Tea cup Tuesday with a friend

November 18, 2013

Here is a treat for C and me, we had my friend Diane drop in for tea with us and, because she’s a reader of my blog, she kindly agreed to having my camera in her face for a while and I photographed our lovely elevensies for tea cup Tuesday.

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So since I declared it winter yesterday, I wanted to bring out some of the wintery cups and chose these little cups for today. They are made in the former USSR and have that mark plus the county Vladivostok printed on the bottom. Interesting.

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Here’s Diane holding one of the cups. I’m not even sure where these came from, but am fascinated by the rich history of tea in Russia.

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Water for tea was boiled in samovars all the long winter and people would gather around it to make their tea. I think I’d love to have one of the old kettles and turn it into a modern day use for my morning tea.

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I guess no mater where home is the temptation to gather in the kitchen on winters is the same. Speaking of temptation, suddenly there was a big white paw reached up and over the edge of the table. And then that was it. Morgan decided she was missing out on the tea and conversation and jumped into C’s lap.

And made herself at home. 🙂

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Diane asked me about my smuggled San Franciscan jade plant, and I was happy to report it’s sending out some lovely roots and doing extremely well.

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So we chatted and drank our tea…

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And had some yummy sweeties.

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But before you know it, two hours had gone by and it was time for Diane to get on with her day. It was lovely catching up after a few months and finding out what’s new with my friend. Now we’re determined to get together more often. 🙂

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Sharing with Terri and Martha and Sandi and Bernideen and Kathy, and looking forward to catching up with all my tea time friends.

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  • Reply Sanghamitra November 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    What a beautiful post!
    Love those fall colors…gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

      On my way to check out your blog Sanghamitra. 🙂

  • Reply rarasaur November 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    It all looks so beautiful! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 7:57 am


  • Reply Michelle Liew November 19, 2013 at 4:31 am

    A cup of tea always sits well with me. Glad to share one with you now!

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Me too Michelle, thank you so much for stopping by. 🙂

  • Reply Nicola November 19, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Lovely piccies and sounds sooo relaxing! Guess it’s something we should do sometimes!

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Hi Nicola, thank you so much. Tea is definitely something everyone should do! 🙂

  • Reply The Great Gordino November 19, 2013 at 4:59 am

    I love blog posts like these, because they’re real blog posts! Back before social media, this was nearly all there was to share things like this, and even in the manic social media world, there is something more relaxing about doing it this way – or maybe that’s the tea!
    I enjoyed it!

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

      Hi Gordon, I’m so glad you did. 🙂 Mainly I’m pretty naff at talking about anything deep…like politics or sports…lol, so I suppose you’re stuck with this drivel here. 🙂

  • Reply Sandi November 19, 2013 at 5:33 am

    How lovely to have tea with a blogger friend! I love your wintery cups and plates. Pinecones are so pretty and with their little bit of gilt makes them perfect for company. Thank you for sharing at Tea Time and have a beautiful day.


    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 7:54 am

      Hi Sandi, I was trying to remember where I even got those cups but have no idea. Suddenly I’ve been finding a lot of “made in the USSR” cups. 🙂

  • Reply Christie November 19, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Such beautiful cups! And, one smart kitty!

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 7:53 am

      Hi Christie, that darn cat is always in the thick of everything. 🙂

  • Reply Bernideen's Tea Time Blog November 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

    What lovely pine cone tea cups. I have never seen these and they will be fun all winter! A sweet time here with tea and lovely vignette!

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 7:52 am

      Hi Bernideen, I finally have some time today to catch up. Can’t wait to get back to your blog. 🙂

  • Reply Daryl November 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

    i just love that you have tea cups for every season .. i love it

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 7:52 am

      Me too!!! I’ve got to stop buying the things though…or at least find some tea cup exchange or something. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v November 19, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Gorgeous tea cups and wow! Does C have a brilliant smile 🙂 I feel all warm and toasty inside, now that I’ve shared tea with you all–thank you 🙂

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 5:22 am

      Thank you Sara. 🙂 It’s funny you know, C had braces to have that smile and it cost me about $14,000 over the four years, but each time she does something which potentially endangers her smile, like playing field hockey, Robert says, “that smile cost me $50,000!”. Next time it’s $65,000 and so on. It’s become the family joke to keep up with the escalating price…lol.

  • Reply Ruth W. November 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I love the pinecone pattern! So pretty! And so nice that Morgan is so friendly. My Tinker totally disappears if anyone visitis.

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 5:19 am

      I know what you mean Ruth, I’ve got one like that too…Milo. He’s never around if anyone else is. Sometimes I worry about him being so timid, but then he beats up the neighbourhood aggressive orange cat something rotten, so he’s no baby. But I wish he would be less timid around people. That’s what you gets with rescue cats I suppose, you never knows what they had to go thru before they came home. 🙂

  • Reply Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow November 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    LOL I was taking it all seriously until the cat, and since I have a cat I just started laughing at that point. Fun post ! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 5:16 am

      Hi Deb, it’s just near impossible to take anything with Morgan in it seriously. It’s those huge, white, boxing glove paws and the sea anemone whiskers! 😀

  • Reply Martha November 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Your daughter get more beautiful every day. Beautiful cups today. Just want you to know I have been praying for you. Sending hugs your way. Martha

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 5:14 am

      Martha, you are the sweetest friend. Thank you so much. Big hugs right back 🙂

  • Reply Pam November 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    What a beautiful set of pinecone cups and saucers plus plate. A Russian samovar was an antique of one of my mother’s friends that fascinated me when I was young. Your tea treats were a delicious offering for your friends. Have a great week!


    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 5:14 am

      Hi Pam, did you see the samovar working? That would be something. That’s it, now I need to find one of those old Victorian ones and make it function like a modern day tea kettle. It’s got to be possible. 🙂

  • Reply Lavender Cottage November 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I enjoyed hearing about your relaxing tea and catching up with your friend. The pine cone china is pretty and the treats look yummy.

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 5:12 am

      Hi Judith, it is a pretty thing, isn’t it? I think I like the winter decorated cups the best. There’s something about the cold and tea. 🙂

  • Reply Rose November 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog…enjoyed this post. I wish my best friend lived close enough to come to tea!

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 5:10 am

      Hi Rose, thank you so much. I wish best friends lived right next door too. But don’t you love it when you can pick up right where you left off when you get back together? Bets friends are like that. 🙂

  • Reply GardenOfDaisies November 20, 2013 at 11:13 am

    What pretty pinecone china! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Russian teacup before, so this is very special. As is the opportunity to get together with friends. And your kitty cat is adorable!

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Hello Gayle, Thank you very much. She can be the sweetest kitty in the world…when she feels like it. 🙂 I’m so glad you left your addy because now I can come see you. 🙂

  • Reply vastlycurious.com November 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    A lovely Tea party girls !

    • Reply Veronica November 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      Me too. If you were here you’d so be invited. 🙂

      • Reply vastlycurious.com November 20, 2013 at 6:35 pm

        I am like a bull in a china shop but I would love to hold those wonderful china cups with you all : )

  • Reply dawnsrays November 21, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Im just going to gush and tell you how beautiful your daughter is –just a knock out–not to be out done by your foxy cat, too Happy Tea!!

  • Reply Rita McGregor November 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Wouldn’t every day be better with a two hour tea time afternoon break. Nice! Very pretty cups. Never have seen any like that. 🙂

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