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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.

Friday 19 February 2016

A Little of This and That

I'm so thankful for friendship. It beautifies life so much. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Avonlea 

Hello lovely friends! Hope you all had a good week. 

How many of you viewed Anne of Green Gables on Monday night? I did enjoy it and I also enjoyed seeing the red transferware in Marilla's kitchen! Usually you see brown in a movie such as this set in the early 1900's. It was lovely to see red for a change!

This is some of my red collection above the patio doors in the dining room. And yes, I keep those lights out all year round.

If you visited my last week's tea post, you saw a very sparse red transferware table setting. 

I had all kinds of plans for it. I was going to bring out my ceramic cupids I made and chocolate hearts, the works. But, I was sick! Yes, I was sick the entire Valentine's Day weekend and I forgot most of all the little touches I had planned to use for that tea setting. 

The last two weeks I have been "under the weather" and I actually spent last evening at the ER and this afternoon at the clinic. Hopefully I'm on the mend after this!

We are in the depth of winter here on Prince Edward Island and I thought I would share a few random photos. 

I don't know who took this but I thought it was adorable! If this is your photo, I will gladly give you credit for it. I'm glad I can enjoy chickadees all year round here. I enjoy watching them swoop from the trees behind our home to the feeder. Such entertaining little birds!

The end of December when my son was home for the holidays he went out to Brackley Beach. This is a photo from that day. 

I thought this shot was unique in the way the wind had blown the sand across the snow giving it a marbled effect. Brrr! Not many on the beach that day!

The other day, this sweet little fox had been curled up in the snow just outside our back door. He and his mate made quite a picture. As you can see, we had been heavy with snow here until the past few days when we got a thaw.

My weeping caragana is to the left and a very large honeysuckle with white berries is to the right with pine trees behind.

I took this picture just before Mr. Fox and his Missus walked off into the woods behind our home. They made such a cute pair.

Now, let's go back inside where it's cozy and warm. 

Time for tea!

Because I have been under the weather, it will be a simple tea today. Lemon ginger tea helps to settle the stomach and helps one relax as well. 

I just have to share this darling little teacup Deborah at The Beautiful Matters sent me for Christmas. It is a Martha Cooke teacup. 

She knows how much I love our little feathered friends. Isn't it sweet? Thank you Deborah!

Winter will soon be over so I am sipping tea from my cardinal tea-for-one set. 

There is no mark on this set, just white porcelain adorned with a gold trim, cardinals and pine cones.

I thought my little chickadee and cardinal from my Avon bird collection could join us. 

If you are cold, Tea will warm you.
If you are too heated, It will cool you.
If you are depressed, It will cheer you.
If you are excited, It will calm you. ~ William E. Gladstone

Thank you dear friends for your visit. Enjoy your weekend and I hope to see you all on Monday morning for No Place Like Home!

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's TTCG Blog Party
Tea Cup Tuesday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Oh Dear Sandi! I'm so sorry to hear you have been so sick... I have been sick as well. I started getting sick on Valentine's Day and have spent the entire week in
    bed. We must pray for one another Friend.
    I am a serious lover of Red Transferware also and have a few pieces.
    Your's is gorgeous.
    I also love all of the birds. We have chickadees year round in Illinois too.
    Of course we have tons of beautiful Cardinal's, as it's our state bird.
    I love our feathered friends so much that I have 2 pet birds... a cockatiel and a dove.
    Your "marbled" beach is breathtaking.
    Please take care and drink lots of lovely, warm, good for you, tea.

    1. Thank you, Danette! I hope you feel better soon too.

    2. Oh I'm just enchanted with the cardinal and pine cone tea set. I have a lot of pinecone dishes - and nothing like that. What a perfectly wonderful set. I'm sorry you've been sick - it seems to be going around - I'm on my second week and so far (knock wood) I've not had to go to the ER. I am doing better and want to do some winter tea settings before spring catches me. Enjoy your tea.

  2. OH! And Mr. Fox warms my heart... he is so very beautiful!

  3. I hope you feel better very soon, Sandi! I said a prayer for you. Loved seeing the fox - so beautiful! Blessings, Beth

  4. Dear Sandi:
    What a lovely bird and Fox themed post. I am so sorry for your illness but very glad to hear you are better. That's that fun at all. You sure have some beautiful snow happening. I forgot about the new Anne as we are daily packing and painting, etc. Hopefully, it will be on again. Please take care and get plenty of rest! Prayers!

  5. Sandi,
    Love the photos of the beach and the fox!!
    But your tea cup and the tea for one set is stunning!!

  6. I hope you will be well again soon, Sandi. I love your bird tea-cups and I am a lover of the chickadee, too. I think there are now about 40 that live right on our property. They are the sweetest of birds. Lucky you to spot these two beautiful foxes. We have some around but I have yet to see one. Enjoy your weekend, Deb

  7. Oh sweet lady, I'm so glad you're feeling better....the ER!
    Your bird dishes are simply darling. The winter images are gorgeous and the fox picking out from the snow is so fun ! I'd be scared, though.
    Feel completely better soon and take care, drinking hot tea.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    1. Fabby, our foxes here on the Island are quite tame. A lot of folks feed them and they almost become like pets. Thanks for your visit.

  8. Hope you're feeling better soon Sandi. The marbled beach effect is awesome and it's exciting to know a couple of healthy foxes are thriving during the cold.

  9. Feel better, Sandi! It seems to be going around. :(
    Your pictures of the little critters are so sweet, and the marbled sand, so pretty!

  10. Sorry you have been sick Sandi and pray you'll soon be all well.

    That marbled sand photo is amazing and very pretty. It definitely looks COLD.

    Your healing, simple tea sounds and looks lovely.

    Have a nice weekend ~ FlowerLady

  11. Sorry to hear that you've been sick. I hope you are feeling better soon.
    You're pics are beautiful.
    I am babysitting my daughter's dog in Longueuil this weekend.
    We had snow overnight and rain this morning.
    Have a good week Sandi.

  12. What lovely photos you have shared with us. I especially enjoyed seeing the fox curled up in the snow. What a treat.

  13. I hope you'll soon feel a lot better, Sandi.
    I missed Anne - I will have to wait until it airs again. I used to watch every episode of The Road to Avonlea.
    I think I am going to have to take a page from your book and hang some of my red transferware on the wall - so pretty!

  14. In our house we love Anne Of Green Gables!!! What a great privileged to be so close to nature and see foxes in the backyard! Indeed beautiful. These photos are beautiful! I wonder where the 4th photo was taken. It is breathtaking!! Such a beautiful place.

  15. Hi Angela,
    Thank you for your visit. By the fourth photo you mean the beach with the marblized snow, it is at Brackley Beach which is just ten minutes from our home. We love going there in the summertime! Have a lovely weekend.

  16. I hope you feel better soon. I love the pictures of the animals in the snow. The snow looks so pretty and those foxes are adorable! :)
    I love your tea cups as well. :)

  17. What a delightful post. I loved the sightings of your PEI corner of the world. Love that wind swept view. And your sweet foxes ... my heart was smitten.

    And such lovely dishes and beautiful mugs to enjoy.

    Wishing you a beautiful and warm, cozy weekend, Sandi!

  18. I'm sorry I missed the Anne show on TV. Maybe I'll get to see it again. We don't have cable or satellite TV at all and miss a lot of good programs. I love the photo of the marbled snow on Brackley Beach. How beautiful! And how sweet is that fox in your backyard too. i enjoy tea every day still - sometimes 2 or 3 times a day! Have a blessed week ahead Sandi. Pam

  19. I also enjoyed the Anne of Green Gables remake, but the original version with Meghan Follows will always be my favourite. It was interesting to learn that the majority of the film was actually shot in Milton, and not on your Island!

    The cardinal tea for one set is lovely and Mr. Fox is Fantastic! Feel better soon, Sandi!

  20. So sorry that you are under the weather, but hopefully you are on the mend now.
    Love all you tea cups and birds. I love the birds and have so many hummers that they keep me busy everyday making their nectar. I need to purchase stock in sugar LOL . Love the chickadees also and we have some black capped ones here.

    Love the pictures of the foxes. Thanks so much for sharing.

  21. Hope you get well very soon, Sandi! I love your photos up there, thank for sharing you collections and table preparation.

  22. Hi Sandi, so sorry to hear that you have been sick. No fun! Your red transferware table setting is lovely and the sand and snow pic is beautiful! Cute fox, I think those little guys are so adorable! Nice bird tea items too!

  23. What a pretty teacup from Deborah, Sandi, and I also loved all your other tea pieces, too. Red transferware is a favorite of mine and your look so pretty in the plate rack. I keep twinkly lights year round aglow at my house too.
    I hope you're feeling better now! Take care, dear friend. xo

  24. Your pictures are lovely! I hope you heal and are back to feeling yourself very quickly. Thank for sharing your little fox friends!

  25. What a great post! Love the bird theme. You always have such a delight for the eyes. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  26. I had no idea a remake was even in the works! I always enjoy when you share Anne of Green gables quotes and pictures of your lovely island home. The foxes are so cute (and you took such good pictures of them! I never get good wildlife photos). I love your new cardinal teacup! Have a great week!

  27. Hope you continue to improve. Your photos are lovely and a joy. Thank you for sharing. As always I leave your blog feeling refreshed in spirit. Angels to you. Happy SYC!

  28. Sandi, sorry to hear you were sick. I, too was hit with a virus for about three weeks. I thought it would never leave my body!
    Love the snow photos with the fox couple. Great shots.

  29. Hi, I'm just popping in from Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson. I enjoyed your post. I wish I had known Anne of Green Gables was on again, I love that series and haven't seen it in years. I love the photos of the foxes, very cute. Have a great evening, Kelly.

  30. So much beauty here ... the lovely red transfer ware ... the deserted winter beach ... the sweet little fox in the snow.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

  31. Hope your feeling much better Sandi! That is a beautiful teapot and teacup! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  32. Hope you are feeling better now Sandi. I do also love you tea wares. Thank you for sharing.


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