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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 14 November 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

"Usefulness is not impaired by imperfection. You can drink from a chipped cup." ~ Greta Nagel

Welcome my lovely friends to Tea Time Tuesday ~
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend. I have been down with a bug for almost a week and I'm still fighting this wretched thing. First Hubby got it and then me. I've been drinking lots of ginger tea....

But enough about that and on to a more pleasant topic...
There is a sense of anticipation in the air, can you feel it? The holidays are coming and I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to decorating and baking and wrapping presents! I'm also planning a Christmas Tea which I will talk about further on in this post.

A few weeks ago, I enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea with Carolyn of Aiken House and Gardens. As you all know she had won my Blogiversary Giveaway and I wanted to deliver it to her in person. So she invited me and our mutual friend Heather to an afternoon respite.

This is a photo of Carolyn's home that I took just as I got out of the car. My photo is somewhat crooked, but you can see how charming her home is.  

Her little garden cottage stands just a few steps away from her front door. One can view it from the kitchen window too. Can you imagine gazing out the window while preparing tea and cookies and seeing this little gem? It's as cute as a button, isn't it?

This little vignette greets you as you enter the front porch. I adore the sheep!

Once seated in Carolyn's cozy sitting room, we all enjoyed a lovely cup of tea and some scrumptious homemade Raspberry Coffee Cake. That is yours truly on the left and my friend Heather is on the right. I borrowed this photo from Carolyn. Carolyn herself escaped the lens this time but I will get a photo of her next time!

Carolyn and I played together as little girls until I moved away to another community. Then we met again through our mutual friend Heather whom I have been friends with for forty years. Heather's husband and I hung out together in High School so the friendship goes back a very long way.

Carolyn and I both share a love of red transferware. This was my teacup that afternoon. Isn't it beautiful? Love the toile and gold trim, very classy!

Carolyn's wonderful coffee cake.

Carolyn has such impeccable taste in her decor and she collects many different colours of transferware including the red. This is a lovely display of her brown and cream which was in the sitting room where we had our tea. Isn't it pretty? Love the display cabinet!

We all enjoyed a lovely afternoon and I thank Carolyn for her gracious hospitality.

A few weeks ago when Hubby and I were in NB,  we went thrifting and I found some new treasures. Do you like my 'new to me' teacup?

It is Old English Rose by Royal Albert and I really love the shape of it! The fuchsia and pink roses as well as the small pedestal with its thin gold trim make it a delightful teacup. This particular pattern has been out of production for many years so I am pleased to have found it. It has a beautiful handle with a thumb rest and sponged on gold adorning the teacup as well as the saucer; a lovely addition to my collection of teacups.

Tea quenches tears and thirst. ~ Jeanine Larmoth and Charlotte Turgeon

Now, about my upcoming Tea Party ~
On December 5th I will be hosting my Embrace The Season ~ Christmas Tea and I would like to invite you all to come and join me.
I thought a Christmas Tea accompanied by your favourite holiday recipe, memory, or craft would be nice. Perhaps you have some lovely Christmas teacups, mugs, or a teapot which you would like to share with us or maybe you have a teacup tree. If you don't have any holiday china, you are still welcome to join in as usual. I'm looking forward to seeing all your favourite tea things for the holidays!
I have made a button which you can use in your post or place on your sidebar. Just right click and save into your computer then place it wherever you like.

So mark your calendars and join me on December 5 for what should be a lovely time for us all!

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

I am so happy you have stopped by today and I invite 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.

"How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand." ~ Psalm 139:17-18

I am joining the following parties as well~

Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Teacup Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee 

Tea Party Tuesday 

Friends Sharing Tea

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi