Monday, January 18, 2016

January Tea and Music

And so another week passes since my last Tea Cup Tuesday entry.  Time is surely flying fast.  Must be having lot of fun as the saying goes.

This week I want to share more Blue and White China, of which I own a LOT!!!!  These two mugs are a couple of my favorites.  Nothing better to me than holding a mug filled with warm tea or coffee on a cold winter's evening.  And these two are so nice and thick and hold the warmth well.

 The one on the right is from the Buffalo Pottery Company.  That was in the US.  And the one on the left simply says Japan on the bottom though it is hard to read.   I love the way the one from Japan has the extra treat inside with the pretty design you see, only as you have drunk some of the tea.
 Here is the mark for the one from Buffalo China.  It is an old cup, probably washed many times so the mark is a bit messy but you get the idea.

       I imagine I will be using these often over the next few weeks until things start to warm up.


It was Saturday night and my favorite BlueGrass group The Hillbilly Gypsies was going to be on stage in a   town about an hour from here.  I sort of "hinted" I sure would like to see them since it would be the fiddle players last performance with the group for awhile.....     So dh says.... sure get the tickets and find a nice restaurant!   I didn't waste time and did just that........

SO... off we went.  Considering it is January and our weather isn't always the best this time of year I was a tiny bit worried.  HOWEVER... not necessary.  It was cold but CLEAR.... And the drive in both directions was uneventful.

I had found a restaurant right across the street from the concert venue and luck was with us as we found a parking place right there!!!  (Someone was just leaving.)  

The Restaurant called Stella A is called a "bar and grill" featuring Greek Food although they had lots of other selections.
Upon being seated we were served this little Hors D'oeuvres Tray featuring Pita bread and pickled peppers.  Wow but they were good.  This is a picture from the website but it is what they looked like!!

Bill had Osso Buco   which actually is an Italian Dish but it felt Greek that night (LOL)  And I had Pork Souvlaki which is most assuredly Greek.  The servings were so ample we had the leftovers for lunch the next day! '
 I tried to get pictures  of our meals but lighting was not the greatest for that and my camera rebelled!

I asked for hot tea as my drink but was disappointed that didn't have any variety other than the "house blend."  It wasn't bad but I am thinking in future I should carry some tea bags with me of my favorite teas.  Some of our favorite local restaurants do carry varieties of tea but not this one.  I will say though the tea really hit the spot on this cold night.

We don't often go  to this town but you can bet if we are there in the future we will try to plan to catch a meal here again.

After dinner we crossed the street and went to the Elks Lodge ball room where the concert was to be held!!   The band was already warming up so that was a treat as well.  Since we have seen this group many times and feel like we know them we chatted with them a bit.  The room was not conducive to take pictures that I would want to put here so I took one from their website.     But it is still them.

  The Hillbilly Gypsies from Morgantown, West Virginia

I should point out that Bluegrassers we have met seem to love to meet up with old friends and fans and are always willing to chat a bit.

     The fiddle player, who can play classical as well as bluegrass is my favorite.  He always dresses in bib overalls and often plays barefoot.    This is purely an act!!! He is a VERY bright and talented young man.   Unfortunately he is leaving the group for awhile to do other things.  I will miss seeing him.  But wish him well.  Part of the reason I really wanted to go to this concert was to see him one last time.  We will be seeing the group again this summer without him.

After three lovely hours it was time to head home..................

I hope you will all visit me again next week.  You just never know what I will be showing.  Or talking about.  Or if we have had another "adventure."

I am joining with the following Tea Parties and blog parties.

  These may not be available every week so check to be sure.

Hope you will visit them too.


Rita C. said...

Hi Beth, I'm glad your trip to Morgantown and back were good. Come back to Wild and Wonderful WV anytime. You may want to follow the Mountain Stage schedule, too, as they sometimes broadcast their show (live) from Morgantown. It's normally performed and broadcast from Charleston.
Rita C at Panoply

Beth @ Conversations from my House said...

Actually Rita, sorry for the confusion but the Hillbilly Gypsies "came to us." They were here in Pennsylvania. In Lock Haven. Apparently they perform there every January but this is the first time we have been to that venue. It is a little over an hour from where I live...........

Sylvia said...

Looks like you had an enjoyable "Date Night". We all need them from time to time.

Ruth W said...

I love a good blue and white mug of warm warming! Love yours. So glad you had a fun night out! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Bernideen said...

Dear Beth:
I loved seeing your Buffalo China Company pieces. Truly an American institution. I have seen some pieces at Antique Malls. This was fun!

SpicingUpIdaho said...

I love those beautiful blue tea mugs! And hearing about your fun outing with music and dinner was enjoyable... always nice to get out and have a nice time, in the dead of winter! :)

Kim said...

I love blue and white china and these mugs are no exception. It seems all the planets aligned for your evening out, Beth. No snow, a clear night, great food and a fun night listening to the Hillbilly Gypsies. I love listening to fiddle players, they always seem to get the foot tapping. Stay warm, Beth....enjoy a cup of hot tea in those lovely mugs.

Amy at love made my home said...

Glad you had a good time! xx

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Glad you enjoyed yourselves on your date night! I like your mugs! The one made in Buffalo has a unique mark. I often enjoy my tea and coffee in a mg. Thanks for sharing, Beth.


Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

Dinner and music make for a special date night! (I love Greek food.) I do have two or so teabags in my purse for such occasions when I don't want the house blend or Lipton. My friends call me a "tea snob."
Enjoy your week,

Margie said...

Lovely mugs! Blue Willow is also my favourite pattern; I have some blue transferware cups and saucers and mugs and would love to add a teapot to my collection. I need to stop reading blogs when I'm hungry because now I'm craving Greek food!

Art and Sand said...

I love blue and white dishes and will have to keep my eye out for Blue Willow.

Your music and dinner date sounds lovely. We like to go out listening to music also.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your blue and white mugs are so pretty and I love surprise designs inside the cup. What a fun evening for you and your hubby, Beth. Dinner and then music from a favorite group sounds perfect.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I love blue and white dishes and have at least 15 different sets, but I don't know why I don't like Blue Willow? What'a up with that? It looks like you had a great dinner date and seems like you enjoyed yourselves. Thanks for stopping by!

Jann Olson said...

Both mugs are gorgeous! I especially love displaying blue and white after Christmas. I filled my chippy cabinet down stairs with my collection. Sounds like you had a wonderful evening. Glad you got to go! I'm happy that you will be sharing with SYC.

podso said...

I love blue and white and your mugs are beautiful. They look quite similar. It sounds like you had a great evening with your husband.