Tea cup Tuesday garden party between the rain!

June 18, 2013

Terri has been preparing for a garden tea party to be held on the 25th for weeks now. I so want to join in with all the lovely gals I’m getting to know and love, and today, there really was no choice with the house in the middle of renos. It was either outside or Sbux because of the workmen who are here form dawn to dusk, and…well…packed up everything. Β And also today the weather has been its usual Vancouver 3 seconds from sunshine to rain affair that we had to wait till proper tea time to have tea. But I’m so exited to show you my new little cups and this found garden in glorious full riot of poppies.


I found this garden in Steveston about a week ago when C, R and I went for a walk at the river. But for today, C and I had tea under our own saved apple tree, which, thanks to C’s prayer flags and my crystal leaf wreath, has come back from the brink of death when I bought it with the house two years ago, to actually set fruit this year! We’re so proud of you apple tree!

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The little tea cups I bought are Alfred Meakin. I found them at the vintage and antique mall last time I was in the country. I absolutely fell head over heels in love with the poppies, sunshine and sweet little bird and then, when I got them home, I realised I already had some other pieces with this pattern. (I’m so painting myself a little painting with a white picket fence, poppies and sunshine! Oh yes!)

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We had some of the first strawberries from my garden…boy those strawberries are so yummy, so different from store bought. Look at the little surprise on the plate when the cup is lifted. I love this little hidden bird. The plates holding our two-bite brownies and fruit are Royal Radfords by Fenton. I found them at the same antique mall as the tea cups and loved the way they compliment each other. Don’t you love mix and match? Martha Stewart should be given a medal for that one!


It is so lovely to have late afternoon tea in the garden while dreaming of the found garden and all those poppies. I think I might just have to accidentally empty about 17 packets of red poppy seeds in the garden next spring! πŸ™‚

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Just a few more glorious photos of those poppies. Do you love it as much as I do?
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Sharing with Terri from Artful Affirmations and thinking I love those two little pups of yours! Some days I feel so between dogs it’s not even funny, (I miss my malamutes), With Martha and thinking that’s one lucky girl to have so many wonderful fathers…and possibly…future fathers to be in her family, with SandiΒ Β (Yay, so glad you’re back!) and wishing I still had bleeding hearts in the garden, (you lucky girl!) Mine is my grandfather’s plant and every time it blooms it reminds me of him, and with Bernideen and running out first thing tomorrow to get some strawberry tea! Strawberry tea…Oh Yum! πŸ™‚

Three days of the new floor progress
This is the "Enough disaster and complaints post", (AKA My name's not Alanis), lets talk roses instead.

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  • Reply Terri June 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Hello Veronica,
    Your post is totally lovely. I enjoyed your photos very much. The poppies are stunning! What artistry! And back to your tea set…oh my! Meakin joy! No wonder you fell head over heels, I would have too! What a sweet vintage pattern! Lucky girl : )
    Your outdoor tea is out of a dream! So romantic! Thank you so much for sharing so much beauty and joy with us!

    • Reply Veronica June 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      Aw Terri, thank you so much. I hope the sun finally comes out next week. I’m in Alberta for a few days and then back on Monday evening, so looking forward to tea in the garden when I return. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Martha June 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Veronica: I love how you blog. It is as if you are talking to us personally. It is a gift I wish I had. I have been praying for you about what is going on at home. Hope things are better. Blessings, Martha

    • Reply Veronica June 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Martha, thank you so much. Every time you tell me you’re thinking of me it puts me at ease. It’s so comforting to know that I have special friends who care so thank you very much. I really value having you in my life. πŸ™‚

  • Reply KathyB. June 18, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I truly can see why you love the teacups. So do I ! The little hidden bird is precious.

    Home-grown strawberries are one of life’s’ sweet blessings, so you are blessed.

    • Reply Veronica June 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Kathy. I think you’re absolutely right. I’ve been so rushed here with the noise and floors and work that I haven’t been able to pop over but I’ll do that right now. πŸ™‚ You are important to me and I care. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sophie June 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Magnifiques tous ces coquelicots !
    j’aime ces fleurs que Monet a su si bien peindre!
    quelle jolie tasse : un vrai dΓ©lice le thΓ© au jardin

    • Reply Veronica June 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Bonjour Sophie, I love the flowers of Monet too! Oh no, now I want to paint an impressionist painting of these poppies!!! πŸ™‚
      bises sweetie. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sandi June 19, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Good morning Veronica,
    What beautiful photos of the found garden filled with those glorious poppies! Your china is so perfect with them. I love that sweet little birdie surprise on the saucer! Fresh berries, yum! We are nearing berry season here on the Island and I can’t wait. To have an apple tree in one’s yard would be a gift! I was hoping to find an apple tree so I could take some photos and do a tea post around them but then I had my little accident. πŸ™ Oh well, there’s always next year. I so enjoyed my visit with you and I know what you mean about weather out there. Thanks for coming to tea. Happy Summer!

    • Reply Veronica June 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Happy summer Sandi and thank you so much for hosting. I’m so glad you’re back because I missed you. I’d like to get my act together enough to link up with your Wed posts too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Bernideen's Tea Time Blog June 19, 2013 at 4:22 am

    What glorious poppies! Love your tea vignette and all your pretties! So glad you shared at Tea In The Garden!!!

    • Reply Veronica June 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Bernideen. There’s something about poppies, isn’t there? Something magical and red and medicinal and harmful, they are the flowers of fantasy I think. No wonder we love them. Thank you so much for hosting. Tuesday tea has become a bit of a ritual round here. πŸ™‚

  • Reply iris June 20, 2013 at 1:02 am

    c’est absolument magnifique
    les coquelicots si fragiles
    une dΓ©co jusque sur les tasses Γ  thΓ©
    ps: j’ai mis une nouvelle fonction sur mon blog , dans le bas de la page centrale
    tu inscrit ton blog , avec une photo de ton choix , et hop une petite vignette s’installe
    cela fait un petit plus pour de futur visite
    toute ma tendresse
    et profite bien du plein air , ce qui n’est pas le cas chez nous

    • Reply Veronica June 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

      Bonjour Edith, I’m excited top be able to link to your lovely blog in the future. Here it is raining again so probably just like where you are. Bises. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Daryl June 20, 2013 at 6:10 am

    oh i love those teacups .. i am very partial to orange this summer … and hot pink .. i adore them together … these photos are charming and so relaxing i may sit here and just stare for a while …

    • Reply Veronica June 20, 2013 at 8:59 am

      Hi Daryl. Thank you so much. The truth is I didn’t want to leave that little poppy garden at all. It was so lovely and tranquil.

  • Reply Patricia A. McGoldrick June 20, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Beautiful! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica June 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Hi Patricia, thank you so much for your visit. I’m so glad you left your addy because now I can come visit you. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Patricia A. McGoldrick June 20, 2013 at 7:35 am

    China teacups are so precious!

  • Reply vastlycurious.com June 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Your post evoke all senses! Really nice!

  • Reply Johanna June 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Hi veronica,
    Sorry for being late for Tea Time. You shared a wonderful tea setting with this vibrant poppie design. The china is beautiful, the flowers are gorgeous and strawberries are perfect to that. I saw on your blog the difficuties with the flood. Isn’t life hard? On one moment you have this beautiful tea time and next moment the flood is coming. I hope your house will not be under water. With the fresh floor it would be such a desaster. Its so scaring. We had some areas in Germany which have to deal with flood at the momnent. I am lucky, that I do not life in that areas now.
    Best greetings and best wishes,

    • Reply Veronica June 23, 2013 at 5:29 am

      Hi Johanna. It’s been crazy here, but the people are so brave and lovely. Thank you so much for taking the time to check back with me. Much love to you and I hope Germany stays safe. πŸ™‚

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