I'm so happy you stopped by for tea today. Today's tea is a very special tea, as it is a tea that was created by friends.
This lovely tea cup was sent to me from my dear blogging friend Nan. I love the delicate swirl of the handle and it shows that it has been loved over many teas. And the colourful floral is perfect for welcoming spring. There are no markings on the bottom of cup or saucer ... so I'll call it my friendship cup - Nan.
While in Paris with my dear friend Elizabeth in 2011, she introduced me to The Mariage and of course since they are the oldest tea producers in France ~ I needed to learn more. This book has been a wonderful read, many times over.
Look at how darling the footing of the teacup is ....
Where there is tea ... a treat or two usually follows and this little Limoges dessert dish from France is perfect ... especially for the goodies that will be served with today's tea.
Voila! Elizabeth, had a friend of hers bring back some most delectable treats for moi, from a trip to France. And surprised me with a knock on my door one morning ~ to present this precious bag.
Inside .... a beautiful rainbow of MARCARONS ... brought from France - just for moi!! but that is not all this bag contained...
An extra treat of tea from The Mariage ... Marco Polo and this surprise contained even more ...
You see ... my sister-in-love's father passed away while on a cruise with his wife. My sister-in-law is pregnant with twins and this was a most stressful time for our family these past couple of weeks. Being 4 plus hours away from my family means there is much planning for a trip home .. but in an emergency the luxury of time does not exist.
The gift that accompanied Elizabeth's visit was the hug she gave me. It was exactly what I needed a caring hug from a dear friend, to help me get on my way to my family.
Angels and friends are blessings from heaven ... treasure them!
Have you had a friend visit or send a letter/card, or call unexpectedly and realize that was exactly what you needed at that moment?
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