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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, 12 May 2014

A Red Rose Tea

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~ Marcel Proust 

Welcome to my Red Rose Tea, dear friends! I hope all you moms enjoyed your Mother's Day weekend.

My mom is in a Nursing Home now and they held a Mother's Day Tea on Saturday afternoon which Hubby and I attended. My niece joined us also which was lovely and it certainly made my mother happy! Unfortunately, I forgot my camera.

Hubby gave me a dozen beautiful red roses for our Anniversary last week. I split the bouquet in half and made two arrangements.

"An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joy of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow." ~ Unknown

My favourite rose is white or soft pink but he couldn't find any so he brought home red. He went to two shops looking for my favourite colour, bless his heart! I love how much trouble he went to just to please me for our special occasion!

These roses are in my Skye McGhie Florence vase.

The velvety petals of these gorgeous red roses were the inspiration for my tea today.

O my Luve is like a red, red rose
   That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
   That’s sweetly played in tune. ~ Robert Burns

So, please do come in and join me in the living room.

 It was a bright sunny day when I took my pictures.

"The world becomes a lovely thing!
There's beauty as you'll see;
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea." ~ Traditional verse

I mixed and matched some of my red transferware for this tea.

I don't know the maker of the teapot, only that it has a coat of arms on the bottom.

The teacup...This teacup also has the coat of arms on the bottom. I don't have a complete set of transferware teacups in red and I would dearly love to find one. I am marrying this cup with my Skye McGhie Cream Lace saucer.

The creamer is Antique Reflections.

And the wonderful porcelain tea tray holding the  teapot and teacup also bears the coat of arms.

My tea today is Red Rose, an orange pekoe tea, a favourite of my hubby's.

Red Rose Tea is a beverage company established by Theodore Harding Estabrooks in 1894 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. It is considered an iconic part of Canadian culture and many Canadians have a strong emotional attachment to the brand. Its orange pekoe tea is said to be made from only the top two leaves of each tea plant sprig, thus ensuring the best quality.
Red Rose's old commercials introduced the
catchphrase, "Only in Canada, you say? Pity..." (The catchphrase was transformed by Canadian popular culture to, "Only in Canada, eh? Pity...") Another slogan was "Red Rose Tea is Good Tea." ~ Info gleaned from the Internet

Do you remember those playful chimps that did the Red Rose Tea commericals?  I found this on the Internet as well. Sure brings back memories!

I hope you enjoyed my Red Rose Tea and I am delighted you could visit today. Have a sweet day everyone!

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness ~
Tea Cup Tuesday~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~
Friends Sharing Tea~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Home Sweet Home~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Your red roses are just gorgeous! Have a wonderful week....hugs, Penny

  2. Oh my, that red transferware tray and lovely pieces is to die for Sandi! I love the pretty setting you did with such lovely.
    I'm so glad you got to visit your mother at the home and you enjoyed your Mother's Day.
    Thank you for hosting this wonderful tea party and have a nice week.

  3. Ah yes, Red Rose Tea. We can get it in the US as well but it is NOT as good. I prefer the kind I can get in New Brunswick. My New Brunswick relatives got us hooked on it. Although I do love the Tetley Earl Gray Vanilla. Beautiful Red Roses too.

  4. Beautiful red roses!
    Love, love the transferware and the first quote. The tea table looks so inviting. How I would love to sit here. We drink a lot of red rose tea in the summer as iced tea.

  5. Your red transferware is beautiful! I especially love the tray. I have not seen one like that before. The table cloth is beautiful too. We grew up with Red Rose; I didn't know it was a Canadian company. They used to have little porcelain animals in our boxes that you would collect. thanks for hosting Sandi!

  6. What a delightful way to have tea with beautiful flowers for your anniversary. The red transferware is lovely with the red roses. I remember seeing red rose tea when we visited Canada and I love the darling ads. Have a fabulous week and glad your Mother enjoyed her time with you.


  7. Happy Anniversary to you and your sweet hubby, Sandi. I love the red and white tea tray, teapot, creamer and teacup! They are really pretty. I remember the Red Rose Tea ads too. They were so funny. Interestingly enough I happened to reflect on those ads with a friend just the other day. Have a wonderful week.

  8. Oh Sandi, I did enjoy your Red Rose Tea today. Wasn't that sweet of your hubby to try for your favorite color rose? You did a lovely job of showing off the red roses with your beautiful favorite! xo

  9. Hi Sandi,
    I just adore your transferware today! So gorgeous! I also drink
    Red Rose Orange Pekoe tea and always have a big box in my cupboard. I used to enjoy Nabob brand until they stopped making it. Isn't it sad to visit our moms in their homes? I was there yesterday to visit my 93 year old mom and although she is reasonably happy I still feel badly for her.
    Thank you for brightening every week for me with your inspirational words and photos. A belated Happy Mother's Day to you!

  10. That is so pretty, Sandi. Love the little cup, so sweet. Lovely table scape. Happy Mother's Day! Glad you had tea with your mom.

  11. I adore your red tea time. The transferware china is just gorgeous.

  12. Love your red and white transferware with the toile tablecloth.
    I remember bringing back a Red Rose teabag when we visited Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. I even like the name!

  13. Beautiful, Sandi! That red and white are so stunning together! I can feel those velvet petals as you describe them - and yes - what a honey to search for your favorites - though in vain. I daresay your red roses birthed a delightful teatime. And YES - Red Rose Tea - I never knew the backstory there. The monkeys taking tea - too cute and a nostalgic jolt. A lovely teatime, milady. So glad your special teatime with your mom was a happy day - regardless of forgetting the camera. LOL!

  14. Hi Sandi
    Actually the red roses made your tea that much nicer by complementing the red transferware.
    I had a girlfriend in high school that could imitate those chimps very well, she always made us laugh!
    Thanks for hosting.

  15. I like the red roses with the transferware, Sandi. They make the colour pop! Lovely. Glad you enjoyed Mother's Day. You are special. XO
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  16. Just beautiful Sandi! I am loving your tea pot and china! Your red toile table cloth is so perfect for these treasures. I don't remember the chimps on the commercial but remember for years collecting the little animal statues in the boxes of tea. Gosh, I wish I had them now. I recall playing with them as a little girl. Thanks for the tea fun!

  17. Hello Sandi, Love your red rose tea! The transferware is gorgeous! I've never seen the commercial, but I bet it was fun! I do appreciate you sharing and hosting,

  18. What a delightful post! the photo of the chimps in pinafores is a riot!

  19. A lovely red rose tea Sandi! Your trasferware tea setting is beautiful! I love your tea tray and that gorgeous tea pot! The tea cup too is just wonderful.

  20. The roses and your tea setting is lovely! I rec'd some red roses for Mother's Day but just 3 of them!

    However my sons did cook that day :)

  21. It all looks so pretty, and I like the way you have brought the different pieces together.

  22. Hi Sandi: Love that red tray. Everything looks so beautiful. Red is a favorite color for me. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  23. Your red roses are very pretty Sandi! I hope your anniversary was wonderful! Thank you for hosting!

  24. I love your red transferware Sandi. It is gorgeous. And the matching tablecloth is darling. I hope you had a wonderful mother's day. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tea.


  25. You have the most gorgeous collections!!! So pretty. The roses your husband gave you are perfection with the beautiful transferware. Thank you for sharing with us!

  26. Red Rose tea is a staple in our home and my 'go to ' when I am not feeling up to snuff. I can always count on my Red Rose tea for making me feel better and also making my tea times special. I know so many people appreciate finer teas, but this tea , after all the years I have loved it, is part of my life, and I am not even Canadian .

    I always love your tea times and your tea table makes me sigh for the loveliness.

  27. Dear Sandi,
    oh my, you have overdone yourself with that table. The toile tablecloth with the transferware is the burner. So nice that you could celebrate with your Mom, too. Thank you for sharing this wonderful table and for hosting this sweet event. The chimps are gorgeour cute.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  28. Hello Sandi,
    Lovely that you received roses even if they aren't your favourite colour. They sure do stand out with your transferware, I always admired that and wouldn't have noticed it not matching until you mentioned. It is a lovely set and I so admire the tray. It is nice that you have your mom close enough and you could celebrate this time with her. Thanks for sharing in tea

  29. hello
    un sympatique évenement

    "Je regarde une rose et je suis apaisé.
    Victor Hugo "
    bonne journée
    edith (iris)

  30. Sandi your roses are gorgeous and look so pretty with your transferware! I don't remember the chimps advertisements. Wonder if they ran in the US? Glad you got to spend a lovely time with your mother! Thanks for hosting.

  31. Your Red Rose tea is lovely, especially the transferware, of course. Great use of your anniversary roses. The tablecloth is such a lovely touch.

  32. Blessings to you, Sandi!
    I loved the chimps. Going to have to see if I can watch them on youtube.

    Your post is lovely and RED is delightful. It is one color that pops. Roses are so gorgeous.


  33. The red transferware is so beautiful. I love the tea setting

  34. The picture you took of the roses is so magnificent I can almost smell them. Happy Anniversary to both of you. have an amazing weekend Sandi.....hugs.

  35. Your Red Rose Tea is beautiful -- and I love that your husband went to such trouble to try to find the roses you prefer. Those thoughtful gestures mean as much as the actual gift, don't they?

  36. Sandi so beautiful - lovely roses - happy belated anniversary! I will be featuring your post in this week's A Return to Loveliness,

  37. The red transferware lion mark is from Burton & Burton out of Georgia. You are very blessed to have the tray. It’s the first one I’ve seen and I’ve been looking for a long time!! I have the bird teapot, castle cups and square plates with Victorian women on the corners. It all goes together! Thank you for sharing.


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