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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Friday 9 September 2016

A Quiet and Reflective Tea Time

Hello my lovely friends and welcome to my little tea time!

I don't really want more time; I just want enough time. Time to breathe deep and time to see real and time to laugh long, time to give You glory and rest deep and sing joy and just enough time in a day not to feel hounded, pressed, driven, or wild to get it all done - yesterday. ~ Ann Voskamp

Believe me when I tell you that I have enjoyed very few tea times this summer because we have been much too busy. I think it has been one of our busiest summers in recent years. Hubby and I kind of feel like we missed out on summertime this year. It was very late coming but when it did, it went so quickly.

All July and August we were on the go constantly. We do like our quiet time once in a while. We're at that age, you know, and to be honest, I wasn't feeling very well for most of it. 

Alas, we only got out to the beach four times and once to the south shore this year. I know, you're probably shocked because we normally live there in the summertime. Like I said, we've been busy, and sad with the passing of my BIL.

It is a dark day and the pictures are not very sharp, sorry. Today I have set the table with some pretty summery tea ware to try and squeeze a little more summertime into my day. Would you like to join me?

Serenity is a solitary cup of tea; pleasure is sharing it with another. ~ Victoria magazine

Since I love the soothing colour of pink, my table is set with that colour. It makes me feel good and appeals to my girly side. 

I am also sharing another new to me teacup that I found a few months ago. 

This is Royal Albert and I am loving all the gold gilding and pink roses! Isn't she lovely?

I am sipping on a lovely kombucha tea from David's Tea. It is called Happy Kombucha and is an oolong tea with mango, pineapple, kombucha powder, safflower petals. Apparently this fruity blend has its roots in the 1960s, when every cool hippie was growing kombucha. Well, I was never a hippie nor did I grow kombucha. All I know is that it is a lovely tea!

If you look closely, you can see the roses at the bottom of the cup. A lovely cup of tea, some home made cookies, and some quiet time is just what the doctor ordered. 

Soon, the lovely green leaves on the maple tree out front will turn a brilliant yellow and the scent of summer will be gone. 

Hmm, I see a peanut butter-chocolate chip cookie is missing. The cookie monster {Hubby} must have snatched one!

Meanwhile, I'm going to reflect on this very busy summer we've had and savour those lovely moments we have spent with my family and friends. Although it was busier than I like, I am very grateful for memories made and the love of family. And yes, I will enjoy my cuppa too. 

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. - French Proverb

Wishing you, my dear friends, all a day filled with delight, and enjoy a lovely weekend.

I am joining the following parties as well~

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

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. So sorry about your BIL Sandi.

    I know what you mean about the busy summer - although I did get to the beach quite often. But we had a lot of family events and visits with friends. I think an Island summer is often like that. everyone comes home!

    I love your beautiful china - and you've inspired me to make some of my mother's sugar cookies!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Time to be quiet and just be is essential for me so I hope that Autumn will bring you some pleasant tea times and opportunities to just relax. The cookies look very good, I suspect that the Cookie Monster will have paid them another visit:)

  3. What pretty cups, the way you talked about the tea has made my mouth water. Everything on your table look's so warm and inviting.Sometimes I think we all get carried away by all the things in life pulling us all over and we forget that a simple cup of tea can help calms us down so that we can get things done .

  4. Beautiful table setting, thank you for sharing.

  5. Hello Sandi....What a totally lovely post. That new cup? Gorgeous beyond belief. Imagine sipping tea and seeing roses at the bottom of your cup? Ahhhh. The little things in life mean so much. And, like you said, don't ask for MORE time, just ENOUGH....enough to savor each second of our precious day. Thanks for the reminder, Sandi. Susan

  6. Sandi, I hate it when life gets hectic, as it will from time to time. The loss of your BIL was such a blow. I hope life will simmer down for a bit and give you time to rest and reflect and enjoy a nice cup of tea. AND those lovely sugar cookies.

  7. Dear Sandi, I have missed your tea times and am so glad to see this one! I love your teacups and bouquet of flowers! Your tea table is always so lovely! I am so sorry you haven't been feeling well! You have been so busy this summer now I hope you can rest in these autumn months and enjoy your lovely tea time! I will be praying for you, dear friend!
    Hugs, Nancy

  8. Your new RA gilded teacup is a gorgeous! I've always loved teacups with interior designs. I keep forgetting to purchase a sample of David's Happy Kombucha. I tried another Rise Kombucha (blueberry and maple) and realized that I'm not a huge fan of fizzy beverages.

  9. Sandi, you always have the loveliest of tea cups! It has been such a busy summer for us as well. Have not as much fun family time, but what we did do was very enjoyable. It is hard losing a loved one and does take time to do everyday normal things again. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. I am still drooling at your Royal Albert tea cups! Just beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

  11. Dear Sandi:
    Thank you for linking. I will be linking my today post to your Monday Party. We are still in summer weather in Missouri. It was very hot when I took photos yesterday. I was surprised it was only 85 when I checked but with 66 % humidity that made it feel hotter. Today is has rained hard with loud thunder which I do recall from past times when I was visiting here. I am glad you had a memorable and may this fall there will be days to visit the beach. Your cups and saucers with treats are all lovely and a visual delight!

  12. Sandi, Love the soft colors of your photos in this post. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  13. My entire fall is going to be quite and reflective. These are some serious times. Lovely tea Sandi. The perfect way to reflect. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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