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Monday, 3 August 2015

A Quiet Tea Time

"There are times when we stop, we sit still. We listen and breezes from a whole other world begin to whisper." ~ James Carroll

Welcome friends to Tea Time! I do hope you all had a wonderful week filled with happy occasions.

Hubby is still on vacation and we have been enjoying the break from routine.... 
We took a short trip to New Brunswick for a few days where we visited family. Of course we have been enjoying our beautiful beaches too now that the nice weather has come back.

"Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world." ~ Hans Margolius

I felt like a quiet tea time today so I am using  my creamy white Skye McGhie teacup called Chantilly Lace. I added a few sprigs of Queen Anne's Lace which snuggle up to my teacup. This lovely lacy flower/weed is growing profusely all over the Island right now. Bernideen, you would love it!

This is along one of the main streets going into Charlottetown. Too bad the tide is low. It would have been prettier had the tide been high.

The Queen Anne's Lace below is growing behind the canteen at the beach. I love the weathered shingles with the Lace and red rock which the Island is known for.

Back to our tea ~ I arranged some creamy white roses in a silver coffee pot which has a bit of a patina on it.

I don't often allow my silver tea service to tarnish but for today's post, I think it lends a certain old-fashioned appeal.

Sometimes I like lemon in my tea and I always take it black.

"The secret to a well balanced life is a cup of tea in one hand and a good book in the other." ~ Unknown

A good book or magazine makes a relaxing tea time even more enjoyable.

 "Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one." ~ Ancient Chinese Proverb

My second son is arriving home this week and I can't wait to see him! I am so thankful that our children who live off Island, make an effort to come home at least once a year! 

I really do admire those ladies who host a blog party every week and never take a break from it but I feel I must and I hope you understand. There will be no Tea Time next week but it will resume on the 17th of August. I hope to see you then.

Now I'm wondering what you have to share. Teacups/coffee cups, teapots/coffee pots/chocolate pots, creamers, sugar bowls, and tea spoons, all are welcome. I enjoy seeing your trips to a Tea Shop and we tea ladies love a new tea time recipe, so please feel free to share any of these as well as your tablescapes. 

Thank you for visiting and have a beautiful day!

All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors. ~ John Calvin

I am joining the following parties as well~

 A Return to Loveliness
 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Happy Civic Day, Sandi! Love your pretty chantilly lace teacup! Your post reminded me that I need to polish my silver tea set. Hee!

    Enjoy your family visit next week!

  2. How beautiful. I need to work on my tea set and see what kind of vignette I can put together. Enjoy your week! Hugs, Diane

  3. So glad you are enjoying your summer! A quiet time is essential to recharge our batteries, isn't it? Love your pretty teacup and your photos are always so lovely! Thanks for hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  4. You always share such beautiful photography dear Sandi ! This post is no exception, with such lovely shantilly lace teacup, flowers and pretty white hat. Such a romantic Summer picture!.
    Thank you for the wonderful tea party.
    Have a lovely week.

  5. Hi Sandi,
    Your pics today are exquisite. I love the pretty hat, pearls, white roses and cup. Everything looks magical together. I do hope that you have a wonderful time with your son. Enjoy his special visit. I will miss your beautiful post next week! Happy Tea Day and Thank you for hosting! Karen

  6. Your tea today is so romantic and soothing, Sandi. I love your pretty teacup and I think the patina on the teapot lends for a vintage charm. Of course, your quotes always set a gentle mood for me when I come to visit your tea party.
    Enjoy your time with your family, on the beach, and wherever else you may go. Thank you for hosting and we will see you in two weeks. Love and hugs, Kitty

  7. I love that quote by John Calvin at the end of your post.
    Your picture of the silver teapot with the roses, pearls, book, and tea is lovely -- a picture of my favorite things!! Have a wonderful time visiting with your son, and of course you need to take a blogging break! We'll see you in a couple weeks, Sandi. Enjoy! xo Deborah

  8. Oh so serene and beautiful! I love how you used your silver coffee pot. In my linked post, I used a silver teapot to hold roses, too! That teacup is so delicate and I love how you accented it with the Qeen Anne's Lace. The book you chose is one of my all-time favorites!

  9. I love Queen Anne's Lace...your pictures are lovely and inviting....eps. the last one with tea, white roses, and perfect hat!!!

  10. A beautiful quiet time tea! Praying you have a very restful blog break and a wonderful time with family!

  11. A beautiful quiet time tea! Praying you have a very restful blog break and a wonderful time with family!

  12. I like your tea table this week Sandi with pearls, lace, tea and a good book. Enjoy the visit with the son returning home now, I can't imagine only seeing a child once a year.
    My host blogging break was exhilarating, I rarely picked up my iPad as there were so many things to do with our family while on vacation.

  13. Hi Sandi: Love the beautiful white tea cups and pearls. A great post. Have a wonderful time off. Enjoy your vacation. Hugs, Martha

  14. Queen Anne's Lace is still a favorite! Enjoy your family.

  15. Your teatime is so serene! I love the hat, so pretty! Thank you once again for hosting and enjoy your time with family, blessings Lynn

  16. A quiet tea is such a lovely theme. We all need to take time to reflect and meditate. Your photos are lovely. Enjoy your family time with your son. ~ Phyllis

  17. So little Queen Anne's Lace in New Jersey any more - has gone the way of the pastures and trees and the meadows - all paved over I'm afraid. So lovely to see your pictures.They refresh my soul.
    Thanks for hosting. It is always a pleasure to join the party.

    PS - I think I'm going to see if I can get some Q.A.L. seeds or plants. There is nothing stopping me from growing some of my own I don't guess.

  18. Dear Sandi,
    so nice to have this white and quiet tea time. It looks refreshing at this summertime. On your and Bernideen's blog I learned to love the Queen Annes Lace, because here it is only considered as weed. But it looks so much like baby breath and is so lovely in the vase. The secret garden is a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing this white tea time and for hosting this event. I will hopefully link in later with a new post.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  19. I don't know why I never embraced the drinking of tea. My mother and grandmothers all loved their tea and had their favorite teacups. I guess it's because I never sit till long enough to sit for a cup of tea.

    Have a lovely visit with your son.

  20. I love the saucer of your white tea cup Sandi. It looks very pretty and delicate, it's beautiful. Surely, you would feel a delight drinking from that cup. I've watched the secret garden many years ago and I enjoyed it very much. Maybe one of these days, I would read the book as well. I find that an author's description of a certain event, feeling or place builds the imagination... watching it on tv doesn't nurtured that same use of the mind. :-)

  21. Sandi--your simple tea turned out lovely with the whites and silver. I love the touch of "lace" around the teacup. I think Queen Anne's Lace or something that looks a lot like it, grows along the paths in the woods near my house. I love the picture of the flower near the seashore--so pretty! Have a great time with your son!

  22. the lemon slice looks so pretty floating in your cup. I may even take a slice in my tea later this afternoon. I am not in the practice of adding anything at all to my tea. I suppose that is one of the reasons I am so particular about the flavor.

  23. I loved your post. I'd love to have a tea party some day. I enjoyed visiting.

  24. Sandi, I love the Queen Anne's Lace. And yes, it does make me think of Bernideen! I actually love a little tarnish on silver. In some cases, a lot. lol! So glad that your son is coming for a visit. All of our kids live quite close and I can't even imagine what it would be like to only see them once a year. Embrace the time and enjoy that break! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  25. Im so happy this year I got to enjoy some of my own Queen Anne's Lace.. Your lovely photo is wondeful.. and your tea time looks so peaceful wish I was right there.. Glad your son is coming to visit.. My children are all close by it would be really hard if they weren't.. enjoy your time.. with love Janice lovely post..

  26. Your tea is beautiful Sandi! I took a break this week too and didn't post a single new thing. The party will be on though. After 5 years I needed a break. Have fun on your time off! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  27. Hi Sandi, I have been on blogger break most of the year it seems. Life has been so very busy and I just can't keep up all the time. You do such a lovely job ALL THE TIME! You amaze me and you offer such beauty and thoughtfulness for so many bloggers. Thank you so much for all you do.


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