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Monday, 13 February 2017

A Romantic Tea for Two

Love is a language spoken by everyone but understood only by the heart. ~ Author unknown

Hello dear friends! Valentine's Day is almost here and so I have set the table for Hubby and me. 

Fresh flowers.  What could be more perfect than roses!

Pretty china. I think a mix of pink and red transferware is perfect! And pink goblets for sparkling cranberry-apple juice.

The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly and to feel close. ~ Carol and Malcolm Cohen 

Johnson Bros. Old Britain Castles

Something decadent for just the two of us. Oops, I forgot to include some chocolate hearts on the plate!

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

"Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile." ~unknown

This past week was the anniversary of Hubby's and my very first date so many years ago. What a journey we have been on! Three children, five grandchildren, and a marriage that we are so thankful for. God is good! He has blessed us because we are not only mates but we are best friends.

We met at the most unlikely of places; a dance. A Saturday afternoon record-hop, to be precise. I wasn't supposed to be there.

Jane Austen once said, "To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love." That was certainly true in our case.

The journey hasn't always been easy but we have grown and the friendship that started out so innocently many years ago, is simply precious today. 

Our youngest son told me last summer, when he was home for a visit, that his father and I are very lucky to have each other! I prefer to think of it as being blessed. But yes, we are so very, very lucky!

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. ~Victor Hugo

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to do something special together. It doesn't have to be a big thing. It can be as simple as sharing a pot of tea and a dessert together at a pretty table. 

Valentine's Day is also the perfect time to honour a dear friend or friends, a parent, or your family. Spread the love around. 

A bell is no bell 'til you ring it
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn't put there to stay -
Love isn't love
'Til you give it away. ~ Oscar Hammerstein- The Sound of Music

What are your plans for Valentine's Day

Love first came to us from our heavenly Father. Without the love of God, there would be no love in this world. He made it possible and we are reaping the rewards of that love.

I always end all of my Valentine posts with this heart and scripture. It says it all.

Thank you for your visit and I wish you all the loveliest of Valentine's Day celebrations. We are in the middle of a blizzard so this is a re-post. I hope you enjoyed it.

I am sharing this with:
Friends Sharing Tea
Home Sweet Home
Pink Saturday

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Such a beautiful post, Sandi! And lovely photos. That cherry dessert looks like the one our family loves too. I love the Britain Castles design ... I'm very fortunate to have my SIL's set which I take very good care and love to use.

    Wishing you a beautiful day...

  2. What a testiment to love, Sandi - beautifully done.

    And, well, let's just say I kinda moaned out loud seeing that incredible cheesecake.
    Just wow.

    This is beautiful, happy St. Valentine's Day! Hugs! ♥

  3. A beautiful Valentine post Sandi. The cake looks delicious. The British Castle dishes are so charming.
    There's a lot of snow heading your way. Stay safe. xo

  4. Happy Valentine's Day, Sandi! Your romantic tea setting is the perfect way to celebrate your first date anniversary with your dear hubby. We're having a Valentine tea social at work tomorrow. I thought of you when I heard about the blizzard hitting the East coast. Stay safe!

  5. Pink roses for you and mini carnations for me Sandi. A lovely tea table the second time around and a decadent dessert to share.
    Apparently a huge amount of snow at home that usually ends up to the east in your yard within a day or so. A number of people were snowed in and couldn't get to work.
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  6. Happy Valentine's Day Sandi! Lovely post and beautiful Bible verses. Congrats to you and hubby, sweet story. Your table setting looks so pretty and the cherry dessert delicious, have you shared that recipe with us in a previous post? I would like to make that.
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. Happy Valentine's Day, Sandi. What a sweet story you and your husband are living. I'm glad you were blessed with each other. Your tea looks so pretty and just perfect for this celebration.

  8. What a sweet, loving post!

    Happy Valentine's Day ~ FlowerLady

  9. It was meant to be! Good love story! Love your table setting and that cake looks so good! Happy Valentine's Day!

  10. Sandi, what a beautiful post! Your Valentine's table is gorgeous with the pretty lace tablecloth, china, pink goblets, and roses. That dessert looks really yummy too! What a sweet love story! I hope that you have a very happy Valentine's Day filled with lots of love and joy!!!

  11. Beautiful post!! Happy Valentines to you Sandi!!!❤️❤️❤️

  12. Sandi,
    You know how much I adore your pin and red transferware dishes!! So pretty!! Happy Anniversary!!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!Sending prayers for your health and that you find the answers you are seeking to feel better.

  13. I love the story of your meeting.

    Steve and I met in an English Lit class that I signed up for by mistake - I thought I had signed up for a more interesting class. But, I met Steve.

  14. Dear Sandi:
    I have been thinking of you lately and imagining lots of snow when I hear the forecast for New England. I am so glad you shared your lovely table that you and your hubby enjoyed. That dessert looks amazing of course. Your roses and tea china pieces are so pretty all together!

  15. Your post is very lovely, so enjoyed this, as we are approaching fifty years together, next year. Sandi

  16. You and your sweetie are indeed blessed, dear Sandi. My late Beloved and I would've celebrated meeting as freshmen in high school on January 25th.
    I hope the blizzard is over! Stay warm and cozy, and I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  17. A lovely post with beautiful vignettes. So love all the red transfer ware. Mr. C and I met at our churches bowling league...he came to me at the right time since I had just lost my Mom I needed someone to fill that hole.

  18. What a beautiful post. Love does stand the test of time. Thank your for the best love scripture ever!

  19. What a lovely table for Valentine's Day. Of course, I love transfer ware and roses and dessert, too! I love the quote about dancing, and that you two met at a dance.
    Stay warm! I hear you are all getting lots of snow. It's cold here, but is supposed to be 60 on Saturday. Weird. xo Deborah

  20. So pretty and inviting! Is that Cherry Cheesecake? It looks so similar to something I've made for years. And speaking of husband and I started going out by "connecting" during a high school dance as well and I agree we are "blessed" to have been married for 34 years! Visiting from Charm of Home.

  21. Hi Sandi,
    I am so happy to see that you are posting and pray that you are feeling better. This is indeed a beautiful post. I love the transferware china. Your cherry dessert looks scrumptious! Happy Belated Valentine's Day Sweet Sandi! Blessings, Karen

  22. Happy Belated Valentine's Day! Your romantic table is indeed romantic. Lovely!

  23. Sandi, how beautiful! We, too, have been blessed with a long and happy marriage; and, I agree, 'blessed' is a better word for it than 'lucky!' Wishing you all the best (and I hope the blizzard passes soon).

  24. Such a beautiful heart-felt post! I love the fact that two can enjoy each other with a sweet little tea for two! And being best friends is the best way to share married life together! Your cherry cheese dessert looked simply scrumptious! Hugs to you today dear friend :)

  25. How awesome your story is Sandi! You two are blessed by a good good Father! My hubs and I are too. We met on a blind date! Isn't that funny. Happy belated Valentine's Day to the two of you! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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! ~ Sandi