Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's High Tea

Welcome friends for a special Valentine's tea this week.  Tea Time magazine did a feature on tea houses in Florida last year and I made a note of a few in the Gulf area where we're staying.
Instead of having tea at home, I'm taking you to 'A Corner of England' with me for high tea where the staff is friendly, and co-owner Danielle was pleased that I'd read the article in Tea Time.
Just inside the door are some pretty hats to wear if you want...
and there are shelves of china, tea and gifts to buy.


Our table was waiting upon our arrival... yes, a reservation for 2.  I dragged DH along with me and it wasn't his first time to a tea room, nor likely will it be his last.  (he reads my blog:-)
A teacup with roses was my choice for the Victorian Earl Grey tea I ordered.
I had the chilled strawberry soup while DH had a hot tomato bisque.  Oops, I had the soup half eaten before I remembered to take a picture of it.
The 3 tiered curate was filled with delicious hot and cold sweets and savouries.
I asked Danielle for the secret to the thin bread of her delectable sandwiches.
It's Pepperidge Farm very thin slices which are perfect for dainty fare.
DH chose chocolate cake for dessert while I had a flaky scone with jam and Devon cream.
I hope anyone visiting the area of Florida where A Corner of England is,  can have tea there too.

We all have inspirational blogs we like to visit and one of mine is Georgianna Lane Photography.  I've ordered prints from Georgianna and love to peruse her work, especially the new Paris additions. A favourite is this photo with the gerbera daisies in antique blue Ball preserving jars.  The faded butterfly in the background makes me smile.
Only once have I seen one of these jars at our antique mall and I didn't pick it up.  When I went back, of course it was gone.  Poking around in an antique store amongst the souvenir shops here, I found a shelf with several of the jars.  3 came away with me for my Valentine's gift from DH; add some fragrant carnations, and I created my own display with a butterfly from Picnik.  Thank you for the inspiration dear G.
I'm linking with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage, Trisha at Sweetology, Bernideen at her Tea Time Blog, Ruth at Antiques and Teacups and Kathy at A Delightsome Life.
Wishing you all a very happy Valentine's Day!

39 comments:

  1. Oh how lovely! RESERVED FOR JUDITH! How sweet is THAT?

    Wish I could visit...

    Love to you~

    Rebecca

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  2. Hi Judith, Oh, how I love visiting tearooms! They are so charming, and this one was no exception. I really like the hats and the goodies, and the pretty teapot! Also love your inspiration photo, Judith. Happy Valentine's Day!
    Blessings, Beth

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  3. I love tea rooms and how wonderful that you remembered the article in Tea Time and found this one in Florida. Love the hats! I was wondering what you might buy to take home ... glad you found the mason jars! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  4. that looks like so much fun and a wonderful Tea shop! Did DH wear a hat?

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  5. i so enjoyed this post and our visit with you to this Florida Tea Room! We all wish we could have been there with you Judith! Wouldn't that have been fun....

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  6. Hello Judith,
    What a wonderful outing with your hubby! It looks like a lovely place to have tea.

    My hubby's only complaint is the prices in a Tea Room.

    That teapot is so pretty and the food looks delicious.
    Love your jars! I don't see many of them around here either.

    I'm so glad you got to enjoy the tea room and wouldn't it have been fun if we could have all joined you?

    Happy Valentines Day, my friend. Thank you for taking the time to post even while on vacation.

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  7. Hi Judith,
    thats a lovely tea room. Very inviting to find such a placecard! And the treats look fantastic. The aqua glasses are so nice with pink flowers. Thank you for sharing and Happy Valentines day to you.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  8. Hi Judith,
    I love checking out new tea rooms and my husband is sweet enough to come along sometimes too.
    The food all looks so delicious!
    I love how you were inspired by G (love her)to make your own pic.

    Love the tea cup in the heart shape frame too.
    Enjoy your Valentine's Day in the sunny south!
    Carolyn

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  9. That looks like a very nice and plentiful afternoon tea. The teapot was also very nice.
    And the cute little blue pots/vases- they're just adorable!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  10. It was so nice to tag along with you for tea. How lovely it was. Happy Valentine's day. Strawberry soup oh what a treat.

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  11. It was so nice to tag along with you for tea. How lovely it was. Happy Valentine's day. Strawberry soup oh what a treat.

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  12. Hello, Judith

    Your flowers look very pretty arranged in the blue jars. I've noticed blue ones on several blogs but don't recall seeing any on this side of the border. I wonder if they were only originally sold in the US market?

    -Karen

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  13. Oh my, I want to go to that tea room!! Wish we could meet & enjoy it together. Everything looks so delightful. Happy Valentine's Day.

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  14. What a delight to visit a traditional tearoom. It looks lovely. I love your ball jars with the pretty pink carnations. Happy Valentine's Day to you! Hugs, Pamela

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  15. A wonderful tea with your DH! Mine goes with me at times too...loves the food and has a great time chatting with everyone. What a wonderful tea and tearoom! Thanks for following and linking with Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  16. Hi Judith!
    I enjoyed the tour of the tea shop and the food looked delicious. The tea pot you picked out for your Earl gray tea is so pretty. Thank you for sharing and Happy Valentines Day.
    ~Clara

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  17. This looks like such a lovely tea time! I also like the blue bell jars filled with flowers..a very pretty country style inspiration.

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  18. Judith, maybe you can email me and tell me where this place is as I'll be in that area in a couple of months and would love to go there with my sis!

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  19. What a perfect treat you gave yourself and your DH. I'll bet he, like TGD secretly enjoys every bite and every minute!

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  20. What a lovely post. I love this little tea shop...just perfect for tea.
    I've been looking at your other posts too, what a lovely refreshing
    place to come and visit.
    I will be back,....and thank you for popping in at me too!
    Happy Valentines.
    Shel

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  21. Oh, Judith! I love your version! The carnations are really the perfect color to compliment the amazing blue of those jars. Beautiful job. And thank you for your sweet words – you are such a special blogging friend. Wishing you and your DH a very Happy Valentine's Day! ♥ ♥ ♥

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  22. Wonderful way to spend some time. Lovely tea.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  23. Hi,Judith.
    What a sweet shop to have tea!! Thank you for taking us and showing the lovely tea pots and cups. I really want to wear that fashionable hat, Judith!
    Happy Valentines Day!

    Tomoko

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  24. Oh, this would be a perfect outing for me. What a lovely tea house! Happy Valentine's day!

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  25. Hello Judith, what a great find in your blue canning jars. The flowers look so pretty in them.
    How wonderful to go to a tea room. I tryed to go to two tea rooms around Gainsville where we are staying, but both were closed. I was so disapointed as the closest tea room at home is about two hours away. Would be great to meet you and go to tea, but we only have a RV here, no car.
    Have a wonderful vacation!
    Nancy

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  26. Hi Judith! What a great tea room, and with reservations and all, that is romantic in itself! I love all the yumminess there too. I love the blue canning jars look, what a nice find. Thank you for coming sweet lady and for the lovely comments. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
    FABBY

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  27. Happy St. Valentine's Day my friend! Thank you for taking us along to tea ... it's always fun to explore new tea rooms.

    How wonderful to find those jars! and you did a fabulous creation.

    Also thank you for sharing Georgianna's blog ... I'm off to check out her work..xo Blessings HHL

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  28. High tea how wonderful! I love to go to teas like that but there does not seem to be too in this area. Looks like it was a perfect day. Thanks for stopping by, Laura

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  29. What FUN for you and your sweetie that is for sure a good time had by all! I am so loving all the fun love inspired tea posts around blogland today! Wow - for my favorite holiday it is like I am in heaven. You have a wonderful day dear one! Happy Valentines to you!

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  30. Looks like a beautiful afternoon tea experience!

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  31. Hi Judith,
    Happy Valentine's Day to you. What a wonderful way to spend Valentine's then with someone special at a gorgeous tea room. Everything looks perfect. Love the print with canning jars and daisies.

    Thank you for stopping by.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  32. Oh how lucky to have a nice tea room near,thanks for sharing your beautiful post ,joann

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  33. Your tea room is wonderful! Love the tiered tray! I also love Georgianna Lane! She is so talented! Great job on your recreation. She has inspiring work!
    Sherry

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  34. What a gorgeous high tea. Thanks for sharing your outing.

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  35. Oh wow! Everything looks so good! Sounds like you had a lovely Valentine's day! Thanks for visiting me and for your nice words :)

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  36. What a fabulous way to spend you day and how sweet that your husband enjoyed it with you.
    Have a happy week.. hugs, Cherry

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  37. This tea shop looks lovely! I love the design on the teapot! The fare looks luscious! I love the blue jars - gorgeous with the flowers! Happy belated Valentines! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,
    Kathy

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  38. mmmmm....
    We had a wonderful tea house but after 7 years the owners decided to get out of the business. I've been to a few other teas but none like the wonderful ones at Tea Cozy Cottage. sigh....
    love your blue jars and pink carnations display!

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  39. Hi Judith,
    What a fantastic tea room to celebrate Valentine's Day!
    And with good company, even more enjoyable becomes tea time!
    Thanks for sharing

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