Faith Family Friends TeaTime Roses

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, 14 July 2014

Anne of Green Gables Tea

Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world." ~ LM Mongomery- "Anne of Green Gables"  

Hello my lovely friends and welcome to my Anne of Green Gables Tea! I hope you are all enjoying the month of July.


I had company on the weekend and I am about to have a house full of company! My whole family, including all the grandchildren, will be home for the next three weeks. This will be my little granddaughter's first visit to PEI. Her Mommy and Daddy and her big brother, who all live in Vancouver, BC, as well as her uncle who lives in Illinois, are all coming home for a visit. My three grandsons, my son, and DIL who live here on the Island are all excited to finally meet their little cousin and niece.  A lovely family reunion is about to take place and I'm so excited!

I have been baking, cooking, and getting our home in order for them all. As you can imagine, I have been and will be very busy, so I will be taking a blogging break after today.

I didn't have a lot of time to prepare a new post for you so I am sharing bits and pieces of an Anne tea I hosted a couple of years ago. I know a lot of you enjoy Anne of Green Gables so I thought I would share it again. 

It's interesting to note that particular post has received the most pageviews of any on my blog; between four and five thousand. I have updated it a bit and added some new pictures and I hope you enjoy it.

While I am on my blogging break, I will leave this linky party open so that you can link up your teas. I thought it would be nice if you visited each other while I am away. I will likely be back to host Tea Time Tuesday the first week in August. In the meantime, have a fabulous July, my friends, and enjoy your cup of tea!


Now on to my Anne Tea ~ Anne and I have been expecting you.





The little Anne doll above was a gift from my father many years ago. She sits upon a stack of Anne books and is dressed in her green calico print dress with a white collar and lace apron. A simple straw hat sits upon her red braids. She is a sand doll made with Island sand in her arms and legs. Isn't she cute? 

Anne has always been one character in whom I have felt a kindred spirit. I'm sure it comes from being a lonely child growing up because my family moved around so much, thus making friends very difficult.

Anne and I both possessed wild imaginations as children. A great deal of time was spent  daydreaming about silly romantic notions although it proved to be beneficial, as our way of expressing ourselves. She couldn't help but express herself verbally, whereas I liked to write my thoughts down on paper. 

"May your life always be like a pot of tea...overflowing to warm the soul." ~ Irish Proverb

This Anne doll was also a gift from my father. Indeed, she was the very last gift I would receive from him as he passed away a few months later. I will cherish these dolls always!



This Anne doll is dressed in her green calico with a cute pinafore, stockings, and lace trimmed knickers. Her straw hat sits upon her famous red braids.

Anne has such a pensive expression on her face which is peppered with freckles across her nose. She has green eyes, something else Anne and I have in common. 
 

The story Anne of Green Gables, written by our beloved author Lucy Maud Montgomery, was first published in 1908 and has since been read and treasured by millions of readers all over the world. Anne is our most famous celebrity here on the Island and she draws thousands of folks from all over the world every year. 

Mark Twain once said of Lucy Maud Montgomery's writings, "The sweetest creation of childlife yet written." 


Unless otherwise stated, all the quotes throughout this post are taken from the story Anne of Green Gables. All the photos are my own unless otherwise stated.

Now, to really appreciate the incredible imagination of Lucy Maud Montgomery, one must walk the grounds of Green Gables and tour the house and woods. This, I have done many times over the years.




After my family moved to Prince Edward Island, my father used to go golfing at Green Gables and he would always take my brother and me with him.


This is the back of the house with the old carriage and that is my hubby sitting in it.
  



As a young girl, I was enchanted by the house and grounds. It was like walking back in time. 
My imagination soared as I walked the trails that Maud walked and I loved to breathe in the magic that fairly tinkled in the air. 
I was totally in love with Green Gables and I felt blessed to be able to visit there so often. 

This is a picture of Anne's room at Green Gables which I took on my last visit. 




"It has always seemed to me, ever since childhood, amid all the commonplaces of life, I was very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty. Between it and me hung only a thin veil. I could never draw it quite inside, but sometimes a wind fluttered it and I caught a glimpse of the enchanting realms beyond - only a glimpse - but those glimpses have always made life worthwhile." ~ LMM


This is a view of the Green Gables house from the Haunted Wood.



As sweethearts, and then later as husband and wife, {well, we still are sweethearts}, my hubby and I have walked hand in hand many times through the Haunted Wood and Lovers Lane. It still takes my breath away and offers so much scope for imagination! For those of you who don't know, my two favourite things to do this time of year are to walk along the beach or walk a path through the woods.




"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive- it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half as interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?" ~ Anne of Green Gables 



Now that you've had a bit of a tour of Green Gables, let's have some refreshments, shall we....


I have cut some fresh roses for the tea table.


Pink roses grace the tea table because, "After all, the only real roses are pink ones. They are the flowers of love and faith." ~ Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables




"Isn't it lovely? Don't you think it must be glad to be a rose? Wouldn't it be nice if roses could talk? I'm sure they could tell us such lovely things. And isn't pink the most bewitching color in the world?" ~ Anne of Green Gables



I have pink lemonade ready in my pink depression glass pitcher if you feel like something cold.




Some of the china I will be using today.


"Some people go through life trying to find out what the world holds for them only to find out too late that it's what they bring to the world that really counts." ~ LMM

 
"I can just imagine myself sitting down at the head of the table and pouring out the tea," said Anne, shutting her eyes ecstatically. "And asking Diana if she takes sugar! I know she doesn't but of course I'll ask her as if I didn't know. And then pressing her to take another piece of fruit cake and another helping of preserves." ~ Anne of Green Gables 

The chintz teapot and plate are made by Maxwell and Williams called Rose Bud.




Mmm... tea really does taste better in a china teacup! The teacup is Gracie China called Rose Chintz.




As well as lemonade and tea, I have chicken salad sandwiches and ice cream cookie sandwiches.....
 
I wish I were rich, and I could spend the whole summer at a hotel, eating ice cream and chicken salad. ~ Diana Barry to Anne Shirley


My chicken salad is served in croissants and is a favourite around here.


The chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches are a treat I have made many times and these I have made ahead for my grandchildren when they arrive. There are raspberries inside the ice cream, a little surprise. I suspect the big kids will like them too! And I just know Anne would approve. What better treat in the summertime than cookies and ice cream?
 

You know something, Diana? We are rich. We have sixteen years to our credit, and we both have wonderful imaginations. We should be as happy as queens.~ Anne Shirley

Look at that. {gesturing to the setting sun} You couldn't enjoy its loveliness more if you had ropes of diamonds.~ Anne Shirley 
 
This teacup is Royal Albert with no name on it. I love the sweet rose buds and brushed on gold trim.


"Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it." ~ LMM
 
Please help yourself to the treats, I have plenty. 


 
"This day's done and there's a new one coming tomorrow, with no mistakes in it yet, as you used to say yourself. Just come downstairs and have your supper. You'll see if a good cup of tea and those plum puffs I made today won't hearten you up."  ~ Marilla speaking to Anne.


Marilla and Anne courtesy of the Internet

"Plum puffs won't minister to a mind diseased," said Anne disconsolately. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne Shirley in "Anne of Avonlea."


Anne was always such a drama queen but she stole our hearts from the moment she landed at the train station on Prince Edward Island. 

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Anne and her bosom friend Diana courtesy of the Internet.


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"Marilla, isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" ~ LMM



Below Anne and Marilla courtesy of the Internet.

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Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.


"Anne-girl" and another kindred spirit, Diana's Aunt Josephine at tea - courtesy of the Internet.

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"God's in His heaven, all's right with the world," whispered Anne softly.LM Montgomery - "Anne of Green Gables"

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Thank you for coming to my tea party today. I hope you have enjoyed yourself, I know I have!


I thought it only fitting to end this post with The Lord's Prayer which was the first prayer Anne ever learned.

"Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
In earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen." ~ Matthew 6:9-13

 

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I am delighted you have stopped by for tea today! Your presence always makes my tea party that much more special. Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot, coffee cup/coffee pot, that you would like to share with us today? A trip to a Tea Shop is always fun and if you have discovered a new tea we'd love to hear about that too.

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness ~ http://www.adelightsomelife.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday~ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday ~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~ http://www.antiquesandteacups.info/
Tea in the Garden ~ http://blog.bernideens.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday~ http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
Home Sweet Home~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/



Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Monday, 7 July 2014

Fairies and Lupins for Tea Time

"Each cup of tea represents an imaginary journey." ~ Catherine Douzel

Hello and welcome to Tea Time, friends! Today I am having a Fairies and Lupins Tea.


Lupins are abundant along the sides of the roads and in the fields this time of year on the Island. This photo is borrowed from the Internet and it shows the vibrant colours of the flowers and the red soil as well as the water beyond. Isn't it beautiful! The lupins seem to be more prevalent this year which makes taking a drive really lovely.



July is such a beautiful month, minus Hurricane Arthur that is. Lush green grass is nature's carpet beneath one's feet and the trees are full of leaves with bird nests safely hidden from view among their branches. The gardens are dressed in all their splendour, their fragrance scenting the air with a variety of perfumes; a haven for fairies! And the fire flies are putting on a show at nightfall as they dance along the tree line in our backyard. It truly is a magical time of year! I wish I could bottle it all up in a jar and take it out during the cold winter months.

Today, a vase filled with lupins is the centerpiece for my table. Hubby was kind enough to wade through the long grass and the ditch to pick these for me.



"Blessed be the Lord for the beauty of summer and spring, for the air, the water, the verdure, and the song of birds."  Carl von Linnaeus


  
The teapot is adorned with one of Cecily Mary Baker's fairies, the Lavender fairy.



 
Isn't she sweet?
 

The teacups are made by Grace china and are covered with sweet violets.


Would you like some shortbread with your tea? The pink depression glass plate I found at an antique shop in Summerside a couple of years ago.


A cup of tea and shortbread are just right for a little tea break right now. I have been very busy lately and next week I will tell you why. I am pretty excited! But right now, I will enjoy some tea and a cookie with you.



Now, are you ready to find out who the winner of my Giveaway is? Let the teacups clink!

This beautiful antique Royal Albert Petit Point teacup and vintage fingertip towel will be going to ~


Congratulations, Sherry @ The Charm of Home! Please email me your mailing address and I will get this into the mail for you. Thank you to everyone who entered.


I am delighted you have stopped by for tea today! Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot, coffee cup/coffee pot, or tablescape that you would like to share with us today? I would love to see it and I'm sure others would too! A trip to a Tea Shop is always fun and if you have discovered a new tea we'd love to hear about that too.



I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness ~ http://www.adelightsomelife.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday~ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday ~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~ http://www.antiquesandteacups.info/
Tea in the Garden ~ http://blog.bernideens.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday~ http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
Home Sweet Home~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/



Sharing from my heart~ Sandi
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