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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 6 November 2017

When November Comes A-Knocking!

It was November ~ the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables

Good morning dear friends! Well, October is gone and a new month is here. When November comes a-knocking it tends to be rather dreary around here until the Christmas lights go up. Almost everyone leaves the decorating until after November 11th in honour of our veterans. After that, the Christmas music will start playing and the lights will be twinkling in every shop window. 

November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year. ~ Louisa May Alcott

I'm sure many folks would agree with that quote because the tree branches are bare, flowers are gone, and there is a sharper nip in the air than the month before. It is no surprise to awaken in the morning and find Jack Frost had paid a visit overnight. It is time to bring out those heavy jackets and coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. Yet today, it is warmer than usual for November. The temp is supposed to get up to a balmy 18 degrees Celsius so I certainly agree with Miss Alcott's quote. It is as though November can't make up its mind this year.

I usually start decorating mid-November and I'm looking forward to replacing the coloured leaves and pumpkins with lights and pretty holiday vignettes. Christmas is my absolute favourite holiday and the decorating always brings to mind wonderful memories of happy times. 

By the middle of the month I hope to have at least one of my fruit cakes made. I always make a dark and a light. At this time of year I always start craving spicy desserts too like the mincemeat tarts which I am serving today with my tea. I just buy my mincemeat in a jar but I try to make my own pastry for the shells because it is so much better. These tarts however are made with frozen pastry shells because I can't use my pastry blender right now. The CTS {carpal tunnel} is causing me quite a bit of grief these days.

When November comes a-knocking, I bring out my Friendly Village china. I'm an old-fashioned gal so these patterns appeal to me in a big way.

 The Covered Bridge

Every piece I have is vintage except for the teapot and milk jug. I love the red buildings set in the stark brown, green and cream background! Like the Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz pattern, I find this Friendly Village just charming. 

So, let's have some tea and tarts, shall we?

The Ice House

This china is so perfect for Autumn and the winter months.

I have four cups and saucers. Two sets which I bought at a shop that was closing so I got them at five dollars each. 

Each piece of Friendly Village depicts a scene from our past; an ice house, a covered bridge, a school house, among other things. A truly old-fashioned pattern which suggests a life of hard work yet such wonderful sentiment.

The School House

It hung on a pail that stood on a stool
By the door of an old-time country school,
And the water it dipped was cool and sweet
Fresh as mountain dew in the schoolroom's heat.
And never was water so good, so cool,
As dipped from the pail of that old-time school,
Along with the schoolhouse of another day,
The common tin dipper has passed away. - Margaret Neel

I am so glad that they have captured these olden day scenes under a glaze to be enjoyed forever.

Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty. ~ James Norwood Pratt

Sugar Maples teapot

As I sip my cup of tea I can't help but reflect upon the days of my childhood. With the Christmas season nearing, I tend to become very sentimental. I suppose a lot of us are like that around this time of year.

Many of you have seen the old pancake jug that my Granny used. It was once used by my great-great grandmother so it is well over one hundred years old. To some it may not be very pretty. There is a small chip in the handle and a crack in the body but to me it represents a life of hard work and the love of family. The fact that my beloved Granny used it makes it very precious!

I can still picture my Granny stirring up her pancakes in that jug and pouring the batter into the cast iron frying pan. She made stacks of pancakes and served them with baked beans every Saturday night for my mother, my Auntie P, and the rest of her family. Oftentimes my Granny fed a few boarders and a neighbour or two as well. For years, after Granny went on to her reward, my Auntie P kept the jug on display in her home until she passed it on to me. Today I use it to display my ivy in. Such wonderful memories are attached to that jug!

Memories are timeless treasures of the heart. -unknown

Savouring my hot cup of tea in an old-fashioned teacup and thinking about my childhood fills me with a sense of nostalgia which is hard to put into words. I only know how thankful I am for the blessing of a warm loving home and family, a warm cup of tea, and such lovely memories.

My beloved Auntie P took a very bad fall and has been in the hospital for a week now. I would appreciate your prayers for her.

My middle boy has a birthday tomorrow, on the 7th, so I am thinking about him today. Happy Birthday, Sweetheart! He lives out on the west coast so we won't be able to celebrate together. He is however very close in my heart.

The picture on the left is him giving his speech at his brother's wedding in July and the one on the right is when he was home in August.

I am also very sad to learn of the shooting in a Texas church yesterday. Our world seems to have gone mad and we pray for peace. When I was growing up I never heard of such things taking place, yet today our children and grandchildren hear about these tragedies every other day. Our little ones live in a different world today unfortunately. God bless them and keep them safe!

So today I am thankful for a quiet cup of tea and beautiful memories I keep tucked away and bring out every now. 

So where are your thoughts taking you this morning?

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi