Monday, November 15, 2010

Tea with Friends and Victoria–A Circle is Formed

I’ve known Val from Gardening in a Sandbox and Jen from  A Garden of Threads for a number of years as we all belong to the same Master Gardener group.
We’ve attended seminars together and have gone out for lunch.  Victoria magazine has suggested forming a circle of friends with whom we have something in common.  Last week Jennifer had Valerie and I for lunch and tea to her home and we’ll continue to host our gatherings with a Christmas lunch at my house.  Perhaps we’ll add to our circle too.

Jen's lunch

Jen’s table looked lovely when we arrived.

Jen's flowers

There was a pretty bouquet of flowers on the table

Jen's silver tea set

and she had her silver tea set all polished up.
We had a delicious homemade squash soup first, then salad and hot crusty bread followed by……….

Jen's apple crisp

warm apple crisp with whipped cream……and of course our tea.

Val & Jen

Val on the left and Jen beside her posed for my tea with friends post.

While you’re visiting for tea, I want to show everyone the new antique tea cart I just bought.  It was listed on Kijiji which is like eBay without the bidding.  It was close to an hour and a half drive to view the cart, but it was love at first sight.
I’m hoping someone will know a little about the styling of this tea cart as it is unusual.  On-line I found one in the US listed as an 1800’s tea cart and another in Canada as a stagecoach tea cart. 

Tea Cart 1

Three glass door open on each side and the end glass panes tilt outwards.

Tea cart 2

The top is much narrower than I expected and I had to rearrange things from how they were on my metal tea wagon.

Tea cart 4

There’s some nice detailing carved into the mahogany wood.

Tea cart 3

The front view has a shelf with spindles around it and the back has a handle and just a flat shelf.
Our host for Tea Time Tuesday is Sandi from PEI at Rose Chintz Cottage and Celebrating Victoria is hosted by Kathy at A Delightsome Life. (see Kathy's 'Christmas with Victoria' on my side bar)


  1. How lovely to have tea with friends who have many things in common.

  2. Isn't it wonderful to meet up with friends for a tea visit! Love LOVE that gorgeous tea cart.

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  3. Judith, your tea with friends was wonderful! How lovely for you all to get together to have tea.
    I am in love with your tea cart! What a beautiful piece and won't you have fun setting out your tea things on it! It really is lovely and I'm happy for you! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time and I hope you're having a lovely week.


  4. What a beautiful setting for tea! It's one of my favorite things to do with friends. Your new teacart is a real treasure!


  5. Hi Judith,
    How nice to have lovely gardener friends close by!
    I love your unusual teacart.


  6. Tea with your gardening/blogging friends sounds like such a treat. I didn't make the connections among the three of you - three of my favorite bloggers.
    Your tea cart is lovely - I hope someone is able to identify it for you!

  7. Hi Judith, Wow that was a surprise! All was going well until the picture, I should have dressed up a bit more if you were going to put on show.LOL. I love the teacart we talked about. Never did ask my Dad about my Mom's, he is not doing very well right now. Will have to wait until he gets better, if he does. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week.

  8. looks like you have such a great time with your friend with lovely table setting and yummylicious food! have a great day!

  9. Hello Judith,
    Val and Jen look so sympatic, I can imagine how much fun you had. It is always nice to meet persons who share the same interests like gardening. Jen has set a beautiful table. I love the rose mugs and napkins. Really lovely with the fresh flowers. And she surely did a good job with her cooking, all sounds very delicious.
    Your tea cart is really nice. I think, it is very versatile. I love the shape - it reminds me to an old English bus. I am sure you will use it for many beautiful events and I am curious how you will decorate it for Christmas.
    Thank you for showing your nice Tea Time.
    Greetings, Johanna

  10. Oh gee Judith there we are in all our glory. We had a lovely lunch and a few good giggles. You told us about your tea cart and now we get to have a look at it. Wow! I always like your old one but this is beautiful. Look forward to the next lunch.

  11. What a lovely thing to be able to get together. It sounds like you had a wonderful lunch.
    That tea cart is amazing. I wish I had some information on it.
    Thank you so much for joining me at A Return to Loveliness.
    Hope you have a very Delightsome day,

  12. Hi Judith! Looks like an enjoyable event. Your new cart is so novel and beautiful! Lots of joyful teas to you! I'm visiting from A Delightsome Life. Jacqueline

  13. Oh how beautiful - I am so happy for you. I think you need an antique lover to see how old it is! It could also be a high quality reproduction say from the 60-70's. Hard to say from here! VERY LOVELY INDEED!

  14. Hello Judith :) What a lovely tea you had with your friends..the food sounds just scrumptious! And the teacart...what a fabulous find!! Thanks for stopping by my :)

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  15. Judith, I love, love you sharing this and seeing you three lovely ladies together. Each of you have become special friends and I enjoy thinking of you having such a fun afternoon! – g

  16. How fun and what a gorgeous tea cart. I would have loved a dish of that apple crisp. It looks just perfect with tons of topping. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tea with a friend.

  17. Your tea cart is gorgeous! Looks like you had a really nice tea with your friends. The bouquet and table are really pretty. Love those napkins. I think friends are so important. Today I had a blogger friend over for lunch - it's nice to get together both with old and new friends. Nice post, Judith. I enjoyed it.
    Blessings, Beth

  18. I'm jealous...tea with Jen & Val AND a new tea cart!! How much better can it get?
    You've been blessed to have good friends nearby with which to share your passions & to enjoy a delicious looking luncheon together, as well.

    I took a peek at your garden art post, too. That Victorian tree guard is marvelous & I would have snatched it up, too. Wonderful collection of unique & interesting items!


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