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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, 6 July 2015

English Teacups for Tea Time


Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Hello dear tea friends and welcome to my first Tea Time in July! Summer has finally arrived here on the Island. Canada Day was last Wednesday and with it came the heat. Hubby and I are looking forward to spending lots of time at the beach, just relaxing and breathing in the clean fresh air.

For tea time, I am going with a pink theme today because I have cut some fresh roses from my bushes and they are sitting pretty in a teapot. 



We will use my lovely Royal Albert Lady Carlyle and Serena teacups for our tea. Both teacups are a classic example of the romantic floral tradition that Royal Albert is famous for.



Do you collect English teacups? I seem to gravitate toward English cups when I'm out and about in thrift shops although I do have many other makers too.

Tea Tip ~ Hanging your teacup from a hook can weaken the porcelain.


I read this somewhere once and as much as I love the charming look of cups hanging from hooks in a cabinet,  I don't hang mine because I don't want to weaken the handles.

What do you think? Do you hang your teacups from hooks?

I have set our tea out in front of the window. The snow is long gone and the maple tree has leafed out beautifully. It has been quite breezy the past few days as you can see by the lace panel blowing softly. 



I made some Rocky Roads for our treat. I have made them many times over the years. How about you?



May I pour you some tea? We are having Davids Salted Caramel tea. It goes well with my rocky roads. 



The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement. ~ Arthur Gray 


Enjoy your tea time today and thank you for gracing me with your company. You have made my day!



A man {or lady} should be like tea; his real strength appearing when he gets in hot water. ~ Unknown 



I am joining the following parties as well~

 A Return to Loveliness
 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea in the Garden
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home


 
Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Monday, 29 June 2015

Tea Time in the Summertime



You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight when the dew is falling and the old stars are peeping out and the sea keeps its mighty tryst with the little land it loves. You find your soul then. You realize that youth is not a vanished thing but something that dwells forever in the heart.~ L.M. Montgomery


Welcome back to Tea Time Tuesday, my lovely friends, and welcome Summer! I just love Montgomery's quote above and I have shared a few photos of our beautiful island for our tea today. I hope you enjoy them! 

Stop and smell the roses.


While I was away, Summer arrived, and since my last posting, the roses and lupins have bloomed. My lupins didn't come up but there are plenty decorating the fields and ditches here on PEI. 


Lupins at Stanley Bridge with a red clay road in the background


I regret I did not take the picture below. My neighbor up the street did but this is a perfect example of how beautiful our island is.


Lupins along the shore at Tea Hill

I have gathered some of my roses to enjoy with our tea. 



My roses are not the most exotic in the garden but their scent is reminiscent of the wild roses that grow freely along the sea shore here on the island. Their scent is quite intoxicating and I love how they waft their fragrance through a room.



Wild roses mixed among evergreens along the seashore.


Roses by the Clyde River in New Glasgow

Ah, summertime! A time to savour the blossoms and sweet fresh air, a walk along the beach or a path through the woods.


                                                    Dalvay


                    Rolling hills and pasture land in New Glasgow


              Our son taking a walk through the woods with a friend. 

         
We had a wonderful visit with our son who has spent the last three years in Illinois completing a postdoc. In a couple of weeks he will be moving across the country to another state for a two year postdoc position. After that he will apply for tenure. Many folks have no idea how many years of study and research it takes to become a full-fledged Math professor; more than an MD actually. But he's almost there and we are so proud of his accomplishments!


I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few pictures of our island before we have our tea.

I love arranging my old-fashioned roses in a canning jar.



On Wednesday, we Canadians will celebrate Canada Day and my American friends will celebrate the 4th of July on the weekend. 


                               courtesy of the Internet

I thought red and white would be appropriate for Tea Time today.


I am using my Burleigh Felicity and Mason's Vista teacups. Both teacups are made in England. 


 Felicity 

Vista


I took a cranberry and almond tart from the freezer for our sweet. Sorry, no home made treats today.




Hubby and I had tea at the New Glasgow PEI Preserve Company on the weekend and I tried a new tea while there. I had to borrow this picture from the Internet because I forgot to take one.

courtesy of the internet

I liked the tea so well that I brought some home with me. It is Tea Hill Strawberry and it is delicious! A loose leaf Ceylon black tea with blackberry and strawberry.



I also got a new teacup there but I will share that another day.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.


Thank you for visiting today. I hope you didn't mind my long post. 



Please join me by linking up your tea/coffee/chocolate/iced tea/lemonade things, tea time recipes, or a trip to a Tea Room. We tea ladies enjoy all of those things. Wishing you all a delightful day and have a lovely and safe holiday this coming week.

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayward sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson




I am also linking up to these wonderful parties ~

A Return to Loveliness
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea in the Garden
Tea Cup Tuesday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home


Sharing from my heart~ Sandi
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