Monday, July 29, 2013

Joan's Tea

Welcome friends for tea this week.  I've missed the gathering for a couple of times as we were away at a cottage last week, and the week before my heart just wasn't in it.  My last tea party post on July 8, I showed new Vintage Rose pink cutlery here that I used when my friend Joan and her husband came for dinner.  Joan and I were going to visit a new tea room I found and were making other plans together.  Unfortunately, it was the last time I saw Joan for in a few short days an acute stroke took her away.
I thought it would be kind of nice to have a tea in her name since she and I visited a number of tea rooms and went out for lunch regularly.  Joan was like me in that when we had company, or just a friend for afternoon tea, we pulled out the good china and crystal and made it a special occasion.
We took turns driving to our monthly garden club meeting and when my daylily Joan Sr. was big enough, I split it to give her a piece for her garden.
The blue and white teapot with roses has a built in infuser and I have a rooibus vanilla brewing.
 Fitting for today, I'm using a cornflower teacup.
 This is cornflower "Moondrops" pattern, a cream and sugar set Joan had gifted me from her immense collection of clear and coloured cornflower crystal.
My tea angel hasn't joined us for tea for awhile, she's on the table too.
 Near the cottage we stayed at is a bakery that sells all kinds of British pastries.  A fern tart and empire cookie came home for today's sweets with tea.
I cut a small bouquet of Ami, the florist grown version of Queen Anne's lace which is daintier looking and a pretty feminine touch to a table.
We've all lost a friend for one reason or another and it's cause to remind us to use the good china, crystal and silver everyday for you don't know what tomorrow brings.
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Please visit my hosts and their guests for tea.

36 comments:

  1. Dear Judith,

    I'm sorry to read that you lost your dear friend. The unexpected and unwelcome can occur without warning. A tea in Joan's name is a thoughtful gesture on your part.

    I hope you find comfort in your memories of times and tea shared together.

    Fondly,
    Karen

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  2. I am so sorry for the lost of your dear friend, Judith. Your post is a good tribute to her. I love your tea angel and the sweets look so yummy.

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  3. Hi Judith,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet friend, Joan. It sounds like you enjoyed so many wonderful hobbies and interests together and I'm sure you will miss her. How sweet of you to write this wonderful tribute in her honour and set this pretty table.

    Take care,

    Poppy

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  4. I am so sorry you lost a dear friend....my heart is hurting for you...what a beautiful tea tribute.

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  5. Dear Judith,
    I am so sorry you have lost your friend Joan! I know exactly how you feel because I lost a dear friend too.
    Your tribute to Joan is lovely! The teapot is very pretty and the treats are almost too pretty to eat. Take care, my friend, and know that I'm thinking of you.

    Blessings & hugs,
    Sandi

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  6. Oh no wonder your heart wasn't in it, though I'm sure that it would have pleased Joan to know that you soldiered on today sharing the best that life offers. You are so right. We never know what a day will bring and can't allow ourselves to be stingy with the beautiful things we've been given. Gentle hugs and may you remember with love the sweet times you shared with your friend.

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  7. I know it's very painful when we lose a close friend and the best thing one can do is keep their name and memory alive as you did with Joan today.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely tea.
    Enjoy your week!

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  8. That's really sad to lose a good and dear friend. However, you have many sweet memories to tide you over.

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  9. Your post made me cry. I am so sorry about your friend. You can tell how much you loved her in each and every picture and sentence. I pray that God will comfort you during this time. Hugs, Martha

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  11. What a lovely tea Judith. I lost my BFF 9 years ago, and I still miss her so very much. I was fortunate to inherit many of her English tea cups and some of her silver serving pieces. They remind me of how much she enjoyed doing tea. Thanks for the beautiful post about your friend Joan.

    Blessings to you,
    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  12. Dear Judith - I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. Your tea in her honor is lovely and does leave the legacy of making every get together with a dear one a special event. A good reminder when we are tempted to do and be less.
    Blessings in your loss,
    Kathy

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  13. My sympathy to you for the loss of your friend. This is a very sweet way to remember your friend. The lovely blue and white teapot is so pretty. Your thoughts on using our china, crystal and silver is so true. Hope your days are filled with wohderful reminders of your friend and so your saddness is lessened!

    Pam

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  14. Iam so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, I remember your pink silverware, I think of it quite often. Friends are such a blessing aren't they? You have done a lovely tea for her. You will be in my prayers and God bless...

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  15. I'm so sorry for the loss of your special friend, dear Judith. Yes, we all need to take the time to use our good things. My own dear hubby, who has had prostate cancer for going on eight years, is on the decline. Pleas keep us in your prayers.

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  16. I am so sorry about your friend's passing. I agree completely that we should seize the days and don't hesitate to use the good china, etc. for everyday needs. We used to reserve our good china for special occasions and decided after we moved here 3 years ago to start using it on a daily basis. We never know what tomorrow may bring.

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  17. Dear Judith,

    This is a beautiful and touching tribute to your friend. What a shock to lose her so suddenly. I'm sure it was difficult to write about but it's so lovely that you had this tea for her and shared the memories.

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  18. I am so very sorry for your loss, I understand the pain of losing a dear friend. What a lovely tribute tea you prepared. Her memory will live in your heart and I pray that you and all who miss Joan will find peace and comfort.

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  19. Sorry for your loss Judith. What a wonderful tribute to her though.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  20. That's quite a loss for you. I'm sorry. You will think of her often with tea and other remembrances. I also liked your previous post and the unusual collage. Glad you had a good week away.

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  21. Hi Judith...I didn't know if you ever go back to a post to see if I've answered your questions, or if I've replied back to a comment you've made...well, I just posted a reply to your comment on the post where I used the year 3013 when I posted. Thank for you telling me. Nice catch! I wonder if anyone else caught it? The eye sees what it thinks is there I guess.

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  22. You are so right. Never put off using the good china! The weather has been pretty perfect the last few days so there is lots about summer and life in general to celebrate.

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  23. Hello Judith,
    I am so sorry about your dear friend's passing. My heart ached to hear about it. I know it will take time before your "heart is in it" again. She sounds like she was a true friend, and that you had many enjoyable times together. That is so wonderful.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  24. Judith:
    This is such a reminder of quickly things can change and how precious each day is! I am so sorry for your loss of a friend Judith. You have done a lovely tribute to her here and the teapot is so pretty. Love your bouquet as well!

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  25. Dear Judith
    I am so sorry you have lost your dear friend. I really know how you feel sad. Actually,recently I lost my old friend too. We have known since we were 10 years old.
    Your tea pot is beautiful.
    Tomoko

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  26. Dear Judith, When I came to the part in your post about your friend Joan's unexpected passing, solemness came over me. Our posts usually contain the things in life that bring joy and happiness, but life includes the not-so-happy times too. How wonderful that you have the recent memory of having Joan for dinner using all your lovely things. Your tribute post to her is lovely too. May God bless you. ~ Phyllis

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  27. Dear Judith,
    I am so sorry to hear about your friend's passing. It sounds like you had such common interests and she was fortunate to have a kind friend like you. Thankfully you have a lovely crystal cream and sugar that will remind you of her. I do agree that we should use our pretties everyday. They help to give us joy. Take care,
    Karen

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  28. Love your pretties. Good advice, we save things for special, instead of making everyday special.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  29. Dear Judith I am so sorry....the loss of a dear friend is so hard...I miss mine and often thin of those I have lost...sometimes I even go to call them and forget I can't....let's all enjoy our time with friends drinking lovely tea in our best china and having special treats.

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  30. Dear Judith,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend. I too, loss a dear friend in Florida last year. We had so many plans to meet as we just started staying at a RV park near her for the winter. She had given me her beautiful lace tablecloth and a Amish quilt the year before and they are more precious than ever to me now. Your tea is so beautiful and a wonderful tribute to your friend. Praying for you during this difficult time.
    Nancy

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  31. Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Joan. I do so agree about using the good china and try to get it out all the time.

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  32. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, Judith. This post was fitting and a sweet tribute to her.
    Hugs, Beth

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  33. Oh, Judith. I'm sorry to hear about your dear friend. This was a lovely tribute to her.

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  34. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I love that you chose to remember her with this tea -- sounds like she was the sort of dear lady who would have very much approved!

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  35. What a sweet tribute to your friend this post is. And you are right that we should make the everyday special for the special folks in our lives.

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