Monday, July 5, 2010

Tea and Hydrangeas

We had a wonderful and busy weekend.  So, as I was putting the house back in order today I saw this when I passed the window in the liviging room:

I actually prefer blue hydrangeas, but these are so bright and cheery on this overcast and gloomy day that I decided having a tea break in front of this window would be restful, and a great way to appreciate  the beauty and blessings I have all around me.

I know most people starch their linens so they are crisp, but I really like the soft feel of linen that has been well loved and well used.   I do iron it, but I don't starch very often.

The teapot is a one I've had for many, many years, and I think it's made by Hall;
the tablecloth and napkins are some vintage linen that I've had;
the flatware is some silverplate I've picked up over the years;
the cream and sugar are two pieces of silver I found at a thrift store and polished;
the cups are from my Syracuse Nimbus Platinum set, and;
the tray is from Lillian Vernon several months ago.

Thanks so much for visiting me today.  I am joining a few of the Tuesday tea party blogs that are out there.  I am sure I missed one or two, and certainly mean no offense to anyone.  Please make sure to visit these wonderful blog parties for some incredibly beautiful and inspiring settings.

Lady Katherine at Teatime Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday with Martha http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ and Teri http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/


  1. Hello and thank you for stopping by my blog. I am honoured that you would like to participate in my tea party! I have you all linked up. Your teascape is beautiful with your lovely hydrangeas outside the window and matching teapot! Linens are gorgeous and I love your silver cream and sugar too. Would love to sip tea with you in such a beautiful spot! I'm your newest follower! Wishing you a lovely day.


  2. Lovely post for Tuesday Tea! I too love vintage linens and forgo the starch..take care.


  3. It's a perfect place to have a cup of tea. Your hydrangeas are lovely; pink and green outside your window looks really pretty. The tea setting is so inviting. I like your linens.
    Have a wonderful day!

  4. Oh so beautiful......!

    Thanks for joining the Rooster Party and displaying the Rooster Button. I have you down for the drawing for the gift card.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Barb ♥

  5. The hydrangeas are lovely, Sue! Beautiful cream and sugar, lovely china, and that teapot is just gorgeous. Thanks for inviting me to tea today. See you again next week!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  6. your teaset is so pretty.. I love cream tones mixed with darker colors..


  7. Lovely view. I would love a place to sit, read, enjoy a cuppa, crochet... and just plain relax as lovely as that. I also like blue hydrangeas. Take care.

  8. Hi: What a beautiful table. I just love your Hull tea pot. I owned one once and it broke at a church function. I was so sad. Thank you so much for sharing your lovelies. Blessings, Martha

  9. Starch? What is that? LOL! I like the feel of fresh washed linen. Beautiful view. Love the tea pot and your platinum rimmed cups and saucers. Very nice.

  10. What a lovely setting with those beautiful hydrangeas and the pretty tea service. I love your vintage linens, too. I enjoyed you enjoying your blessings!

    Happy Tea Time Tuesday...


    Sheila :-)

  11. Hi :) Beautiful photos you have shown us...the tea setting is just perfect to be able to see your lovely Hydrangeas out the window. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful setting with us today!

    Happy Teacup Tuesday, warmest, Brenda

  12. A very pretty and clean looking tea. Those teacups are just so simple and elegant! I really like them!

  13. Hydrangeas are a huge favorite of mine as well and I must say that the elegant and sophisticated look of that cup with the lovely platinum bands caught my attention immediately. I do agree with you about linen also. I have a few table cloths from great grandma and it would be agony trying to get all the wrinkles out and starch it. So I love the soft and slightly crumpled look of natural linen ;)
    Tina xo

  14. Beautiful tablescape! Love that teapot and your linen!

  15. Sorry, me again. I forgot to mention how beautiful your hygrangeas are. I tried to grow them once, but it just wouldn't do for me. I think the weather here on O`ahu,where I live is not cold enough. They grow profusely on the island of Kauai, up in the Koke`e mountain area; it get quite cold there when the mist rolls in.

  16. Oh so pretty! Your tea table set up before the window looks stunning. I love your Nimbus tea cups and saucers. They look so elegant.

  17. I so agree with you-I am not a starcher! I love linen that looks used and loved and feels soft to touch.

    Your flowers are wonderful too-that colour is exquisite!

    Best wishes,

  18. Beautiful setting, especially with those pretty hydrangeas peeking in the window!

    Those tea cups are so elegant!


  19. Oh, beautiful. And as a hydrangea gal, I think they complete the beautiful picture.

    I'm with you on starch and linens...I like a softer look and feel as well.

    Have a lovely day,
    Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

  20. How lovely this tea setting is with the beautiful blooms looking out the window as a back drop!!


  21. At the moment I am enjoying my morning coffee looking at your lovely tea setting. Absolutely love Hydrangeas - the heat have taken mine! Hope you stop by, I have two giveaways this month!
    God Bless,

  22. What a nice tea setting with a view of those pretty hydrangeas. I have that Hall teapot too and love the color and built in infuser. The white and silver teacups are also lovely.

  23. Hi GrannieSue!
    What a beautiful view you have! And even better to enjoy it with a cup of tea served from your grand teapot!
    I have rarely seen teacups with the silver accents and love it! It goes so perfect with your silver service. I think I have something new to hunt for :-)
    Thanks for sharing today!!
    Lynn - teacupstitches

  24. You have the most perfect spot to have a 'spot of tea'. This would be a beautiful painting.
    The simplicity of the white teacups, the silver and the accent of the teapot is picture perfect.
    I am so glad you took the time to share this with our tea ladies. They are delighted.
    I an now a follower. Hope you join with us too!
    Have a wonderful week.

  25. Your tea setting is lovely and the view is just as pretty...love the hydrangeas!


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