Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Teacup Thursday #20 and Port Gamble

Another day on vacation and a fun way to share Miss Spenser's Teacup Thursday.
I'm featuring a set of brown and white teacups I found in Kalama, WA. I love brown and white china, so I was excited to find these. They are marked Wedgewood and of the
companies that used the name, but not the original Josiah Wedgewood company that we think of when we hear the name Wedgewood. It doesn't matter to me as I was just excited to find four in this color. Yes, I do have fall on my mind.
What a most fun day we had! Clarice and Angie told us we should go to Port Gamble and we thought it would be just a side trip. Oh my....we loved it and stayed all day. A mill town, started in 1853 by Andrew Pope and Frederick Talbot, it has a New England charm and look as they were from East Machias, Maine.
We began at the country store which reminded me of The Vermont Country Store. The post office was darling. Having had a contract postal station in my shoppe for years, I'm always fascinated with post offices.How could I be so very lucky to find a historic charming town with a quilt shoppe and a tea shoppe?
We met a lovely guide at the museum, Pat, who shared so much with us and was just delightful. She had been a preschool teacher and when I was purchasing some postcards and a book,"Tea Cups to Teekalet" by Phyllis Wahlquist, I decided to ask her if she knew who Tasha Tudor was.
She said, oh yes and told me that she would visit her grandparents in Concord, NM and they would always go to Tasha's farm as her grandparents were neighbors! Unfortunately, she was a young girl and just didn't remember much about it. We were talking about the fact that many out here in the NW just don't know anything about her. How fun for me to meet someone who REALLY knew her!
The quilt shoppe was great. Found some hand dyed wool and embroidery thread for some fall projects, some fat quarters and a great book"Welcome Home" by Cheryl Wall.
We met a sweet shopkeeper who had the most wonderful greeting cards and featured gifts made by local artists.
We had eaten lunch at the general store, but ended our visit with dessert at the tea shoppe. Guess what we had? Fresh fruit with three kinds of melted chocolate plus a glass of wine! Not quite the usual tea time menu, but a fun summer tea time treat! Quite a nice way to say good bye to Port Gamble!
They have a Christmas event in December and we are hoping to visit again-sounds like a great way to celebrate my birthday.
Off to Coupeville tomorrow for a few days-a new location and a new adventure.


Rosetta said...

Le tue tazze sono deliziose e tu sei simpatica!Baci,Rosetta

Bee happy said...

Sounds like such a lovely trip :) the teacup is so pretty. I love the buildings in your photos, wish we had more like this in the UK.

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Port Gamble is always a special place. So glad you enjoyed it! The transferware teacups are lovely!

Linda said...

Oh, glad you liked Port Gamble. I love that quilt shop. Linda