Sunday, April 13, 2014

From Greece with Love

Welcome friends for tea this week. My post is about bringing the love of friendship and tea all the way from Greece to her birthplace in Ontario to celebrate a milestone birthday. Wanting to meet other bloggers, an open invitation was sent out by our hostess, Poppy from Poppyview to meet at The Old Curiosity Tea Shop in Markham for a Victorian afternoon tea.
The quaint little tea shop is on the main street and has been in business for 15 years. On the left is a miniature tea cabinet display and the right is a cute piano teapot.
The interior had so much to look at on the walls, the cross beams, window sills and really, every nook and cranny. The vast array of teapots are old ones from the shop itself, and those donated to them.
Four of us met for the tea and with me above is Karen from My Little Home and Garden blog. You may recognize her blog as she is the host of Sunlit Sunday throughout the winter months.
Jennifer from A Garden of Threads is seen here hamming it up with Poppy and their cameras.  Jennifer and I were the only two that knew each other before the tea, having met through our Master Gardener group.
We were so busy talking and sipping tea, I did not take one photo of the food, which was excellent by the way. I did manage to snap my teacup of the Old Country Rose pattern; teacups, tea pots and plates were a delightful mix and match of china patterns.
We started with two tiers of dainty sandwiches and later were brought tiers of decadent sweets and scones with Devonshire cream. With almost 60 varieties of tea to choose from I went with an English favourite of Buckingham Palace which had hints of earl grey and jasmine.
Many thanks to Poppy for arranging the gathering and when we were about to leave, I noticed we had been lingering together for four hours. We were never hurried nor felt any pressure by staff to vacate our table which was much appreciated.
I keep a journal of the tea rooms I visit and give them a score on a scale of 1-10.  The Old Curiosity Shop is definitely a 10 and I recommend it to any of our blogging friends who may find themselves in Markham, Ontario.  A reservation would be a good idea and necessary for the afternoon tea. Visit their website at www.cuppa.ca
Since Sandi is hosting an Easter Tea I'll share a couple of Easter cards I made and sent out to friends.
And on the inside, my wishes for each of you!
I will be linking with:

42 comments:

  1. How nice for you and your blogging friends to meet Poppy visiting from Greece! And what a wonderful place to meet for tea! Everyone looks beautiful, glad you all had a fun time! Have a happy week!

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  2. What a fabulous day you had! I am just loving bloggers and their kindness and love of sharing their passions. What a lovely tea shop! So happy you met your friends. I am loving your Easter cards. I haven't made one yet! Maybe tonight, your bunnies are adorable.

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  3. How wonderful! You all look so happy and beautiful. What a nice place to meet, too. I love seeing your photos and the smiling faces of my friends! Enjoy your day. Hugs!

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  4. A lovely post Judith! It must have been so much fun to meet Poppy and Karen and have a lovely tea together. Your Easter cards are so pretty. :) Have a wonderful week leading up to Easter. Blessings, Pam

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  5. It was a marvellous day, the Easter cards are so pretty. Have a great week and hope you and your family have a Happy Easter. Jen

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  6. What a perfect awesome day - I love love love Poppy put that together and a few of you could get together. Just YAY to that- what a great group.

    The tea house sounds amazing. WOW- would looooove to visit there.

    Funny, I just returned from our women's clubs New Member Reception - I am the official tea maker/pourer - and I brought and served Buckingham Palace tea - weird coincidence! ♥

    And your cards ARE AMAZING - what a talented card maker you are, seriously - just gorgeous.

    Hugs.

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  7. What a wonderful tea gathering with other bloggers. Tea and blogging are a perfect pairing, and you also have gardening as a third interest. The Old Curosity Tea Shop looks charming. And I feel honored that I received one of your lovely, handmade Easter cards. It arrived in yesterday's mail. Thank you so much, Judith! Wishing you and yours a Happy and Blessed Easter! ~ Phyllis

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  8. Oh what fun! And what a lovely tea shop. You are all such lovely gals and I am so glad that you had the opportunity to meet.

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  9. The more you look the more you see in this tea shop, Judith, and I can focus in on some of details through your photographs.

    It was a wonderful time and I enjoyed meeting you!

    Karen

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  10. Good morning Judith!
    What a fabulous tea gathering with other blog friends! I enjoy this post very much and also am happy to see Karen through your photo. Thanks to your blog, I was able to see Karen's blog" My little Home and Garden". The tea shop is so lovely.What cute miniature piano teapot is!
    Hope you have a happy new week,my friend!

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  11. So nice you could all get together!

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  12. I like tea shops and I know this would be a wonderful afternoon, both the place and the company. Thanks so much for sharing your good time.

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  13. How wonderful you were all able to get together! I bet you had a ball! Looks like a wonderful place for a tea party as well. So glad you linked to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  14. Oh Judith what a lovely post!
    What a gorgeous group of bloggers at the tea party - I wish you all lived near me!!!
    I had a feeling you might be wearing something lavender - it's lovely.
    We all have so much in common with our love of tea, baking, our gardens and blogging friends - I can't imagine a break in the conversation for one minute.. ha ha!!

    Wonderful photos - such pretty Easter cards too Judith!
    Hugs
    Shane

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  15. I love the idea for a Tea Journal! Hope I can find one with teacups on it too.

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  16. Hi Judith, you all look beautiful and happy. Must have been a delightful tea party with all the sweets and goodies. Thank you for sharing your photos.
    Hope you have a lovely week.

    Blessings,
    Aida

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  17. I enjoyed your post of the bloggers lunch. Meeting other bloggers from near and far as your day with Poppy is special. It was nice to see you all in that delightful place. Valerie

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  18. Dearest Judith ... looks like a lovely time was shared by all. How wonderful to meet and spend time with some fellow blog friends. Wishing you a beautiful week..xo C. (HHL)

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  19. Wow, what a wonderful tea shop! Such a nice thing to do - share tea with friends. Love that miniature tea set.

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  20. It must have been great fun to meet your blog friends outside of Blog Land. Wouldn't a garden blog convention be fun? Happy Easfer.

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  21. I knew having tea with Poppy would be so much fun. So nice to see some of my favorite blogging friends all together in one spot! Happy Tea Day!

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  22. Judith, I read about your gathering on Poppy's post as well...what fun that had to have been! I hope someday a group of us from southeastern US can do this! The cards are adorable, BTW....have a blessed Holy Week!

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  23. What fun, Judith, that you all met up at the tea room! It's so nice to meet fellow bloggers and enjoy visiting and eating. Your cards turned out so pretty. Happy Easter to you.

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  24. What a lovely group and it looks like you had so much fun!
    Have a wonderful week ahead!
    xo Ingrid

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  25. I'm so glad you and the blogging friends had a wonderful tea time. The tea shop is a perfect way to meet and enjoy yourselves. I love the photo with the ladies and their cameras with all the smiles. Time always flies when friends are having so much fun!

    Pam

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  26. Hi Judith,
    What a wonderful time you ladies had! I had visited Karen the other day and saw her post about your tea gathering. It certainly was a blessing for you all to meet. Wish I could have met with you too. Maybe some day! No surprise you were wearing your lavender! Your photos are just lovely and so are your Easter cards. I took a course in card making once but never did actually get into it. Our instructor was not very good and I got discouraged. I like 'pretty' and she was more into primitive which is not really my style. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea. Have a lovely week and Happy Easter, my friend!

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  27. Hi Judith,

    What lovely photos of a wonderful teatime! I was there about ten minutes before you and Jenn arrived and didn't manage to capture the charm of this tea shop the way you have, or the dainty and delightful teacups, either! Thanks so much for the lovely narration, letting our friends know about the special features of the Old Curiosity Tea Shop. We had a wonderful time, indeed and I'm so grateful that you and Jenn and Karen came out to meet me for tea; it was pleasure to spend some time together.

    Your Easter cards are beautifully festive!

    Wishing you a very Happy Easter.

    xo
    Poppy

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  28. What a fun time! I always love hearing about bloggers who get together -- even more so when I'm in the mix, ha! And your cards are so pretty -- wish I could take a class with you!

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  29. Oh I enjoy visiting the tea shop...thank you so much for sharing. You all look like your enjoyed yourselves.
    I love the whole afternoon tea tradition and think it's one of the best ways to meet and spend a few hours with friends.
    The location looks perfectly set for indulgence and fun.
    Your Easter cards are gorgeous too.
    Happy Easter to you too ;D
    xoxo

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  30. Judith, what a lovely way to spend an afternoon. I think the fact of getting together, thanks to all the tea time blogging is very special.

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  31. Judith: What a lovely way to spend a afternoon with friends. We look great. Wishing you a blessed Easter. Hugs, Martha

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  32. What a special time this must have been. In the 7 years of blogging, I've met only one other blogger.
    The tearoom looks beautiful....and so do all you ladies.

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  33. What a terrific group of ladies and I love this gathering! Looks like great fun and fellowship! So glad you posted this Judith!

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  34. What a neat get together! I love the piano teapot!

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  35. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. I loved seeing all the teapots on display. I've been wanting to visit this tearoom and it's good to know that it'll be worth the hour-long drive!

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  36. Beautiful cards, Judith. Loved seeing your gathering of blogging friends. Glad you had that opportunity!
    Hugs, Beth

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  37. That looks like a wonderful tea room, thanks so much for sharing it and the pretty cards! Happy Easter :)

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  38. Hi Judith,
    Oh how I would love to visit that tea shop. It looks so lovely with all of the beautiful pictures on the wall. You look so happy and lovely too! How exciting to meet with other blogging friends for tea! Thank you for visiting me! Have a very Happy Easter!
    Karen

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  39. Oh, how much fun!! what a great time you must have had! the tea shop looks wonderful. how great that Poppy arranged this for you all.

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  40. This made my heart and face smile - such a beautiful gathering - would have loved to have joined you all! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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