I’m thrilled to be hosting and enjoying high tea with Tessa Rose the Traveling Teacup this week!
Have you ever heard of the Traveling Teacup before? Barbara, of Mantel and Table came up with an amazing idea to send a teacup to different parts of the world, for a Traveling Teacup Photo Challenge.
For more backstory behind the Traveling Teacup, you can find all the details here.
This beautiful pink and green teacup has literally been everywhere! Looking at the list of where she’s visited the last few months, I feel so honored to host her this week!
She just arrived from Calgary, Canada after a lovely stay with the Catswhiskerz. It sounds like she had a lot of fun there.
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Why I’m Thrilled to Have High Tea with the Traveling Teacup
My husband’s family is really into teas and enjoying tea time. During my time with his family for the last 27 years, many afternoons were spent with my mother-in-law, her sisters, my husband’s sisters, and my husband at our favorite local tea room and restaurant, Sally Lunn’s Tea Shoppe and Restaurant.
It’s a lovely spot for some wonderful teas and fresh baked goods. And if you are ever in the area, their scones with clotted cream are OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD delicious!
Sally Lunn’s is one of the reasons my husband and I moved to Chester. We spent our first Valentine’s Day there and visited lots of times before making the move here.
Would you believe he loves to go as much as I do?
The tea shop is so adorable and I think Tessa Rose would love to see it!
Since my mother-in-law, Pat, fancies tea, my visit with Tessa Rose, the Traveling Teacup and this blog is dedicated to her.
We would stop by and visit Pat with Tessa Rose, but she’s busy wintering in Hawaii with one of my husband’s sisters who lives there!
She’s one lucky lady, am I right?
Welcome Tessa Rose!
Tessa Rose just arrived and I gave her a quick home tour. The house is a bit of a mess since I took Christmas down the day before.
Since I live in New Jersey and we have a little bit of snow, there isn’t much to see in the gardens right now.
But she enjoyed walking the grounds to see how the gardens look during the winter.
While we were touring the backyard, we saw some hellebores in bloom.
Aren’t they so pretty?
Hellebores are one of the first blooms of the season.
And now that I’ve seen them, I seriously can’t wait for the 2021 gardening season to start!
Here are some of the highlights of my visit with the Traveling Teacup this week.
Decorating for Winter with the Traveling Teacup
The morning after Tessa Rose’s arrival, we enjoyed a quiet morning with some English Breakfast Tea while I finished working on my latest blogs about Christmas Cactus care and recap of my 2020 cottage garden.
Since Tessa Rose couldn’t tour my cottage gardens in bloom, I showed her some of the photos from my recap and invited her to come back when everything is blooming.
When I was done, she sat with me in the dining room where I replanted my vintage toolbox centerpiece with winter greens and restyled my hutch cabinet shelves.
And then we headed over to my living room mantel to transition it from Christmas to winter. You’ll see more of the mantel next week when I share my winter home tour.
For now, here’s a sneak peak.
After a long day getting the house back in order with some fresh winter decor, Tessa Rose and I enjoyed some Earl Grey Tea and a cozy fire while previewing the new Discovery+ network!
Have you seen it yet? I LOVE IT!!!
High Tea with The Traveling Teacup
The next day, Tessa Rose, my husband and I enjoyed high tea at my favorite local tea shop, Sally Lunn’s.
I’m fortunate that my husband opened his business here in town 6 years ago.
We can go to lunch anytime, and our favorite place to go is, you guessed it, Sally Lunn’s.
It’s funny too…after all these years of enjoying high tea at Sally Lunn’s, we still manage to order the same things when we go.
Do you do that too?
He loves their pot pies because it’s very hearty and filling.
I love their tomato, pesto and mozzarella on a baguette with a caesar salad.
He gets the Lapsang Souchong Tea; and I usually order caramel or butterscotch.
And we ALWAYS always get their fresh baked strawberry scones with clotted cream too.
It’s the best.
I think Tessa Rose enjoyed that part the most too.
Sure we’ve enjoyed different dishes there, but our favorites are our favorites.
What can I say?
Watering My Houseplants with the Traveling Teacup
Now that our Christmas tree is down, I’m putting my houseplants back where they belong.
And it’s watering day!
After enjoying high tea with Tessa Rose, we gathered all the plants and gave them a quick shower to hose off some of the dust and provide a thorough watering.
Since I have so many houseplants, I can’t fit them all in my bathroom to hose down.
So I had to bring a few to the kitchen.
I never realize how many houseplants I have until I group them together.
My husband thinks I might have a problem.
It’s not THAT many plants though right? LOL!
Although there aren’t many blooms outside, I do have a few inside from my gorgeous amaryllis plants! I planted them in November and they started blooming by Christmas.
They are still going and she was thrilled to see them!
In addition to my amaryllis blooms, this gorgeous orchid that my husband surprised me with a few months ago is still blooming too. It loves this spot in my bay window!
Farewell to the Traveling Teacup
As much as I enjoyed my week with Tessa Rose, all good things must come to an end. We enjoyed high tea every day during her stay and it’s time for her to journey to her next visit.
Thanks so much for following along! xoxo
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