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Monday, January 26, 2015

celebrating a friend at Tea Time Tuesday





Do you enjoy a cup of tea at least once a day?  I sure do.  My blogging friend, Sandi in beautiful Prince Edward Island, is celebrating her 5th year of hosting Tea Time Tuesday at her lovely blog 
Rose Chintz Cottage.  I'm sure some of my followers have visited Sandi before and have also joined in her weekly meme for tea time.  I hope you will visit her this week and perhaps share a tea time to help her celebrate her 5th anniversary.

It's a beautiful sunny and cold day here in New Brunswick....the calm before the storm that will arrive in the wee hours of the morning tomorrow.  Most of the northeast US and the Maritime provinces of Canada are under a winter storm and blizzard warning.    I hope you will be safe and stay at home where it's cozy.

I set up a tea party on Monday afternoon with a few of my favourite teacups and teapots.  I have a lot of teacups and can't share them all today but here are a few favourites.
I even made shortbread cookies that morning for us to enjoy.

Above are some very old Bridal Rose dishes that were my Great Grandmothers and handed on down from my mother.  There are also 2 Limoges cups and saucers in the stack.  I love the dainty pink flowers on this china.  There are just odds and ends and I never use them.  Maybe someday I'll have a proper tea with guests and actually use these delicate dishes.  

This Royal Albert teacup is very special to me.  The pattern is Memory Lane and it was given to me when I was in my teens from my Aunt Isobel.  She also gave me the matching cream and sugar set.  I'm thinking she wanted me to start collecting this pattern for my trousseau which was a tradition with young women until recent years.  That shows my age I guess.   :)  I also have two of the Bristol style mugs in this pattern.  I love forget-me-nots and have them growing in the garden so this teacup reminds me of spring and my late aunt.

I love the blue banding and pretty bouquets of flowers in this Queen Anne teacup.  

This is a new tea mug that I received for Christmas.  It's from Teavana, the tea store, and it has a saucer, lid and strainer for loose tea.  The colours are perfect with this tablecloth.  I made a cup of White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos from Teavana to have with my cookie(s).  :)  Delicious!

This is my favourite teapot even though I cannot use it.  It's very old as you can tell and was also my Great Grandmother's.  It's a really large pot with the tea leaf pattern and would hold lots of tea but I'm afraid it might crack so it sits on the shelf in my hutch along with the matching biscuit jar and a tea plate.  Isn't it a beauty?







Fresh cookies on an old plate.  Please help yourself.

Thank you for visiting and joining me for tea.  Please visit Sandi if you'd like to wish her a happy 5th anniversary of Tea Time Tuesday.  Thank you so much Sandi for hosting this beautiful meme the past 5 years.  I know it's a lot of work and we get a lot of enjoyment visiting you and the other participants.  

Thank you for visiting and leaving your sweet comments.  Have a safe and cozy day.  And enjoy a cup of tea!

Blessings,
Pam

43 comments:

  1. thanks for the cookie! :) you have some very nice pieces. i like hot tea in the evening in winter. :)

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  2. Hi Pam Love your china. so pretty. I do not drink tea but I will have an expresso with you in a china cup.
    Rosezeeta.

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  3. I love your Great-Grandmother's tea-pot. It is so pretty and sweet with the little feet. I would pamper it, too. A special treasure for you. Thank you for the cookie. :) Deb

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  4. Oh yes Pam I love my tea. Especially in a china tea cup. I have the blue band one just like yours. All your cups are so pretty. Since the girls now a days drink out of mugs I purchased each of my girls China tea cups at the flea market.

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  5. It's a shame young brides don't have a hope chest or collect things for "keeping house" anymore. There's something so sweet about slowing down with a pretty cup of tea, which I am doing right now as I work at my computer. A "bell rings" in my being every afternoon around 3, and I go for a cup. I am listening to storm news-- I wonder if it will be as bad as they predict. They are already calling it historic and it hasn't happened yet. Stay safe! And I enjoyed seeing all your pretty tea things. We would enjoy having tea together.

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  6. I absolutely LOVE your pretty Queen Anne blue banded teacup - and to have it so long, from a loving Auntie, that makes it so much more special, indeed.

    Those cookies look SO SO yummy, what are they? Maybe share the recipe? They are perfect for a Valentine's Tea Party!

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  7. Beautfifull tea things, Pamela, and that table cloth is to DIE for!

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  8. It's nice to see some of your tea things Pam, love the Bridal Rose pattern.
    I guess you're bracing for the storm headed your way, just hope it's clear by Friday when we drive to Florida.
    Stay safe and warm!

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  9. Hi Pam,
    What lovely teacups you have, and yes, I am loving your great grandmother's white teapot! Is that ironstone?
    Thanks so much for visiting my Winter Blues post and have a great week!
    Gina

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  10. Pamela, you make the loveliest pink frosted shortbread! I am sitting here wanting one very badly! Yum!! I adore Bridal Rose and have only one teacup myself. Such a dainty pattern. Your great-grandmother's teapot is a real treasure! Can you imagine the stories of tea times it could tell?
    I am dreading this storm that is headed our way. It has been a good winter so far and now we're going to get pummeled. Stay safe and warm, my friend. Hopefully we'll all get through this without any power outages. Thank you for helping me to celebrate my tea party anniversary this week. It's always a pleasure to have you join me.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  11. Hello Pamela,
    Thanks for sharing all this marvellous antique china you keep and cherish. And as family heirloom it is even more valuable. I do love your Great-grandmother's teapot, what a treasure!
    Thanks for coming to visit, too. Hugs

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  12. I love your "blue" teacups against your gorgeous linens. You are so lucky to have your Great-Grandmother's teapot. Bridal Rose is very special, isn't it?! Happy Tea Day!

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  13. Swig's sugar cookies? Are they as good as they look? Hunker down, enjoy a pot of tea.

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  14. The embroidered cloth is gorgeous, love all your teacups and accessories. Take care over the next couple of days with that storm heading your way.

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  15. I seem to have missed quite a few posts! Sorry Pam....
    The squirrels almost look like cats fighting...standing up like that!
    I did enjoy the cup of tea and iced shortbread...thanks so much!
    You sure know how to set a beautiful table...
    Stay safe from the storm...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  16. Too bad I don't drink tea, or I'd join you someday. Are you all ready for a stormy day tomorrow? I have lots of fabric and projects waiting, just hope we don't lose power. If we do I have a stack of good books waiting, and a big stash of chocolate, so I'll be okay through the daylight hours at least.... Haha

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  17. Lovely! I love all your pretty china...especially the Memory Lane. And I LOVE your antique Tea Leaf teapot! A treasure! Come and link to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  18. It's wonderful to celebrate a friend with tea. Love that line...fresh cookies on an old plate!

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  19. How lovely! I wish I had joined it but at least I can visit her! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  20. Such lovely china, linens, tea pots you have.
    And those pink frosted cookies look wonderfully sweet . . .
    I enjoy your Tea Time posts. How nice you honored your Tea Blog Friend . . .

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  21. I love the pretty shade of blue of your Queen Anne cup and your Great-Grandmother's antique teapot!

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  22. I especially love your Great Grandmother's china, Pamela. What a treasure to have that passed down to you. I love your other teacups as well and that wonderful teapot that I would be afraid to use, too.
    I'd love one of your pretty cookies with a cup of tea!

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  23. Hi Pam,. Although I don't always reply I always read your posts. Loved this one with all the teacups and that gorgeous teapot. I, too have a lot of teacups and teapots--most from my mother and I treasure them. Those cookies look yummy too.
    Here's hoping we all get through the storm with power intact,

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  24. The teapots and cups are lovely!

    Hunker down for that snowstorm and stay safe!

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  25. Oh Pam, I couldn't help but smile when I looked at your dishes.. We could almost exchange china cupboards and neither of us would know.. grin..
    Loved your post.. xo

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  26. Beautiful china and gorgeous images.

    I love the Memory Lane teacup, so pretty and delicate.

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  27. Such gorgeous tea sets and photographs, Pamela! I love the Queen Anne cup and saucer. WE had beautiful weather today--it felt like Spring! I'm sure it won't last. If you are going to get part of the blizzard/nor-easter stay safe!

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  28. You have some very pretty tea cups. Wish I could be there to share a cookie and tea with you.
    Stay safe and warm during that blizzard.

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  29. You have some really beautiful teacups and teapots. I'm pretty much a coffee girl, unless I get sick, then I have tea with honey and lemon in it.

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    1. Montana Girl..... I use my tea cups for coffee too... I know some would say sacrilege.. LOL

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  30. What a beautiful collection! The tradition of giving beautiful porcelain for wedding gifts seems to have died out. Talking of tea - our favourite tea is Ringtons, delivered to my door by a man with a wicker basket! I've just heard it will be available in the US - maybe in Canada? Keep safe in the storms

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  31. Pamela, Your blog is beautiful! And so are all your lovely tea things! I began my collection of and love of tea cups thanks to the many wedding gifts we received as wedding gifts, oh those MANY years ago!.... Since my husband's mom was from New Brunswick most of the gifts we received from that side of the family were bone china and I am so thankful.

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  32. Hi Pam! Glad to have you visit me for tea this week. You must be getting some snow, I daresay! Here in South Jersey, it was a bust. We had snow Monday morning, ending by lunch, melting by afternoon. Then--NOTHING! Everyone expected something, but not to be. We woke to light flurries just starting and now we have a dusting, cold temps so slippery going, and an accumulation predicted at 1.5 inches. So much for the 20" they thought was coming. Regardless--always time for tea in my house. I'd LOVE to make a setting with your great grandmother's beautiful pieces. I treasure the china I have of my own grandmothers, and my mom's, too. But, like you, I fear to use them other than display. Old china--just lovely!
    Stay safe and warm up there!!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  33. Hi Pam! Glad to have you visit me for tea this week. You must be getting some snow, I daresay! Here in South Jersey, it was a bust. We had snow Monday morning, ending by lunch, melting by afternoon. Then--NOTHING! Everyone expected something, but not to be. We woke to light flurries just starting and now we have a dusting, cold temps so slippery going, and an accumulation predicted at 1.5 inches. So much for the 20" they thought was coming. Regardless--always time for tea in my house. I'd LOVE to make a setting with your great grandmother's beautiful pieces. I treasure the china I have of my own grandmothers, and my mom's, too. But, like you, I fear to use them other than display. Old china--just lovely!
    Stay safe and warm up there!!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  34. Pam, you have an assortment of beautiful teacups!! I like the teapot too!
    Sherry

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  35. Pam, you have an assortment of beautiful teacups!! I like the teapot too!
    Sherry

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  36. Pam, I have always liked hot tea but never really drank it much unless I had a sore throat or was sickish. I just recently started drinking a cup of hot tea in the morning instead of coffee. The tea is decaf and the coffee I always had was not...the caffeine doesn't bother me one way or another so I don't miss it. I am finding that I am preferring the tea...yay me! You certainly do have some lovely china...and those cookies look amazing!

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  37. You have some beautiful pieces of china!! They are so lovely. I especially like the forget me nots one and your new tea mug as well! I am not a teacup person really as I like the biggest mug of tea I can get, but I love china so I really enjoy looking at your pretty teacups and other pieces! Thank you for having us all to tea! xx

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  38. Hi Pam! Your post is so pretty with Bridal Rose and all the great blue pieces. Your embroidered tablecloth is also really pretty. My favorite picture is the one with a closeup of the blue flowers with the bouquet teacup. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  39. Hi Pam: I love the Bridal Rose pieces you shared today. They are my favorites. Hope you have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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  40. Sighing over all the teatime eye candy. Lovely.

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  41. I enjoyed seeing your beautiful tea things. The blue banded Queen Anne is my favorite but I was touched by the forget-me-not set from your auntie. It is nice that you remember her each time you look at them.

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