Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Today mother and I were invited to tea ... Your invited to come along for a teatime peek..( blink blink) Visiting my Friend , Renate is always  a grand adventure.

She's a busy lady who owns  fishing lodge in New Brunswick, Canada. Most of the time it's bustling with fisherman, but at this time of year, tea and cookies are her specialty.

Since it just past  St.Patricks Day, the house was  still decorated in the traditional green for that very special occasion, which is also my hubby, McKim's Birthday.  Don't these shamrock cookies look delicious!!!

Renate has an exquisiute selection of teacups that she inherited from her grandmother in Germany. many of them with rich layers of gold. They're quite frankly fit for the Queen of the Lephrachauns...

OOPS...I mean the Lephrachaun King Fred, Renate's husband, who is a retired Dentist. His only job  at the camp is to mind the fire... and he sure does keep the fire going ... It's toasty warm.

This lovely  teaset  was so appropriate for the up coming Easter celebrations with it's crackle  effects... and of course the lovely spring posies inside the cup were a plus for us snowbirds who are waiting for the long cold winter to disappear. I was tempted to look underneath the china for the name of the pottery, but then that would have been rude, wouldn't it !!!

With my ninety year old mother, Grace looking on, I decided to mind myself and act appropriately. Although, that naughty little voice inside did  keep urging me on. ( Ha Ha)

My dear friend, always presents such a welcoming table and everyone gets to enjoys wonderful variety of old world teasets and dainties.

 Here she is enjoying a delicious cup of tea.

 She always gives me rose laden teasets to enjoy .. Fortunately I did know the name of this one as it's one of my favourite designs. Do you recognize the pattern?

Yummy, Yummy ... Homemade, lemon jelly roll created with freshly squeezed lemon juice. I was so pleased when she asked if I would have another piece. When I said ' No Thank You ... Renate promptly put it aside and wrapped for me to take home... Lucky, Lucky !!!

Suddenly, the  plump little tea cosy went onto the teapot and 

Renate pulled out her accordion for some good old teatime music that she had composedand written. It was a fisherman song ... Delightful, delightful toe tapping music. What fun we had!!!

Easterners are very creative and this musical " Ugly stick"( below) as she called it, is proof  of that ...Ha Ha .. A mop, decorated with beer bottle caps that you pound onto the floor for  toe tapping rhythm. It's all part of the Folk traditions of the martimers, from the early Canadian settlers... only, with alittle modern addition (i.e.) beer bottle caps. OMG... but it was all in such good humour.

Look .... A friendly little squirrel came for a teatime visit on the deck, when he heard all the thumping  going on.

The sweet fluttering  red-caps, attentively gobbled their flax seed and seemed to enjoy the  silly antics that were happening inside the cabin.

The fishing lodge is  located  on the well known  Miramachi River, where fisherman come from all over the world to fish. Of course, they're sure to catch a salmon, if they use one of Renate's world famous salmon flies. Here's a picture of Renate with one of the salmon that she caught a few years back.

Mother and I had a lovely afternoon tea with Renate and Fred. I'm so glad that you were able to visit with us too.

Till our next  teatime rendevous.. The blessings of the season to you and you family.
Wishing you all a most joyous Eastertide.

                                                              Now, Wasn't that fun !!!


Stephanie said...

Delightful post, my friend! All those tea cups are just lovely :) Thank you for sharing.


Lady Linda said...

Oh yes, so much fun! I just love it!
I so enjoy your posts!
You mama looks great. Did she have fun too?
Happy Easter,

Zaa said...

Thanks Stephanie glad that you were able to stop over for tea...Hugs

Zaa said...

Welcome Lady Linda.... Yes it was so much fun for mother too and even more special wince you came for a visit... Hugs

Stephanie said...

My dear Zaa, words cannot express how precious your posts were to me! I was in tears as I read your meaningful words - thank you, sweet friend! You are a blessing to me!

Love and hugs,