Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tea Time

Hello everyone,

I am so happy you stopped in for tea today as I have made a treat for you.

We have been picking blackberries here for the past few weeks and there are still more to ripen. I love picking these berries as the weather is nice and the pickin is easy. they grow wild so they are totally organic and free for the picking.

Blackberries and cream

I made some biscuits and whipped the cream.

And then I made some blackberry shortcakes for us.

I poured a cup of tea for you..

So come on over and help me out with these!

My inspiration for these is the cover of the Victoria Magazine May-June 2009. I just picked up the new issue out and I am looking forward to my bedtime read!

Today is Tea time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage and also at Lady Katherines Tea Parlor and there is also a Victoria blog party at A Delightsome Life so I am going to join in with these lovely ladies-hope you can too!

There are few hours in life more agreeable then the hours dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. Henry James

Thank you for visiting.



Ofelias Hus said...


I think I must bake some of them myself...tomorrow it has to be...

The clock is almost midknight here in Sweden...so the bed is waiting...


It's me said...

So nice to drink a cup of tea with you today...........and so much nice things to eat............i love it.....happy day darling love Ria....

Marie Arden said...

YUM! Not only is my computer ill but I feel like I am catching a cold so the shortcake would be a treat! I think dessert is good for any ailment physical or mental ! ha
Mrie Arden Pink Living

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your blackberry shortcakes look so delicious, Carolyn. Mr. AH&G must have to keep busy in the garden to work off all those goodies you are always baking! Love your pretty blue tea set too. Thanks for sharing.


Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello Carolyn :) What a delightful tea for us! The blackberry shortcake looks just scrumptious....if only we lived closer I would be right over to have some :) There are a few wild blackberries that grow near our home, but I haven't been out yet to check how they are doing...perhaps I should :)

Wishing you a lovely Tea Tuesday!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Sherry said...

Nobody does "Victoria" as well as you. This is just beautiful! I knew it looked familiar!:)

Hrabia said...

Porcelain wonderful! dessert and tea as in Marie Antoinette

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Carolyn,
I love your blue and white tea set! It truly is one of the prettiest I have seen! I love blackberries with fresh whip cream.. it looks so out of this world yummy!. I remember the cover of Victoria. I think I still have the issue.
Your post was so lovely today, I really enjoyed it..
Have a sweet day, hugs~Elizabeth

Deanna said...

Delicious time I had feasing at your table.
d from homehaven

David and Kelsie's Country Home... said...

Hi Carolyn,
Your black berries look so yummy...we also have wild blackberries but they are already finished for the year...actually we did not get any for us, between the birds and resident gopher turtles the vines got picked clean before I had a chance to grab any for us...Next year I will just have to be quicker.

Your tea set is so lovely also...the perfect complement to your lovely treats.


"All things French" said...

Thank-You Carolyn for that beautiful morning tea ~ the scones were delicious and would you believe I simply love blackberries with cream oh! and the english breakfast tea was just to my liking! I now feel ready to step out into a brand new day!

Kathy said...

Hello Carolyn!
This is very lovely! I love the blue and white issues! Your biscuit, I must say looks better than the cover! Delicious! Blackberries run wild here, except their the invasive kind that crawl along the garden!
I am so glad you joined me this week at A Return to Loveliness,
God Bless,

A Garden of Threads said...

Wonderful pictures, I would be delighted to help you eat those shortcakes and blackberries. Take care.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful! The blackberry shortcake looks delicious!


Lavender Cottage said...

Carolyn, your blackberry shortcakes look delicious - I wish they grew wild here.
Lovely tea you set out today and enjoy your new edition of Victoria, I'll be reading mine tonight.

podso said...

Such prettiness. You have Victoria magazine beat for sure.

Millie said...

What a dekightful and delicious posting again!

Carla said...

Yummmm! Those blackberry short cakes look delicious. I love your tea-set...what a pretty design. Our cultivated blackberries were rip in June and they were delicious also. Love the music on your blog.

Sharon said...

A wonderful tea party again. Thanks for inviting me. It all looks delicious!

Terri said...

Your tea time looks so delicious. And your china is gorgeous. What delicate blues and white. The tea cup and saucer are most becoming.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Carolyn...

OH, LOVED the tea set and the blackberries with the tasty biscuits and homemade whipped cream :) :) :) It's funny because I read Victoria magazine...and have been a fan since 1994...and I remember this very issue!!!

Your china is beautiful. Can you tell me some more about it? I LOVE that blue black color a lot. In fact, I purposefully will search out blue black ink for my Cross fountain pen...it's that precise color and I think it looks great!!! Beautiful!!!! Thanks for inviting me to tea :) :) :)

We had some wild blackberry bushes growing not to far from my apartment...but on the other side of the fence on another property..Then one day, someone had mowed them all down...probably as a fire prevention tactic...but I was still a little wistful. No matter...I had a joyous time here with you :) :) Thanks!!! I also just bought the newest copy of VICTORIA...so excited. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

What a gorgeous tea service! It looks so dainty and delicate. Your post makes me wish I wasn't on a diet!!! LOL
Patricia :o)

Susan said...

Dear Carolyn...Dee-lish, dee-lish, dee-lish. Mmm mmm mmm Susan

Bella said...

Hello Carolyn... I am quite late for tea, but I do hope you still have one of those delicious shortcakes for me! They are a perfect match for the cover inspiration:-)

June said...

Just the loveliest tea I've ever attended...and the yummiest too Carolyn. Fresh out of the pages of Victoria, I swear.

Catherine said...

BEAUTIFUL tea set and pictures, i loce the colors .

Madelief said...

Dear Carolyn,

Your shortcakes look just like the front cover of the Victoria magazine!! I wish I could come over and taste them. You must be a very good baker. All those delicious looking pies, cookies and cakes I see coming by on your blog!

I enjoy baking very much as well. We will be having a few birthdays coming up soon, so I can prepare somenting tasty again!

I loved your last post with the bouquets very much too. Somehow I missed it!

Enjoy your day!

Lieve groet, Madelief

romantica said...

Hi Carolyn! Everything looks so delicious. I would love to have your biscuit recipe.

Bumpkin Bears said...

Oh my gosh, now I'm very hungry! I'm going blackberry picking this weekend so I know what I'm going to be baking when I get back :) So happy to have come across your blog. I'm having a giveaway at my Blog if you want to hop along. Hugs, Catherine x

Sheila said...

Your pictures take me back to the times in my childhood when I had tea and scones with my grandmother and her friends in "Victorian" Victoria. Thanks for the memories!

Suzann said...


Your photos are always better than any magazine.

milka said...

Thanks for the treat! as if i really tasted them! Yum Yum!

Maddy said...

Ciao, grazie per i dolcetti e per il thè...era tutto squisito !!!
(E amo anche i tuoi servizi da thè, uno più bello dell'altro ! )

Baci! ♥


Carina said...

Hi Carolyn, I have been following your blog for quite some time now, I love it and the wonderfull pictures as well.
Last week I found the DVD called Anne of Avonlea, I believe the series is filmed on location on Prince Edward Island, love the story. Such a pity that I can not order the Victoria magazine here in Holland.
Warm greetings, Carina

Anonymous said...

May I come for tea ? the cake looks delicious and the blue pale design of the tea cup is very lovely and elegant.
A perfect tea time party.

My Ugly Garden said...

Looks delicious!


Bohemian said...

OMG now you've got me salivating! *wink* Your photography and subject matter, as always, is amazing, I feel as though I'm THERE!!! I remember picking wild Blackberries when we lived in England, alas, here in the Arizona Desert the only berries that are drought tolerant are Raspberries... which I love too... so delicate that I was amazed they grow fairly well in a harsh climate!!! Now I'm contemplating making berry shortcakes too... thanks for the inspiration!!!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Katy Noelle said...

Oh, well that's so funny! I was thinking, "OH! It's just like having the old Victoria back again!" A little off but kind of right on!

Carolyn, this is soooooooo beautiful! It lifts me up and reminds me...... it reminds me of what I love so much in life. I don't think that there are words to describe it, though. Thanks for putting all of this together and, then, sharing it with us!!!!

Love, katy xxo

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Oh, my... that shortcake looks delicious! You truly live such a heavenly life :) ♥

The Tablescaper said...

Wow! So glorious. What's your biscuit recipe??? It looks so good.

- The Tablescaper

Mariette said...

Dearest Carolyn,

Looks inviting but in real life it is out of question for both of us... Since Pieter had his open heart surgery on Friday, September 3rd (4 bypasses and stent surgery done to his neck, I'm glad I got him home yesterday. BUT diet will restrict it and I myself can't have sugar either... But life goes on without it.
Thanks for sharing this virtual tea; great images so that was a joy!

Greetings from Georgia,


Georgianna said...

One of the most lovely teas I've seen. You've taken the inspiration and put your own gracious style to it. Wish I could enjoy it in person! – g

Sherry said...

Oh what a beautiful tea. I love the blue and white dishes and I was just thinking about picking blackberries the other day. We have not done that a all this year. Your post was lovely, I too love the Victoria magazine and am inspired by it.