Monday, August 1, 2011

Cottage Finds

Welcome to tea this week my friends.  It's good to be back from a restful week at a cottage where there was no internet or telephone.  I spent time at the beach, relaxing with good books and couldn't resist a trip to the local flea market where I bought a couple of things.  I'm embarrassed  to confess this but I didn't barter with the fellow - not at all!  Hubby couldn't believe I paid what he asked so I'll need to practice this aspect of buying from dealers at a market.  Many of you are experienced at this and I envy the gumption you have.
I'm linking with several hosts and I hope you'll visit the guests on their blogs.
Sandi - Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Trisha - Sweetology for Tea Party Tuesday
Bernideen - Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Tea in the Garden on Saturday
Kathy - A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness
The teacup with the pretty rosebuds caught my eye right away; it's Victoriana Rose by Paragon.
And who wouldn't love this adorable gazebo wind chime covered in twining roses?
The table is set with my pink butterfly damask tablecloth in the garden by a patch of purple coneflowers.  A rosebud tea spoon is resting on the pink heart I won from Sandi.
We also went to a fabulous Scottish bakery and I brought home some sweets to have with tea.  Big empire cookies and shortbread buttons.
Since I went blueberry picking early this morning, a dish of fresh juicy berries are on the table as well.
The weather was perfect for tea in the garden today, one of life's pleasurable things to do with friends.
Thank you for joining me and for all the kind comments I always receive.  Blogging has brought many friends together, especially those of us that meet over tea each week.  Special thanks to our hosts that invite us to share our lives with them.


  1. You sure did find some lovely treasures. I'd have loved that teacup, also. Beautiful setting for your tea today ... so enjoy our visits.

    Have a lovely week ~
    TTFN ~

  2. Hi Judith,

    I love your new Paragon teacup! I'm so glad you had a nice and relaxing vacation without internet and phone. We all need a break at some point. How is Topaz? He is such a beautiful cock-a-poo.

  3. Hello Judith,
    I always love to buy on a flea market. But there are different types of sellers. Some sell their stuff really expensive and those expect to barter. Others sell stuff for aceptable prices and to barter with them is like a steel. I guess, you paid acceptable prices. So why should you be embarassed that you gave them what they want. May be they needed they money more as one could imagine. Your new cup is very pretty. I have a little bowl from that pattern. I bought it because I confound it with Royal Albert Lavender rose. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and this charming tea time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  4. What gorgeous treasures you found at the flea market. We have a Scottish vendor at the local farmers' market and his shortbread melts in my mouth. I'm glad you had a relaxing time away at the cottage, we all need to escape technology sometimes.

  5. Your table looks lovely, and your new teacup is delightful, as is that wind chime.

    I could not agree more with your comment about tea time blog friends, which is why I am hosting a give-away to celebrate the Magic of Blogging Friends...Please stop by to visit.

    Blessings Kelsie

    PS: I think you just might like the color of the prize too :)

  6. Everything looks lovely. Love the teacup. Your vacation sounds wonderful.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  7. Hi Judith, I adore your new tea cup, Judith! It's beautiful. The gazebo reminds me of the cake topper we had at our wedding almost 35 years ago. I'm glad you had a relaxing vacation!
    xo, Beth

  8. I recognised Victoriana Rose straight away- it's the set my brother and his wife selected on their wedding list.
    Everything looks lovely at your tea. Love the shortbread buttons too!

  9. Judith what a lovely teacup you found (as well as the other things). So sweet. I'm glad you had a good time away--no internet or telephone would help a lot towards that, correct?!

  10. Oh, Judith, can I come over? Shortbread and blueberries are so delish and I am swooning over your pretty new teacup! What a lovely pattern it is. The gazebo is adorable too. You found yourself some very nice things... Enjoy! Your little rosebud spoon looks sweet in the pink dish. Such a pretty tea and I'd love to sit and join you. Thanks for sharing and have a delightful week, dear friend.


  11. Welcome back my friend... the weather was much nicer in Caledon too! Though I took my tea with memories of our Paris trip last year. I have so enjoyed being in the garden for your tea. Your finds are lovely that teacup is so delicate and beautiful and the gazebo wind chime.. what a lovely addition... Happy Tuesday tea. HHL

  12. Everything looks so pretty on the table. The little gazebo is so cute!...Christine

  13. Those cookies look delicious - just the thing for afternoon tea. I like a generous sized cookie!
    The tea cup is very pretty, and I'm not surprised that you didn't haggle at all.

  14. everything looks great, but the tea cup is fabulous!

  15. That is a very pretty Paragon teacup and your tea table looks lovely. The blueberries and Scottish pastries look delish.

    Thanks for your comment on Tea and Talk. I'd love to find out if your hubby and my brothers know each other.

  16. What a lovely little windchime. The cookies are called out to me. Stay cool today. V

  17. I love your new paragon tea cup and the fun gazebo wind chime! Sounds like your get-a-way was wonderful. Lovely teascape and goodies! Happy Tea Day!

  18. Hi Judith,
    Your vacation times sounds relaxing and wonderful. Time away from high tech instruments is a vacation in of itself. LOL
    Love the darling treasures you found too. The cup is so pretty and the gazebo wind chime is beautiful. I love your outdoor tea today. I so wanted to do the same, but because of the heat, thought better of it. So it was so nice to at least feel like I was having tea outside by enjoying your tea. Yummy dessert cookies too. The blueberries are my favorite.
    Thank you for sharing and welcome back home.
    Blessings to you,
    Celestina Marie

  19. I have that teacup, too. This is a great post! Linda J

  20. I have that exact up and saucer my friend. One of my favorites! YUMMEEEE!

    Your vacation sounds wonderful. I soo want to go somewhere! We are planning a little getaway for our 33rd anniversary...maybe Branson, Mo! But...if it's 112 degrees there like it is here (come September) we AREN'T GOING!

    Love you girly~


  21. Shame on me for being tardy to this lovely tea. Work has had a grip on me this week but as I say...I need to make the dough to make the dough, ya know. What can I say about these lovely setting, that cup...well Roses are so special to many and that cup is so dainty for sure! No shock I love the sweets to and the blueberries in that cut glass bowl...divine!

  22. Hello,Judith!
    What pretty gazebo and rosebud spoon are!The teacup by Paragon is lovely!! I always love your savoring teatime and I can spend hours with you.

    I would go to Japanese flee markets and got many antiques when I was young. To be honest,I knew later that some of them were junk. Sad... I rarely get antiques for my own these days,but I can not resist enjoying my life with beautiful old things! I still love to be sorrounded with old Japanese things!

    Thank you for inviting us to your fragrant tea time!!

    Finally, I find a different way of sending my comment on your post,and my rosemark appears!
    Stay cool,Judith.

  23. The cookies look delicious! Your table is very pretty with all the special items.

    Have a great day,

  24. Glad you had a restful trip away from it all.

  25. Hello Judith,
    So glad you had your break! It is wonderful to get away! You found some wonderful things. I am not good at haggling either! But, it is fun to try :)
    Thank you for sharing your new treasures at A Return to Loveliness,

  26. Judith - glad to have you link up! Also, your lovely things - you found some great treasures! That is always FUN!


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