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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 29 July 2013

Tea Time Tuesday

"The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people. One cannot help but think of more serene and genteel times. From the whimsical child's teapot to an elegant English teapot, to collectible teapots that adorn some homes, they are a subtle reminder of all that is good in this world." ~ Barbara Roberts

Hello friends and welcome to my last Tea Time for the month of July! I hope you're all enjoying your summertime.

We have been having a lot of dreary wet days here lately. It's been rather cool too so I've set a happy table for you.

I cut some old-fashioned roses.

And some freshly picked Queen Anne's Lace from the roadside. I do believe there is more Lace this year and I'm not sure why. The roadsides and fields offer a giant playground for fairies and pixies alike.

I'm using an assortment of china pieces which always makes for a charming setting.

My Maxwell and Williams Rose Bud teapot holds  Earl Grey tea which is always a favourite with me.

"Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company." ~ Author unknown

You have all seen my Royal Albert Summer teacup before but I decided to use it again today because of course it is a 'Summer' pattern. This is the backside.

I love the quaint cottage scene on it! It does not boast a gold trim but a soft pink scroll instead which is lovely for a change. 

The other is one I found at a thrift shop quite a while ago. It too is Royal Albert and is called Buckingham. I believe it was made between 1970-1980. The colour is a rich deep green accented with pink roses.

What do these teacups have in common besides being vintage Royal Albert? They are both designed in the Gainsborough shape with their split handles; very lady-like with their footed cups and curvy rims.

I especially like the handle on the Buckingham cup. Can you see the row of leaves outlined in gold?

Do you like lemon with your tea? Generally I take mine black but now and then I enjoy a slice of lemon.

I haven't been baking at all this week as Hubby and I have been on the go so much but we did visit a good bakery and chose a mini lemon meringue pie for our tea. We simply split it between us and it is almost as good as my own.

Making these would be easy enough. Just use your pie crust recipe in a mini pie pan and bake. Then fill with lemon pie filling and top with meringue. I think it makes a 'sweet' presentation!

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Now, I have something else I want to share with you. May I be completely honest with you? I hope as my bloggy friends you will understand....

As most of you know, I had an accident in January and I have had two to three appointments every week since February. I am exhausted and I feel I need a break. 

I had a short one when my boys were home in June but as some of you know, I took another fall while they were here so it really wasn't a break at all.

I feel I need some time away from blogging and the computer in general. I need time to rest and not stress about hosting parties on top of everything else. I know you will all understand.

Also, my hubby is on vacation and I don't want to be sitting in front of the computer preparing posts. I may be away for only a couple of weeks, perhaps three. We'll see. But I hope to have lots to share with you when I get back.
When I return I will tell you more about my Anne of Green Gables Tea which I will be hosting on August 19.

I will be cancelling my HOME party on Wednesdays too for at least a couple of weeks.

Enjoy your Summer and I will leave this Linky open for a couple of weeks so you may link up any tea posts you may have.

The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-26 {NAS}

I am delighted you have stopped by for tea today! Your presence always makes my tea party that much more special and I am happy to see all your tea things whether you have shared them before or not. This party is all about sharing your joy of tea time and you may be as creative, fancy, or laid back as you wish.

If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: Hot Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, Lemonade, Iced Tea or iced coffee, or Punch in a lovely bowl.

To be sure everyone has a visit, it would be nice if you visited the participant before and after your name. 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~

Inspire Me Tuesday ~
A Return to Loveliness ~
Tea Cup Tuesday~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tea In The Garden ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Home Sweet Home~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi