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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, 17 July 2017

A Charming Tea Time

Hello my lovely friends! I hope you are all enjoying your summer. We are having such beautiful weather these days. I'm so grateful for sunny days and birdsong in the trees behind our home. Some days it just feels like paradise outside my window.

There is a smiling summer here, which causes the birds to sing, and sets the bees in motion. ~ Emily Dickinson 1858

While I was in between surgeries, my dear friend Bernideen who blogs at Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden, sent me a lovely gift package. She thought I could use a treat and she was so right!

There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others. ~ Mandy Hale

She sent me a number of things and I was so excited when I opened her package and saw all the goodies, I felt like it was Christmas! The lovely item I want to share with you today is this charming, old-fashioned tablecloth that she fashioned herself. I made a collage of some of the work that is featured on it. The pink posies in the upper left corner remind me of the intoxicating pink wild roses that grow along our banks by the seashore.

I think this tablecloth is just darling with its lace, needle work, and doilies sewn on. I have long admired her tablecloths and she blessed me with this one. I just love it and I will always treasure it. Thank you, Bernideen!

Now, to have such a pretty tablecloth on the table one has to have pretty china too.

It has been warm and breezey here lately but I had my hubby help me set up my tea table out on the deck. It was a quick photo shoot because of the wind. I like the juxtaposition between the weathered wood of the deck and the fine china. 

The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people. One cannot help but think of more serene and genteel times. ~ Barbara Roberts

Royal Albert - New Country Roses

No easy feat with the wind and alas, my pink depression glass looks orange in the photos!


I love roses, whether they are growing wild, lovingly cultivated, arranged in a vase, or captured forever under a glaze on pretty china.

"After all, the only real roses are pink ones. They are the flowers of love and faith." ~ Anne of Green Gables

Royal Albert - Lady Carlyle

My tea is one that my sweet friend Deborah, who blogs at the Beautiful Matters, sent me. Victorian Rose tea is packaged by Eastern Shore Company and it was in a lovely package that she had sent me and the tea was tied up with a sweet pink ribbon. I can't wait to try it because it was packaged so prettily. 

Somehow presentation means everything when you're hoping to bless someone with a little something special. Thank you Deborah!

Walk as if you were kissing the earth with your feet. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh { a quote from a lovely little book of quotes that Deborah also included}

This week Hubby started his holidays and most of my family will be home in a couple of weeks so I feel it is a good time to come away from the computer and just enjoy this time with my loved ones. I have had a rather difficult year as most of you know so I am taking a break from blogging until about mid August.

I am going to end my post with a picture taken by one of our Island photographers; Paul Baglole. This is a beautiful sunset at Thunder Cove Beach. Isn't this just amazing?

Thank you for joining me for tea today and have a fabulous summer. God bless you, dear friends! I'll be back soon.

There is Beauty to be found in every Moment. ~ unknown

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea in the Garden
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 10 July 2017

Christmas in July

"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month." ~ Harland Miller

Welcome friends to my Christmas in July Tea! I really like that quote, don't you? Christmas is such a happy time! It would be lovely if people everywhere could share the joy that this particular Holiday evokes in all of us.

I love little teacup trees! Maybe, like some blogger friends I know, you have a little tree up for the month of July. This tiny tree is decked out in rhinestones, baby's breath, and pink beads with a miniature jewelled snowflake at the top. The wee rocking horse accompanies the tree because of my obsession with rocking horses.

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." ~ Charles Dickens

I thought about baking some mincemeat tarts.

I have a couple of Christmas teapots I could have chosen for this post. I also have a couple of Christmas teacups, and a set of Christmas mugs. 

However, twice a year I make my Sticky Date Pudding with Hot Toffee Sauce; for Christmas and once in the summertime. So once I had my pudding made, the rest was easy.

I thought rich reds and golds would be perfect for a Christmas in July Tea.

As well as some red roses.

"A red rose is not selfish because it wants to be a red rose. It would be horribly selfish if it wanted all the other flowers in the garden to be both red and roses." ~ Oscar Wilde

This time of year I always think of my Daddy because his birthday was in July and he adored Christmas. He passed his love for  Christmas and all its magic on to me.

"Celebrate love. It is the breath of your existence and the best of all reasons for living." ~ Author unknown

As some of you know, my father loved the Old Country Roses pattern. So, you know which pattern I am featuring today.

One year, my sweet hubby gifted me with this vintage OCR teacup on my Daddy's birthday in remembrance of him.

"I believe I could be a model child if I were just invited out to tea every day." ~ Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

My family gifted me with the OCR teapot for my birthday a few years ago. These pieces are very special to me in many ways and I know my father would have been delighted that I have them!

Did you know that Royal Albert's Old Country Roses is the most famous china pattern in the world?

I love the attention to detail that Royal Albert is known for such as the roses on the spout.

And the gold leaf on the handle.

Please make yourself at home and join me for a cup of orange spice tea.

There is more than enough dessert so you are welcome to help yourself.

I love the sparkle of silverware and just like tea always tastes better in a china teacup, a pudding always tastes better when eaten with a pretty spoon; a thoughtful gift from Nancy, a dear blogger friend! It has my initial on it.

Mmm! Warm sticky date pudding sitting in a pool of warm toffee sauce and topped off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Scrumptious!

"Perhaps that is the true gift of a
teatime celebration:
It fills our cups with joy and 
warmth and friendship.
May the echo of the teacup's 
message be heard not only
at Christmas, 
not only on special occasions,
but anytime friends come together. ~ Emilie Barnes

"Christmas is a time to open our hearts to God and His gifts. Just like the rest of the year." ~ Author unknown

You know, we are all blessed with special people in our lives. My father was one of those people. He taught me what was important in life and he took me to church every Sunday. I wish he could have lived long enough to see how his grandchildren turned out. He would have been so proud to know that one of his great grandchildren has been named after him.

My Daddy has been gone a long time. If you still have your father with you, give him a hug today and tell him you love him. 

I am ending this post with a photo from my Sugar Plum Fairy Tea I had hosted in December 2013. Just a little whimsy to add some cuteness to your day. If you wish, simply click on the link beneath the photo to go to that tea.

Thank you for the pleasure of your company today and have a Happy and Blessed Christmas in July!

"Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land..." ~ Exodus 20:12

PS ~ Part of this post is a repost.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Tea in the Garden
 Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Friday, 30 June 2017

From Sea to Sea, Happy 150th Birthday Canada Tea Party!

"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

Happy Canada Day my dear Canadian friends and welcome everyone to a little tea party in celebration of our great country's birthday!

Tomorrow, July 1st, we will celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. Canada is a wonderful country to live in; rich in culture and history. We have our heroes and we have our ordinary folks like yours truly. 

Of course you all know I live on the east coast of the country on Prince Edward Island which is the birthplace of Canada. Charlottetown is the Cradle of Confederation. 

And one of my sons and his family lives out on the west coast in British Columbia so I will share a few pictures of our visits there as well. Then we will have some tea.

You all recognize this place, I'm sure; Green Gables, which I photographed from the Haunted Wood. PEI is most famous for our red headed heroine, Anne of Green Gables, and she more or less is the reason why tourists flock here to the Island every year.

Victoria Park named for Queen Victoria, one of our most beloved royals, is a beautiful place to take a walk and spend some time by yourself or with family and friends. 

This is the waterfront down by the boardwalk where Hubby and I take our coffee in the evening. The trees are full and lush this time of year and it is a lovely way to spend an evening watching the sailboats in the harbour. 

They say that there are more than twenty-three shades of green in an Island landscape and with our rich red soil, makes the rolling hills of freshly cultivated farmland a sight to behold as one drives through the countryside. 

I know you are all familiar with our beautiful beaches as the beach is one of my hubby's and my favourite haunts.

Oftentimes, when the tide goes out, it leaves warm pools behind for little ones to play in.

This is the south shore at Tea Hill with lupins in the foreground taken by my neighbour.

Yes, the Island is a little paradise.

On the west coast in BC, we have the mountains, beautiful and majestic! PEI is quite flat so to get an up close view of these mountains is pretty amazing! Driving down this highway with the mountains towering in front of us was breath-taking.

This is the village of Whistler with one of the ski slopes in the background.

A photo to remember of our trip out to Whistler is this one with our youngest grandson in front of the Olympic rings. 

There many strange tree formations in BC and there are tree stumps so large that one could have a picnic in there.

A picture from Cypress Mountain overlooking North Vancouver.

This is the Suspension Bridge and no, I wouldn't go on it. 

Finally, to wrap up some photos of our great country, is a statue of one of our heroes; Terry Fox. He was a young man who had lost his leg to cancer and attempted to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. 

My son and his little ones posed for the picture.

The disease claimed Terry's life in 1981 but his efforts live on as well as his spirit. He is one of our national heroes. "All you need is will, you don't have to be gifted, and your dreams will come through if you try," is written on the plaque. 

I admire this young man and although he lost his life to the dreaded disease, he lives on in the hearts and spirits of his countrymen. Even through adversity, his message, to never give up, is loud and clear. Side by side, we can stand strong and accomplish much together. 

From sea to sea, Happy 150th Birthday Canada! We love you!

Now, would you like to stay a bit longer and have some tea? 

"Stay" is the most charming word in a friend's vocabulary. ~ Louisa May Alcott

I would like to have set up my tea table out by my rose bushes because they are spectacular right now but I'm not up for that just yet. I'm still in the healing process so we will do it indoors and besides, it's raining out there.

Canada's birthday calls for lots of red and white so I am putting my red and white china to use today.

This is my favourite red and white teapot which is accompanied by some of my red and white teacups. All of the white roses are embossed on the teapot which makes it extra pretty.

JB Old Britain Castles

Burleigh Felicity

I have been craving a good tea sandwich the past several months and now I am able to enjoy one or two. Maybe even three? I have chicken salad and egg salad, both of which I have been craving since February. 

I also have a white layer cake which I had made for the occasion. Yes, I have been craving this cake too with its butter cream icing but I certainly won't be eating it all myself.

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

Would you like to join me? My tea is Wedgwood Orange Pekoe which I received from my friend Margie. Thank you Margie! I have not been able to enjoy a cup of tea either for a few weeks and now I can. It's amazing how when something goes wrong with you, it can affect your whole life including your appetite.

I know my American family and friends will be celebrating their holiday next week so I also want to wish them a Happy 4th of July!

Thank you for joining me today and I wish you all a fabulous and safe holiday weekend. 

"...God keep our land glorious and free..."

God Bless Canada, and God bless you too!

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Tea in the Garden
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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