Lady Pamela's Tea Parlor

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


A year ago I was visiting my eldest son and my daughter-in-love, to-be, on the west coast of Canada.  Spring comes earlier there.  Buds were tiny bits of green lace on the branches. Spring flowers were shyly showing their blush of colour.  Most were familar varieties to me.  Except for one.  Purple, mauve and white tuffs of tightly clustered flowerettes were abundant.  It is what I think heather would look like on the bonnie isle. It brought thoughts of Scotland to mind. Do you know what that pretty little flower is? 

I enjoyed the days spent with my adult children and have so many warm memories of the places we enjoyed. As I reminisced, my mind wandered back to the petite purple mounds of flowers, and they inspired me to set a tea table in purple with a Scottish theme. 

The cookie plate with sprigs of heather on it, is from Hammersley Co, Longton  Stoke-on-Trent, England, is waiting for the fresh baking. It was given to my mom by Gladys, a dear Scotttish lady, who introduced me to the joy of afternoon tea.
The teacups are Highland Thistle by Royal Albert. Gladys gave both my mom and me a teacup with her beloved thistle on it. Its unusual for me to have a matching pair.

The creamer and sugar are pinwheel crystal. I have combined large granule coloured sugar with white, for an added touch of pink.

The purple depression champagne glass is for lemon slices. On other events I have pressed it into service to present clotted cream or jam. It gives height to the table and accents the purple thistle of the teacup. A purchase made on our honeymoon.(a sign of things to come for my Honey)

S o as you see, I am ready for your imminent arrival.  The water is boiling for tea in the kitchen and the bell on the oven will soon be ringing. Please be patient and relax while I finish preparations and we can spend the afternoon in pleasant conversation, about all good things British, Scottish, Irish or otherwise.

I love to know who has droppped by.  Please say "Hi" before you journey on.

Enjoy your week!

I will be joining Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee..,@ Silken Purse on Wednesday

and Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

and Tuesday Tea for Two @ The Plumed Pen


  1. Well lady Pamela my dear!

    If I ever was in 'teatime heaven' it is now my sweet friend!.., What an exceptionally lovely surprise and post for, this week's 17th,'Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee'..,

    Your tea treasures and photography are delightful;I'm very impressed!..,

    And what could be more befitting for a partly Scottish gal from Nova Scotia, than to find this lovely delight of your Scottish Tea gracing her blog?

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

  2. Hello!!!! I love the purple glass - my fave colour :-)
    Happy tea time!

  3. How I love your tea cup! The sugar with the crystals is so pretty! I love the purple depression glass! What a lovely tea! Keep the kettle on and come join me next Tuesday for Tea Time Tuesday. I so enjoyed my Tea with you here today.

  4. What a lovely tea. I love your pretty tea cups and the purple glass is SO elegant!


  5. Ooh, I love your tea cup! Beauitful! Be blessed. Cindy

  6. So many great ideas in one post! I love using the purple champagne glass for the lemon slices, and adding colored sugar is a pretty touch! Those thistle-patterned teacups are wonderful!

  7. Oh, that thistle tea cup is gorgeous!

  8. What a sweet tea cup. I love what you do with your sugar - looks so pretty

    Stop by Pandora's Box to enter a giveaway! ~patti~

  9. So pretty. Love the thistles and those purple champagne glasses. What wonderful memories!

    - The Tablescaper

  10. I really liked the way you framed your photos, like a picture. Very creative idea. Jackie

  11. Hi, it's nice how lovely the mixed tableware fit together by the common color purple.
    Greetings, Johanna

  12. To tell you the truth? I am dying to have those teacups and your pinwheel crystals.

    Oh.. drools---drools...

    TY for sharing.

    Have a blessed w/end.

  13. Everything is so lovely! The thistle teacup is beyond gorgeous! What a lovely set! The purple depression glass really make those lemons pop! Your pinwheel crystal is fabulous! Such a wonderful tablescape! Love it all!


  14. I love your table setting. It is just wonderful. I am a new follower to your blog. I hope you have a chance to come say hi. Cheers, Lia

  15. OK, I'll join you for tea! The yellow lemons in the purple glass are wonderful colors together. And the large granule sugar in pink and yellow is wonderful! What a great idea. I always love to get news ideas from visiting the tablescapes of others. Of course, the most precious thing is the history and family tied to your dishes! Wonderful!

  16. Your table is truly inspirational. The champagne glass for lemon or such, how perfect! I am going through a purple phase at the moment so my eye is on the lookout. I adore those thistle cups. Thank you so much for this posting. Oh, also I adore the spoon in the sugar.

  17. What a lovely tea! So elegant! Love the thistle pattern; I have never seen it before. I love your tea!!!

  18. Your tea was lovely, very pretty teacup set.
    We have the same pinwheel crystal cream and sugar - mine came with a small tray too and I bought the whole set at a garage sale.