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...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Tea Time Tuesday


"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June." ~ L. M. Montgomery


Hello dear friends~ Welcome back to Tea Time! I have missed you all and I hope you are looking forward to sharing tea with me today.

I have been super busy with appointments and company since my last tea party and I am so ready to relax with a nice cuppa tea. How about you? I really love it when you drop by to spend some time with me.

"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures...,"~  L.M.Montgomery 

Since my last tea party, the lilacs have bloomed.


 My bleeding hearts have been putting on a show for a few weeks now...,


 ...and my bridal veil is prettier than it's ever been.


There are hundreds of tiny rose buds on the rose bushes and I cannot wait for them to burst forth so I can once again enjoy their lovely blooms and scent.


How luscious this time of year is! A billion shades of lovely green mixed with a myriad of blossom colours offer up a divine banquet of nature inspired eye candy for us to indulge in. 

And speaking of lovely....!



I found this wonderful teacup last year at an antique shop.


It is called Summer from the cottage series by Royal Albert 1984, very appropriate for today's tea since this week ushers in the new season. 


This quintessential English teacup depicts a charming thatch-roofed cottage scene complete with geese in the yard. I wish I could transport myself into that blissful little scene!



A pretty spray of flowers adorns the inside of the cup and a whisper pink trim is found on the scalloped saucer and the base of the cup. 


I really love this teacup; it's one of my favourites!

"You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." ~ C.S. Lewis

I found this little creamer at another antique shop. It is made in Bavaria and has a small chip in the rim.


"Usefulness is not impaired by imperfection. You can drink from a chipped cup." ~ Greta Nagel

The teapot is a new find which I got for forty per cent off. It is made by Ganz and I love the soft  pink colour.


I'm having Darjeeling tea today. Do you like lemon in your tea? How about a lavender shortbread cookie with your cuppa.


You have all seen my Colclough teacup above before.


Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

While we're enjoying our tea, why not take a peek at Carolyn's new book.


You all know Carolyn of Aiken House and Gardens. She has compiled some of her favourite photos and turned them into a dreamy book. Included in her book are some wonderful quotes as well as some of her own words. She even shares a favourite recipe.

Isn't this a beautiful cover?


Says Carolyn, "Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy afternoon tea in the garden. It is so peaceful to sit among the blooms and blossoms, listen to the song of the birds, and take in the fragrance of the roses, lilacs, or whatever happens to be in bloom; watch the butterflies fluttering about, and maybe even spot a little fairy or two!"


A week ago, our local newspaper wrote a lovely article about Carolyn and her gardens as well as her book.

You know, Carolyn and I used to play together when we were little girls and it comes as no surprise to me that the little girl grew up to become one of our Island's favourite gardeners, and now an author.


This book is sure to please everyone and would make a delightful gift. If you haven't already sent for a copy then please do visit Carolyn's blog, Aiken House and Gardens and ask about it. I know she would love to hear from you.

Next week, Terri @ Artful Affirmations is hosting a Garden Tea Party


I know she has been working for weeks to get ready for it and it is sure to be a lovely time. 



Thank you for joining me for tea today. It's nice to enjoy your company once again. If you have a favourite teacup/teapot or coffee mug, please write a post about it and link up with me. Teascapes and tablescapes are welcome too. Have a beautiful day. 

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness ~ http://www.adelightsomelife.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday~ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday ~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~ http://www.antiquesandteacups.info/
Tea In The Garden ~ http://blog.bernideens.com/
Home and Garden Thursday ~ http://www.adelightsomelife.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday~ http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
Home Sweet Home~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/


Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

31 comments :

  1. I love your Royal Albert "Summer" teacup! And the pale pink teapot! Pale pink is my favorite color when it comes to tea things... and although I have a few 'gold trim' teacups, I prefer the ones without. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pieces.

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  2. So glad to see your party back.Nice visiting you again also.Denise

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  3. Dear Sandi,
    What a sweet teacup you found! So perfect for sipping tea on a summer day and your new teapot is so pretty. It will be a compliment to many of your teacups. Your tea today is so lovely, I wish I could really join you! Thank you for hosting and praying you have a wonderful relaxing week.
    Nancy

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  4. Welcome back Sandi! Your flowers are gorgeous! And I love the teacup. the book really does look lovely! Thank you for hosting.

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  5. Your Royal Albert Summer cottage teacup is so pretty Sandi. No wonder it is one of your favorites. Thank you for hosting a lovely tea today and welcome back.
    ~Clara

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  6. Dear Sandi,
    nice idea to transfer you into this little Cottage scenery. I wou, because this tiny Cottage garden full of roses looks so romantic. But your tea setting is also romantic and perfect for the day. Your lavender cookies looks really tempting. Thank you also for introducing Carolyn Aiken's wonderful garden book. I know how much work it is to make such a book. Her words sounds so nice. Maybe there are everywhere fairies in the garden, who knows? Dear Sandi, thank you for your wonderful tea party. Take care and rest a bit. Enjoy the sunshine and the birds singing. Sommer is here.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  7. Oh Sandi, what beautiful flowers you've shared from your garden! The Summer teacup is one of the prettiest teacups I've ever seen! What a joy it would be to sip tea from that cup! That was a lucky find, my friend. Thank you so much for hosting and have a wonderful day. xo

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  8. Hi Sandi. Your link did go through. I hope things improve. But it's nice to be back and glad you are feeling well enough to host as well! Lovely bleeding hearts, and the teacups are wonderful! Great photographs...as usual!
    Ruth

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  9. I like each and every thing you shared in this post; the new teacup with the cottage and geese on it, the pink teapot, all of it. Your friend's book looks delightful too.

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  10. O my I so enjoyed my visit and tea with you.. I love really love your new Royal Albert tea cup it is very sweet.. The pot is soft and gentle pink and I like that. Everything is just lovely .. and I was surprised that you and Carolyn grew up together very nice..( I just watched Green Gable night before I just love it) Her book looks divine. I love looking at all her photos on her blog they are just beautiful.. A really lovely post, thank you for sharing it Have a wonderful new week with love Janice

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  11. Thanks Sandi, for the tour of your flowers, they are so pretty. Your teacup is precious, no wonder it's your favorite.
    Have a blessed day,
    Sylvia

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  12. Hello Sandi, Missed you too! I hope all is well with you this week - love the Lilacs - sure wish I could grow them - looking for a variety that will survive the summer heat. That teacup is marvelous - glorious find - I can't wait to get a copy of Carolyn's book - a treasure - I appreciate you sharing and hosting,
    Kathy

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  13. Sandi, I love your Royal Albert Summer teacup .. what a find! I adore teacups with scenes. It would be fun to be carried away to that little thatched roof cottage. The pale pink teapot is perfect with your cups. I love lilacs and I can't grow them here so I will have to enjoy yours. I'm off to visit Carolyn Aiken. Happy Tea Day and thank you for hosting!

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  14. So happy to join your party today. Carolyn's book looks lovely, as does your tea table.

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  15. Oh Sandi,
    Your posts are always so very beautiful. I love your Summer Teacup - I have never seen one like it before. I really would like to get one of Carolyn's new books. Her blogspot, like yours, is so very enchanting! I didn't know that you were childhood friends. It really is a small world. I hope to be ready to post some teacups tomorrow for Teacup Tuesday. Thanks so much for hosting. Hope you are feeling better.
    Take care,
    karen

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  16. Blessings, Sandy! So good to see you back and enjoying your cuppa after hosting a housefull! I am finally back to my regular posting after a very long school year where I found myself too frayed to enjoy Blogland as I might. Re-arranged career steps have put me back on track with blogging - and lots of wonderful new and inspiration creative adventures ahead! Your English cottage teacup is precisely where I'd like to be transported, too! Love cottage scenes! And, yes - I am also a fan of Carolyn's lovely gardens and will check out her new book - a perfect compliment to a soothing and refreshing cup of almost summertime tea . . .
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  17. Sandi, before I even read it, I was thinking about wishing I shrink down in size to visit the thatched cottage on your teacup. It is adorable.
    I have had Carolyn's book since it came out and I enjoy leafing through it over and over; she did a nice job.
    Glad you're rested and back to hosting tea again this week. Hope your back is better too.
    Judith

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  18. That little setting looks so pretty in front of your sofa and with Carolyn's book! How perfect and I love you new "old" cup and saucer. A wonderful posting!

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  19. Dear sandi,
    I'm so glad you're back to go on hosting these delightful teas!!! Always sharing lovely flowers - today's flowers are gorgeous - and beautiful china like this Royal Albert "Summer" teacup.
    Have a great week dear friend!
    Hugs

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  20. Welcome back my friend!Your Summer teacup by RA is brilliant and definitely a sign that summer is upon us. The book looks really lovely! Wishing you a brilliant week..xo Hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)

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  21. Sandi,it's so nice to have you back with Tea Time Tuesday again. Welcome Back!! A lovely tea today with your new teacup with the pretty house scene on it. I need to get a little tea time set up soon and join you again as it's been a while. I hope you are feeling much better. Blessings, Pam

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  22. Sandi,
    This is a lovely post!
    You have such beautiful china. Nice to see. So pretty!
    Please drink some Tea for me. I'm fresh out,
    d

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  23. hello
    j'ai également acheté la belle revue
    elle est splendide
    comme il y a tasses de présenter
    je m'installe avec vous
    un thé bien chaud
    car chez nous il pleut +++++
    tendresse
    edith (iris) France

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  24. Hi Sandi: So glad to visit. I have had you on my heart. Love the tea cup you found. Royal Albert tea cups are always stunning. Thank you for hosting and please take care. Blessings, Martha

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  25. Hello Sandi,
    I hope you are doing o.k. with all this business. And I am hoping your appointments were good ones.
    I am lucky I am not predisposed to jealously! Lol! Your post is just so full of beautiful things! You have had some wonderful finds. That tea cup is just so special. I love it! You describe it so well too. The new pink tea pot....gorgeously pink!...is perfect.
    I am delighted to see your blooms. I totally adore lilacs, and can almost smell yours! And your other flowers too are beautiful. Maybe all the bad weather conspired to create amazing plants this summer?
    Thank you for mentioning my tea party next week. I am still crossing my fingers for better weather...we have thunderstorms today.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  26. Your post is so uplifting Sandi. I adore that gorgeous Royal Albert tea cup. I also love to see that you have your copy of Carolyn's book already. I am sure it is a treasure. I have to get my soon.

    Hugs,

    Janet

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  27. Oh, boy! Lovely sentiments, lovely photos. I think your teacup is charming, Sandi! My goodness, I have never seen Bleeding Hearts up close..wow~ Thanks for hosting and sharing some wonderful L.M. Montgomery quotes. Happy June, happy summer.
    S

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  28. Hi Sandi, I'm popping in to say hi and I'm back on the Island and missed you while you were away and glad to see you back.
    I enjoyed your pictures of the bleeding hearts and this bridal veil is new to me. I could so escape into the wee picture in the tea cup as well. Thank you for sharing Carolyn has published a book and I'm going to look it up soon as it should be in our book stores. There is so much talent on an Island and glad you two share in so much of it. Take care

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  29. Sandi, your table set for tea is so lovely. The summer teacup pictures such a charming garden. Oh my that book looks delightful. I must get one! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  30. Hello Sandi, I hope you're having a blessed day - this tea is so lovely and the teacups gorgeous - your post was among the top three viewed on A Return to Loveliness - I will be featuring your post in this week's party - I do appreciate you,
    Kathy

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  31. Hi Sandi,
    It is nice to have you back. I love that cottage tea cup. I am glad you told me about Carolyn's book. Will have to get that on my bookshelf! Love it! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi

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