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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Tea Trolley

Welcome to all my Afternoon Tea friends and special welcome to all the new friends who have visited; left wonderful comments and are now following Falling Off A High Heeled Life!!

While it's cold outside and the gardens are still covered in a blanket of white snow; it's wonderful to be into February. With the arrival of February also comes the colourful displays of flowers at our local markets. Potted tulips,  daffodils , join the fresh cut-flowers with a promise that spring is getting closer.


A new month means the tea trolley in my writing area also changes.


February being the month most celebrated by love I've decided to stay with the reds.


How lovely are these?


Paris is known world wide as the city of romance and love, so I added a little memento of my trip last year with an Eiffel Tower souvenir. A view from above. 


And a view from the ground....


Our teacup sits proudly on top of Shakespeare & Love Sonnets book and below that Emily Dickinson Poems.  These are both perfect for curling up with a cup of tea during a cold winter's afternoon. Shakespeare's sonnets are some of the finest and most graceful expressions of love and devotion to come from the Elizabethan age.


The teapot I have chosen for the trolley this month is a plain white one. But don't let it's simplicity deceive you. Did you notice ... wait there is something missing!!!  


Ahh .. there it is ... Did you notice what was missing? How could one not have chocolates during this wonderful month of love!!!


Ok .. now that we have chocolates; flowers; a symbol of the most romantic city; some wonderful reading material to inspire us in dreams of love; a pot of tea brewing... we can get back to our teacup. This little darling comes to us all the way from Poland. I love the raised white detail that wraps around the  cup and saucer. The rose buds really are a wonderful sight ...during these cold, dark days of winter. The bottom of the teacup is stamped with WALBRZYCH  made in Poland. 

What's that? You want to see the teapot again? ... sure...


Here it is ... I love the design of the handle ... the scalloped base, the detail around the opening of the pot and the overall shape of the body. Looks like the tea is ready ... 

Oh .. you noticed the cookies! 

Well ... since you are such a dear BlogLand friend I am happy to share ONE with you. 
You see they were a delightful surprise sent to ME us, from our dear friend Mariette. The Amaretti Hearts are made with the finest ingredients and with the love and care that can only be tasted in home baked goodness. 
Mariette has the wonderful blog  Mariette's Back to Basics where she shares delightful photos of her beautiful gardens Information on booking her gorgeous gardens for a special event or garden tour can be found here.]  and history of items from a era when simplicity and hand crafted items were truly appreciated. In her Mariette's Back to Basics Boutique you will find the most lovely treasures  from around the world. 


This lovely card with a touching note accompanied  MY our yummy treats, and I thought it was a perfect addition to the February Tea Trolley ... can you see the darling little Cherubs?


Ok .. how about now .. without the flash...


A delightful setting to inspire my writing through the month of February...
Mariette thank you for your thoughtfulness;words of encouragement, friendship and making February afternoon tea a little sweeter.
 Mr. G. has been enjoying the Amaretti Hearts with his morning espresso.


Please stay awhile and enjoy your tea ...








For more fabulous afternoon  tea inspirations, please visit these wonderful hostesses...
Tea Time Tuesday ~ with Sandi 
Tea Time with Bernideen's
Martha's Terri's Tea Time Tuesday
For some wonderful vignette inspirations visit Marty for   Table Top Tuesday


45 comments:

  1. looks soo lovely, i love how romantic you made it look!

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  2. Getting ready for Valentine's Day ... Paris the city of romance, poetry and tea ... Perfect!!!! Love the red roses, too! And Chocolate!!! Happy Tea Day!

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  3. How clever to change out your trolley monthly. Love what you did for February.

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  4. Ahh, isn't love grand! A great tribute to love.

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  5. I love the ways you use your tea trolley! Alwayts tres elegante! The teapot and teacup are perfect...and the goodies divine! Love your large Eiffel Tower! Thanks so much for linking with Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth
    Ruth

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  6. Having your tea trolley decked out for Sweethearts Day is a lovely idea, Celia! The roses are gorgeous and I do love your Eiffel Tower. I have several ETs in my home too. Love the teapot and your little Polish teacup is darling! The cookies and chocolates; yum! A scrumptious post. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. oh your tea trolley is awesome!!! Those cookies look and sounds so yum. I have a few of the the rose teacups you show and my mom has an entire set of dinner plates, salad plates cups...etc...oooh so lovely - she also has the most unique teapot to go with them. It is very fat and squatty and round, not like I have seen. NEAT! Have a fantastic week!!

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  8. Sweet post! I really love your teapot. It is so beautiful and everything looks so lovely. Now, I wish I could reach into the computer and eat on of those cookies!

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  9. What a sweet tea cup sitting there so pretty on your tea trolly! I think it is just beautiful! As well as the new decorations on it. The red so passionate! Perfectly chosen books I see : )
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  10. This is beautiful. The Eiffel Tower is a nice touch. ;-)

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  11. Dearest Celia,

    Wow, what a late night surprise...! Thanks for the shout out; that is very sweet of you. I've not been up a lot today, had such a mega headache for 48 hours. If you read my post from yesterday you will understand. But now I'm almost 100% again. Had some better news and will call tomorrow for a more detailed update.
    You created such a lovely setting for the most romantic celebration of the year; well, for all 365 days in fact! Tea with something special, fine china and roses go so well together.
    Guess what I plan to do with the card (I kept one myself)? Having it nicely framed by our museum quality art gallery in my home town. I will save it till we make another trip. This Crane paper out of 100% cotton is so special and the embossed angels are so well done with the gold that it is a pity for not saving them.
    But thanks for this post; it did pick me up and I needed that 'Special Tea'...

    A tight hug and lots of love dear friend(s)!

    Mariette

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  12. Dear Celia,
    you celebrated a very special tea. So nice from Mariette to give you this homemade hearts. Your really deserved them for your wonderful posts. I love the way you celebrated them. And the card reminded me to the wonderful Raspini charms at Mariette's blog. Thank you so much for the sweet tea time and for sharing your heart.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  13. Gorgeous. I love your beautiful vignette. So pretty. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  14. Hello Celia - I love this really versatile tea trolley you have there! I see you have made an homage to my favorite city, City of Love of course. Like your cute little teapot by the way.
    -Marie

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  15. A wonderful post! Your tea trolley is always a treat! I love the teacup...one of the oldest patterns that has been produced for 200 years all over the world. It is generically called Moss Rose. I always love it and this is such a nice example. The cookies look really deliciouis!
    Cheers!
    R

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  16. Hi Celia! My daughter-in-law would love your post today - she collects Eiffel Towers! All things Paris, too! I collect the Moss Rose pattern in your teacup - but, I've not seen one in this shape - and from Poland! A lovely cup with raised design, to be sure - and another interesting shape to the post - no matter the simplicity of its white. Our Creative Carmelina would choose it, I'm sure!

    Yum on the goodies - blessings on you!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  17. You are a girl after my own heart. I love the tea trolley and afternoon tea has been one of my traditions for a long time. I usually have a tea party once a year too:-)

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  18. Thank you for the tea.

    Your teapot is absolutely to die for §;-) Love the form and of course white.

    Heart all your hearts shapes.

    Happy mid-week.

    Greetings from freezin Stockholm,
    /chie

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  19. Soooo beautiful! That makes me want to curl up with a good book right after I make some tea. ;)

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  20. Cute! I like the way your displayed your Eiffel Tower :O)

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  21. My Mr. G would have eaten those pretty little cookies in one sitting. He has a wicked sweet tooth! Lovely, thanks for sharing. Those roses are really lovely.

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  22. LOVELY...I love tea and Paris. perfect!!

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  23. what a gorgeous deco!! Love your red roses and the Eiffel Tour! Anything French is chic :D
    xx

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  24. lovely cookies perfect photos!!

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  25. Love the trolley... why on earth is there only one cup there? Where's mine? LOL :)

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  26. lovely post about love. thank you for the tea. Alessandra

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  27. Your romantic post certainly set the mood for Valentine Day ... Delightful photos and yummy cookies all served and displayed so graciously .. Thank you for sharing..Hugs

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  28. Beautiful and perfect for this month of love! Popping by from Daphne's to say hi and Happy {Semi} Wordless Wednesday!

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  29. So pretty! And inviting. I love the photo of Dolce. And the roses with the Eiffel Tower - brilliant!

    I can't believe Valentine's Day is right around the corner!

    xoxo, Adrienne

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  30. Everything looks so pretty and yummy! I love your teacup with the roses, but I especially love your Eiffel Tower! Chocolates with tea...mummm.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  31. Bonjour mon ami! Everything so looks beautiful and yummy, and I love the photo of Dolce and the Eiffel Tower!! xoxo, B

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  32. GORGEOUS! So perfect for Valentines Day too. Guess what?! You won the Blue Room Gems giveaway! xo

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  33. Your story and journey are amazing..I was riveted to your story...I am definitely a new follower!..Beautiful "trolley" vignette!

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  34. Neat tea trolley! Pretty romantic decor!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Katherine

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  35. Very fun Centerpiece! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and show off your idea!!

    Karin

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  36. Everything is lovely. The roses around the base of the tower are so pretty.

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  37. Yes, I'll stay for some tea!!! The Eiffel tower is so lovely and I love the cookies and the chocolates! Yummy! Have a beautiful Friday!

    Kristin♥

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  38. Wish I had room for a trolley. Love how you've incorporated your pretty souvenirs.. it's so pretty.. xo marlis

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  39. Love, love, love, love!
    Love the Eiffel tower, the roses, the treats and the lovely tea pot!
    I agree its beautifully sculpted!

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  40. Okay. After reading this, I'm ready to take a nap - it was SO relaxing and enjoyable to read this post. I have decided to do a sort of trolley in my new office. I couldn't figure out what I wanted to put in there aside from a desk - now I know! You always bring a smile to my face - I'm glad I "met" you!

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  41. Very cool! I love the addition of the Eiffel Tower to the floral arrangement. Very edgy!!!

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  42. What a beautiful china cup and saucer - gorgeous teapot too! Lovely post.
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  43. What a great idea to change your tea trolley with the month! Beautiful!

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  44. I am enjoying the February change in your tea trolley. All the elements for romance are displayed. The flowers look like old roses with the vibrant aroma. The beautiful cup and saucer with the roses is a perfect match. A Parisian momento of the Eiffel tower is a wonderful treasure. Happy Tablescaping. Pam

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