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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

"A joyful heart is good medicine." ~ Proverbs 17:22

Monday, 1 September 2014

Summery Pink for Tea Time

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means a waste of time. ~ J. Lubbuck
Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday and Happy Labour Day everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Summer is winding down and I have decided now would be a good time to bring out some of my summery teacups one more time. I was hoping to do an outdoor tea but it has been very windy and rainy here over the weekend so it's back in the living room for tea.

I brought out my Summer teacup. I love this one with the English cottage and whisper pink trim.

Royal Albert ~ Summer

"Have you ever really looked at teacups and saucers?  There are many similarities among them, yet many differences.  Yet...all cups and saucers were designed for a common purpose.  

Perhaps you have heard and in all probability have even used the phrase, 'tea service'.  You see, cups and saucers were created to serve.

Tea served in this elegant Lady Carlyle tastes lovely.

Royal Albert ~ Lady Carlyle 

Teacups and friends?  The comparison is obvious. We too have many similarities, many differences, many unique characteristics.  We are all different, yet all needed.  Fortunately, it takes all of us, each with her own gifts and talents, to serve the needs of God's children. 

This sweet Shelley was a wedding gift many moons ago.


Next time you pick up a teacup, think of a friend." Linda Gaither

I love how the author of the quote above compared friends to teacups. 

But friendship is the breathing rose with sweets in every fold. ~ Oliver Wendell Homes

Roses on china and on a tea table is always charming. 

Who can resist a rose? Certainly not me!

Would you like to join me for a nosh?

I have lemon tea bread on a Royal Albert Serena dessert plate. The plate was a surprise from dear blogging friend, Bernideen @ Bernideen's Tea Time Blog.

I have blueberry oatmeal muffins, fresh from the oven too.

Vintage silverware - a butter knife and tea spoons, treasures from the past. The silver is part of a set, a gift from my grandparents to my mother on her wedding day.

Tea is served! Lemon Ginger tea is ready in my Royal Albert New Country Roses teapot.

Royal Albert Lavender Rose holds the milk and sugar. How do you take your tea?

Oops, I forgot the napkins!

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend!

Today is my little grandson's birthday and he is 6 years old. He's going into grade one too. Happy Birthday Zachary!

Thank you my lovely friends for joining me for tea today. I would love to see your teacups, coffee mugs, teapots/coffee pots, tea shops, and tea treat recipes. Please link up and I will be happy to come and visit you.

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be.~ Author unknown

I am joining the following parties as well~

Mosaic Monday
A Return to Loveliness
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Tea in the Garden
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Monday, 25 August 2014

Blue Willow for Tea Time

There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello everyone and welcome to another Tea Time!

Do you find it hard to blog this time of year? I'm wanting to be outside as much as possible and the lure of Summer is stronger than the desire to blog these days. It is however always a pleasure to have you join me for Tea Time.

While Hubby and I were away visiting relatives in New Brunswick a couple of weeks ago, I found this Blue Willow tea cup and saucer.

You all know the story of Blue Willow and the star-crossed lovers. 

The pattern was popular in 18th century England, e.g. porcelain designed by Thomas Minton around 1790 and has been in use for over 200 years. The design was inspired by the china England imported from China during the late 18th century. ~ info from the Internet

This set is made by Johnson Bros. and goes well with my Blue Willow tea plates made in England by Churchill. My whimsical birdie teapot joins the party as well.

I am also using my lovely Spode Blue Room teacup today.

A vibrant blue bouquet.

And a porcelain couple in blue and white accompany my tea today.

A slice of banana bread... 
and I'm ready to sit back and relax with my cuppa. 

Would like to join me?

It's always tea-time. ~ Lewis Carroll

Now that we have had our tea would you like to join me for a little walk?

Hubby and I were out and about the other day and we visited the "Experimental Farm" which was one of my haunts when I was a little girl. My brother and I spent many hours there playing on the lawns and visiting the barns filled with animals. 

There are wonderful 'stone horses' standing on each side of the entrance to the Farm which my brother and I used to get up on and pretend they were our horses.

There is a lovely large lily pond behind the barns.

When I was a little girl I used to imagine fairies floating around on those luscious lilies. And of course I was always expecting to see a frog or two.

There are many buildings standing on the grounds. One such house is named Ravenwood, built in 1820, and was home to the Premier of PEI at the time of Confederation. It is one of the oldest houses on the Island. 

In front of this beautiful house is a grove of trees called the "Royal Forest." Most of the trees were planted by members of the Royal family.

Hurricane Arthur damaged some branches on it, but you can see how large this English oak tree is. The Queen planted this tree when she was still a Princess in 1951. It bears the plaque which states when the Princess planted it. It stands just a few feet away from the crown garden. Behind the grove you can just catch a glimpse of Ravenwood.

Also at the Farm, there is a garden in the shape of the Queen's crown. 

I thought all you Royal enthusiasts might enjoy seeing these.

Thank you for your company today. I would love to see your treasures too. A teacup, coffee mug, tablescape, a recipe for tea time, or a visit to a tea shop are all welcome. Have a fabulous day everyone and God bless you!

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