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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 30 September 2013

Tea Time Tuesday

"It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life." ~ PD James {Victoria magazine}

Hello friends and welcome to another tea time! I hope your Autumn is off to a lovely start. Can you believe this is the last Tea Time Tuesday for the month of September?

Seems like September just got underway. The last two weekends here on the Island have been just beautiful; warm and enchanting! I never want it to end. What was your weekend like?

Before we have our tea today I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of my new followers! It's lovely to have you join me here at Rose Chintz Cottage and I hope you will find joy and friendship here.

I always have a bowl of fresh fruit in the house but this time of year, I like having a bowl of apples out.  Not only are they tasty and fragrant but they're pretty too. There were two pears but Hubby snitched one before I took the picture. I like the colour of these Pink Ladies.

These apple cups came from a secret sister many years ago. Aren't they cute? They're not much good for sipping tea from however. I just like bringing them out this time of year.

The birdies may have flown south but I can still enjoy them on my teapot. This is one side.

And this is the other. This sweet teapot was a Christmas gift last year.

And this is what the top looks like.

I love it and it holds a wonderful amount of tea; about four to six cups. It's a perfect size for company.

The other day a good friend brought me a large bag of hydrangeas to use in arrangements. I think they look pretty in my vintage pink depression glass pitcher. I love the different hues of the little petals.

"Flowers make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul." ~ Luther Burbank

Come, let's indulge in a cup of tea or two, shall we? I have set my tea out on a side table in the living room today. I placed a throw over the table with some lace and set up my birdie teapot.
As you can see, I still haven't painted the walls in the living room yet. They're still a taupey-rose colour.

Red transferware is such a favourite of mine and it all goes together like cheese and crackers, or tea and cookies.

I am enjoying Twinings Chai tea today.

I love spicy tea at any time but it is especially nice this time of year.

With the abundance of fresh apples around, I made an Apple Upside Down Cake. It is actually a Cottage Pudding with apples on the bottom served warm with Vanilla sauce. Doesn't the sauce look lovely pooling onto the spoon? Yum!

For those of you who would like the recipe, I will post it on my HOME party this week.

"Now then what'd be nice
We'll start with raspberry ice
And then some cakes and tea
Order what you will
There'll be no bill
It's complimentary." ~ From the "Mary Poppins" song - Jolly Holiday

As you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We have all been touched by breast cancer in one way or another. So on October 14th, I will be hosting my annual Pink Tea to show my support of Breast Cancer Awareness. 
I hope you will join me that week with something pink. It could be a teacup or teapot, coffee mug, or tablescape. Perhaps cupcakes will be on your tea menu or a cake. Or maybe just a beautiful pink rose. You are welcome to copy and paste my button for the occasion if you wish.

I am delighted you have come for tea today and I would be happy to see your pretty tea things whether you have shared them before or not.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Simply link up below and I will be pleased to come and visit you. Have a beautiful day everyone.

"Why is beauty so important? Because we derive energy and motivation from beautiful sights, beautiful sounds, beautiful words and ideas, and beautiful environments." ~ Thomas Kinkade

As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Inspire Me Tuesday ~
A Return to Loveliness ~
Tea Cup Tuesday~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~
Friends Sharing Tea~
What's It Wednesday ~
Home and Garden Thursday ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Home Sweet Home~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Good morning, sweet Sandi! It seems so long since I have joined you for Tea Time Tuesday - I have missed participating. I pray you are well, friend, and your back is no longer giving you pain. Your tea posts are always beautiful and the quotes you share are lovely blessings, thank you! Have a blessed day. Love and hugs!

  2. Hi Sandi. It's nice to be able to comment again! Love your apple mugs...and the apple cake looks like just what I was looking for to make. Thanks for the lovely post and inspiration!

  3. Love the teapot and apple cups! I am enjoying the fall, so many things going on this month!

  4. What a gorgeous post dear Sandi, I love your setting with the gorgeous red dishes, the apple pieces and cake, wow! Thank you for the lovely quotes and for hosting this wonderful party. Have a great week.

  5. Спасибо за чай !!! У вас прекрасный дом! С удовольствием зайду в гости)))Анисса.

  6. Hi Sandi!
    Thank you for stopping by and saying hello. I have been enjoying the rest of my summer. I love your birdie teapot. I'll be here for your pink tea. Have a lovely week.

  7. Oh Sandi, that teapot is gorgeous! Your entire tea looks so pretty! Thank you for hosting!

  8. Hello Sandi
    I'm not a person that likes red, but I really do love your red transferware china. The little apple cups are cute and the cake looks delicious, the sauce making the difference from yummy to decadent.
    There's always lots of pink here too so I'll put something pretty together for your pink tea.

  9. Hi Sandi! I just came to visit as I have nothing ready to share. I love your pretty post and your beautiful teapot. The apple mugs are darling, but I agree, I have some shaped like that and they are hard to drink tea from.
    I hope you have a blessed week. I went away with some girlfriends over the weekend to Hot Springs, Arkansas. xo

  10. Love your red transferware, LOVE the teapot. My goodness! I am going to 'borrow" your Oct 14 icon for my Cancer Awareness post. Thank you for making one to share.


  11. Your photos are lovely today, Sandi. I liked seeing the fruit on the table and the apple cups, as well as your gorgeous birdie teapot! Your apple cake looks scrumptious too! Beautiful fall post, Sandi.
    Hugs, Beth

  12. A lovely post and photos ! Oh that tea pot with the birdies on is soo cute . Oh sweet goodies always best with a cup of tea . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

  13. Every day is a tea day for us . Tea in the morning , noon and night lol

  14. The teapot with birds is marvellous. The apple cups are very cute and very original

  15. Lovely tea items, Sandy. I love everything you showed today, pretty colors too!..Christine

  16. Ahhhh..the color of those hydrangeas!....and your teapot is so pretty. The setting is all perfectly co-ordinated.

  17. Sandi ... your tea is welcoming as always. Thank you for hosting ... and yes!!! I would love a slice (or two ..shh...) of that apple cake ... the sauce looks scrumptious ... wishing you a beautiful week..Hugs, C. (HHL)

  18. Hello Sandi, your teapot is exquisite - beautiful, beautiful post - I am so amazed that tomorrow it will be October! So delighted to share with you! I appreciate you hosting and sharing,

  19. Sandi:
    I love that teapot with the birds. This is a beautiful post. Your cake looks wonderful! Even those apples make one want a bite!

  20. Sandi:
    I love that teapot with the birds. This is a beautiful post. Your cake looks wonderful! Even those apples make one want a bite!

  21. A beautiful post. I love the hydrangers they are so pretty.
    I will imagine I am having tea with you.

  22. What a lovely tea with your beautiful teapot and hydrangeas. I made a apple cake yesterday, too! Also had a cup of yummy blueberry tea my very sweet friend sent me! Thank you for hosting and wishing you a great week!

  23. Hi Sandi,
    Your birdie teapot is gorgeous and that apple cake looks delicious! I would be in big trouble if I lived with you, I have such a sweet tooth and no self control!
    Thanks for hosting and have a great day!

  24. hello
    j'aime beaucoup les tasses pommes
    elles sont adorable
    et ce petit oiseau qui c'est déposé
    sur la théière
    j'ai mis le bouton sur mon blog
    mais si on clic , cela ne renvoie pas sur votre blog ???
    edith (iris) France

  25. Hello Sandi

    Your pink birdie teapot is lovely - in fact all your china pieces you've shown us today are delightful.

    You always come up with the sweetest quotes and little poems to tie in as well!

    Thank you for hosting your Tea Time Tuesday - I'm posting about my coffee set today - hope that's OK?


  26. Sandi,
    I love your apple cups and gorgeous apples. Reminds me growing up in New Mexico and going to the Dixon Apple Farm each year. Lovely memories. Your red transferware is lovely -- the birdies!!! I look forward to the recipe. Happy Tea Day and thank you for hosting

  27. Good morning Sandi. I am in love with that apple cake. It looks divine. Such lovely tea pot and cup. Have a great week sweet friend.

  28. Hi Sandi,
    Always love to see red and white china-Love your teapot!
    We have had some lovely fall weather here - I notice more fall color every day.
    Thank you for hosting,

  29. Hello Sandi,
    Your post is gorgeous as usual! I adore your tea pot, and never tire of seeing it. The hydrangeas look amazing. Your friend was so kind to gift them to you.
    I love apples in the fall. When they are fresh and crisp and smell divine!
    Happy Autumn!

  30. Your red transferware is so lovely with the bird teapot! I would love to know the mark of the cup and saucer. The apple upside.down cake is a new cake/pudding to me and is very tempting. Thanks for being a wonderful host this week!


  31. Hi Sandi, The apple mugs are so cute, while the apple cake looks delicious. Your red transferware is lovely, especially the tea pot with the birds. Happy Tuesday! ~Michelle

  32. Dear Sandi,
    now September has already gone and I visit you in October. The days are sunny but the evenings are chilly here. So its nice to have a hot tea and something yummy with it. Your apllecake down with Vanilla sauce looks delicious. I love the pretty birdie tea post. Its so nice with the transferware. Thank you for sharing this comfortable tea time and for hosting this sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  33. What a cute tea-pot, Sandi. I just love it. I really enjoyed some of the quotes today, too. I would really appreciate the recipe for that apple cake. We love apple desserts here and that looks delicious. I'll be posting my version of Apple Upside-down cake soon, too. I'll be back soon to link up today. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Deb

  34. Hi Sandi: I love that tea pot. I am going to join you for that tea party. Thank you for hosting it. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  35. Hola Sandi
    Esta vajilla que presentas hoy es la que más me gusta, adoro el estilo vintage de tu decoración con hortensias, creo... y tu tarta se ve deliciosa, adoro los dulces.
    Feliz martes de té.
    Muchos besos

  36. Hi Sandi, I'm really starting to love the red transferware. It seems to go with almost every type of china. Do you find that's true? I bought a lot of it in England at the car boot sales, but I haven't seen as beautiful a tea pot as you have. Those little birds are so charming! Yes, I think that red transferware will have to be my new collectible. :)

  37. Hi Sandi,
    Your teacup and teapot are so very lovely again today. Thank you for hosting Tea Time Tuesday. I look so forward to your blog each week. Take care,

  38. Love the red transfer ware. Lovely party thank you for hosting - adding your Pink Tea button to my page. Have a Blessed week!

  39. Such a pretty teapot and love the teacups!

  40. Hello, dear Sandi! Welcome Autumn and you do that very well with apples - also featured in a "small" way in my post today! I have the bird teapot and love it, too, for the size - yes it is just right for company. It is available at Victorian Trading Company and there are matching teacups and luncheon plates you could order, too. Find them online. That's where I'm spending a lot of time getting used to my new platform at WordPress. So much housecleaning to do with my 200+ posts that are all out of sorts now and TONS to learn in HOW to work with it to do what Blogger seemed to make more user friendly. A necessary move for me, though, for where I'm hoping to go.

  41. Your flowers and transferware are gorgeous! Two of my favorite things! Thanks for hosting and for joining HSH!

  42. Hello Sandi, yes welcome to Autumn and it comes with great tastes like apples a favourite. I think I'm liking red transfer-ware more and more each time I see your posts. Perhaps my China cabinets has room for one or two pieces, lol.

    I have a cup that isn't much good for sipping tea also, it is the white heart shaped one. Thanks for sharing

  43. Hello Sandi, I wanted to share that I will be featuring your post in this week's A Return to Loveliness - I do appreciate you!


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!

Also, due to the amount of spam I've been getting, I have had to set Comment Moderation. ~ Sandi

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