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Happy New Year!

I want to be the first to wish you a Happy New Year.
Christmas is over and I want you to still be happy and enjoy the holiday season. I always get a let down feeling the day after Christmas, so I sit back with my favorite cup of tea and find something to be happy about. It's a sad feeling when Christmas is over. I would love to have it all year round. Just the spirit of Christmas, family togetherness, and festive decorating.... not the crazy hustle and bustle of shopping.
Enjoy your tea and your day!

CHristmas Tea Greetings!

Merry Christmas from Lady Estelle's Tea Salon!

I missed Miss Spencers's Tea Cup Thursday, but I would like to share my Christmas tea with you.

Decorating the Tea Salon!

I spent the last two weeks decorating the hotel, where I work and The Hearthside House, where I am a docent.
Now, it was time to decorate my favorite place..... my tea salon.
Welcome, come right in and make yourself at home.
This will be a true step back in time. Relax and enjoy a cup of tea in the parlor.
I will play some classical music, if you like.
Maybe Swan Lake or the Nutcracker
But, whatever your pleasure, please do not hesitate to ask. Come into the tea Salon for high tea.
I have just put the kettle on.
This Christmas tea pot was a gift from last year. I could not wait to pull it out.

I love the color maroon. So,my Christmas theme this year is cranberries and snowmen.

The water is hot and it's time for tea. Let's enjoy!

Christmas at Heathside

Sharing my Christmas enjoyments!
I am a docent at The beautiful Hearthside House in Lincoln, RI.

This season each volunteer had to pick a room to decorated for Christmas.
I picked one of the children rooms.
In this room is a child's dream, a Sleigh Bed This is one of two sleigh beds remaining in the house. A hand-crocheted bedspread, which was donated to Hearthside, is displayed on the bed.

When decorating a child room in the 1800's, one must not want to over decorate this room.
So I decide to make it warm and cozy, but not overly done.
You want the child to go to sleep thinking of the coming of Santa, not sitting up, looking at blinking tree lights and Christmas decor.
I did add a tree to the room , but the lights were soft light, "no blinking or colored lights". It was so shuttle that it worked well as a night light.

Decorating the home is one of my favorite duties of Christmas time. I added a cute little Christmas Village on the mantle. It was so much fun  b…

November tea swap!

I received my package from the November tea swap. I just love all my little gifts from my swap partner Valerie.
 My beautiful Red Hat Victorian Lady is fulled with Lavender to make my room smell oh-so-lovely.
The lovely Christmas tea coaster is to hang from my "tea tree".
Valerie send her thanks and good greetings in this beautiful card fill with tea cups on it.
adagio tea                                         Pomegranate and white Pear   Harney & Sons                          Hot Cinnamon Spice and Cranberry Autumn                                                        

I am excited about the tea.
(4) Bags of whole tea. I have never had this tea before. I love when I get something new for my tea experience.
Special Tea Writing Cards. I love to send greeting to my Tea and Victorian friends with cards. As you can see Valerie knows me very well.
Tea Swaps is a very good way to make new friends and get to know what they like. I hope all will join and have fun.

With the …

Victorian Tea With Lady Estelle

By the end of the 19th century,taking afternoon and high tea was a daily ritual, complete with rules of etiquette that could make or break a lady of consequence.

Afternoon tea was taken in the late afternoon,usually in a drawing room or sitting room with finger-sized,dainty tea sandwiches, scones and sweets,beautifully arranged on low tables.

Tea was served with the best linens and china of the household,and making tea to perfection was a serious matter.

It was a social occasion, time to relax and converse and satisfy late afternoon hunger pangs.

High tea was actually dinner, served later in the evening,full meal with, of course, tea.

It was high tea because it was served formally at the "high" dining table, rather than on low side tables.

Tea rooms were very popular,catering to the affluent in beautifully decorated rooms complete with fancy linen,superb porcelain or silver tea services and culinary delights.

Tea gardens offered the same in garden settings resplende…

Good Old Fashion Tetley Tea!

I enjoy the taking of tea. I remember my first time having a cup. It was when I was six years old. I woke up one morning with a stuffed nose, coughing and a high fever. My grandmother was visiting us that month and she was good with at old fashion sick remedies. She gave me a cup of Tetley tea with lemon and Jamaican Run. I stayed in bed all morning feeling cozy and loved. So, that was my first introduction to Tetly Tea.
I found this old can at a flee market last week and it brought back that wonderful memory. The Early Years of Tetley Tea  In 1822, brothers Joseph and Edward Tetley began their business by peddling salt from the back of a pack horse in Yorkshire. Later they added tea to their supplies. Eventually the brothers began "Joseph Tetley & Co." in 1837.Seeking to expand their business, the brothers relocated to London in 1856. London, at the time, was the center of the world's tea trade. The brothers began to focus on tea supplies. The brothers parted company…

It Time For Tea!

You are invited to consider this a retreat, a nostalgic spot for day dreaming of times gone by and to enjoy the enduring traditions of “Tea.” It is our desire that all the working women, homemakers, mothers and caretakers feel like a Queen when having tea at Lady Estelle's Tea Salon.
Small groups of 12 and private parties are welcome only.
It is a small tea salon, I have decorated my parlor and dinning for taking of tea. I opened it up to anyone who would love to come and relax, socialize and have tea and treats with me. I dress in Victorian clothes and entertain by showing you what women worn in the 1800's. My dinning room table is always set for high tea.

My parlor is set up for low tea and is a great place for clothes demonstration.

You ladies will have a wonderful time and so will I.
The gentle men may enjoy a glass of Cherry or Port after tea while they sit and read or enjoy music.

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A Tea Gift from Ireland

I love receiving unexpected gifts.
Today was Columbus day, so I was not expecting mail nor any delivery on this day.
But to my surprise UPS knock on the door with a small package from a dear friend on my tea network. Recently, she had spent some in Ireland and found this lovely tea coaster and thought of me.
I was so pleased. Along with the Coaster was a  weeks supply of  Bewley's of Island Tea.

Bewley's Tea of Ireland offers a broad range of quality tea.
I had never heard of this, so I was thrilled to be introduced to it.
And speaking of a rare find, she sent me tea from the Java Republic Roasting Company.

I can't wait to relax and enjoy this "Real Luxury Tea!"