Monday, August 4, 2014

Joining Kindred Spirits for Tea

Welcome friends for tea this week. I've been absent from blogging as the gardens called to me when I returned from Ireland at the beginning of July. I've since found out I tore the meniscus in my right knee which has me hobbling around until it repairs with the help of physio. Then there was last week when we spent the time at a rented cottage and a tornado tore through Grand Bend. We were lucky there was no damage but all around us huge trees were uprooted and we were without power for two and a half days.
On a cheery note, I have met some of the nicest and thoughtful women through the weekly tea parties, all with a passion for tea and pretties.
I thought of Bernideen when I was in Ireland at a nursery and saw this painting on the side of a building.
Bernideen has a Beatrix Potter garden which contains lots of dainty Queen Anne's lace.
After enjoying hers for a couple of years I decided to add them to my butterfly garden and...
the seedhead 'birdcage' stage is as fascinating as when the flowers are in full bloom.
A tea friend recently sent me her new business card with a packet of Stash mango passionfruit herbal tea enclosed which I'm enjoying today on the back deck.
I'm using a bone china teacup called 'Rosina'.
Shortbread fingers from a Scottish bakery in Grand Bend where we vacationed.
A bouquet of white hydrangeas, pink roses and gerberas is from our oldest daughter.  The little table is set against the glass that surrounds the deck with a turquoise dinner napkin for a tablecloth and one of my vintage lacy cocktail napkins.
Thanks for visiting, I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Please join my hosts and their guests for tea.
I'm linking with:
Tea Time Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea in the Garden

32 comments:

  1. Hi Judith,
    What a pretty bouquet and the shortbread looks wonderful! Your Rosina teacup is gorgeous and it is such a beautiful colour! The tea sounds lovely too.
    That tornado sounds like it did some real damage. Glad no one was injured. I hate hearing about trees being uprooted.
    It's lovely to have you join me for tea once again. Hope your knee heals up quickly for you. Have a beautiful day, my friend.

    Blessings & hugs,
    Sandi

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  2. That reminds me of Bernideen, too! Perfectly Benideen. So you are influenced by bloggers and their flower choices. I am so happy that my garden is full. I am not scouting for anything new until next summer when I will not be planting tomatoes. I am so finished with them.

    Your tea table looks so beautiful. It instantly creates a desire for both tea and shortbread. I'm off for some tea at the very least. Probably something bracing as I missed my morning coffee.

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  3. Good Afternoon, Such a lovely tea, I love shortbread.. and your Rosina tea cup is just beautiful.. and I too love Bernideen's Queen Anne's Lace.. I would love to find some here but I'm sure San Francisco has it.. Have a wonderful day.. with love Janice

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  4. I enjoyed seeing your pics of Ireland and hope you heal up soon. Your tea looks wonderful and so does the Shortbread fingers.

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  5. What a lovely table and yummy looking shortbreads! The Queen Anne's lace is a favorite of mine and I love the "cage stage" so much...I also see it's pink... I've run across the pink before every now and then....it's so delicate! Hope the knee is feeling better and hope you post some pics of your trip to Ireland!

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  6. Goodness! You've had quite an adventure(s)! I love your Rosina teacup and it looks lovely on the turquoise dinner napkin (great idea to use it for a tablecloth). Your garden is beautiful. Happy Tea Day and take care!

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  7. Your flowers are beautiful! What a lovely trip to go to Ireland! The shortbread looks delicious!
    Sherry

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  8. You've had quite a bit of adventure in your life lately, Judith! I hope your knee heals quickly; you're about due for a nice relaxing cup of tea.

    Karen

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  9. Such a pretty table - cool in the shade of your garden.
    I hope your knee heals well - and soon!

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  10. That seed head is interesting it looks wonderful.
    merle........

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  11. I think I lost my comment? Anyway, this might be the second one you get. I do love the color of your teacup, and hope your knee feels better soon.

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear about the torn meniscus AND the bad weather! Mercy! So I think your idea of taking a quiet moment for tea and shortbread was particularly well-timed. I do hope you're feeling better soon!

    Oh, and I love that "birdcage" photo. I did not know that!

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  13. Oh Judith, it all looks so lovely. Sorry about your injury. Hope you recuperate quickly. Susan

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  14. Your Rosina teacup is very beautiful! I have torn the menisci in my knees multiple times, so I know how painful it is. The doctor explained to me that as we age they tend to snap like dry rubber bands. Eventually they heal and all will be fine! Hope you feel better soon!

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  15. I am so sorry about your knee! I hope it improves with time. And Queen Anne's lace grows throughout the empty lots nearby, so I regularly admire it's beauty.

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  16. I am fond of your Rosina teacup, especially for the beautiful violets inside. The picture of the 'birdcage' seedhead is just gorgeous. Enjoy your delicious cup of tea with shortbread.

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  17. Judith, your teacup is pretty and table is lovely! I love the bouquet and the Queen Anne's Lace. Enjoy your day!

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  18. Love the birdcage flower head......fascinating!

    Ruby

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  19. Oh Judith,
    I hope your therapy works wonders on your knee. You poor thing! Goodness, and then you had drama on your vacation with the weather. Hopefully life will be calmer now as you drink your tea from your beautiful Rosina teacup on your gorgeous deck view.
    Yes, the Beatrix Potter and Queen Anne's Lace would remind me of Bernideen, too.

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  20. So glad you are ok from the storm and hope your knee is feeling better soon! I love that pic you shared of Beatrix Potter. I am reading Susan Branch's book where she wrote in diary form about her crossing and trip through England, now I have to get to her cottage someday! Your tea sounds tasty and love the summer feel with turquoise linens. Take care.

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  21. The little blue tea cup is sp pretty. You have had a very busy summer. I understand how a garden can get out of control when left unattended. Your knee sounds very painful. Do you think it will heal on its own? Have a good week.

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  22. Life is never dull! Thanks for sharing a moment of tea with us.

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  23. What a perfect tea you have set out, Judith. Everything is so pretty - the colours are stunning.

    Did you enjoy that tea? I have never tasted a mango tea before, and I do love mangoes. May have to give it a try one of these days soon.

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  24. So sorry about your knee! I have done that as well, sometimes if feels like a nail is being driven into the side of my knee! I enjoyed my visit so much today. Your photos are wonderful, did you get a new camera? Beautiful teacup! And I'm glad you are taking up the Mosaic Monday meme!

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  25. Oh ouch - Judith, do take care of that knee. I am so sorry for this problem in your life. You were so sweet to mention me and I loved seeing the Beatrix Potter characters painted. Yes - I do love my Queen Anne's Lace! Your flowers look so beautiful! Your lovely Rosina cup and saucer is wonderful too!

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  26. Oh ouch - Judith, do take care of that knee. I am so sorry for this problem in your life. You were so sweet to mention me and I loved seeing the Beatrix Potter characters painted. Yes - I do love my Queen Anne's Lace! Your flowers look so beautiful! Your lovely Rosina cup and saucer is wonderful too!

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  27. Hello Judith, so sorry to hear about your knee. I hope the healing is going well.
    The Rosina tea cup is such a pretty shade of blue. Shortbread and tea are a perfect taste combination, I think. Beautiful tea party.

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  28. Judith, sorry to hear about your knee. I really enjoyed my visit today. Your pictures are lovely.

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  29. Oh my! So sorry to hear about your knee, and the scary weather you had while on vacation! Hope you are doing better and getting plenty of rest. Your teatime table is charming and the flowers are vibrant and pretty. Enjoy, Judith!

    Poppy

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  30. I adore Beatrix Potter and QAL which grows wild all around me. That tea cup is stunning in its color Judith. I hope you are back on your feet again soon.

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  31. Hi Judith! Sorry it took me so long to visit, I've been behind this week. Sorry also about your knee! I hope it mends quickly. Your bouquet is so pretty--what I nice gift from your daughter! I really like that lovely teacup and saucer. So much beautiful gold!

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  32. Your pink Queen Ann's lace is wonderful, Judith! Love 'Rosina' too and the shortbread looks delish. So sorry to hear about your knee injury. I had a torn meniscus in 2008 - after surgery and acupuncture, all was well with no residual problems. Good luck to you.
    Hugs, Beth

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