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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

Friends are flowers in the garden of life.~

Welcome my dear friends to Tea Time Tuesday!
Ah, summertime! My hubby and I are on vacation for the next number of weeks so I will not be posting as often. I will however continue to host my Tea Time Tuesday every week. Some posts may be a wee bit shorter than usual but I'm sure some of you won't mind as I realize they tend to be long. I may take a little longer getting around for my visits too but please bear with me.
Please do come in and make yourself at home.

Before I serve our tea today, I would like to introduce another tea friend. I decided a while ago that it might be nice to feature a tea friend every once in a while so this week I would like you all to 'meet' Judith of Lavender Cottage. I'm certain most of you have already met Judith as she has been a regular participant almost from the inception of Tea Time Tuesday. 

This is what Judith has to say about herself....

"My husband and I just celebrated our 39th anniversary and we have two lovely daughters (two fine SIL) and six grandchildren that are a delight. The youngest and oldest are boys (4 and 16) and the rest are tea party lovin' girls. (6, 7 and 14 yr old twins)

I'm a freelance garden writer/photographer and initially started blogging to write articles to further my weekly gardening column. As we tend to gravitate to other bloggers with the same interests, I found a few to follow that also liked gardening. During this process, I ended up on Sandi's blog one day when she was hosting her weekly tea party. Well, hosting and attending tea parties is another of my passions so I was very happy to meet up with her. The earlier parties only had six or so regular participants and it's so nice to see how the numbers are growing; Sandi's an awesome hostess.

Thank you Sandi for hosting Tea Time Tuesday each week and bringing together a group of ladies to enjoy each other's company and get to know each other over a cup of tea."

Thank you my friend... Judith and I are both Canadians and we both love beautiful china, flowers, and tea. Please take a moment to visit with her and see what she is offering today. The lovely photo above is one from her tea post this week.

I have brought some roses in for a bouquet and sprinkled a few rose petals around on the tea table which I have set in front of the window. The whole table smells so fragrant. Now, let's enjoy a Lavender Rose tea, shall we?

Lavender Rose is a favourite pattern of mine. I love the shape of this teacup and the lovely roses with their touch of lavender, graceful handle, and softly scalloped rim.

I started this beautiful Royal Albert pattern for my mother years ago when I was first married. Since she has downsized, she gave her set of china to me. Thank you, Mum! I really am enjoying it!

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Tea Tidbits ~ 
Did you know that you can feed tea leaves to your roses?
House plants thrive on cold tea.

I have made a dessert to enjoy with our tea. My hubby prefers cake and berries while I prefer a shortcake biscuit and berries. And since we are on vacation with little time for preparing, I am having angel food cake from the grocery store topped with luscious blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream. Doesn't it look pretty as well as delish?

This tea table just whispers of Summer to me. The scent of blooms and the freshness of berries are just a couple of lovely things I enjoy about summertime.

And yes, it is as good as it looks!

China and roses were made for each other!

He who must have beautiful roses in his garden,
must have beautiful roses in his heart.~ S. Reynolds Hole

And how pretty this month's Victoria magazine looks with my teacup and roses!

I hope you have picked up your issue as it is brimming with inspiration and wonderful dessert recipes!

"Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart." ~ Psalm 37:4

I am delighted you have stopped by today and I would love for you to join me for Tea Time Tuesday! All you have to do is share a favourite tea cup or teapot, a coffee mug, or something tea related. If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: apple cider, iced tea or iced coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade, or punch. The TTT button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! Please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am happy to join the following parties as well~

Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Table Top Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday

Wanda Lee~
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee~
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Tuesday Tea

Tea Party Tuesday

Lady Katherine~
Teatime Tuesday


Miss Spenser~
Teacup Thursday

 Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Please do enjoy your vacation dear Sandi!

    What a lovely post also!

    Yes, we all must take some much needed respite time! Your tribute to your friend was heartwarming and she is indeed a lovely lady!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  2. Have a fun time on vacation. Your table is beautiful and love the berries.

  3. Hi Sandi, Your tea table is lovely as always. So feminine and summery. Enjoy your vacation! Glad you featured Judith. She is a really sweet lady and her blog is fabulous!
    Blessings, Beth

  4. I love how Judith always arrange her tea tables and I love all her tea accessories. Thanks for featuring her, Sandi!...Christine

  5. Enjoy your vacation! Thanks for featuring Judith ... one of my favorite tea ladies! Lovely roses and tea cups. Happy Tea Day!

  6. It looks lovely Sandi. We've been eating so many strawberries and shorcakes the past week!! Enjoy your vacation time. Blessings, Pamela

  7. Hi Sandi,

    Your Royal Albert Lavender Rose teacup & saucer are gorgeous! You always set a beautiful tea table. My husband would love your delicious dessert. I have recently come to know Judith so it was nice to read about her. Enjoy your vacation. Blessings to you!

  8. Love Royal Albert!!!! Everything looks so beautiful and delish!

    Judith is amazing!


  9. I've so enjoyed getting to know both you and Judith up in your paradise of Prince Edward Island! Judith as inspired me to brave the purchase of not one , but two lavender plants - hoping to keep them as lovely as she. Your mother's china with the roses and lavender were the perfect selection for today's post! May you truly joy in your vacation and be well, milady - very well!
    Miss Kathy

  10. Hello Sandi
    Tea Time Tuesday is one party I look forward to each week, a good group of ladies meet at your blog.
    I'm a little later posting as I was at a card making workshop, the latest craft I've taken up and I find it relaxing to create pretty cards for friends.
    Enjoy your holiday my friend and we'll meet again next week.

  11. Dear Sandi,
    I wish you a wonderful vacation. I enjoy your Tea Time as usual and surely I will visit Judith, too.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  12. HI Sandi,

    Enjoy your vacation to the fullest ;) :)

    I just adore that lavender rose china. It's gorgeous and just my style. It was lovely of your mum to gift it to you :) :)

    I enjoy shortcake biscuits with berries, too :) :) Thanks for inviting me over for tea today. I enjoyed the visit here :) :)

    Oh, random sidenote, I noticed the lovely sheer curtain panels in some of your photos. Those are so light and summery :) :)

    Have a great week. Love and hugs from Oregon Heather :)

  13. Hi Sandi,

    I also bought that same issue of Victoria magazine. There's some really good articles about antiques in there. I couldn't resist. It's a lovely magazine :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  14. Hi Sandi:
    Enjoy your vacation!
    You lavender tea is gorgeous! I am a big fan of lavender (the color and the scent). As always, you have shared beauty with your tea. I posted for my first Tea Time Tuesday this week ;)

  15. your tea cups are adorable.. and that cake! wow!

  16. Sandi,
    Do enjoy your vacation!!
    How are you feeling?
    I pray everything went well on Friday.....
    Thanks so much for hosting!!
    I love the lavender tea table!! Beautiful!!
    how nice of you to feature Judith!!


  17. Hi Sandi,
    I love visiting Judith. She has a very nice blog. I love this tea and your dessert today. Berries are the jewels of summer. They look wonderful! Thanks for having us.

  18. This looks so lovely! You are right - roses and teacups do go so well together! Angel Food Cake is just one of those desserts that are so light and wonderful - you feel like you're really giving yourself a treat - especially with fresh fruit and whipped cream!
    Thank you for hosting this lovely tea party!
    God bless,

  19. Hi Sandi! Oh, what a beautiful post! Your table is so lovely and perfect for summer.
    Have a wonderful vacation.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. What a lovely post. I'm already a follower of Lavender Cottage and now I'm a follower of your blog. And, I'm also a Canadian. Have a great holiday.

  21. Enjoy your vacation time. It's so nice to meet Judith.

    - The Tablescaper

  22. Wishing you a wonderful time away ... I have recently discovered Judith's blog and was thrilled to learn she is Canadian .. there are not to many of in BlogLand. Your tea setting is wonderful ... so many memories accompany it I'm certain... safe travels..xo HHL

  23. Lovely Sandi. Your firend has similar tastes, indeed! Love the frosted butterfly cookies!

  24. I love these features..I have been a reader and fan of Lavender Cottage for some time and found her thru these precious tea time link ups...I knew I would like her blog just by it's name!!! Sandi, enjoy your much needed vacation, how lovely for you both. Your tea this week is just precious and dreamy...the berries and cream look so lucious! Thank you for hosting and enjoy.

  25. Hi Sandi,
    Have a wonderful vacation. Loved the post today and the feature of talented and amazing Judith.
    Your Royal Albert is gorgeous and your dessert is delish.
    Thank you for hosting such a nice tea today and again, enjoy your vacation.
    Blessings always dear friend,
    Celestina Marie

  26. Dear Sandi
    Come to watch Frederica´s Tea cup collection It´s amazing!

  27. Awwww I wish you a wonderful time on your holiday!! beautiful post a usual Sandi! love the butterfly cookies and the angel cake is so yummylicious! I'd like to wish Judith Happy Anniversary and many more to come! love your royal albert teacup and as always, beautiful table setting! thank you for your post and hosting this wonderful tea time tuesday!


  28. I do so love stopping by and spending time enjoying tea with you! Hope you have a marvelous, restorative vacation! Judith is definitely one of those lovely Kindred Spirits we have the privilege to share with through blogging! A complete delight - thank you for sharing this post with A Return to Loveliness!
    God Bless,

  29. Every time I visit I come away refreshed and inspired. My thrift cup in this same pattern always reminds me of you when I look at it on top of my piano. It's cracked so the only thing it can hold is bits of jewelry, but then that also makes me think of your pretties. Have a restful vacation. ♥♫

  30. Hi Sweetie!
    Lovely post as always! I finally got myself together this morning and joined the wonderful world of Tea! Yeah! Making progress!

    Hoping you and your hubby are enjoying the time both need a well deserve time of rest!

    You have a blessed day friend!

  31. Your table is so pretty with the lovely china and rose petals. The dessert looks delicious. Your kind words about Judith are such a nice tribute to your friend.

  32. Thanks for having spared your time for hosting and sharing beauties with us, even if you are on holidays.
    Have a good time with your husband and come back full of even more energy, if possible, to enchant us every week with your nice words, beautiful tables and yummy desserts.
    Maria Andrade

  33. Your teapot and teacup are beautiful! The whole table setting looks so lovely with the roses and all. I hope you enjoyed a good...long tea time:)

  34. A beautiful post this week. I do enjoy Judith's blog and follow hers. A wonderful idea to share tea friends. I hope you enjoy your trip and have a great time.

  35. Dear Sandi,
    I love having tea with you every week and can't wait to see what you post! I love Lavendar Cottage and I am so happy you featured her beautiful blog!
    Have a wonderful time of refreshing!

  36. Sandi, Thank you for inviting me to your lovely tea party. I think your tea table is beautiful backlit with sunshine!
    Angel food cake no matter who bakes it is always so YUMMY!
    Enjoy your vacation.

  37. A gorgeous tea-table as always, dear Sandi!
    Your roses are exquisite!
    Actually, I thought I was going to find you drinking lavender flavoured tea, lol!
    I drink lavender hot chocolate at my son's cafe - it's lovely.
    Your teacup is very pretty and that cake looks fantastic, although pretty dangerous for my waistline!
    I hope you enjoy a good holiday with your hubby.
    Have a lovely little break, Sandi.
    btw..I don't think your posts are too long at all.
    They're so beautiful I just want to keep reading..
    You are very kind to feature Judith and her wonderful blog.
    Take care..and thanks for linking to LACE.
    blessings to you..Trish

  38. Hi: I love the violets today. I hope you have a wonderful time with hubby. Blessings, Martha

  39. Always the most delightful post with lots of eye candy. Thank you.
    Lady Linda

  40. Always the most delightful post with lots of eye candy. Thank you.
    Lady Linda

  41. Hi Sandi.
    I am sorry I missed your tea party this week.With Pauline at home we seemed to be on the go more.We took her to the airport this morning so already her visit is over.
    What is with this chilly weather in July???

    Hope all is well with you.

    Take care,

  42. HI Sandi,
    Hope you have a lovely holiday.The table scape is beautiful with your roses and sprinkle of petals.The sweet looks delicious. Nice to meet Judith.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  43. Sandi: Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday and leaving a kind comment. You truly have a beautiful blog here. I'm glad that you found me. :)


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