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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Friday 10 June 2016

It's Blossom Time on the Island

One June evening, when the orchards were pink-blossomed again, when the frogs were singing silverly sweet in the marshes.... and the air was full of the savor of clover fields and balsamic fir woods, Anne was sitting by her gable window. She had been studying her lessons, but it had grown too dark to see the book, so she had fallen into wide-eyed reverie, looking out past the boughs of the Snow Queen, once more bestarred with its tufts of blossom. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables

Hello my dear friends. The apple trees are in bloom again and the fruit trees are filled with fluffy sweet smelling pink-tinted blossoms. 

This time of year I always look forward to their fleeting beauty and even when the blossoms have fallen on to the grass I love how they carpet the ground with their petals. 

Alas, it's been raining all week so I couldn't get out with my camera so I had to borrow the picture from a friend whose apple tree is blooming in their yard. Did you spy the butterfly in the blossoms?

This is also the time I like to bring out my Blossom Time trio. 

This gorgeous pattern is made by Royal Albert and the blossoms depicted on the china were created from real images of the apple blossoms in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. The pattern was created in 1933 and discontinued in 2001. You may find the history of this pattern by clicking here.

An interesting note I gleaned from the Royal Albert website : 
In 1933 when the china was first produced you could buy a cup and saucer for 90 cents; the teapot was sold for $4. When it was discontinued in 2001 the cup and saucer sold for $56, and the teapot sold for $210.

I found my square plate at a thrift shop for around six dollars. 

My sweet Aunt Judy gifted me with the cup and saucer. She made a trip to Replacements Ltd. in North Carolina on her way home from Florida one year and got me this beautiful teacup.

She has a whole set of this beautiful pattern which she inherited from her mother. 

Can you imagine a dinner table set with this pretty china, fine crystal and silverware? It would be gorgeous!

Today Bernideen is hosting her 100th Tea in the Garden and I was hoping to join her with an outdoor tea but it has been raining here all week thanks to the remnants of post tropical storm Colin.

So the best I can do is set my table in front of the window looking out into the beautiful green foliage of the maple tree in our front yard.

I took a picture of my bleeding hearts through the window. Can you see the rain drops on them?

So, my table is set with my Blossom Time china and some pretty roses. I found these scrumptious pink roses at the grocery store. This colour is an almost perfect match to the pink in the Blossom Time pattern but the camera doesn't pick it up so well. Because it is such a gloomy day, I've had to doctor up my pictures.

"Isn't it lovely? Don't you think it must be glad to be a rose? Wouldn't it be nice if roses could talk? I'm sure they could tell us such lovely things. And isn't pink the most bewitching color in the world?" ~ Anne of Green Gables

Sometimes I like to use a pretty teapot to hold my roses and I thought this RA New Country Roses would do the trick.

It is rhubarb season once again and I have made some Rhubarb Crisp. Delicious sweetened red rhubarb under a spicy topping of crunchy oatmeal. Served warm with ice cream or a dollop of freshly whipped cream, makes a lovely accompaniment with your cup of tea or coffee. I will share my recipe on the weekend. I am using my vintage pink glass sherbet for the dessert. Can you see the etched flowers on it?

Please join me and we can sit and listen to the rain while we chat about this and that. 

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Tea with my blogger friends would be such a treat! Thank you, Bernideen, for hosting your party and thank you my lovely friends for joining me today. Enjoy your weekend, everyone.

I thought I would end my post with this beautiful shot of Anne of Green Gables and Matthew riding through the apple orchard. 

Courtesy of the Internet.

Happiness is the realization
of God in the heart.
Happiness is the result
of praise and thanksgiving,
of faith, of acceptance;
a quiet tranquil realization
of the love of God.~ 
White Eagle from the book "A Book of Joy" by Thomas Kinkade

I am sharing with the following parties ~

Tea in the Garden
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Bernideen's TTCG Blog Party
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 The Art of Home-Making Mondays
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. I do like the Blossom Time china Sandi and as your trees are now in bloom, it's the perfect china for your tea table. We had cool temps and rain most of the week as well but I think the warm weather is coming back. At least we don't have 90 F like Bernideen. ;-)

  2. Hi Sandi,
    I'm sorry the weather didn't cooperate today for your outdoor tea time but your Blossom Time China looks beautiful indoors too. Your teapot does make a gorgeous vase and your dessert looks so yummy. I love your blossoms too! Happy Tea in the Garden! Blessings, Karen

  3. Hi Sandi,
    I love apple blossom time on the Island. Hope we get some warm sunny days soon.
    I love the Blossom time teacups and I agree a whole table setting would be very pretty. I think Riverview Antiques has quite a bit of it if you are interested.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Your blossom time tea is so pretty, even if it is indoors, Sandi. The photo shared by your friend would make a beautiful note card, wouldn't it? Yes please, I'd love to sit and chat and have some rhubarb crisp in that pretty etched pink dish. We would toast our tea to our friend, Bernideen, on her 100th Tea in the Garden party!

  5. Hi Sandy, Such a lovely post. We've had a lot of rain here also. I like the story about the Blossom Time china. You Aunt has a lovely collection. Your rhubarb crisp looks delicious. I cut some of my rhubarb yesterday. Have a good weekend.

  6. Dear Sandy:
    What a wonderful post and even your wet deck looks so lovely! Your China set Blossom Time is a delight. I love English Bone china just like you do so we have much in common. Your Rhubarb Crisp looks delightful as well. Thanks Sandi for this special posting. I am honored.

  7. Wow! Everything is so perfectly lovely. Thank you for allowing us to share this special tea time with you. I feel like I am there with you. Thank you.

  8. Beautiful china, thanks for sharing!

  9. Oh Sandi, that photo from the Anne of GG movie was the exact one I had in mind when I read your title and clicked onto it! I LOVE that movie and enjoy reading the many quotes you come up with by L.M. Montgomery. That "Blossom Time" china is perfect! And I adore that inside looking out photo of your sheers, so magical looking!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  10. I have a fairly decent collection of tea cups and saucers but I believe that your Blossom Time is the most stunning I have ever seen! I have fallen so in love with the pattern I am now on a quest. Thank-you for sharing.

  11. Sandi,
    YOur Trio is so lovely!! I can only imagine having enough to do an entire tablescape in that pattern!! We have had some nice cooler days here. A great treat because the week before we had temps. close to 90 and that is way too hot for me!!
    Thanks so much for always visiting, my friend!!


  12. Such beautiful photos, dear Sandi! And I just love your tea set as well...such a pretty one! Hope you are enjoying a lovely start to June and may your upcoming week be beautifully blessed!


  13. Dear Sandi, there are so many pretty things to view today, that it's hard to know where to look first! From the apple blossoms to the teacup...a feast for the eyes! I hope you have a lovely week. Mimi xxx

  14. Your Blossom Time tea is gorgeous, Sandi! My relatives recently visited the Island and brought me back raspberry cordial as a souvenir. Can't wait to try it!

  15. Dear Sandi:
    I know I already commented but thanks for sharing and linking this beautiful posting.

  16. Hi Sandi: I love that tea cup pattern. It is perfect. I hope you are doing well. Have a blessed week, my friend. Hugs, Martha

  17. I love that it's blossom time on the island. But of course, you always have blossoms with your beautiful teacups.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  18. I love the Blossom Time, Sandi. I have one cup and saucer in the pattern - I must take it out for this time of year!

  19. Sandi, Rhubarb crisp looks delicious. I should make some. Sylvia D.

  20. You have a lot of that china! It is very pretty! Lovely blossoms too! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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