'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.