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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, 29 June 2015

Tea Time in the Summertime

You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight when the dew is falling and the old stars are peeping out and the sea keeps its mighty tryst with the little land it loves. You find your soul then. You realize that youth is not a vanished thing but something that dwells forever in the heart.~ L.M. Montgomery

Welcome back to Tea Time Tuesday, my lovely friends, and welcome Summer! I just love Montgomery's quote above and I have shared a few photos of our beautiful island for our tea today. I hope you enjoy them! 

Stop and smell the roses.

While I was away, Summer arrived, and since my last posting, the roses and lupins have bloomed. My lupins didn't come up but there are plenty decorating the fields and ditches here on PEI. 

Lupins at Stanley Bridge with a red clay road in the background

I regret I did not take the picture below. My neighbor up the street did but this is a perfect example of how beautiful our island is.

Lupins along the shore at Tea Hill

I have gathered some of my roses to enjoy with our tea. 

My roses are not the most exotic in the garden but their scent is reminiscent of the wild roses that grow freely along the sea shore here on the island. Their scent is quite intoxicating and I love how they waft their fragrance through a room.

Wild roses mixed among evergreens along the seashore.

Roses by the Clyde River in New Glasgow

Ah, summertime! A time to savour the blossoms and sweet fresh air, a walk along the beach or a path through the woods.


                    Rolling hills and pasture land in New Glasgow

              Our son taking a walk through the woods with a friend. 

We had a wonderful visit with our son who has spent the last three years in Illinois completing a postdoc. In a couple of weeks he will be moving across the country to another state for a two year postdoc position. After that he will apply for tenure. Many folks have no idea how many years of study and research it takes to become a full-fledged Math professor; more than an MD actually. But he's almost there and we are so proud of his accomplishments!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few pictures of our island before we have our tea.

I love arranging my old-fashioned roses in a canning jar.

On Wednesday, we Canadians will celebrate Canada Day and my American friends will celebrate the 4th of July on the weekend. 

                               courtesy of the Internet

I thought red and white would be appropriate for Tea Time today.

I am using my Burleigh Felicity and Mason's Vista teacups. Both teacups are made in England. 



I took a cranberry and almond tart from the freezer for our sweet. Sorry, no home made treats today.

Hubby and I had tea at the New Glasgow PEI Preserve Company on the weekend and I tried a new tea while there. I had to borrow this picture from the Internet because I forgot to take one.

courtesy of the internet

I liked the tea so well that I brought some home with me. It is Tea Hill Strawberry and it is delicious! A loose leaf Ceylon black tea with blackberry and strawberry.

I also got a new teacup there but I will share that another day.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

Thank you for visiting today. I hope you didn't mind my long post. 

Please join me by linking up your tea/coffee/chocolate/iced tea/lemonade things, tea time recipes, or a trip to a Tea Room. We tea ladies enjoy all of those things. Wishing you all a delightful day and have a lovely and safe holiday this coming week.

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayward sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am also linking up to these wonderful parties ~

A Return to Loveliness
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea in the Garden
Tea Cup Tuesday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Monday, 15 June 2015

Tea Time and Lilacs

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. ~
Gertrude Jekyll - excerpt from Victoria May/June 2011

Welcome to Tea Time my lovely friends! 

It is lilac season and the blooms are just right for picking.

I love how the light makes these lilacs look ethereal and the scent fills the room with a heavenly perfume.

I have pieces of china that look fabulous with lilacs but none look as pretty or so charming as my Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz. Those little lavender blue flowers in the pattern pick up on the colour of the lilacs so nicely. So I hope you will indulge me today. My little lavender turtle is joining us too. He hasn't made an appearance in quite a while.

An old-fashioned bouquet of lilacs and old-fashioned china call for old-fashioned tea treats. So join me, won't you, for a nice cup of tea with cookies and some tea biscuits with rhubarb sauce. 

Life is like a teacup to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with friends.~ Unknown 

I have been busy jarring up rhubarb sauce so we can enjoy a little taste of summer throughout the coming months. 

Mmm, good! The nice thing about rhubarb sauce, is you can serve it so many ways. It's wonderful on toast or English muffins, crumpets, biscuits or scones, ice cream, cake, etc. Or it's lovely right out of a bowl. My simple recipe for the sauce is at the end of this post.

Perhaps you would prefer an old-fashioned sugar cookie with your cuppa. Both the pink and the green plates on which my goodies are served are Old English made by Johnson Bros. 

My children favoured these cookies when they were growing up and since my youngest is arriving home this week, I decided to make a batch. I always cut them out big with a raisin in the center.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend, or two or three.

Savour the scent of lilacs for they won't last long.

It's the month of June,
the month of leaves and roses,
when pleasant sights salute the eyes
and pleasant scents the noses. ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis

Soon my roses will be in bloom too. Love this time of year!

There will be no Tea Time Tuesday next week because my son will be home from Illinois and this mama is most anxious to spend some time with her boy. These precious moments don't come along very often and I know you will all understand. 

Sweet blessings to you, my friends!

People need people and friends need friends
And we all need love, for a full life depends
Not on vast riches or great acclaim
Not on success or worldly fame
But just in knowing that someone cares
And holds us close in their thoughts and prayers.
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

Food for thought today: 
Smiling not only increases your face value; it's contagious!~ unknown

Clean and cut up stalks of rhubarb into 1 inch pieces to make four cups. 
Dissolve 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup water together in a saucepan then bring to a boil. 
NOTE: You may add 1/2 TBSP strawberry jello powder to the mixture if you desire. 
Lower the heat and add the cut up rhubarb. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Pour into sterilized jars. Will freeze well too. This recipe makes about three small canning jars of sauce.

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea in the Garden
Tea Cup Tuesday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi
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