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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Old English Roses for Tea Time

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." ~ Meredith Willson, 1951

Hello everyone ~ Everywhere you look, the grayness of November is being lit up with lights and holiday decorations. I'm so glad we have Christmas to look forward to because it helps one forget that winter is coming and right now, we have all this beauty and an air of expectation to enjoy.

A few months ago my sweet Auntie P sent over some beautiful teacups. The two Royal Albert teacups below were left to her by her neighbour many, many years ago. He has since gone home to be with the Lord. I remember him and he was a dear old fellow. Gorgeous, aren't they? They are part of the Regal Series.

The two teacups above were part of Auntie P's collection. 

Auntie has been in the hospital the last number of weeks and will be joining my uncle in a Retirement and Special Care Residence when she is released. It is so very sad to have our beloved relatives growing older and being unwell. She will not be returning to their beautiful condo which she had built to her specifications. I really don't like changes like these nor does she. We haven't been able to communicate either because she has no access to a computer. She is in New Brunswick and of course I am here on PEI. But life oftentimes does this to us, doesn't it, and we must make the best of it.

Most of you know that the majority of my Rose Chintz came from her and now these beautiful teacups will become part of my collection. Thank you Auntie. I love you and God bless you!

For my post today I am sharing the Old English Rose teacup that Auntie sent me. Pink roses are very much at home among a little Christmasy tea setting. I couldn't wait to pull out the glitter!

I now have three Old English Rose teacups. Each one is unique. 

The one above is in the Hampton shape and the other two are in the Avon shape. 

The one Auntie gave me is incredibly rich looking with all the brushed on gold. It is vintage and is perhaps from the 1930's?

I am enjoying a cup of Stash Cinnamon Vanilla tea with a cinnamon roll fresh from the oven. 

Hubby will be happy to see them on the table! Cinnamon rolls are his favourite. The mercury glass votive which is tucked into the center of the rolls is for butter. Thank you Ruth for the inspiration.

Although Hubby can appreciate a beautiful china teacup, he does prefer a mug when sipping his tea and coffee. I actually know very few men who like their tea or coffee in a teacup. My father loved a teacup but then he appreciated fine things. My Uncle Doug, Auntie P's husband, being a Brit, also loves a teacup.

The teapot is Royal Albert in the New Country Roses pattern.

..."Perhaps that is the true gift of a teatime celebration: It fills our cups with joy and warmth and friendship. May the echo of the teacup's message be heard not only at Christmas, not only on special occasions, but anytime friends come together." ~ Emilie Barnes

Would you like to join me? 

I have started decorating but haven't gotten very far yet. I had the flu yesterday so that held me up. We purchased a little four foot table top tree this year. The big tree will be going up in the family room since we spend all our evenings in there watching the Christmas specials.

Once again, thank you for stopping by. It's always a pleasure to have you! Till next time, take care and Happy Thanksgiving to all my dear American friends!

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday
The Art of Home-Making Mondays
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Hello dear Sandi, so sorry to hear you were hit with the flu bug, but so glad you are feeling better so soon. Sorry to hear about your Auntie as well, we do get older and things do change but I don't like older and changes either. How very nice that she has given you so many lovely things to cherish. The Old English Rose teacups are so very pretty, and all the differences with them is neat too.
    I always enjoy reading your blog posts. Take care and hope to hear from you soon.

  2. Good afternoon Sandi! I know exactly how you feel about your dear Auntie having to move into a care home with her husband. It's never nice when are older generation relatives are forced to take another step away from their usual way of life. The best we can do is remember them by keeping in touch either in person or by other means. I hope she will have access to a computer in her new home. I visited my dad today in his care home, but some days are worse than others. Today ... not so good and it was hard to keep a happy face.

    Your teacups are beautiful! I love the old fashioned roses on them. How nice of your Auntie to remember you and send them to you. A real treasure. My dad would drink tea from a teacup when we had visitors (he too is British), but I think my mom influenced him to switch to drinking from lovely handmade pottery mugs. Her grandfather was a potter and had a passion for it herself. I too normally drink from the handmade mugs, but teacups still hold a special place in my heart. Enjoy your cinnamon rolls ... gosh they look good!!
    Wendy xox

  3. All your tea cups are so pretty,Sandi. And what a nice gift that your aunt gave you those pretty Royal Albert teacups. I am so sorry to hear she has to leave her home and go to a Special Care home. When you have tea in her teacups you'll be reminded of how special she is.
    I haven't decorated for Christmas, will wait till after our Thanksgiving on Thursday. I bought a 4 foot tree last year, but I've looked everywhere for it this week and it's not to be found. I think I mistakenly donated it! Guess I'll buy another one.

  4. Hello Sandi...
    Your rose cups are just exquisite. I love anything with roses. So very sad to hear of your auntie's plight. I have two aunties who are going through just about the same thing. Oh, such a sadness for them to give up their beloved homes. That, I guess, is the beauty in appreciating and savoring each second of life as it is because it can change in the blink of an eye. Susan

  5. Hi Sandi. Old English Roses is one of my favourites too! And how special that they were gifts from your dear Aunt. I certainly haven't started Christmas yet...but I'd better get thinking about it! Have a lovely week!

  6. I love when you share your Auntie P's teacups with us, my friend. I'm sorry about the changes in her life.
    Your tea table looks so pretty with your Aunt's lovely teacups that you will certainly love and enjoy. My late beloved drank his tea from a mug, teacup for him! I know you made your hubby happy with those cinnamon rolls. Enjoy your week, sweet Sandi. I am traveling today to be with my 87 year old mom for Thanksgiving. xx

  7. What beautiful teacups, but more than the beauty the wonderful memories associated with them of your Auntie is so precious. Change is most difficult there is no doubt!

  8. Sandi, thank you for sharing your treasures and their stories with us. Your Auntie P and Uncle Doug sound delightful. I'm so sorry they are growing old and infirm. Sad to see. We are going through that as well. The last of my aunts and uncles died a few years ago. It brings me comfort and joy to use things once used by mother, aunt and grandmothers.

  9. I feel like I know your Auntie P, Sandi after reading about her many times over the years. It is sad that the time has come for her and your uncle to be housed where they must be cared for, disappointing that you are a province away too.
    A lovely collection of country rose patterns, I've seen quite a bit of the newest in the Royal Doulton store.
    Glad you only had a 24 hour flu, for me a sinus cold has just started with the snow that arrived. A good day to stay inside, sip tea and read. :-)

  10. Your Aunt P sure knows you well, and that you would cherish these lovely teacups. My father, too, drank out of a teacup; I think it was because of the saucer, and how convenient it was to rest a stirring spoon or a biscuit/cookie/treat on it. . .

  11. I love everything about your beautiful table!!! Wonderful tea pot and teacups!! We are going to travel to see my husband's family for Thanksgiving. Thank you for the wishes and wish you a wonderful week!!

  12. Dear Sandi:
    What a great and classy lady this "Auntie P" is and she sure blessed you with beautiful tea cups. I even recognized the top 2 because I sold one like that at my store years back. The table looks so beautiful with all these pieces and the roses it must of been sad to put it all away! Thanks for sharing and linking.

  13. How blessed you are to have Auntie P! She shares a love of beauty and tea with you and it is special that you have some of these wonderful tea things that she loved.

    I can't wait to start the Christmas season! We are visiting my mother in law in Florida and on Friday we will put up Christmas decorations in her home! I'm excited to do this for her!

  14. Regal, indeed! The RA teacups that your Auntie P gifted you are beautiful. I'm also smitten with your pretty rose teacups, especially the one with the brushed on gold. Have fun putting up the rest of your Christmas decorations.

  15. Sandi, I am sorry about your Auntie! It is hard to see them growing old. I am seeing it with two of my older sisters. Makes me sad when they are in pain! I know that some day it will be my turn. I pray I can grow old gracefully! :) The teacups are gorgeous and what fond memories they will evoke every time you use them. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. Sandi, just wanted to pop back in and let you know something about my latest post (feel free to delete this message, if you like). It's about afternoon tea and includes a giveaway, which could be open to those outside the US *if* they wanted to have the item shipped to someone in the US on their gift list.

  17. Sandi, Thanks for sharing your roses tea cups. I have a similar pink tea pot and I like the way you placed it on a glass plate. I'm sorry to hear your aunt will not be returning to her home. Very sad. Change is difficult. The tea cups will keep her close in your heart. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  18. Everything is beautiful. Love roses and anything tea. Such a pretty setting. Hugs, Beverly

  19. Hi Sandi,
    I understand your sadness regarding the changes in your life and those for your dear Aunt. I love your collection of Old English Rose teacups that she has gifted you. She knew that you would treasure them. I also have some that were all my mother's and last year found 4 dinner plates and I am anxious to use them. Your cinnamon buns look amazing and my hubby also uses a mug. Sometimes when I need a very large cup of tea and am lazy to refill my cup I also use a large mug instead of my dainty teacup. I pray that your aunt will adjust to her new life changes. Blessings Dear Sandi! Karen

  20. Hello Sandi,

    I just stopped by to say hello and read your post about your beloved Auntie P. I can see how much she means to you and how much you love your dear aunt. I am so sorry.

    The teacups she gave you are lovely and how special to have them in your collection.




  21. I love Old English Roses too. Your teacups are gorgeous! The cinnamon rolls look wonderful too. So sad about your beloved aunt, but hopefully she will adjust well to her new living situation and at least she and your uncle have one another. A dear aunt of mine just passed away the end of October. She was 90 and not at all well. I find myself wanting to bake some of her specialties in memory of her.

    We got snow yesterday and much of it is still on the ground. We did a bit of Christmas shopping yesterday, and I think I will start decorating for Christmas on Monday!

  22. You have shared such beautiful teacups in this post, Sandi! I love them all. Your Auntie sounds like a true jewel. I hope she will be content in her new surroundings. It is a big change at first, but then hopefully in no time at all the extra attention and comfort are really appreciated. Many blessings to you and yours, Bess

  23. Your teacups are always so pretty and when you set the's beautiful. Glad you're over the flu Sandi. Take gentle care of you and stay well, okay.

  24. Sandi, they are just gorgeous! What a pretty display they make all together on your tea table. A feast for the eyes. I hop all is well with you. I feel for your Auntie and her big move into assisted living, but I know from experience with elderly relatives, that the move does improve quality of life enormously. Wishing you a peaceful December. Mimi xxx

  25. Oh my, those cups and saucers are so very pretty. And so special! I'm sorry your aunty has to move and leave her old life and lovely things behind. I pray she will find some measure of comfort in her new place.



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