Monday, November 7, 2011

Tea with Lillian

Welcome friends for tea this week.  I'm joining my hosts at Rose Chintz Cottage, Sweetology, A Delightsome Life and Bernideens Tea Time Blog.  Please stop by the blogs of these lovely ladies and their guests.
I didn't have a close grandmother relationship as some girls did for one died when I was very young and the other, lived a long distance away and spent 6 months of the year in Florida.
However, when a cousin that lives out west recently posted a couple of photos of Gram, as we called her, it made me think of the visits to my grandparent's home so long ago.
Lillian was born in 1900 and lived to be 87.  She grew up on a farm and married a strapping fellow from a nearby farm who was also a first cousin.  My dad's mother loved to play badminton and any shopping outings always included a stop at a restaurant for pie and coffee.  This shopping tradition has been passed down, except I prefer tea...isn't it funny the things we remember about someone?
My grandmother at 19
Family gatherings at my grandparent's house often consisted of fancy sandwiches, cookies and squares with tea served in teacups.  I remember as one of the oldest grands, the privilege of sitting with all the women talking while we balanced a cup and saucer on our lap and a small plate of goodies in one hand - something we've all done many times but so difficult when you're only 7 or 8.
Gram was a good cook and always had pies and tarts for dessert after dinner.
She was a whiz with a wood stove, similar to this one and when Grandpa bought her an electric stove, she rarely used it, preferring what she knew best.  The house had a back kitchen where cooking was done in the summer so the house didn't get too hot.
Gram in 1986
I'm using a Victoriana Rose tea cup by Paragon for my tea.
My selection is 'Earl's Garden' which is brewing in my favourite Lavender Rose teapot.  
What's afternoon tea without a scone?  I've set out a couple of vintage napkins as well.
I fell in love with this vintage inspired iron centrepiece found at a florist shop that holds flowers in the centre and a candle on either side.  I've modified the candle holders for tea lights and had a winter and summer silk arrangement made in glass bowls that are interchangeable.  The winter design has roses and hydrangeas.
Some oatmeal cookies with autumn coloured sprinkles are under glass for us as well.
I wish I had of been able to get to know Lillian better for she was a great story teller as well.


21 comments:

  1. Hi Judith, Have you been in the garden during this lovely warm spell? You have some wonderful memories of visiting with your Gram when you are a youngster:)

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  2. What lovely memories you have of tea time with your grandmother. Visits to my grammie's were ones where we were to be seen and not heard so not as many fun memories with her. We always managed to find something to do at her house without getting into trouble though :) I love the candelabra flower centerpiece. It's very unique. Have a lovely week.

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  3. Hello Judith,
    Thank you for sharing your memories with us. I lived with my maternal grandparents until my parents completed the building of their first home which was just through the apple orchard. My Granny was the most important person in my life during those early years. I simply adored her and I have so many fond memories of those years. She used to take me shopping and her cookie jars were never empty. How I missed her when she passed! I still miss her even now.
    Your Paragon teacup is a sweetheart and how pretty it is with your Lavender Rose teapot. Thank you for sharing this with us and have a delightful week, dear friend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  4. Such special family memories and teatimes. I love your teacups...such a pretty pattern.
    Ruth

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  5. Dear Judith.
    I always love your tea cups and pot.They are so elegant. Purple is also my favorite color.
    My dad side’s grandmother died before I was born. The other, lived a long distance away, died at my young age. I have few memories of them.
    Your photos and sweet story made my heart warm, today!
    Tomoko

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  6. You have set out a wonderful tea!! Grandmothers always hold a special spot in our hearts ... my fondest memories of childhood are filled with memories of my Grandmother and Grandfather (I was raised with them in Europe ... until I came to Canada to join my parents at around age 9)..I owe the person I am to my grandmother. Your post was a beautiful tribute to your Gram! Thank you for hosting a wonderful tea. xo HHL

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  7. I did not get a chance to know either of my Grandmothers too. I see where you look very much like her in the young picture you posted. She was a very beautiful. I enjoyed reading your post about her.

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  8. Hello Judith,
    your Grandma was a beautiful and charming young women, as the photo shows. And I think, I can see similarities to your face. I don't have any personal memories to my Grandparents, because we never met. But old photos and the stories, my parents told me, attached me a lot to them. Your Grandma would have loved your pretty tea setting with the charming candelabra. Thank you for sharing this touching post.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  9. What a sweet post, Judith! Your gram is lovely. I still remember my grandma too. I was very close to her, sweet memories persists. Love your teapot and teacup. Very pretty and just adorable...Christine

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  10. Judith, I enjoyed reading about your grandmother. I also like the tea that you set today. The scones look delicious and your teapot and tea cup are very pretty. I am enjoying the teas you sent - especially the pumpkin chai! Have a blessed day!
    Hugs, Beth

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  11. Judith..what a great story about your Gram! I love that vintage picture and then the one of her years later - how great. I wonder how my cupcakes would turn out on a wooden stove! WOW! Scones look great and your final tea picture was so lovely :) Hugs.

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  12. Greeetings Judith .. Thank You for sharing your sweet memories ... I too remember those sweet dainty sandwiches and cookies of days gone by with granny....You 've been blessed with some of those lovely traditions and talents with your teatime settings ... Lovely !!!

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  13. A VERY LOVELY POST JUDITH ABOUT YOUR GRAM, I WAS CLOSE TO MY GRAM (MY MOTHER'S MOTHER) SHE LOVED HER TEA, AND HAD LOVELY TEA SETS. SHE ALWAYS HAD PLENTY DESSERT, BESIDES HER BAKING SHE WOULD BUY FROM THE BREAD MAN (DUGAN'S) WHO CAME THREE TIMES A WEEK WITH A HUGE BASKET OF BREADS, AND CAKES, COOKIES, AND BUNS. GREAT MEMORIES. HAVE A LOVELY DAY. RIZZI

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  14. Hi Judith,
    My grandmothers had both passed away before I was born and I was always envious of my friend for having such a nice one!
    I love your teacup and the scones look delicious.
    Carolyn

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  15. This is my first visit Judith. I came over from Attiteatude and Chocolate (wanted to leave her a comment but could not as I don't know how to use her comment section and she had no email that I could use); however that is off the track and because of her I found your most attractive site.

    Lavendar is something I have come to love in my later years in Canada; having come here as a young bride from Virginia. So Lavendar Cottage was a hugh drawing card and next came your memories of your grandmother. I only had one and saw her only twice in my life and always felt something missing when others had such close ties with their grandmothers. Next and yes there is a next... my grandmother's name is Lillian also. She was called Miss Lillian as they do in the South...she lived in South Carolina and next...another next you say! My brother's wife if Lillian.

    I almost forgot another next...drum roll. I had a set of Lavendar Rose and took place settings for six to Australia (years ago) for my daughter-in-law and I am hoping she is enjoying many pleasant times using them for tea with friends. One last next..promise it is the last...I gave my oldest granddaughter and goddaughter, who lives in Florida, a set of Lavendar Rose dishes and a teapot and she was so very pleased as all her friends (she is married with 3 children now) love and enjoy afternoon tea.

    A dear friend took me for 'high tea' yesterday....for my birthday...a surprise and such a pleasant time we had. It is set in a historic home in a small community minutes from where I live and also has clothing and gifts for sale. The teashop is done in French style and so ellegant. I had some birthday money and purchased a piece of jewerery in the shape of a crown with rhinestones on a chain. Another granddaughter moved near us a few months ago and does not know the area very well and asked if we could go for tea on Memorial Day as she if off that day (she is a teacher). She asked if I knew a good teashop and I will be taking her to the same historic home teashop and store as I know she will love it. She is graciously picking me up.

    With gratitude,
    Sylvia Faye

    You can count on my coming to your dear site again...and again.

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  16. A lovely story about your grandmotherVbisiting you has been a pleasure again
    Hugs

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  17. Oh Judith: What a lovely post and story about your Gram. What special memories. I think you picked up her love of baking. V

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  18. What a delightful story about your grandmother. I also remember when my grandmother cooked on a wood cook stove. She made the best homemade biscuits ever! I remember standing at the bin with her many a days watching her make those lovely biscuits. Your blog is so wonderful and thank you for bringing back so many great memories I have of my own grandmother. Your teaset is so beautiful and I dearly love the center piece. Have a delightful day,
    Brenda

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  19. Everyone loved your grandma and all the details of interest about her! Your memories of her are priceless! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I enjoyed reading about your grandmother. Lillian is such a pretty name. Thanks for sharing your lovely tea with us! Bess

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  21. That is so kind of you to share your thoughs about your Gram. This brings back sweet memories. Your Gram cooked like my Granny did on a wood stove plus she had fresh milk and butter. You inherited her love of a party or treat. Your scones look very delicious. Happy Tea Party! Pam

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