Monday, November 19, 2012


" Who's coming to tea?  Can't imagine "whoo" it might be !!!!
I've looked all around the room and even answered the door....  Do you have pumpkins carved? Are they all in their places, with scary, or even happy faces?  I wonder, "whoo" it will be, that will stop over, for a Thanksgiving tea?

I'm  inviting  and wishing all my American friends, a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING.... To celebrate the season, I've strayed a little from the traditional oranges, into the dramatics of black, contrasted with  vibrant yellow and red roses. Today, I shall be brewing rose hip tea reaped from my very own garden.

The best time to harvest the rose hips is after the first frost, as I've been told that frost helps to sweeten the flavour. It's a great way to get a tasteful sense of the bud. 

You can use fresh or  dried rose hips, but you'll need twice as many hips, if your using fresh. For this aromatic tea, steep four to eight rose hips in a cup of boiling water for about 10-15 minutes ... or take a short cut and simply buy some  in the store.

M-m-m-m...It  tastes simply delicious in this artful 1950's "Rosina" teaset from England. The company operated in Longton, Staffordshire and began trading in 1941...  It became one of the many  potteries operating in the region referred to as the " Staffordshire Potteries".

Many of the pieces feature delicate floral designs and patterns with slightly small and dainty handles.

I'm  quite in love with this pattern, especially since it's so fondly decorated with something that I adore, " Roses"... 
" Would Jove appoint some flower to reign
In matchless beauty on the plain
The Rose , ( Mankind will all agree)
The Rose, the Queen of Flower should be ."
- Sappho

Yes, I'm still in the poetic mood of the autumn blush... I trust that, most of you, have  taken time out, to reflect and enjoy the gifts of the season with your families. I've even found a cosy little spot to curl up in, for those quieter moments of thanksgiving.

Since today, I am expecting teatime company..... What better way to celebrate than to share something you love with friends  .... garden fresh tea and  fine china !!!!

 Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving,  the second Monday of each October, so we are now,  actually eating our left overs in a Turkey pie ...( Gobble Gobble) ...  but I'd love to join my American friends on Thursday, for a home cooked meal and a piece of pumpkin pie ...  I can smell it from here. ( Yummy)

If you need a little  break from the hustle and bustle of baking and excitement,   remember that there's a relaxing spot of tea waiting for you, just over the border, in Canada... with the "Grand Lady"and friends.

                                                    " HAPPY THANKSGIVING "


Johanna said...

Hi Zaa,
your owl is so cute looking. What a nice start for Thanksgiving. And the tea cup is a treasure.I have never seen such a decoration before. Really beautiful. I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, anyway "whooo" is coming.
best greetings, Johanna

High Heeled Life said...

Smile ... Your Thanksgiving tea for our American friends is brilliant! Everything looks wonderful. Happy week my friend..xo C. (HHL)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful teaset.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your teacup is beautiful and your little owl is pretty cute too. This is a lovely Thanksgiving post for our American friends and a warm inviting tea for all of us to enjoy. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea with me. Have a wonderful week.


Snap said...

Your Rosina tea set is gorgeous ... so elegant with the black background and filled with homemade rose hip tea ... perfect!!! Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes. Happy Tea Day!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Such a cute post today and darling Mr. Owl! I love your Rosina teacup. I can imagine how enjoyable to drink tea from it. Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes!

Zaa said...

Dearest Johanna... I was so happy to see that it was " YOU " who was coming to Thanksgiving " Tea...Can;t wait to come and visit you today, my friend... Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Celia... Enjoy your week too... Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks for the visit Tracey... I loved your autumn pictures....xoxox

Zaa said...

Dear Sandi ...

It's such a pleasure having you for tea... I do hope you enjoyed the rose hip flavour, my friend... Have a beautiful day !!!!...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Snap..Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family ..Hugs

Zaa said...

Hey Nancy ...SO happy you took the time to relax and share a few teatime moments here with me...XOXOXO

Robbie said...

Dear Roslind/Zaa
You have a beautiful china tea-setting here and a beautiful Blog.
Such a sweet Mr Hootie Owl, white owls are my favourites, we see a lot of them around home. Speaking of "faves" I just have to mention the print by John Singer Sargent, behind your pretty china, I couldn't leave here without mentioning it! Happy Thanksgiving dear Zaa!!
Hugs RobbieBxxx

Zaa said...

Thanks for your sweet visit Robbie ..I'm so glad that you found your way to the " Grand Lady" ...Please do visit often. my friend...Hugs

Ruthie Miller said...

It is a gorgeous pattern! It is both old fashioned and quite modern at the same time. Really a dramatic one. Love the vibrancy of the colors and pattern and I love the painting you paired it with.
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