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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

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, 25 May 2015

Pink and Pretty for Tea Time

...almost before Anne realised it, spring had come again to Green Gables and all the world was abloom once more. ~ L M Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Hello dear friends and welcome to my last Tea Time in May! Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends!

The month of May has brought many celebrations in our family and it has also brought green grass, trees leafing out, the spring peepers singing behind our home, and the tulips peeking up from their bed. Because Spring was so late in coming to the Island this year, May has been the month when we have watched the earth wake up and everything has become new. I do adore this time of year!

My tea today was inspired by these frilly pink carnations. Don't you just love their spicy scent?

I thought they would look pretty on the pink depression glass cake stand.

My Royal Albert New Country Roses teapot holds our tea. We are having Darjeeling tea today.

My two teacups are also made by Royal Albert ... 

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. ~ George Gissing

This Summer teacup is one of my favourites and although it isn't summer yet, it feels like a summer day. I can only use it for a short time so out it came. 

This quintessential English teacup depicts a charming thatch-roofed cottage scene complete with geese in the yard. I can picture the lambs frolicking in the meadow.

A whisper pink trim encircles the edge of the saucer as well as on the base of the cup and the top of the curvy handle.

And because the swan is closely related to the geese family, I have tucked in my little swan too.

This pretty teacup covered in little roses has no name that I can find but I love its brushed on gold trim and dainty design.  

Tea is a meal for all seasons; it's also suitable for all occasions. ~ Angela Hynes

I made a lovely dessert for our tea. Deb at Just Cats  had shared this recipe a few weeks ago and I decided to make it. It is wonderful and we really enjoyed it! Thanks Deb!

Layers of whipped topping, luscious lemon and cream cheese filling, all on a shortbread bottom. Dreamy!

I have used another piece of pink depression glass to serve my treat on. 

Care for a wee nosh?

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

My little lambie is always looking for an adventure and she usually finds one.

Have a wonderful day everyone and look for the beauty and charm in your world.

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness
 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
  Tea Cup Tuesday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Monday, 18 May 2015

Victoria Day Tea

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life that are the real ones after all. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Happy Victoria Day to all my Canadian friends and welcome everyone to my Victoria Day Tea! 

We have been enjoying what we consider to be the first long weekend of the summer. Many of us have fired up our barbecues and many are visiting the gardening centers. 

We are celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday today and for those of you who may not be aware, Canada is part of the British Commonwealth and therefore we have a close relationship with the UK and the Royal family. This is one of the reasons why the royals visit our country so frequently. 

Queen Victoria, who was our reigning Queen Elizabeth's great-great-grandmother, was a much beloved queen and the third Monday of every May is set aside to honour her memory. It is also a day to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth whose birthday is actually on April 21. 

Queen Elizabeth - Courtesy of the Internet

For Your Interest~ Queen Elizabeth became the longest living British monarch in 2007 and, if she is still reigning on September 9 2015, she will surpass her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, as the longest reigning British monarch. 

Queen Victoria - courtesy of the Internet

Queen Victoria reigned from 1837-1901 and she was instrumental in bringing to her fellow countrymen and the world so many lovely fashions and mannerisms. The period is beloved for its attention to high morals, modesty and proper decorum, as inspired by the Queen and her husband, Prince Albert. I know many of you love Victoriana and the history of that era.

For my tea today I thought it fitting to share china which was made in England. Victoria's beloved husband, Prince Albert, also has an honourable mention as my beautiful Royal Albert china bears his name.

English bone china has always been admired for its beauty, its translucency and pearly white quality.

I am using a new champagne damask tablecloth called Spring Blossoms. It has a daffodil and tulip pattern, perfect for this time of year. Although I prefer anything with lace on it, I thought this one would be nice for a change.

Royal Albert Lavender Rose

Royal Albert Old Country Roses

Royal Albert Tea Rose

"May your life always be like a teapot...overflowing to warm the soul." ~ Irish Blessing

Royal Albert Old Country Roses

China basket holding the spoons

Love the creamer!

Made from scratch Blueberry Oatmeal muffins

Cake, strawberries, and cream

Cuppa tea, anyone?

"Serenity is a solitary cup of tea; pleasure is sharing it with another." ~ Victoria magazine

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

A simple cup of tea brings a little loveliness into one's day, don't you think? Especially when it is sipped from a pretty teacup. 

I am delighted you have stopped by for tea today!
This tea party is all about sharing your joy of tea time and I welcome anything tea related you would like to share. 

Do you have a favourite teacup or teapot, coffee cup or coffee pot? How about a chocolate pot? I would love to see it and I'm sure others would too! We enjoy seeing your collections as well; creamers, tea spoons, tablescapes, etc. A trip to a Tea Shop is always fun and if you have a tea time recipe you would like to share, we would love that too.

If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: Hot Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, Lemonade, Iced Tea or iced coffee, or Punch in a lovely bowl.

Have a beautiful day everyone and God bless you!

 I am joining the following parties as well~

 A Return to Loveliness
 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart~ Sandi
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