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Canada Day Tea Party

Sunday, July 01, 2012

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I decided today's lunch was going to be a tea party. I've been asking Questions Of The Day about tea parties... and I launched my plan right after breakfast.

I put a clean tablecloth on my kitchen table and took away a month of piled up papers. Wow, did that look clean and tidy.

Next, I made one salmon sandwich, one chopped egg, and one cream cheese and asparagus rolled sandwich. I spread one slice with spinach dip for a 1/2 'sammy'.
Some of the sandwiches had their crusts cut off and others didn't.

Little candy dishes I own were filled with carrot slices, another with baby dills, a third had Tiny Tim tomatoes. My touch of luxury was the plate with cucumber slices... as my partner won't touch the stuff.

I asked my walking partner to come over for lunch after we finished walking. She initially said, "No", and not to bother with her. (Ha, Ha... like that would turn me off.)
My continually entreaties wore her down until she decides a light lunch at my place was better than an afternoon of being lonely.

I had two teapots at the ready: one was a cherry and almond flavored tea and the second was a mix of citrus and cinnamon. The tea was very weak and wouldn't have turned off a not-too-enthusiastic tea drinker. (Like my friend.)

There were only three of us, but we had a lovely little repast and some friendly chatter about nothing in particular.

For "afters", I had baked some strawberry scones with plain custard for a sauce on top. My tiered plate had coconut cookies on the top level and butterscotch oatmeal cookies on the bottom tier. We could have gorged ourselves but we were very well behaved with our portions.

My friend was a little overwhelmed that I had "gone to so much trouble" to serve a fussy lunch. But I was glad that I had be gathering and putting away a little this and that, so we could have a Canada Day luncheon.

I didn't have any red or white on the table and there wasn't a maple leaf to be seen anywhere. (That is extremely out of character for me!) I thrive on themes.
I let a lunch tea party be the theme of the day and that was good enough for us.

I would like to do it again some time soon!

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AVANELL 7/1/2012 11:30PM

    Sounds great and so unique! What a lovely, special way to celebrate your holiday! Happy Canada Day to you, my friend!

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L*I*T*A* 7/1/2012 8:39PM

    sounds so wonderful!!!
what a time you have had....
blessings and hugs.......lita

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LINDAMARIEZ1 7/1/2012 6:06PM

    Wish I could have been there! It sounded delightful! I love tea parties too as you know! I hope the little pinkies were sticking out a bit? perfect!

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This Long Weekend

Thursday, June 28, 2012

On July 1, Canada celebrates its anniversary. emoticon
July 4th is America's birthday! emoticon

What are your plans for the extra day off?

I know many families gather for games and celebratory foods. My parents and siblings are 4000 kms away, so that won't be happening.
My Sweetie's side of the family is at least a 1.5 hour ferry ride away from us... again, that won't be in our plans.

As un-traditional as it sounds, I will hope to get my neighbour over for a meal and perhaps a movie during the two dates I have mentioned. (Last year, her hubby died of a massive heart attack on July 1 and the doctors didn't pull the plug until his children had all gathered... by July 4th.) Sad times.

It is amazing to me that a year has passed already. My widowed friend will undoubtedly say it has been the most trying year of her life.... and a long one at that.

Merl (the hubby) was born in the States and retired up here in Canada. I thought these two dates were important and sort of Merl-like. Does that make sense?

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SHERIO5 6/29/2012 8:29AM

    What a great plan for the weekend!

I think it's lovely that you will be connecting with your neighbor, very thoughtful, so many people "forget" about those who have lost someone after a few months. emoticon

Enjoy celebrating!

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L*I*T*A* 6/28/2012 8:13PM

    enjoy the holiday!!!
not yet sure what or where we will be going as yet!!!
blessings and hugs.............lita

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BABY_GIRL69 6/28/2012 2:57PM

    That is so sad...It was wonderful for the doctors to wait until the family gathered as they did the same for my brother when he was in a coma. Some times celebrating holidays are hard but I know that he always enjoyed cooking all morning on the grill & then get dressed & go have drinks with his friends. That is how we should remember family the good times & not the end of their journey. She is so blessed to have a friend like you.

Happy Anniversary Canada & Happy Fourth of July too!

God bless,


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AVANELL 6/28/2012 12:17PM

    I hope you have a great Canada Day celebration! I was in Canada on July 1st in 1986. It's a beautiful country! I especially like British Columbia with all it's beautiful mountains. Such gorgeous views. And then Niagara Falls on the Canadian side is so beautifully landscaped. It truly is a lovely place to visit!

Have an enjoyable holiday!

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Jane Austin Costume

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I have difficulty adding images to my blogs. My computer is a challenge and so is my lack of expertise. (I would rather sew than blog....)

Here is an attempt to post the photo of my Jane Austen dress that I wore to the local tea party last weekend:

I tried my best to capture the historic colour "Yellow Primrose" and the fashionable green of her day "Pomade Green".

A breakdown of the costume parts that I was able to sew include:
sun bonnet with large brim
mob-style cap made from cheesecloth
shawl with ribbon detail
empire waist dress made without a dress pattern
lace under-blouse with lace neckline.

I also curled my hair to mimic what I could see online. Jane Austen has a well known "look" and I was also trying to wear my makeup in an older fashion too.

I hope this blog has given you a smile for your day.

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PROT358 6/29/2012 12:18AM

    I wish I could have gone! I don't have a thing to wear, so I might have had to enlist your sewing expertise. And that dresss is without a pattern?! Hope you had a lovely time :)

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KINEPS 6/28/2012 12:20PM

    I love it . . . . . Jane would be proud!!!


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EGRAMMY 6/27/2012 10:00PM

    Beautiful. I love it. I could never sew such a swell outfit.

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LVMAMAW 6/27/2012 8:50PM

    Nicely done! emoticon

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 6/27/2012 8:40PM

    Wonderful!!!!!! LOVE Jane Austen!!!!

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IUHRYTR 6/27/2012 8:30PM

    Pretty dress. The yellow does show. -- Lou

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SHERIO5 6/27/2012 3:04PM

    Wow! I'm impressed with your talent and skill!

It would be so fun to wear the dresses of that time...except when as warm as it is today!!

Thanks for sharing!

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L*I*T*A* 6/27/2012 11:50AM

    what great talent you have!!!

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CAROLJ35 6/27/2012 11:35AM

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You really put a lot into this tea party. Good for you!!!

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Yesterday's Tea Event Was Splendid!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I just lost a rambling blog about the Jane Austen Tea Party I attended on Saturday. Perhaps it was for the best.... I could have bored you to tears.
But I really did have a lovely time.

I can't wait until next year, in fact. Maybe I will have to have some friends over this season or next and treat them to a homemade tea party.

Everything yesterday was brilliant--- strolling violinist, entertaining actress, quiz and refreshments.

It is best that I remember the lovely folks I met and the array of hats, gloves, shawls and costumes I enjoyed seeing... rather than face the fact that I INDULGED in the 'calorie department' yesterday.

It was a treat. And now I must refocus my efforts to undo the damage I have caused my waistline and derrier.

I will post photos tomorrow, as I am on the wrong computer to attach a picture.

I really enjoyed my weekend and I so glad I made that effort to buy that ticket!

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CAROLJ35 6/27/2012 11:37AM

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L*I*T*A* 6/25/2012 4:43PM

    great to hear you had a great time...
looking forward to the pictures...
blessings and hugs........lita

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SHERIO5 6/25/2012 1:04PM

    I'm glad you will be sharing the pictures! I've though of hosting a real tea party for friends...hmm...

So glad you had a marvelous time!

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KINEPS 6/25/2012 8:03AM

    Can't wait to see the pictures . . . sounds like you had a memorable time!!


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IUHRYTR 6/24/2012 10:30PM

    Glad you had a good time. Looking forward to seeing the pictures. emoticon -- Lou

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Jane Austen Tea Party

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Yeah-- I just bought a ticket to a themed Tea Party! I haven't read any Jane Austen, but I have managed to enjoy movies of her books and I LOVE tea.

Forgive me Jane Austen... I'll read Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, and Sandition, sometime in the future.

For now, I am getting a Regency Era tea party dress sewn. If you google the author's image, I will also have the same under-blouse, hat, a drawstring purse (reticule) with fringe, no less. I have located my lace mini gloves from an ancient bridesmaid outfit too.

Does it sound like I'm ready to appear for tea?

There is also a Jane Austen quiz that I should be getting prepped for... so if you have a question to stump me, it will help me be on my mark, set.... on the go for June 23rd.

There were 200 tickets sold for the Saturday and 200 tickets for the Sunday. That's a lot of tea and fancy sandwiches to have at the ready! I will watch my caloric intake but I have this all planned as my 'birthday' celebration... a week late. (Gift to self)

Are you a Jane Austen fan? Perhaps tea is one of your pleasures? Do you love to dress up like I do? (Have I no shame?)

I hear a dress calling out to be hemmed and a bit of ribbon to be added here and there. I will stitch a bit and study a bit and I will be ready for that Jane Austen Tea!

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IUHRYTR 6/17/2012 12:05AM

    I once took Mom to a high tea at an historic house in a neighboring town. The owner and staff wore the most beautiful dresses and hats and gloves. We didn't know what to expect but the friendly atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff and neighboring diners were enhancements to the delicious food. An experience Mom talked about for a long time. I didn't know until later that it was something she had wanted to do for a long time. Enjoy yours. Sorry I don't have any trivia about Jane to offer but I'm confident you will have a wonderful experience. emoticon -- Lou

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KINEPS 6/14/2012 10:38AM

    Sounds like so much fun. My mom is a HUGE fan of Jane Austen and loves a good cup of tea. She has seen all of the movies from her books and is reading Pride and Prejudice now (she's 90!). She knows everything and anything about Jane Austen! She even got me hooked and then my daughter as well.

Have a wonderful time - I'd love to see a picture of you dressed in Regency style clothes.


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DJ4HEALTH 6/12/2012 1:18AM

    Have fun and enjoy the tea!! emoticon

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LUVS2BIKE101 6/11/2012 2:03PM

    I hope you have an enjoyable time. My church group will be sponsoring a "tea" in September. Most of the ladies will be wearing fancy hats. Should be fun, too.

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BABY_GIRL69 6/10/2012 4:56PM

    I am a fan of Jane but not of tea. I have tried to read her books but find I like the movies more.....

God bless & enjoy tea with Jane.


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SHERIO5 6/10/2012 4:45PM

    Awww...this sounds like a perfect birthday gift to yourself! I hope you enjoy it thoroughly!! Picutures to follow? emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 6/10/2012 12:58PM

    sounds like fun!!!
enjoy and take some pictures!!!
blessings and hugs....lita

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STUFFNEARTABOR 6/10/2012 12:00PM

    Oh my! You are really going all out, aren't you? I hope you have a blast!!

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