Monday, April 28, 2014

The Pleasure of Bees for Tea

Welcome friends for tea this week. When out working in the spring garden I've noticed bees buzzing about looking for sources of nectar. There's not a lot available for them yet other than the first daffodils that have opened. In honour of these wonderful pollinators, I decided to have a tea for them.

And now you ask in your heart, 
"How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?" 
Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower, 
But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee. 
For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life, 
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love, 
And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy. 
From Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
I'm using a 'Wetley Rose' pattern in black and gold from Old Royal china. The bee on the side is actually a tablecloth weight.
Rosebuds are hidden on the saucer under the teacup and surrounded by some gold scrolls.
I always add honey to sweeten my tea, so the honeypot is on the table too. Does anyone else use honey in their tea? I buy unpasteurized from one of the local bee keepers.
I'm using up the rhubarb in the freezer since the plants in the garden are up and forming leaves, and it won't be long before I can pick fresh stalks again. I have a German rhubarb coffee cake today that is delicious with tea and the recipe can be found on my recipe page at the top.
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40 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I've never seen a black teacup. It's stunning!

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  2. I LOVE the black teacup, Judith! What a charming tea you're having today, full of BEEutifulness!

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  3. Loved seeing your bees, Judith, and the black teacup is lovely! I like your little honeypot too!
    Hugs, Beth

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  4. Your coffee cake looks delicious. My rhubarb is growing a little considering something was on top of it all winter. I need to move it to a safer spot. No honey in my tea. You have a nice collection of bee items.

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  5. It all looks and sounds so lovely!

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  6. Pretty teacup today ... and that piece of coffee cake looks amazing! Thanks for reminding me not to get too bothered by all the bees buzzing around when I'm outside ... I need to remember the good work they do.

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  7. Lovely items ..... they make me smile!
    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  8. Oh what a pretty tea cup you have..... Totally love it...

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  9. Love that black teacup, looks very Victorian. and the little honey jar is very sweet. I have a bee in my blog header because Deborah means "honey bee", so I am enjoying all your bee-related news!

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  10. Such a pretty teacup! I also prefer to use honey instead of sugar to sweeten my tea.

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  11. Good to support local bee keepers.. Michelle

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  12. What a beautiful cup and saucer and I love your bee theme! It is "buzzing" with fun!

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  13. Awwww I love bees! Wow! That is an amazing teacup! What a beauty!
    Blessings,
    Donna

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  14. Hooray for bees! We often think of them as a nuisance, but many of the foods we enjoy are a result of their pollination. Love your beautiful black teacup, and your rhubarb dessert looks delicious! ~ Phyllis

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  15. Hi Judith,
    What a pretty teacup. I love the black with the pretty pink rose on the inner cup. Thank you for visiting me. Have a lovely week!
    Karen

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  16. Hi Judith,
    I like you black teacup and the little honey pot. It's very cute. One spring I was out taking pics of a garden tea and I kept hearing this sound like flies, lots of them. I later looked up and realized some local honey bees had been swarming right over my head. LOL!
    Sherry

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  17. Hi Judith: I just love black tea cups. Your is exceptional. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Blessings, Martha

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  18. That's a gorgeous teacup and saucer. It's so strikingly coloured. I use honey in my tea, too, and we get ours unpasteurized from a farm in Alberta, when we go to visit relatives in the area. Honey apparently never spoils.

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  19. Judith,
    Your bee tea is lovely, especially your honeypot.

    Judith

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  20. What a lovely post, Judith.

    I too enjoy local honey in the rare instance I sweeten my tea - not too often, but certain fruity ones takes so much better just a touch sweeter.

    I am so excited spring is here and things are coming back to life. It sure was a long winter - though it was very cold and rainy all day today, hopefully it will clear up soon.

    My dear husband is putting in a mail box garden and has been itching to get it prepared - running into all sorts of big boulders and rocks and clay - slow going but will be great when done.

    Dang, I need to do a before pic or two, for blogging purposes, don't I?

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  21. The teacup is lovely and I think I'll have a little bee tea party here as well to encourage them to do their work in my pear tree and in the raspberry bushes!

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  22. How lovely your tea cup is. I do take honey in my morning green tea,it's lovely

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  23. Judith, that cup is stunning!!!! And thanks for reminding me...I need to take strawberries out of the freezer!!!...:)JP

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  24. We need to take care of the bees! They take care of us! Lovely teacup!

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  25. Oh Judith, what a extraordinary teacup! It's just gorgeous! I've not seen the 'Wetley Rose' pattern before, I love it! Sweet looking Tea, indeed!

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  26. Gibran, another favorite. The tea cup is beautiful.

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  27. Good morning, Judith. I enjoy seeing all your beautiful tea things, and I LOVE that Bee tablecloth weight!!

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  28. What a pretty black teacup! I like little surprises in teacups like the rosebud in the centre of the saucer. I used to always admire the teacups the adults used at my house when I was young. The cups with the flowers inside were my favourites :) I don't usually sweeten my tea, but when I do, I use honey rather than sugar. I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little stiff from raking winter debris this week! Wendy x

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  29. This is the first time I have seen a black tea cup! Lovely, and the fun way you used the weight! I love honey, and I am surprised that I don't have a honeypot, I will have to rememdy that. I don't use it often, but when I do I use this great honey from our local vineyard. Alan and I go each anniversary and pick up honey too.

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  30. Poor bees. An awful year thus far for finding anything. I do not use honey in my tea, though I think it a very sensible and healthful thing to do!

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  31. I've never seen a dark tea cup either. I thought of you when I posted mine this morning! Enjoy your day! Let's drink to a beautiful day! Hugs, Diane

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  32. What a pretty teacup Judith. I too, am looking forward to picking rhubarb. I must check on it tomorrow and see if it's up further. Not much sun here to grow it.

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  33. I'm liking your bee theme. What a pretty cup and saucer.

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  34. Hello Judith,
    That is a lovely Old Royal tea cup, so vintage in black!
    I love honey in everything. My body seems to be happier with honey than sugar.
    That is a sweet honey keeper.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  35. LOVE the beautiful black china tea set!!!

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  36. I think you are the only person ever that I've seen use that Kahlil piece...I love that - his entire book actually.

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  37. Hi Judith,

    What a 'BEEutifully' inspired tea for these cool spring days! Have never seen black teacups before; how dramatic and delightful!

    Hope we get some sunshine soon. Hoping to see at least some lilacs before I go!

    Have a lovely day!

    Poppy

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  38. A wonderful friend gave me a copy of The Prophet. I'll have to take it off the shelf and do a little more reading, as I enjoyed the passage you included in your post. Also, you've prompted me to head to the kitchen and put on the kettle! Your rhubarb dessert looks wonderful.

    Karen

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  39. My bees have been enjoying the early bulbs...lovely tea!

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  40. I love and appreciate bees so much! Gorgeous tea set and the Rhubarb coffee cake looks wonderful! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

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