strawberry tea( ha ha) ...ENJOY your day...hugs

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  10. Hello sweet Nora! My, what a lovely tea cup! And those strawberries....oh my! When I lived in Canada my mom and I would pick fresh strawberries and we were always allowed to eat while we picked.....we always ate our fair share of berries {{smiles}}

    Thank you so much for joining Roses of Inspiration this week. Hugs to you!

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  11. It sounds like you had a nice trip. And I love strawberries. I don't eat sugar and this is one of those fruits that's naturally sweet added to anything! Makes my mouth water to see them. Love your pretty tea cup! Hugs, Diane

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  12. Hi Nora,
    Your Hammersley strawberry cup is beautiful! The shape of the teacup is so very pretty too. I have two Hamersley teacups and would love to have a strawberry one. Strawberries are my favourite fruit in the summer. Happy Tea Day! Karen

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  13. Hi Nora,
    Your Hammersley strawberry cup is beautiful! The shape of the teacup is so very pretty too. I have two Hamersley teacups and would love to have a strawberry one. Strawberries are my favourite fruit in the summer. Happy Tea Day! Karen

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  14. I love the strawberry cup. There is nothing better than fresh strawberries.

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  15. Oh how I love fresh strawberry season! I made strawberry jam this year with the strawberries I picked as well! I wanted to pick more, but we didn't have much time. I enjoyed reading the information about the strawberry teacup as well! Have a wonderful day :)

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  16. I love strawberry things, as well! It's nice to see some West Coast photos. My husband and I grew up in Eastern Oregon but have been in Arkansas the last 18 months. I never really miss home until I see photos! Hope you're having a great weekend!
    Blessings,
    Sarah

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Thank you for visiting my blog today. I really look forward to reading your comments. Have a nice day! ~Nora