Tea with Aunt Anne

I suppose my love of tea and teatime is inherited.  We often credit our upbringing with many of our habits and ways and in this regard, tea was a favorite pastime of my grandmother and her two daughters, my mother and my Aunt Anne.

Sadly, I cannot share tea with mom or grandma anymore, but I do get the pleasure of Aunt Anne’s company for tea on occasion.  Shall I take you with me this time?  Yes!  Do come!

Entering a humble dining room that has seen its share of family celebrations, a love of teatime is immediately conveyed through displayed collections and tea trinkets heralding a delightful repast is presently upon us!

I notice the fresh flowers first, at the center of a charming table setting!

The table is laid today with a sweet set of china given by a friend – an English set with delicate rose pattern and green trim.

My favorite part of it is seeing the pattern carried out inside the cup as well as on the outside!  What elegance!

A rose patterned teapot – not part of the set, but a nice match nonetheless – is at the ready with creamer and sugar prepared withall.

The tiered serving dish holds an assortment of tea sandwiches – I can’t get my fill of the egg salad sandwich!  Aunt Anne must have a secret ingredient!  And, of course, a bowl of fresh scones with four elegant jams are tempting and delicious!

Awaiting the seating of all the guests, I notice appropriate reading material displayed . . .

And, soon, both my cousins, Carol and Debbie, have arrived.  Aunt Anne sits us around the table, with Uncle Martin at the head.  He enjoys a lovely tea, too – especially with family!

Conversation ensues covering all the latest of who’s been up to what, and discussion about some of Aunt’s paintings from her art class.  My favorite is this one where she has captured a sunny summer day through the simple lines of an old chair and straw hat.

Speaking of hats – I wouldn’t miss a visit with Aunt Anne without trying on my favorite of her hat collection – this lovely green felted bit with pheasant feathers circa 1940’s!

I love the fit and shaping of this vintage gem.  Just had to take it out in the yard for a still life shot in the front garden.

After tea, we retire to the secluded backyard and enjoy a breeze.  I stop by to greet the goldfish in the pond . . .

. . . and can’t pass by this magnificent rose without capturing it to share with all of you in Blogworld at teatime!

Such a lovely time, taking a break for tea, with those who share a collective memory of good times and loved ones.  Bless you, Aunt Anne, for a perfectly splendid tea!

Sharing my Tea with Aunt Anne this week with:
Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Wanda Lee’s Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen
Wanda Lee’s Tea Pots & Tea Things Tuesday at The Silken Purse
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Martha at Martha’s Favorites
Trish at Lily-Rose Cottage on Lace Wednesday
 

Comments

  1. Hello kathy,
    what a wonderful tea party. I hope your cousins enjoyed it as much as I did. Thank you for sharing your romantic tresures. The green tea cup is so beautiful.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  2. Lovely story and photos.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. Oh, such a lovely tea. It was pleasure sharing this quiet moment – this respite from *real life*!

    Aunt Anne is quite a painter! I really liked her painting – it was peaceful and pretty – my two favorite “P’s” :)

    And I’ve only got one word for that hat – JAUNTY!

    GOD BLESS!

  4. Beautiful post – love your Grafton tea cup!
    Blessings, Beth

  5. What a lovely tea — that painting reminds me of one my talented artist brother did for his wife! Everything so is so pretty —

  6. wonderful tea party

  7. Lovely! My tea memories surround my English grandmother…I still have her teapot and teacups and they are as precious as the memories! Thanks for sharing yours!
    Ruth

  8. Oh so lovely…..each picture is a true delight!

    Happy Tea Time,
    Barb ♥

  9. What wonderful memories you continue to make .. and how wonderful that your cousins and uncle join in the fun. many Blessings and thank you for sharing tea with us… Happy Tuesday Tea..xo HHL

  10. Let me know when you are serving tea again, I would love to be there and I promise I won’t be late. I even have a wonderful hat.

  11. Hi Kathy,
    Thankyou for a LOVELY TEA!! I am glad I was invited too! ;-D
    The green tea cup is so pretty!
    Blessings, Linnie

  12. Hi Kathryn
    Don’t you just love tea with family? Your aunt knows how to throw a great tea party. The hat is similar to one my friend who is 91 has, green with feathers and I always think of Robin Hood when I see her with it on. :-)
    Thanks for sharing your visit.
    Judith

  13. Hello Miss Kathy~
    Oh, how nice…teatime with family! I was delighted to hear your Uncle joined you~ The Grafton cup is pretty, and sitting outside for a bit near the goldfish pond sounds like the perfect ending to the day. Happy August, friend!
    shawn

  14. This makes me want to set up a lovely tea! I just got some from a blogger friend, and I want to make it all just perfect to go with it.

    I also LOVED your post below. I had missed it. I have tried to leave a comment, and I hope it shows up. I’m having computer problems for some reason this morning.

  15. Good morning Miss Kathy,
    What a splendid tea you enjoyed with your Aunt Anne! I too enjoy egg salad sandwiches; my favourite, as well as cucumber. She is quite the artist and I love the green hat! Being a hat person myself, I always enjoy seeing hats in art! Love the teacup and teapot; so pretty! Thank you for sharing your charming tea with us at Tea Time and enjoy your day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  16. Kathy, what a lovely post and tribute to your Aunt and your family. Such wonderful memories made at tea. Happy Tea Day!

  17. Hello Kathryn!

    How inviting everything looks. Thank you for bringing us along. How wonderful that you are able to share tea time with your Aunt Anne…sharing memories and making new ones.

    Enjoy a peaceful day,
    Marianne

  18. HOw lovely it is for you to share the love of tea with your family – the teacup is truly beautiful! Love the reading material made available and that hat has a lot of character! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

  19. How wonderful that you get to spend such a wonderful afternoon with your Auntie. It must be like talking in part to your Grand. I miss mine terribly.

    Enjoy the time together!

    Leann

  20. I think that your Aunt should DEFINITELY paint the still life… hat on bench! Beautiful.

    Blessings, Debbie

  21. I’m a tea lover too! I drink hot tea everyday, several times a day in fact. I also collect china tea cups and silver tea service sets! I’m going to check out some of the links you have here! Have a terrific day!

  22. Dear Kathyrn, what a lovely site you have! I’m so happy to have found it. (Came to visit from Colonial Quills.) I love tea time and have a sweet little collection of tea things of my own. My grandmother got me started on tea as well, though we sipped our tea in plain white glass cups, it is still a special memory I have. She had a beautiful collection, as did my great aunt, and I inherited some from each of them, but have not hesitated to enjoy drinking from them.

  23. Kathy, it sounds like you had a perfect family tea gathering!
    Your aunt is obviously a very gracious lady who loves beauty.
    The photos reveal a lovely home and caring heart!
    Thanks for sharing your special time with her for LACE today.
    Such an enjoyable post :-)
    blessings..Trish

  24. Hi Kathy,
    Thank you for taking me to tea with your family. It was delightful! Your photo of that perfect rose is amazing.I love your Aunt’s painting…….
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  25. Hello Kathy,
    Your tea time with your Aunt and family sounds so lovely. Your Royal Grafton cup and saucer are gorgeous! Love that green! You have an amazing Aunt!
    Hugs,
    Terri

  26. Hi Kathy: It is always a pleasure to visit your blog. I always know I will see something amazing. I love your Royal Grafton cup it is stunning. Thank you for always giving us a treat each week. Blessings, Martha

  27. Thank you for the walk down memory lane. It was delightful. It bought back wonderful memories of times spent with my Aunty Betty. God bless you. Suzzie.

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