A traditional time for tea on this hectic Tuesday

June 11, 2013

Some days are like that, don’t you think?

This morning C and I had to be out of the house first thing to drive across town for a Dr.s appointment. Then battle downtown traffic back and get C to her afternoon university class. Then work. Half way thru the afternoon C texted, “Oh my god I’m tired and still have an hour and half to go.”

Hmm, time for tea.

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I stopped by our favourite bakery to pick up some treats and made tea in my generous Sadler tea pot and we sat down at the kitchen table for a little girl time.

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The cup I chose for myself is this little coronation cup in the “official design” by the British Pottery Manufacturers Federation. I love the duck egg blue in the cameo.

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And for Chloe, this little golden princess cup by Paragon.

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I’ve had these two pressed glass domed plates for a few years now and love bringing them out as a special treat. I think they make everyone feel a little like Cindy-Lu Who with that strawberry, don’t you?


Thank goodness the sun has been shining lately and there are some spectacular flowers in the garden now. I know, I must be mad to try to grow roses in the Pacific Northwest, but I just love them. Actually, the climate here is very similar to Oxfordshire where I grow beautiful roses too. Hmm, maybe it’s me! 🙂

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This is the first full season for some of my roses and they are doing brilliantly. In this bunch are “Pat Austin, Julia Child, Climbing Blaze, a pink rambler, and that yellow cabbage rose is one I saved from the demolition at my late aunt’s house. It’s the most powerfully perfumed rose I’ve ever smelled and even one by my bedside can be a little overwhelming on still nights.


Well then, everything is better after cake and tea, isn’t it? It’s even better to try a little taste from all the cakes. OK, well, I suppose we should save one or two pieces for Robert or at least let him join us in the kitchen.

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Joining Teri at Artful Affirmations and really hoping I can join in for tea outside on the 25th, come on weather…cooperate! And Martha to wish her a big congratulations for little Noah the big graduate and happy milestone birthday to her sis, with Bernideen, who has the loveliest summer outdoor tea this week..what a treat, and missing Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage. Thinking about you girl. 🙂


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  • Reply Lavender Cottage June 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    You’re such a thoughtful mother Veronica to cheer your daughter up with tea and cake. I wish I lived closer to our daughters to have tea with them more often, even the granddaughters enjoy it too.
    Chloe has a beautiful smile.

    • Reply Veronica June 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Judith. Thank you so much. I think today the tea and cakes helped us both! I wish you were closer to your daughters too. As it is I’m 300km away from my middle child and hate it. Hope they move back to the city soon. 🙂

  • Reply Karen June 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Veronica,
    I think your daughter is as lovely as your tea time. Just gorgeous teapot and tea cups!! My daughter, Rachel, is 19 and would love to enjoy those lovely treats too! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful flowers with us!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Take care,

    • Reply Veronica June 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Hi Karen. That’s lovely, Chloe is 21 and I’m encouraging her to write her own blog. Maybe the girls can meet. 🙂 Wait…us first… 🙂

  • Reply Bernideen's Tea Time Blog June 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    You look so sweet – I love your bouquet. And one named for Julia Child – she would have been so honored to see it at your tea!
    thanks so much for sharing at Tea In The Garden!!!

    • Reply Veronica June 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you so much Bernideen. I’m hoping our sun will finally come out next week, and, as the floors are being replaced in the house, outside in the garden might be the only place to have tea for me. 🙂 Thank you so much for hosting. 🙂

  • Reply Martha June 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Veronica: Your daughter is so beautiful. I want you to know how much I appreciate you. I follow you by email and try to always comment on Tuesday. Your words are always encouraging to me. Thank you. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

    • Reply Veronica June 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Thank you Martha, you are just so sweet and loving. 🙂 I’m so glad we’re friends.

  • Reply Terri June 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Hello Veronica,
    What a lovely tea time you shared with your daughter. I know those hectic days, and driving here and there. Tea time is perfect to calm one down from a busy day. Your treats look delicious. Your daughter is very lovely. Your images of her are perfection! The quilted table cover looks beautiful underneath all your lovely glassware and china. And your roses….oh my! You must have a green thumb! They are just stunning.
    Thank you for the good wishes for better weather : )

    • Reply Veronica June 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Hi Teri, thank you so much for hosting this week. I love your Tuesday party so much and really look forward to it each week. 🙂

  • Reply Astrid June 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    What a wonderful treat! Looks like you had a lovely tea together, I’m sure it won’t be the last.

    • Reply Veronica June 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Astrid, I hope not, I love having tea with C. 🙂

  • Reply Ruthie Miller June 12, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Dear Veronica,
    You are a good mama!! What a lovely tea setting and great pick me up for Chloe and you too. Her smile says it all. Your dome dishes are so very pretty!!!! I love that you put the treat in there~it was like opening a gift to retrieve them.
    Pretty teapot, love the robin’s egg color too enhancing Elizabeth and I also appreciate the nice lighting with that lamp.
    Your roses are Magnificent!!! wow, wow, wow.
    Have a happy day, Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

    • Reply Veronica June 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Ruthie, thank you for popping by. I’m off to catch up with you and Lady B now. 🙂

  • Reply daryledelstein June 12, 2013 at 5:03 am

    what a beautiful young woman, C, is and what a great way to enjoy a pick-me-up

    • Reply Veronica June 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you Daryl. She is really lovely and has a lovely sweet disposition. I think, after my son, mother nature took pity on me and gave me my girls! 🙂

  • Reply Johanna June 12, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Hi Veronica,
    as expected you share a lovely tea time. And yes, everything is better after tea and cake. You have a wonderful quilt on the table. That makes a nice background for the elegant china. Your daughter looks so sweet and in a good mood. Thank you for sharing this precious moment. I hope you both will have many of them again.
    Best greetings, Johanna

    • Reply Veronica June 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Johanna, thank you very much for your lovely words. 🙂

  • Reply Michele/ Finch Rest June 12, 2013 at 6:49 am

    You have truly found the perfect tea time – just EXACTLY as it should be – with an exhausted loved one, lovely china, tea, desserts – the perfect respite and bridge to get one through the day.

    Well done, you nailed it perfectly – and made tea time special for her….and she will remember and continue the delightful time called Tea Time.

    Just lovely.

    • Reply Veronica June 12, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Michelle. Thank you so much for your lovely words. I’m off to check in with you now. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v June 13, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Veronica, you are a wonderful mom to have a tea party for your tired daughter. I adore that princess cup and your roses! Roses love the northwest. Florida, not so much…one of the things I miss. My mom grows great roses in northern CA. My trade off is that I can basically tie an orchid in a tree and it will be the happiest plant ever. Thank you for my lovely bday wishes. Cheers:-)

  • Reply vastlycurious.com June 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    What a wonderful post. ( I feel like forwarding it to my daughter) You have taught her how important social protocol is and how to stage a spectacular table, Just the fact that she posed for you has me envious!

    By the way..your table is just divine !! Etiquette rules still in my world!

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