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Monday 25 June 2012

Tea On the Deck for Tea Time Tuesday

"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer...
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape, Lay as if created in all the freshness of childhood." ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Welcome friends to my last Tea Time Tuesday in the month of June! Where did the month go? It's as though it hopped on fairies wings and flitted away....

Speaking of flying away, my youngest son flew to Paris on Saturday night. What a life that boy leads! He was in Paris this time last year too, and he is at this very minute, in Provence, France, at a Math conference.... 

Can you imagine gazing at fields of lavender like these, Judith?

One can dream!

My tea today is a rather simple one out on the back deck. It is a beautiful sunny day and I am happy to have gotten a few shots outside for a change.

The rose bushes are just loaded with blooms right now and one must have flowers to grace the tea table. These roses were freshly cut from my bushes this morning. They are old-fashioned roses called Theresa Bugnet. They look like peonies, they are so full and lush, and their scent is heavenly!

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A cookie and a wee bit of fruit, a cup of tea in a pretty teacup, and another Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery, Chamomile Mourning....

Some fresh fruit - Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries sitting on a pretty vintage saucer....

Tea Tip ~ When serving tea, why not serve food which will enhance the flavour of the tea. Example: Spicy scones or a nut bread generously spread with cream cheese and chutney would be splendid with Darjeeling tea.  

My teacup....

This is a Royal Chelsea teacup that I found last Summer at an antique shop. It is made in England, and I love the warm peachy colour with the array of lovely flowers decorating the inside of the cup.

It sits on a pedestal which is trimmed in a gold band.

Isn't it pretty? I find the split gold trim quite unique.

I am sipping Ginger Peach tea with a very thankful heart today. Thankful for so many things.... Family, friends, summertime, and something I have been praying for for months was answered today. God is good!

Would you care to join me for a quiet and relaxing tea with the sound of birdsong in the background? I do love bird-chirping weather, don't you?

I wonder what kind of sounds my son is listening to right now. Most likely a professor giving a lecture on Math!

"Simply sitting barefoot on an old back porch, while having a round of tea, is one of the purest pleasures of life." ~ Unknown

And dreaming of Provence....

I am planning yet another special tea party for July 9th ~ An Anne of Green Gables Tea. You are welcome to take the tea button for your post or sidebar if you wish.

Do you love Anne of Green Gables? I don't know too many who don't love the red headed orphan from Prince Edward Island.

Living on the Island affords me easy access to anything pertaining to our darling heroine. Perhaps you have some Anne inspired tea things, or maybe just some green and white. Perhaps you found a new teacup or pot at a yard sale which you would like to share with us. I would love to see them if you do. So please mark your calendars for July 9th and join me for an Anne of Green Gables Tea.

This tea party is going to be a little different from my usual party. It will be a type of Progressive Tea Party as there will be a special menu and a special link to your tea post on my own tea post if you choose a goodie from the menu to share on your Anne of Green Gables Tea postI will share more about that next week, so stay tuned!

Have a delightful day everyone and I look forward to visiting you.

I am happy to see all your tea things, whether you have shared them before or not. This tea party is all about sharing your joy of tea time and any thoughts you might have on the subject. And for the summer months, I would love to see your teacups and teapots indoors as well as out in the garden, at the beach, on a park bench, etc... Also I would enjoy seeing your teacup and teapot crafts as well as recipes and any stories you might have to share about tea time. So, let's have fun this summer with our teas. Get out there and be as creative, fancy, or as laid back as you wish!

"Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning." ~ Lamentations 3:23

I am delighted you have stopped by for a visit today. Your presence always make my tea party that much more special! Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot or mug that you would like to share with us today? I would love to see it and I'm sure others would too!

If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too:
Hot Apple Cider
Hot Chocolate
Iced Tea or Iced Coffee
Punch in a lovely bowl.
No alcoholic beverages please.

The Tea Time Tuesday 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! To be sure everyone has a visit, it would be nice if you visited the participant before and after your name.

Inlinkz is available below for you to sign up for my tea party.

As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Heart and Home ~
A Return to Loveliness ~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tea Cup Tuesday~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~
Tea in the Garden~
Tea Cup Thursday~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi! My you certainly have the most beautiful tea cups! The roses are exquisite.Your posts inspire me so much. Perhaps one of these times I can share a special memory of a tea at our church with my Mother-In-Law. The church would have the loveliest tea every Spring. It is the only way I even knew of the loveliness of such delightful activities! I journaled and scrapboked the loveliness and even decorated a bulletin board at the church of pictures of all of the beautiful tables! ANyway, have me thinking of sharing. My MIL gave me a set of teacups that I love ...I also have a set with a pot from my Great AUnt and Uncle. But that is it...someday I will try to create a beautiful post to share with you...I love all you share. Thank you, Sandi! You are a blessing!

  2. Sandi, I would love to join you for tea on the deck! It looks lovely and that teacup is so pretty. It looks like rain for the next 3 days here so no tea on the deck for me. Have a great week. Blessings, Pamela

  3. Hi Sandi,

    I am joining you this week with some fresh lavender from my garden. I hope you will stop by to visit. Thank you for hosting.

  4. Hello Sandi, LOVE your roses! I took tea outdoors this morning - enjoying the morning air before it warms up!
    Love your teacup - the colors are gorgeous! I appreciate you hosting and sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  5. Hi Sandi! Oh how wonderful for your son! I bet he is enjoying himself. Your flowers are so pretty as is that darling little teacup! Thank you for hosting and have a lovely day!

  6. PARIS? WOW! Love your tea party today! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  7. Hi Sandi! A very lovely tea and your roses are just beautiful. I'm excited about the special tea next month. I love Anne of Green Gables.
    Thank you for hosting.

  8. Hi Sandi. We love lavender here in Sequim...we have a major lavender festival every jear...this year it starts July 20th. We have 30 lavender farms in a 25 mile radius! I have some in the yard as well. We love it! Thanks for sharing, hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  9. Hi Sandi! Your tea party is very nice today. What beautiful roses! And that lavendar field - oh yes, we can dream - I've tried for 2 years to grow lavendar in my yard with only little success. I'll keep trying though! Thanks for hosting and I am looking forward to joining you in July for Anne of Green Gables Tea! ~ Jocelyne

  10. Hi Sandi,
    I loved your tea on the deck! Having tea outside is perfect for this season and your beautiful roses make very good company to that lovely tea cup and saucer!
    Thanks for hosting.

  11. Sandi, your teacup is gorgeous! I love the colors and the flowers inside. You chose a nice place to have tea today. I also went outside with my tea. The weather is lovely right now.

  12. I love your sweet table Sandi! Your teacup is so gorgeous. And the roses are amazing.

    Jocelyn @

  13. Hi sweet Sandi! Your teacup is a dream! The rose bushes are gorgeous, and I'd love to have tea at the deck, just lovely. Thank you for hosting and having me. Have a great week.

  14. As usual, your post is a joy! I love lavender so it was a great way to start! (My antique shop is called Lavender and Old Lace.) And I noticed you showed a copy of Laura Childs tea mystery book, Chamomile Mourning. I have all those books plus the ones about the scrapbook store in New Orleans.

    See you next week!

  15. Hi Sandi
    How I wish that was me frolicking in the fields of lavender, picking huge armfuls...sigh.
    Your roses are pretty and I can imagine the scent while sitting on your deck for tea with you. One day.
    We've had good rain the last couple of days but sunny skies ahead as we travel north for our grandson's high school graduation.

  16. What a simple and lovely wonderful tea you have shared with us, Sandi!

    This day has been SO busy and now it is nearly 9pm and the day is gone - and I took no pics of tea to share this week....tomorrow I may be able to but my daughters are coming over, we have fun plans!

    Hope to, if not I will be back, I promise!

    LOVE peach tea in the summer, yum!

  17. It would be so delightful to sit on your deck with you and enjoy a pleasant conversation over tea. Alas! I am in Florida, and we are having Tropical Storm "Debby" visiting with us for a few days, so there will be no deck or patio sitting for me. I will enjoy the view from your deck in my mind. I hope that I can join you on July 9th for the Anne of Green Gables tea party...that should be wonderful! I see that is a Monday, and as I will be working, I will have to have my tea party early.
    Thank you for this breath of fresh air today! I can almost smell the roses from here!

  18. Hi Sandi, what beautiful roses you shared with us. I really love that special tea cup that you found. What a treat to drink tea from it!! Thank you for hosting and have a blessed week.

  19. Oh gee, don't make anything hard for the July 9th progressive tea, I still can't get a button up on my page.
    Your roses are just gorgeous, they do look like peonies, mine aren't doing too well. Today was cold and so windy, keeps blowing the petals off the roses, but then tomorrow it is to be hot all week. Love it. and I do love your cup n saucer. I will join you tonight. Had a jewellery demo the other night and made strawberry shortcakes, was going to do it in the jars, but did them in little mini bowls.Thank you for sharing...

  20. I do love Anne of Green Gables, yes. I'll have to think of something special to do for your tea. Love your teacup - the inside of it is so pretty! I'm having a giveaway for my one year anniversary. I hope you'll come see!

  21. Your roses are beautiful and I love the peachy teacup & saucer. The lavender fields of Provence must give off the most amazing and heavenly scents!

    I love the quote about sitting barefoot on the porch, because that is truly the way I appreciate tea outside, barefoot and on the porch!

  22. What a lovely post this was--thank you so much for sharing the beautiful roses, and a charming spot for tea and reading with us--I appreciated it!

  23. lovely tea,Sandi. Such pretty roses.
    Yes wouldn't it be lovely to be in Provence right now. I go there often through French Essence with Vicki Archer,who lives there. xx

  24. Hi Sandi! That peach teacup is beautiful and it looks really pretty with that lavender! I will join you for the Anne tea. I will have to check back and see what your tea party is all about next week.

  25. Hello Sandi~
    Oh, what a treat...your son flying off to Europe. Hope he has a chance to explore a bit. I think your cup is charming! We must have been thinking along similar lines this week. I had tea outside also. Your AOGG tea sounds so fun;yes, I am a big fan. I would LOVE to visit PEI.

  26. Sandi, your Theresa Bugnet roses are truly lovely!
    They compliment the lavenders from Provence so well!
    Hope your son is enjoying his stay in France.
    Your cup is peachy-pretty and a really nice shape too.
    Looks like you're having good weather for tea outdoors.
    The Ann of Green Gables tea will be beautiful!
    Have a blessed week my friend.
    love..Trish xx

  27. Adore those Lavender images...I dream one day to look out my window at a back field planted with rows of lavender and sheep crazing between them...*sigh*...Thank you for a reminder of why I need to work so hard now :)

    Blessings Kelsie

  28. I can just imagine the scent in the lavender fields, it must be heavenly.
    The Royal Chelsea teacup is lovely, and very unusual, I like it very much.
    I must try one of Tea Shop Mystery books you mention. I've just made a note to remind myself.

  29. Oh Sandi, your post is so beautiful and inspiring! I adore lavender and the images are so gorgeous to see. I have some lavender bushes here at my home, but I think I am going to put in a lot more : )
    Your Peachy tea cup is stunning! I love that color as well as the glorious flowers inside.
    Thank you so much for sharing your delightful tea with us.

  30. Sandi what a lovely setting you have chosen for an afternoon tea! Your teacup is so lovely.. the pedestal is lovely and I always love when the floral detail is hidden inside the cup...a real treat for the the one drinking from it.

    How wonderful to be in Provence ..and that lavender has me dreaming... Happy tea time..xo C. (HHL)

  31. Dear Sandi..Thank You for the fresh fragrant lavender...It's such a healing plant. Your posting was so refreshing...that I would love to join you for a cup of tea on the deck ..AHHHHHHH !!!!

    Your roses certainly are beautiful.. Mine , alas, have been scavenged so I'm having to doctor them this year. However my irises and other flowers are in full bloom.

    I'm so excited about your " Anne Tea" ... I'll be there...Take care and have a HAPPY day, Sweet lady.

  32. Love your Royal Chelsea teacup...gorgeous. You are wowing us with the lavender photos ... dreaming of Provence! Happy Tea Day!!!

  33. I love this post. I have tea cups that were my moms I should join the party next week.

    Love these pictures the Lavender is beautiful too.


  34. Hi Sandi! Simply lovely teatime today with you! Love those incredible roses - alas! My roses have come and gone. I am hopeful for new blooms soon, though! However, much ado in my front garden as my post today will update you on that score. Plenty of tea things today, too.

    BUT - by far the most exciting thing has to be your Anne of Green Gables tea! I am swirling with ideas and making a list already of what to collect around my house to the purpose! LOVE our Lucy Maud and Anne's world. So much of her fancifulness is so very me . . . she made me feel that I was not so alone after all.


  35. Dear Sandi,
    thank you for this wonderful tea time. The young people are blessed as they have today so many nice opportunities. I hope your son loves his stay in France. The pictures of Provence are gorgeous. And so is your tea cup. Really pretty. I love the idea of having scones and fresh fruit to the tea. I am looking forward to your special tea in July.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  36. Such a sweet tea on your deck, Sandi. Your teacup is so lovely and goes so well with your beautiful roses and tablecloths. Thank you for hosting your wonderful tea party! I look forward to it every week!

  37. Oh! What fun! I want to join up! I love Anne!

  38. Sandy,
    Just stopping in to say Hello!
    I know it has been a while since I joined the Tea Party but i have just been so darn busy getting a bunch of projects done before Joe goes back to work.
    Just wanted to wish you a Happy Summer and I hope I will be joining you for Tea soon!
    P.S. I am doing several posts on a Book series titled The Spirit of Christmas on my Christmas Blog for the month of July celebrating Christmas in July. Stop by if you are interested!


  39. Another beautiful setting for tea time. I so enjoy reading all the quotes you add. I look forward to the Anne tea! I need to get out and start looking for something green :)

  40. Beautiful teacups but more especially, I love all those roses.
    Thank you for hosting.

  41. Hello Sandi, Your roses, your tea cup, and your table on the deck are all beautiful. I'm glad you are enjoying summer with a grateful heart.
    Hugs, Beth

  42. Hello Sandi, Your tea party is beautiful. We are in the thick of winter here in NZ. So sitting in front of fire and dreaming. Might do a Anne of Green Gables down under style. Love your site, thanks for visiting mine and becoming a follower!

  43. Hi there

    I haven't been over for a while

    I am in love with tea cups with flowers on the inside of the cups, I just purchased one at a thrift store in St Louis . I posted a picture of it this week
    now I am on the hunt for more

    your cups are always so pretty , I am having ice tea today since it will be 106 degrees

  44. Sandi...I am coveting that pink teacup! So pretty. Your blog has that summer feeling. The best thing about summer is God's blessing of fresh fruit, esp the berries! YUMMY.



  47. Hi Sandi,
    Happy Tea time! I love your old fashion pink roses from your garden. I agree...They do look like peonies. So pretty! Your Royal Chelsea teacup is beautiful. I love the peach color and flowers inside the teacup. Have a wonderful weekend!

  48. Anne of Green Gables Tea!!!! I love that. And my favorite flower...lavender. Love the colour...Love the smell... Sandie...a thursday doesn't feel right anymore without you in it. :)

    Wishing you a fabulous Canada Day....Hugs from my heart to yours

  49. Hi Sandi,
    I like your beautiful roses today. All roses are lovely ..but these one are especially lovely with their ruffles and fullness.
    Have a good week
    Barb from Australia

  50. Hi Sandi!

    So many wonderful things in this post, Sandi! I would LOVE to join you for tea. And I do adore bird chirping weather.

    As for Anne, I confess to rereading her last summer. A total delight and so beautifully written. Perhaps one day I will visit the island.

    Thank you for a lovely tea.

    – g


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