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Our Oriental Express tea/lunch outside.

So, things are a bit challenging at the moment, and lunch and afternoon tea is usually consisting of a quick sandwich and a to-go mug. But today Chloe and I decided to actually take some time.

Also, it helps that the sun is shining. 🙂

Some of the china which is not packed away and in storage is this beautiful Real Old Willow by Booths and those are the tea cups C and I wanted to use today. I’m not sure what everyone thinks but I love how the little red Mason’s ironstone plate goes with practically every kind of china.

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Summer on the patio means we get to drag out our sun hats and this one is a new one for us. I found it in a flea market last Sunday. It reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and those 1950’s classics where everyone wore Chanel or Dior. Doesn’t C look like something out of Sabrina?

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Vancouver has some lovely idiosyncratic habits. One is that each evening a canon is fired over the harbour to denote 9pm. The boom echoes up the mountains and down again and is audible for miles and miles. Another is the first four notes of  “O Canada” are sounded at high noon. Just as I was taking our lunch out to the patio, O Canada played.

Our lunch is very simple but ever so delicious. Melted brie with pine nuts, artisan toasties (Green olive for C and rye for me) and grapes.

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Blue and white is such a classic, isn’t it? I’ve been learning a little about the hallmark stamps on the bottom of these Booths pieces and, while I only have a few, the earliest is the batch described as 1906-1921, but they all have the gold rim and not the brown. Fascinating to learn how long these bits of china have been around and remained unbroken.

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So now we will just finish our tea and head off to the beach for a swim and get away from the house and the floors.

And later on this afternoon I’ll come visit everyone. 🙂

Linking very quickly, (because the varnish fumes are getting to us) with Terri, and Martha, and Sandi, and Bernideen.

Comments: 12

  • July 2, 2013

    You have taken an opportunity and created a wonderful respite. The china is so gorgeous. It is very interesting the things you find along the way while researching a backstamp and porcelain company. I do enjoy it too : )
    Oh and I love your new hat! I really do! I would love to have one just like it. I never thought of adding hats to our outdoor tea, but now that you have shared about yours, I think “why of course!” I will keep an eye out for hats now, or maybe try to make some. I have always wanted to try. Thank you for the inspiration.
    I hope your floors are coming along.

  • July 2, 2013

    I love your tea theme – Oriental Express Tea- she looks darling in her hat and with the teacup. That would make a lovely wall picture. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope to get back in the garden tomorrow with a working camera and do my weekly photos!

  • July 2, 2013

    I like the floral centerpiece, too, because it brings out the brilliant blue of the china. I also love the hat. Wishing I had something similar 🙂

  • July 2, 2013

    Hi Veronica: It sounds like you are having a great day. I just love that china of yours. It looks so elegant as does your daughter in the hat. Wishing you a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  • July 2, 2013

    A pretty blue and white tea table Veronica, and your daughter looks quite at ease with a cup and saucer.

  • July 2, 2013

    quelle merveille ce service!
    j’ai le même chapeau en mauve ! c’est plus chic pour prendre le thé dehors!
    il pleut en France ce matin
    espérons que le soleil reviendra
    belle journée

  • July 3, 2013

    Good morning Veronica,
    I adore your blue and white Booths pieces; how gorgeous! The red looks right at home with the blue. That is the lovely thing about transferware. I love learning the history of china, I find it fascinating! Your C looks so cute in her hat! Thanks so much for joining me for tea and enjoy your day.


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