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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Sunday 28 August 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement. ~ Arthur Gray 

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday dear tea friends~
I am posting my tea party earlier than usual because of Hurricane Irene which is headed our way. Due to possible power outages, I thought it wise to post today in case tomorrow I won't have access to my computer.

Today I am going to take you to a little tea room my hubby and I visited while on vacation.

There is a quaint little village on the Island known as Victoria-by-the-Sea and that is where we are going today.

The photo above is one I borrowed from the internet but all other photos are my own.

Victoria-by-the-Sea is a jewel set on the south shore of the Island. It is an historic seaport village founded in 1819 by James Bardin Palmer who was an immigrant lawyer and agent for the Earl of Westmoreland.
One can take a stroll along tree-bowered streets reminiscent of a by-gone era and find beautiful old homes trimmed with gingerbread, quaint little shops and studios, elegant restaurants and inns. A pleasant spot to relax and enjoy a slower pace of life for just a little while. It kind of reminds me of the imaginary little town of Cabot Cove in Maine where Jessica Fletcher lived on the hit TV series, Murder She Wrote; only on a much smaller scale.

As we made our way up the street, I stopped to take a picture of this lighthouse. There were blue hydrangeas everywhere.

Our next stop was at an antique shop where Hubby surprised me by getting me another teacup! I will show you the teacup another day.

There are many pretty houses, gardens, and sights to see. It is like stepping back in time.

I know today, Sunday the 28th, had been Tasha Tudor's birthday and I know she would have approved of this idyllic setting. This photo is from the book, The Private World of Tasha Tudor, which I won in a Giveaway last Fall from my tea friend, Bernideen.

Tasha Tudor would have fit right in!

This building is behind the tea room we will be going to. Notice the pretty floral wreath hanging on the door and the flower box on the little yellow cottage. There were linens hanging on the line, blowing softly in the breeze.

We turned the corner and made our way in to Mrs. Proffit's Tea Room and what a treat it was!

The exterior of the tea room itself bids you come in and have a cup of tea. Isn't it charming?

I love the flower boxes and the lace in the windows!

Once inside we were seated at a darling little table decorated in red and white. The atmosphere was simply delightful. Florals and gingham, don't you love it!

Love the white tea things placed in the center of each table!

OK, let's take a look around.....Love these plates which our server said she had found at a yard sale. You know me and my love for red toile and transferware. They caught my eye right away!

There were teacups adorning shelves and hanging on hooks.

Loved these teacups! 

The cup above has a sweet little English cottage scene on it.

This little teapot was for sale too.

A pretty tureen and bags of specialty teas.

A tea trolley with pretty teacups all ready to be put to use.

Close-up of the teacups; love the yellow one.

Hubby and I decided on a tall glass of iced tea instead of a cup of hot tea as it was quite hot outside.  

We also had dessert with our tea. Hubby had trifle.

And I had a lovely carrot cake with cranberries and walnuts in the warm cream cheese sauce. It was scrumptious! I make a really nice carrot cake but I have to admit that this was about the best I've ever tasted! I must remember to add cranberries and nuts to the sauce next time I make it.

They use real china and isn't it much nicer to enjoy a nibble off pretty china?

They had hats that one could wear while enjoying their tea. I don't know about you, but I love hats and I seldom go out without one on!

Our lovely server took our pictures wearing our hats. Hubby looked so dapper in his bowler. He's such a good sport!

I don't like the camera but I wanted you to see my pretty hat. It matched my outfit.

Life is a cup to be filled, not drained. ~ Anonymous

Thank you for coming along with me today. If you are ever on Prince Edward Island, you must stop by Victoria-by-the-Sea. It is a lovely place to visit.

"May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favour and give you His peace." ~ Numbers 6: 24-26
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 your visitors may find their way here to visit all my lovely participants. Thank you!

I am pleased 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

Tea Party Tuesday

Lady Katherine~
Teatime Tuesday


Miss Spenser~
Teacup Thursday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi