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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Lilacs and Rose Chintz

I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of the Island

Hello everyone! The lilacs are in bloom! Some flowers have the most heavenly scent and lilacs are no exception.

I love using my Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz with these flowers. Lilacs and Rose Chintz together evoke such charm to any tea table. Both are old fashioned and remind me of days gone by. 

Last year my Auntie P passed down all of her Rose Chintz to me. She had been gifted the china when she got married and kept adding pieces to it over the years and I have always loved it. 
She is in a nursing home now so she has no more use for it. How things have changed the past two years! Her beloved hubby, my sweet Uncle Doug, went home to be with the Lord a year ago in May, and Auntie can no longer take care of herself so she is in a nursing home not far from where she and my uncle used to live. 

It still takes me some getting use to it all because up until a couple of years ago she visited my blog and often left a comment. We used to email long letters almost every day to one another which my hubby called "books" because they were so long. But oh my, we had such fun in those days and I miss the day to day communication with her so much!

Anyway, on to my lilacs and Rose Chintz which will always remind me of Auntie P....

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. ~
Gertrude Jekyll - excerpt from Victoria May/June 2011

I have pieces of china that look fabulous with lilacs but none look as pretty or so charming as my Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz. Those little lavender blue flowers in the pattern pick up on the colour of the lilacs so nicely. 

My little lavender turtle hasn't joined us in a while so he has come for tea as well.  

An old-fashioned bouquet of lilacs and old-fashioned china call for old-fashioned tea treats. So join me, won't you, for a nice cup of tea with some cookies and perhaps a tea biscuit with rhubarb sauce. 

Life is like a teacup to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with friends.~ Unknown 

These are my tea biscuits. They are plain and cut into rounds whereas when I make scones, I add fruit or raisins to them, cut them into triangles and sprinkle them with sugar or drizzle a glaze on them. 

I have been busy jarring up rhubarb sauce so we can enjoy a little taste of summer throughout the coming months. I really love it because it is filled with summer goodness and is delicious on so many things. 

Perhaps you would prefer an old-fashioned sugar cookie with your cup of tea. Both the pink and the green plates on which my goodies are served are Old English made by Johnson Bros. 

My children favoured these cookies when they were growing up and my middle son and his family will be coming home next month for a visit, so I decided to make a big batch and freeze them. I always cut the cookies out big and add raisins in the center.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend or two.  

Savour the scent of lilacs for they won't last long.

It's the month of June,
the month of leaves and roses,
when pleasant sights salute the eyes
and pleasant scents the noses. ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis

Soon my roses will be in bloom too. Or I hope they will be. I don't see any buds yet because it's been so cold. June has not been a very warm month so far.

Sweet blessings to you, my friends! Thank you for your visit and have a lovely day.

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea ~
 Home Sweet Home~

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 11 June 2018

Beautiful Blossoms for Tea Time

One June evening, when the orchards were pink-blossomed again, when the frogs were singing silverly sweet in the marshes.... and the air was full of the savor of clover fields and balsamic fir woods, Anne was sitting by her gable window. She had been studying her lessons, but it had grown too dark to see the book, so she had fallen into wide-eyed reverie, looking out past the boughs of the Snow Queen, once more bestarred with its tufts of blossom. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables

Hello dear friends! I have been on a blog break and enjoying all the beauty that nature offers this time of year. The trees are wearing their lacy tresses and the flowers and fruit trees are in bloom. The lilacs are out and I'm waiting for my roses to bloom. It thrills me to look outside my window and see it greening up everywhere. I do adore springtime!

It has been cold however and one morning last week we even had snow. That is springtime on PEI! There is some concern about our strawberry plants. I hope they will be alright because we have the best berries you will find anywhere!

Most mornings I'm awake to see the sun kissing the sky with its glorious sunrise. It is so peaceful and oftentimes I hear a bird twitter outside my window. I'm not a morning person really but there is something about that peace and quiet that sets the tone for the day.

Since I last posted, Prince William and Kate welcomed another little one into their fold and Prince Harry married his Meghan. Lots of celebrations for the Royals!

We've had our celebrations as well this past month. One of my grandsons has a birthday today as a matter of fact. He is taller than his dad now. How can that be? One of these days I'm truly going to be the shrimp in the family.

Meanwhile, out in Vancouver on a cool rainy day, my little granddaughter and her mom enjoyed a warm cup of tea. My little cute-pie! Can't wait to see you next month then we can all have tea together!

I believe I could be a model child if I were invited out to tea every day. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables

It is blossom season and the fruit trees are dressed in their perfect blooms of soft pink and white. This picture is one a friend took of her apple tree. Isn't it splendid with the deep velvet blue sky above? If you look closely, there is a butterfly among the blossoms.

A walk through our PEI National Park revealed our provincial flower, the Lady Slipper. Not sure who took this picture but it's a lovely one!

I like to bring out my Blossom Time china this time of year. This gorgeous pattern is made by Royal Albert and the blossoms depicted on the china were created from real images of the apple blossoms in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada. The pattern was created in 1933 and discontinued in 2001. You may find the history of this pattern by clicking here.

Many have mistaken the blossoms on Blossom Time china for cherry blossoms but they really are apple. This pattern is so beautiful and perfect for this time of year. Each piece draws you in for an intoxicating walk through the orchards.

If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. 

And it never faded, and it never got stale. 
And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again. ~ Daphne du Maurier

This pattern is special to me because the Valley is not far from where my father grew up in Nova Scotia. Very few patterns have been inspired in this country so I am especially proud of this one so close to home.

One teacup and saucer was a gift from my Aunt Judy who stopped at Replacements in North Carolina a few years ago and purchased this set especially for me. 

It's not the tea that makes teatime special, it's the spirit of the tea party. ~ Emilie Barnes - "If Teacups Could Talk" 

The other set I found last fall at an antique shop here in Charlottetown. The price was twenty dollars but the clerk sold it to me for fifteen so I was happy!

The square plate was a thrift store find for four ninety-nine in New Brunswick so all of these pieces have a history and have come from different places. Who would have thought they would all find themselves on my table!

I would love to know where they have been and what fascinating folks owned them.

It is rhubarb season so I have some rhubarb crisp today with a scoop of ice cream. If I have strawberries on hand I will throw some of those into the mix. I make the topping with a little extra spice just because I like it.

A vase can be a little garden, its contents gathered to please the eye. ~ Debra Prinzing - Victoria magazine

Today's vase is a teapot for my blooms.

It is a simple tea today; camomile, honey, and vanilla. I'm so happy to have you join me.

Teatime; a time to savour.

Happiness is the realization

of God in the heart.
Happiness is the result
of praise and thanksgiving,
of faith, of acceptance;
a quiet tranquil realization
of the love of God.~ 
White Eagle from the book "A Book of Joy" by Thomas Kinkade

Anne and Matthew passing through the Avenue or the White Way of Delight as Anne named it. - courtesy of the Internet

Overhead was one long canopy of snowy, fragrant bloom. Below the boughs the air was full of a purple twilight and far ahead a glimpse of painted sunset sky like a great rose window at the end of a cathedral aisle. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables

While I was on my break, a notice appeared on my blog, and I'm guessing, everyone else's, about something pertaining to the European Union laws. I don't get this at all. Do we here in Canada and the US really need to do this or does it only apply to those who are running a business on their blog? Hope one of you ladies who know their way around Blogger better than me can explain it to me. Thanks for your help.

Have a beautiful day everyone and smile because Someone loves you!

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea in the Garden
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

May Celebrations and A Bit of A Break

Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on. - Heinrich Heine

Hello my lovelies! At last May is here and with it comes a host of occasions to celebrate. We have three birthdays, two anniversaries, and Mother's Day. 

An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joy of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. ~ Unknown

Hubby surprised me with this beautiful arrangement for our anniversary which was on Sunday. The colours are robin egg blue and pink; some of my favourite colours. Parrot tulips and mini roses in pink and white are all snuggled together in an aqua vase tied up with lots of filmy ribbon. The picture doesn't really do it justice. 

This picture of us was taken the weekend we got married and no, I'm not wearing red, I'm wearing bright pink. We were so happy to begin our journey together!

This was taken last summer when our boys were all home. We are so blessed!

Our son and his family had us over for coffee and pie on Sunday and we had a wonderful visit. They gave us a lovely bouquet of flowers and while we were there, our youngest, who just got tenure-track, called so he got to talk to everyone including the nephews. It was a lovely day! 

Today is Hubby's birthday and tomorrow we have relatives coming over from New Brunswick to visit. So, it's been a busy time.

It seems like a very good time to take a break. I feel like the past year has finally caught up with me and I'm feeling very tired. Some of you may remember that I had two surgeries and I'm still having health issues and going to physio every week. Nothing major but still wearing on me.

I'm not sure how long I will be gone. It may be a couple of weeks or a little longer. In any case, I will be back after I've had a rest.

Wouldn't it be an exhilarating tonic for the soul to take a moment to appreciate the simple, good things in life which are so bountiful? ~ unknown 

This is what I plan to do right now. I am going to take some time and listen to the birds singing in my back yard. I'm going to watch the grass and flowers grow and I'm going to just simply, be.

I want to wish all you lovely moms out there a Happy Mother's Day this coming weekend and I hope you all get spoiled!

Until I return, do take care dear friends and God bless you all!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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