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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

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.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Last of My Summer Roses Tea

In my garden is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~ Abram L. Urban

Hello my lovely friends!

My rose bushes were full of fragrant pink blooms this year and they lasted longer than usual. I spied this last remaining bloom and had to take a picture of it. Her mates are long gone and she is surrounded by fading leaves. Soon the rose hips will appear. But this one little rose I found so inspiring; like a promise.

Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her companions
Are faded and gone. 
~ The Last Rose of summer- 1805 by Thomas Moore

I am not really a gardener but in my heart I am. Flowers of all varieties give me such pleasure and always have. I do have my favourites; carnations, daffodils, hydrangeas, lilacs, but especially roses. Had I been born with a strong back perhaps I would have become an avid gardener. Such as it is, my flowers are potted and set in special places around our property, except for my roses which grow on bushes.

This begonia is doing very well even now.

It seems my talents lie more within my home rather than outside of it. Any of you out there feel the same way?

I love being a home maker and when my children were growing up, it gave me the greatest pleasure to cook and bake for them. I loved seeing their sweet faces light up when they got home from school to the smell of fresh baked treats from the oven. Even now when they come home they hope Mom has a stash of cookies, cinnamon rolls, and other treats waiting for them. I always have to have potato salad and spaghetti sauce made or I'm in trouble! 

When they were all home this summer, I made certain I had some fruit cake for them because I hadn't been able to do any other baking. I did however manage to get spaghetti sauce and potato salad made for them. I was still healing from my surgeries, you see. The good thing about fruit cake is that it keeps for quite a while if you store it properly. My dark fruit cake in particular is so moist that I can use it as a pudding with a warm sauce over it and the kids love it.

Because I had been on a special diet earlier in the year I could not indulge in rhubarb when it was in season, so I froze some. Any guesses what I'm having today with my tea?

Rhubarb crisp is actually the first dessert I have made in months. A bowl of this luscious fruit with a crunchy topping and a scoop of good vanilla ice cream; yum!

To savour a splendid treat, one has to also indulge in a special tea. I went into David's Tea and brought home this lovely dessert tea; Creme Caramel Rooibos. Mmm!

It has miniature caramels in it.

Teatime is, by its very nature,
a combination of small luxuries
arranged in social symmetry.
And although tea for one
is certainly a fine thing,
the addition of a circle of dear
friends to share it with
ensures the whole is larger 
than its parts. ~ unknown author

On the table are hydrangeas which are one of my favourites. 

My teapot is red transferware called Valencia. I'm not sure who the maker is. I found this teapot at the gift shop in our local hospital several years ago. I was also delighted to get the cream and sugar because red transferware is very scarce around here.

The cup and saucer are Johnson Bros. Old Britain Castles.

So, would you like to join me? I do enjoy your company and thank you for visiting today.

God opens millions of flowers without forcing the buds. It reminds us to not force anything, for things happen in the right time. ~ unknown 

 I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Tea Things Tuesday

Wouldn't it be an exhilarating tonic for the soul to take a moment to appreciate the simple, good things in life which are so bountiful? ~ anonymous

Hello everyone! I like that quote! To take a moment to appreciate the good things and the blessings in one's life, can make life that much sweeter. I have learned to do this when things are going well as well as when things kind of go haywire. I believe it is important to have faith in God because when things go horribly wrong, and they will every once in a while, I know He will take care of it and me.

A bunch of flowers, a hot cup of tea or coffee, a good book; all of these things are simple but they add so much to one's life, don't they?

As I wrote to you last week, I have decided to stay with you here in Blogland for a while longer. I think a few of you misunderstood what I had written in my post. 

I am hoping my brain fog will lift and my love for blogging will return. I am certain there is lots I can share with you yet. Those of you who have left comments and sent emails over the past number of months are so much appreciated. While I was going through my troubles this past year, you stayed with me, encouraging me and praying for me. My friends here in Blogland, you are special. Don't ever forget that!

My bouquet of white roses brings a little loveliness to the table. I love white and soft pink roses best. White ones in particular remind me of a bride's bouquet. They really do look romantic, I think.

This week's teapot is one I spied at Home Sense one day. I had searched for a turquoise teapot for years and had never seen one until this one. Naturally I brought it home with me. I like the perky shape of it as well as the colour and the sprinkling of posies all over it. It makes me happy to look at it.

May your life always be like a pot of tea...overflowing to warm the soul. ~ Irish Blessing

I also purchased the matching cup and saucer to add to my collection of turquoise/robin egg blue pieces. Both the teapot and the teacup are made by Gracie China.

I know the next two cups look more blue but they are in fact turquoise as well; just different hues of this amazing colour. I found both of these beautiful teacups at antique shops.

This one is made by Aynsley and I found it in an antique shop in Summerside, PEI. The shape is lovely and I adore all the gold vines inside the cup.

This beauty is Blue Crocus by Aynsley. It is unusual with its sweet surprise of purple violets/crocus just inside the cup.

I also have a Royal Albert teacup in the same shade but I am not featuring it here today.

There is no trouble so great or so grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea. ~ Bernard-Paul Heroux

It has been a troublesome couple of weeks what with Hurricane Harvey and now Irma plus a major earthquake in Mexico. May the Lord comfort those who have been afflicted with so many losses. I cannot imagine the devastation folks will have to live with for the next while. 
Let us pray that power will be restored to our neighbours and clean up won't take too long. God bless them!

Thank you for your visit today and do take care, dear friends. Hope to see you again next week. Perhaps I will even include a treat to go with my tea.

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Friends Sharing Tea
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Pondering This Blogging Thing and A Teapot for Tuesday

Tea is like a hug and a handshake; something about it warms friendships and inspires confidences. ~  Victoria magazine

Hello my lovely friends and Happy September to you all! Alas, summer is really winding down. *sigh*

Most of you know this past year has been a difficult one for me with my surgeries and some family matters as well which I haven't mentioned. I am quite exhausted from it all and, to be honest, I have been pondering shutting down my blog. 

I have noticed more and more of our blogging friends are not attending to their blogs and some have not given us an explanation why that is so. I realize that many are busy and life takes us away from blogging at times. Some of us become ill and having a difficult time of it. Still, I think it is prudent to let our blogging sisters know we will be going away for a while because we do become concerned when we haven't heard from our friends. At least I do.

I have been trying to keep mine up with a post or two once in a while so you know I'm still breathing. But I have to admit, my heart hasn't really been in it for a while. Exhaustion tends to do that to you.

Anyway, I've said all of that to say this; I have decided to stay with you for a while yet. I will not start up my tea party again because it is very time consuming and I don't have the energy for it at this moment in time but what I will do is share a tea post every week for those of you who are interested. I may also share a post on another subject when I feel inspired to do so.

So, without further ado, here is my teapot for this week.

When I first began collecting china wares, I started with teapots because I have always been enamoured by them. I find them completely charming and most of mine have a story attached to them.

The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people. One cannot help but think of more serene and genteel times. ~ Barbara Roberts

This one you have all seen before but it is a favourite because of the sprinkling of roses and buds and it's a lovely size. It's not too big and not too small. This is Rose Bud made by Maxwell and Williams. I love chintz and whenever I see chintz, I am drawn to it just as I am transferware.  

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company. ~ Author unknown

The cup and saucer are in the same pattern, Rose Bud.

I am having Lady Grey tea today.

This Rose Chintz teacup made by Gracie china is a good match. 

These are some of my roses; Theresa Bugnet. They were much more abundant and lasted longer this year for some reason.

One day I decided to decorate a cake with them. Just a bakery bought angel food cake but iced and decorated with my roses, makes a pretty dessert.

I hope you enjoyed my post today and if all goes well, I will share another next week. 

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you, Not because they are nice but because you are. ~ unknown author

Take care, dear friends, and remember to smile today. A smile can make you feel better and perhaps make someone else's day. The Lord bless you!

I am linking with the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

A Tea in Celebration of Tasha Tudor

Tea is a time in which we were perfectly contented with ourselves and one another. ~ Charles Dickens

Hello dear friends and welcome to my tea celebrating Tasha Tudor. I almost didn't get a tea post ready because I broke a rib last week but it had been a while since I participated in a party and I wanted to join my friend for her special Tea. Thank you Bernideen for hosting this special event and thank you for all the joy and beauty you bring to the world.

Believe it or not, I didn't know much about Tasha Tudor until I started blogging. But I have always loved Beatrix Potter and fairy tales. 

If I can share a secret with you all...

We moved around a lot when I was growing up so making friends was difficult for me. Oftentimes, I would lose myself in those fairy tales which I would read for hours at the library and imagined that I was Cinderella or Snow White and the little creatures were my friends. 

In one neighbourhood we lived, there was a grove of trees with a little brook flowing through it behind our house. I spent hours in that little grove watching the small creatures that lived there and spent time drawing them. 
I would always have an affinity for the little creatures and it's still part of who I am today. I am one of those people who is not afraid of mice or any such creature.

My mother was an artist and she would sit and draw pictures of little animals as well as all the Disney characters. I eventually started to do the same. I made my own paper dolls too. When my children were growing up I used to draw for them and one of my sons has also acquired the gift. So you see, I really do have a special place in my heart for Tasha Tudor, Miss Potter, and Disney.

For Tasha's Tea, I couldn't think of a more fitting tablecloth to use than the one Bernideen sent me a few months ago. It is old-fashioned, charming, and is the perfect backdrop for a Tasha Tudor tea. I'm sure Tasha herself would approve.

As you know, Tasha loved her flowers and wee creatures. My teacups I chose especially for our tea today and I think they look pretty sitting on the tablecloth. 

I have some bunnies joining us as well as a couple of kitties. {The lighting is very bad today; sorry!}

These teacups are all made by Royal Albert. My favourite of course is Summer with the quaint English cottage depicted on the front of the cup.

This is Petit Point

Tasha wrote and illustrated books which appeal to both children and the child within us all. She lived her life just the way she wanted to; surrounded by the things she loved including her lovely gardens. 

I guess you could say she lived "a charmed life." She is much admired by ladies everywhere and we remember her fondly for the gifts she gave the world.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope you all enjoy the long weekend!

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Tea in the Garden
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Some of My Summer Highlights

Like roses in a garden, kindess fills the air with a certain bit of sweetness as it touches everywhere. ~ Helen Steiner Rice

Hello my lovely friends! I have been away for a while and having a fabulous Summer. I hope your Summer has been lovely as well. Can you believe August is winding down?

Seems like summer just started but what a summer we have had! Hubby and I have had a very busy one with our boys all home and because our youngest just got married, there was a big family get together to celebrate that. 

His visit home was quite productive this year because he has been researching the family tree and he learned much including where his great great great grandparents are laid to rest. They emigrated from England in the seventeen hundreds.

We all spent time at the beach and savoured food at several restaurants as well as did some sight seeing. Hubby and I also went over to Moncton and Shediac, NB, to visit my beloved Auntie P and some other relatives.

My pictures will tell the story.

This is one of our favourite beaches; Watts Beach.

The Beach... the only place where salt lowers your blood pressure. ~ unknown

We all went for breakfast one morning in the tea room at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co. Isn't it charming? The windows look out on to the gardens and the river.

A pleasant spot to sit and enjoy the view of the river.

Hubby and me in the gardens behind the tea room.

My middle guy.

This is what I treated myself to from the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co. I have a couple of two tiered cake stands but I have always wanted a three tiered stand. I love the pattern on this one because it's so whimsical. And it's pink!

After our guys left, Hubby and I took a short trip to New Brunswick to visit some of my family. This is my cousin's beautiful home overlooking the bay.

For my tea loving friends, a peek at some of her treasures. As you can see, she collects blue china. That teacup pattern is featured on the front of Laura Childs' tea shop mystery, "Devonshire Scream," which I found interesting because I am re-reading the book at the moment.

A close up of the tea set.

The pattern is St. Petersburg, Russia.

The plate is Royal Stafford and the blue is beautiful!

This is a peek at her garden where she has a family of pheasants making themselves at home.

I love her clock!

Chatting on the back deck on a lovely summer afternoon was bliss!

Back home on the Island, some of the sights one might see is a cruise ship, the Holland America, passing beneath the Confederation Bridge which links the Island to New Brunswick. This picture is courtesy of Trish Jacobs.

At the western end of the Island is Thunder Cove where the ocean has sculpted some rather interesting shapes from the rock. This formation is called the Teapot. The handle and spout have been worn away but you can see the top of the rock still resembles the top of a teapot. 

This is the Teacup Rock. This photo was taken by Carrie Gregory.

I will end this post with a few photos from one of our favourite places this time of year; Victoria Park.

Alas, Hubby is back to work and so ends another summer vacation. However it has been a lovely summer with new memories made and time spent with our loved ones. 

Thank you for visiting and I will be back again soon. Have a wonderful weekend and God bless you, dear friends!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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