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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, 23 May 2016

No Place Like Home


The beauty of the home is order;
The blessing of the home is contentment;
The glory of the home is hospitality;
The crown of the home is godliness. ~ Author unknown


Welcome my lovely friends and Happy Victoria Day to all my Canadian friends! I hope everyone is enjoying their first long weekend of the summer.

We had a lovely but very busy weekend here on the Island. Over the weekend I posted about Queen Victoria and other members of the royal family.

If you missed that post you may click here to visit. Of course, we had tea as well.


Last week's party served up a plethora of wonderful ideas, gardens and recipes. They were all marvellous and thank you so much for sharing. You are a wonderfully talented group of ladies and I am honoured that you link up to my party! 

ANNOUNCEMENT concerning my upcoming blog parties for the summer months.

I consider every post you link up to be special and I am always thrilled to have you join my party. However, it takes a lot of time and effort to feature special posts. Sometimes it takes several hours to get them ready for my party. My life is about to get busier than usual and I don't have the extra time right now to be sitting in front of the computer.  

So, beginning the first of June I will no longer be featuring special posts. My party will go on as usual but the special features will not. 
Once summer is over and everything is back to normal again, perhaps I will resume the features once a month. I hope you all understand and will continue to link up to No Place Like Home. I love having you participate every week.

Now on to the posts that caught my eye from last week's party:

Fabby @ Fabby's Living shared a lovely Tea Time and Tablescape. She also shared her Old Fashioned Angel cake recipe that I know you will want to try.

Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen shared a pretty tea time outside by her fountain with a scrumptious strawberry pie and recipe too.

Martha @ Lines from Linderhof shared how simply replacing an older chair with a newer found one can make a lovely difference in one's decor. 

Pat @ French Country Style shared her lovely spring garden with us. I can't wait for my Bleeding Hearts to spring up!

Actually there were several gardening posts I could have featured but then my posting would be too long.

Thank you everyone for participating last week. As a courtesy, it would be nice if you would have a link back to my party so that others may find their way here.

Now let's see what you are creating in your home to make it a cozy place to come home to for your family, your friends, and yourself.


Lord, this humble house we'd keep
Sweet with play and calm with sleep.
Help us so that we may give
Beauty to the lives we live.
Let Thy love and let Thy grace
Shine upon our dwelling place. - Edgar A. Guest





Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Celebrating the Royals

May your life always be like a teapot...overflowing to warm the soul. ~ Irish Blessing

Welcome dear friends to Tea with the Royals! This is our Victoria Day weekend and we are celebrating the first long weekend of the summer.



We are also celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday and for those of you who may not be aware, Canada is part of the British Commonwealth and therefore we have close ties to the UK and the Royal family. Queen Elizabeth is our Queen which is one of the reasons why the royals visit our country so frequently. 

Elizabeth II is, and has been since her accession in 1952, Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and Head of the Commonwealth.



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Queen Victoria, who was our reigning Queen Elizabeth's great-great-grandmother, was a much beloved queen and the third Monday of every May is set aside to honour her memory. 




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All the time I was ironing I was trying to think of a name for a new island Diana and I discovered up by the brook. It's the most ravishing spot, Marilla. There are two maple trees on it and the brook flows right round it. At last it struck me that it would be splendid to call it Victoria Island because we found it on the Queen's birthday. Both Diana and I are very loyal. ~ Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery


Victoria Day is also a day to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II whose birthday is actually on April 21. 

FYI: 
Elizabeth's father was George VI
George VI's father was George V, Elizabeth's grandfather.
George V's father was Edward VII, Elizabeth's great grandfather.
Edward VII's mother was Queen Victoria, Elizabeth's great great grandmother.

Also it's interesting to note that Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, is a great great grandson of Queen Victoria, making Elizabeth and Philip third cousins through this relationship. 



Prince Albert - Internet

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert married on February 10, 1849 and had nine children. Their children married into other royal families throughout Europe.

After her beloved Prince Albert died, Victoria wore the colour black for the rest of her life. That did not necessarily mean the colour was her favourite. She was in mourning for her prince.

I went on line trying to determine what Victoria's favourite colour was because I thought I would set my tea table in that colour. However most sites claimed it was black although a few said purple. 



In any case, I will use some Royal Albert china as well as Maxwell and Williams to celebrate this special occasion and it's not going to be black although black can be very elegant.

The roses were all too expensive this week so I picked up some pink carnations. I like carnations and their spicy fragrance. 


To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat. - Beverly Nichols

And since I have pink flowers, my china will have to have some pink in it and what better than a little chintz. I do believe the Victorians loved the colour pink.



Maxwell and Williams is the maker of my Rose Bud teapot as well as the matching teacup. 



Royal Albert Old English Rose is also on the table because they look so pretty with the other pieces. 


Avon shape


Hampton shape


I thought this quote by Marlene Dietrich was cute:

The British have an umbilical cord which has never been cut and through which tea flows constantly. It is curious to watch them in times of sudden horror, tragedy or disaster. The pulse stops apparently, and nothing can be done, and no move made, until "a nice cup of tea" is made. There is no question that it brings solace and does steady the mind. ~ Marlene Dietrich 


I had planned to bake a cake but I ran out of time. Perhaps I will get it made later and if I do, I will do another post. 

Thank you for visiting today. It promises to be a beautiful warm sunny weekend and today we are spending it with our grandsons. So I have to run. Have a splendid long weekend everyone and I will see you on Monday for No Place Like Home.


I am joining the following parties as well~

Bernideen's Tea in the Garden
 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Bernideen's TTCG Blog Party
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 The Art of Home-Making Mondays
Share Your Cup
 Home Sweet Home


Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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