Monday, November 1, 2010

Tea with Friends - Friendship Gifts

'Friends are the sunshine of life.'
John Hay (1871)

I like the above quote I found and want to share that I have lots of sunshine in my life.  Often friends will do something nice for you that touches your heart.  Sit down and have tea with me and I'll tell you about it.
Joan is a good friend that lives a couple of streets away and we enjoy going out for lunch together.  Recently I mentioned I wanted to look for a nice crystal cream and sugar set and that maybe I'd check the antique stores.
I was away all day on Saturday and when I got home there was a gift bag from Joan with lots of fluffy tissue paper billowing out.  Inside was a unique and rare corn flower cream and sugar set with a little tray.  Joan has collected corn flower for years and the pattern she gifted me with is called 'Moondrops' (made from 1932-1940).  The tray is not part of this set but she thought I'd like it too; it is a wonderful gift to remind me of our friendship.

My story doesn't end here.  About the same time I received a parcel in the mail from an acquaintance through blogging who has become a friend.  Bella surprised me not only with seeds from her hollyhocks that I love but also some tea with everything wrapped in colourful tissue.  She had been in a tea shop and bought us both a package of Princess Grey that has bergamot, lavender and roses in it.  I knew this had to be the tea I served today and each time I drink it, I'll be reminded of my friendship with Bella.  

Gardening is another thing I have in common with my friends so I decided to serve the tea from this sweet little Marjolein Bastein teapot.

The cup and saucer is Staffordshire 'Elizabethan' that goes well with my autumn decor.

I rarely actually show tea  in my posts but this blend is so divine, it merited sipping from a bone china cup.  There are some bran muffins to accompany our tea and see the little footed glass plate they're on?  I found it in Home Sense marked down to a couple of dollars. 
I am fortunate to have such kind and thoughtful friends; they really do add sunshine to my life.
As is customary each week, I am linking with Sandi, host of our tea parties from Rose Chintz Cottage.  Put on the kettle and join us.


  1. Love your teapot! What a truly lovely thing for your friend Joan to do! How very thoughtful of her. The crystal is simply exquisite. And Bella is a darling for sending you a surprise as well. Our friends are the people who help shape us into the people we are. You have lovely friends, Judith. Thank you for sharing. It's been a delight to visit with you.


  2. Hi Judith,
    The Moondrops are just as lovley as their name, and very striking on your new countertop:-)) Your teacup is perfect for autumn too!!
    I am glad you are enjoying the tea, I enjoy your frienship very much:-))

  3. Hi Judith,
    your friend Joan has made you a lovely gift. This is so beautiful and versatile, you will have a lot of fun with it. How nice to have good friends. Because I am a gardener, too, I naturally love your Marjolein Bastein teapot. I have never seen one before. And I can imagine how the Lady Grey tea will taste from this wonderful cup and the muffins look delicious. This fall colors are so cheerful. Thank you for having me for tea.
    Greetings, Johanna

  4. Judith, Your last photo is stunning. Love the pretty teacup and saucer, your flowers, your muffins on the stand and your sugar bowl with what I think is brown sugar cubes (I didn't know there was such a thing!!!) Your teapot is super cute, Judith. Love how you talked about your friendships with Joan and with Bella. It is so important that we cultivate and maintain friendships/family relationships. Others, and our God, are those that sustain us when we walk through difficult times. And they give us joy and pleasure and so enhance life during the good times as well. It was a delight to take tea with you today. I thank you also for sharing the information on your crystal set.
    Blessings, Beth

  5. Hi Judith!
    What a beautiful post!!! Dear Friendships are just amazing and such a blessing! I loved your beautiful cup and teapot too!
    Happy Tea!

  6. Hi Judith!

    What a stunning tea you set for us today! That teacup and saucer are just gorgeous! I hope you have a fantastic day!


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