Monday, June 7, 2010
Tea, Chocolate, and Roses
Welcome Tea Friends! I apologize for my absence, but it's been a whirlwind of activity here at the Lace and Ivy Cottage ever since we got back from my son's graduation in Dallas. I had four science fair projects due, our son came back for a short two week visit before he starts working back in Dallas, our other son came home after completing his first year at the university, and we're finally wrapping up the school year with the younger children. I haven't had an opportunity to wind down with a cup of tea in weeks! So, I'm so glad you stopped by today for a visit.
Let's step out to the sunroom on this sunny day in California and where I have tea set out for us.
I don't have any scones today, but I do have chocolate! What do you get when you add chocolate and roses to a simple cup of tea? Tranquili-tea!
Today's teacup is a thrift shop find. It's by Noritake.
The dessert plates and cake stand were a gift from a very thoughtful aunt.
This pretty tea pot was gifted to me by my cousin's MIL. She knew I loved tea, so she passed this on to me.
Before we end our visit, I'll leave you with an interesting piece of Tea Trivia:
What is the orange in Orange Pekoe? The Dutch royal family, the House of Orange, received this fine China tea from early Dutch traders. The name has nothing to do with the flavor or color of the tea, it was like stamping a seal of royal distinction on the exotic, new beverage.
Now you know!
Till next time,
I'm linking with our lovely tea hostesses at
Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
The Plumed Pen
Rose Chintz Cottage and Inspiration