Monday, July 14, 2014

Irish Afternoon Tea

May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.   An Irish Blessing
Welcome friends for tea this week. I brought a few things back from Ireland to use for afternoon tea, so make yourself comfortable and join me over a cuppa.
 As you know, Ireland is famous for green shamrocks and they were a ground cover at many places.
Fancy light standards featured them, and I had hoped to find some authentic Irish linen with shamrocks on too.  However, Belfast which was the linen capitol of the world now outsources to China for their souvenirs in the stores. I did find some authentic plain linen, but only a polyester with shamrocks.
At one of the National Trust Gardens, there was a basket of linens which were likely donated to help raise funds. The square table topper with the crocheted sides above caught my eye.
The tag that was attached, and the piece is in immaculate condition. The topper is on the kitchen table for tea today and we're having Irish afternoon tea...
along with shamrock shortbread biscuits. 
Connemara is well known for the marble found in the Beanna Beola mountain range and beautiful necklaces and earrings are made with it. Now my linen has a shamrock on it!
Of course Belleek Pottery is an item to collect and although I considered a small teapot, instead settled on an Irish blessing door which was easier to transport in a suitcase.
I picked a small bouquet of chartreuse lady's mantle flowers that are perfect for an Irish themed tea.
I've set out my husband's grandmother's teacups for us, I use them every St. Patrick's Day but was happy to have another occasion to use them.  She came from a village just south of Belfast.
I'll leave you with the photo of a mug I saw in a store.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll stop by my hosts and their guests for tea.
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42 comments:

  1. Hi Judith,
    What a wonderful tea time celebrating Ireland and her treasures! I love the teacups! Your Irish tea sounds delicious and your shamrock pendant is lovely! Gorgeous table topper too. A perfectly lovely tea and thank you for sharing it with us and joining me for tea. Enjoy your Summer, my friend.

    Blessings and hugs,
    Sandi

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  2. Wonderful souvenirs! It is sad how difficult it is to find country made things nowadays. LOVE the linen and Belleek! Lovely photos too! Tea sounds wonderful! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! PS sent you an email....
    Ruth

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  3. Judith, what wonderful treasures you brought back with you. I especially love the linen.

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  4. Love your Irish tea time! Such fun treasures and special treats!

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  5. I enjoyed your pictures and your Irish Themed Tea Table. Lovely.

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  6. Oh Judith, I wish I could join you for tea today and we could discuss Ireland together. I love your table topper, but how sad that they outsource to China nowadays.
    I enjoyed your previous post on some of the gardens, too.
    Happy tea day.

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing your souvenirs with us. Hubby just asked me the other day if Chinese tourists are disappointed, because all of the souvenirs are made in China? The green marble is lovely in large pieces in buildings, and now you have some of your very own!

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  8. I, too, love that linen. I guess the vintage things will become more and more precious as goods are being outsourced. I love the idea of drinking tea when you are facing a conundrum! You made a very pretty setting there Judith.

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  9. I just had to join you for your Irish tea today, Judith. The linens are beautiful but what a shame they don't make actual Irish linen there anymore. The teacups are beautiful.

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  10. Judith,
    Love the live ground cover shamrocks. It is a crying shame that souvenirs have been outsourced to China.

    Recently I bought a jug from ebay that was advertised using an English china pattern's name and maker. When I received the jug, I immediately realized this was a 'knock-off,' probably made in China, not in England by the original china company. It is pretty, but the pattern is 'vague/hazy,' nothing comparable to the real thing made in England.

    Judith

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  11. These Shamrock biscuits look delicious and it is so nice to have a cup of Irish Afternoon tea, thank you for joining.

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  12. You're bringing back memories of my one trip to Ireland, Judith. I'm going to catch up on your other Irish posts now.

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  13. On my second visi to England, I was in the yarn shop at Hampton Court where I asked about lace. The kind lady told me that lace was now being made in China. Talk about disappointed. Shopping thrift stores and antique markets perhaps lend results. None the less, you can still find pretty things as you did.

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  14. What a beautiful table topper! Total score. The "bay hay"? May have to look it up.

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  15. Love your Irish tea! I went to Ireland 27 years ago to have a pint in my first pub on my 21st bday. Connemara was beatiful, I brought back a rosary bracelet made of the marble. Your linens are so elegant,and wish I had a cookie here now!

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  16. Ahhhh, beautiful! Love the Irish linens and the shamrock teacups! I bet those shortbread shamrocks are delicious- please have one for me!

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  17. Oh Judith...what lovely photos. I love the shamrock plant and that Irish lace is beyond gorgeous. If I was to go out of the country, Ireland would be my first choice! You always set such a pretty table for your tea parties!

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  18. What a beautiful tea, Judith!

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  19. Hi Judith,
    I just love your tea time today! Those teacups are absolutely gorgeous and how perfect when setting an Irish table. Such pretty sayings on the plaque and mug too. I wish I could see that border of shamrocks in Ireland ~ so lovely. Your memories of your travels must be such happy ones. Thank you for visiting me! Happy Summer! Karen

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  20. I love your setting for tea today, Judith. You seem to have everything to make this a tea fit for an Irish afternoon.
    Debbie
    xo

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  21. Reminds me of Ireland...I loved seeing the marble mines and shops and that antique linen is wonderful...too bad they outsource most of it to China. I miss the shortbread from Ireland.

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  22. What a lovely table here and this special Irish setting. You have really gotten some treasures. I am so glad! I so enjoyed your sharing.

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  23. What a lovely Irish tea, especially those heirloom teacups. The table topper you found is so delicate and pretty! That's a shame you didn't find one with shamrocks, but your shamrock necklace is very pretty and definitely counts. I hope you have a great week :)

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  24. What a lovely Irish tea, especially those heirloom teacups. The table topper you found is so delicate and pretty! That's a shame you didn't find one with shamrocks, but your shamrock necklace is very pretty and definitely counts. I hope you have a great week :)

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  25. Judith: All your new treasures are so beautiful. I am glad you had a great time. Blessings, Martha

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  26. Judith, what a sweet and special Tea Time! I just love your treasures, those linens are jst gorgeous and of course, I'm crazy about your teacups! Beautiful post.
    Nancy

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  27. I just love tea.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

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  28. The vintage linen you got is outstanding! Such a pretty table set featuring Ireland. I do have one piece of Belleek pottery and cherish it greatly.

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  29. A lovely tea Judith it's been so long since I have been able to visit.. I love the linens they look so wonderful and I have a bit Irish in me so I appreciate your post thank you for sharing.. with love Janice

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  30. A wonderful Irish Tea setting! That pendant is really pretty.

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  31. What a lovely tea celebrating your vacation! Love all your treasures you brought home and how wonderful to use your special teacups!
    Nancy

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  32. What lovely souvenirs! (Oh, if only teapots were foldable and unbreakable, wouldn't we be bringing home more of them!) Did not know about the marble, so I loved seeing your shamrock necklace against the background of all that gorgeous (and intricate!) pulled thread work. Tried to do that myself once but I cut too many threads and gave up!

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  33. O, I love these.
    A friend of mine went to Ireland a few yrs ago and brought a ceramic shamrock back to me. I love it. :)

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  34. I thought I already followed your blog, but it appears not officially, now rectified this error. I have enjoyed your Irish posts very much.

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  35. Love your Beeleek! Love the linens too. I had brought back some napkins that had lace around the edges when I visited Ireland in 2001. They were beautiful, but required a lot of ironing so I passed them along to someone else. The cookies are cute. Connemara - I think there is a breed of horse by that name. Wonder if it is from Ireland? I enjoyed your Irish tea, and truth be told, I truly enjoy Irish (as well as English) breakfast tea.
    Hugs, Beth

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  36. What a wonderful Irish tea post, Judith! I know what you mean about finding true handmade linens in Belfast--it seems that art form has sadly been lost in present times. You were fortunate to find such a wonderful vintage piece in beautiful condition! Did your Mother-in-law come from Downpatrick? I visited that area on a trip to Belfast a few years ago.

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  37. I have a lot of catching up do to reading about your tour of Ireland, Judith. My oh my how wonderful.

    I enjoyed your lovely tea and your new linens.

    When I was in Connemara my father bought me my Claddaugh ring, which green C marble in the heart part.

    I wear it every single day. ♣

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  38. What a special find, the linen table topper you bought is exquisite and I had to laugh as you placed a shamrock jewel on it and declared that now you had a shamrock on your linen !

    All the Beeleek is lovely, especially the teacups. This post made me hungry for shortbread too.

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  39. Beautiful.... Love the cup. :)

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  40. Dear Judith,
    waht a lot of wonderful posts I missed. This Irish Tea Time is so marvellous. I love each item. And your garden portraits are so interesting, too. I really enjoyed my visit.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  41. Tea and shortbread - it just doesn't get much better!

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