Monday, February 6, 2012

A New Chapter

Welcome friends for tea this week.  I missed the gathering last week as we were driving to Florida to spend the month of February in a condo on the gulf side.  My  last post gave one reason why we're here, in July we celebrate 40 years of marriage.
The other reason is that I'm turning the page of a new chapter in my life later this month.  Before we left, the gals from my garden club took me out to a nice Italian restaurant for dinner and there were 14 noisy women all gabbing at once.
I highly recommend Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah that I received as a gift and read on the way down.

In preparation of a special Valentine's Tea hosted by Rose Chintz Cottage on the 14th, I purchased a yummy looking shortbread heart with pink icing to nibble on with my blueberry green tea.
Sadly there is no fine china cups and saucers at the condo but at least I brought my own teapot and bought a mug to go with it from Dollar Tree.
I've set up on the little table on the balcony overlooking the beach and pool.  
The weather has been toasty warm and in 2 weeks family will arrive for a visit.  
I'm linking with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage, Trisha at Sweetology and Bernideen (if we can find her under all the snow) at her Tea Time Blog.   Please join my hosts and their guests for tea.
And, don't forget Sandi's Valentine Tea, details are on her blog.


  1. Judith,
    Isn't this weather glorious? I loved that book so I am glad you enjoyed it.


  2. Another special celebration for you coming up! What a month this is and Valentine's Day on Sunday too! So glad you are enjoying your vacation in the sun. Blessings to you! Pamela

  3. Oh my goodness, Judith, what a beautiful setting! I can only dream of sitting with a cup of tea and gazing out at the beach and palm trees! Lucky you! Congratulations on your upcoming Anniversary and a Happy Birthday to you too which is coming up in the near future! With Valentines Day next week, there is lots to celebrate.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to post a tea when you're so far from home. I really appreciate it. My post will be going up in about twenty minutes for you to link up if you can.
    Enjoy your vacation and I'll be thinking of you. Have a fabulous time!


  4. What a beautiful place to be, Judith! Congratulations on your anniversary, and happy birthday too! Enjoy your trip, Judith!
    Hugs, Beth

  5. Happy Anniversary to you sweet friend. WE are a little behind you. We will be married 34 years in September. God is so good.

    Love to you~


  6. Hi Judith,
    Congratulations and all good wishes for the great upcoming events, like your Anniversary, your birthday and Valentines day. The setting is great! The nice white china looks so cool with the palms and beach background. Hope you enjoy the warm wheather and the sun.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  7. I could enjoy a nice cup of tea sitting right there!
    Enjoy all your celebrations.I am reading the Winter Garden now too as well as 1000 Gifts.


  8. There's always time for tea, isn't there?? Even on a patio in the condo!! Thanks for the recommendation on the book. I love reading a good novel!!

  9. Oh what a divine way to enjoy your pretty tart and a pot of tea....overlooking that wonderful body of water in the warmth of Florida.

    My folks had a house in Englewood on the Gulf side for most of my life - I love that side of the Sunshine State!

    Enjoy your time there, and your family.

  10. What a wonderful lace to stay! Congratulations on your anniversary! We are at 38 next week. How nice to be there for a whole month! Enjoy your time and how enterprising of you to post from there!

  11. I'm with you, bringing along your own teapot when you'll be away for a month. A pan of hot water just doesn't cut it! Glad you are enjoying your time in FL.

  12. This is a perfect setting for tea if you ask me! Have a wonderful time!

  13. It's not how we take tea but that we take tea -- and what a lovely view!

  14. WOW - your balcony sun drenched tea looks so amazing - glad you arrived safely in FL. What a nice time you will have, I do have to be honest and I am sad about something.....I am sad you don't vacation in MINNESOTA! HA! Glad to see you for tea this week, lovely heart shortbread, white teapot and man I wish our dollar store had cute mugs like THAT!

  15. Happy Anniversary and Enjoy your trip.

  16. I hope you have a wonderful time there in Florida. As I put on another sweater it's freezing around here... Lol. Pat

  17. Ah, tea with a view!....a water view. It looks lovely - thanks for sharing your Valentine tea.

  18. Happy Anniversary,Judith. What beautiful water view and the white setting for tea. Looks so sweet!
    Have a wonderful time there!

  19. Judith .. thank you so much for sharing tea today .. with that gorgeous view. If it's ok with you .. I'll just linger a little longer. Enjoy the warm weather. It is still cold here :( ..brrrr. xo HHL

  20. This has stirred up some old memories for me. When I was about 10 my grandmother took me and my brother on the greyhound bus to the Gulf. We slept on the sleeping porch of an old ancient Colonial mansion. I was confused and thought my great aunt owned the entire house - she only rented a room on the back. Your post is a delight! I love that tea for one there!

  21. Happy Anniversary and best wishes for all upcoming celebrations in your life... It looks like you and your friends know how to have a good time... Beautiful teatime Florida !!!!... A mug for of sunshine tea sounds great to me !!!!! Hugs

  22. Oh! For some WARM! A cozy tea in a mug with your beach view - delightful! I DID think of you often as I prepared my Dickens' tea - especially as I was pinning Lady Cordelia's brooch corsage . . .

  23. Judith, what a lovely blog you have here. I love that your dollar tree mug looks like it is supposed to go with your teapot. Enjoy this new chapter in your life! Blessings, Colleen

  24. What a wonderful and relaxing pre anniversary celebration! Your tea time photo looking at the water is so pretty. Best wishes as you continue the celebrations!


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