Sunday, February 13, 2011

February Blog Giveaway!


I've been finishing up the final plans on my springtime trip to England and Wales where I will be trekking the Cumbrian Way with my friends Gina and Ray (We'll miss you Loran!). As is my usual custom when in London, I choose to splurge on High Tea. Of course, no one does teatime better than the British! I've enjoyed High Tea at The Savoy, The Ritz, Brown's Hotel and most recently, The Dorchester. This time however, I'm going to let you, my dear readers, choose where my friend Gina and I will be having our London tea! When I return from the trip, I will be blogging and posting pictures of where you chose!

In keeping with the theme of tea, this month's giveaway is a vintage teacup made by Royal Standard in England. It comes with a very special teabag...one for brewing up some inspiration!  To have a chance to win this month's giveaway, all you need to do is vote by leaving a comment and let me know where you think Gina and I should take our tea while in London! I'll use a random number generator to choose a winner on February 20th! Open to US residents only!

I've narrowed it down to two choices; You can click on the link to view each place:
The Winter Garden tea room at The Landmark Hotel
Afternoon Tea at Claridges

I can't wait to see which location we end up going to! In the meantime, please enjoy these tea-themed pics!
Taking Tea

My lovely mother and I having tea at The Savoy. The Savoy set the standard. They had the perfect combination of delicious tea, yummy food, amazing atmosphere and incredible service! I measure every other tea room by The Savoy and no other has matched it yet!

Tea with Butterflies
This was a photo manipulation piece I did that was inspired by my set of butterfly teacups!

Ringtons Tea Truck
Delivering tea since 1907!

Bedouin Tea
Probably the most interesting place I've had afternoon tea...up in the Negev Mountains on the border between Egypt and Israel. We rode camels to get here and stayed until after the sun set, sipping mint tea and eating warm pita bread made on what looked like an ancient metal shield!

Afternoon tea at The Abbey Tea Room, Glastonbury.
Beside the standard of scones with jam and clotted cream, they served us homemade soup and bread!


Sunlit Tea Tray

A Pot O' Tea at the Bramah Tea & Coffee Museum, London.

An English Tradition! Tea and scones at the Simply Gorgeous Tea room in Cheddar.

Jackie and I enjoy a Christmas-Themed Festive High Tea at The Dorchester.

Afternoon tea at Babbington's in Rome, Italy.

Afternoon Tea with Lita
Pic taken by me and processed by Lita

Copper Kettles

High Tea at Brown's Hotel in London with Gina and Loran. I love the beginning of High Tea...a glass of delicious Champagne to get you warmed up for the decadent experience!

My mom and I having tea at The Ritz. I've worn this shirt to a lot of high teas! I think it might be time for something new!

Dishin' Up Some Retro! My favorite tea set! Isn't it just too darn cute??

Tea with Oscar
My favorite teacup, my favorite bracelet and my favorite book about my favorite writer, who was the inspiration for my blog name!

Good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway and a very Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

16 comments:

Nichole Renee said...

Wow! That's alot of tea! What a lovely run of pictures and what an even more lovely set of memories!

And for you next memory, I'm voting for The Winter Garden tea room. There was just something about it that seemed relaxing and comfortable.

(And P.S. if my number comes up, run the generator again. One prize is wonderful; two would be greedy!)

shabby*girl said...

Afternoon Tea at Claridges!
Very tranquil blog entry and I really like your retro set! My cold is much better and I had some tea myself! Happy Valentine's Day! Hugs~ Missy

Shelly Conway said...

I'm also voting for the winter garden...
it sounds and looks like a wonderful place to have tea

Art Expression said...

I think the Winter Garden tea room...It look like a fun place to have tea. Lovely pictures , very interesting = )

Anna said...

The Winter Garden tea room gets my vote. Lovely photos! Thanks much for following my blog and I look forward to getting your posts also!

Madonna said...

Afternoon Tea at Claridges

Anonymous said...

Claridge's looks like it'd be wonderful!

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Atypical Girl said...

The Winter Garden tea room, of course! :) What an exciting trip! And your blog is beautiful.

Amy // artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

January B said...

The Winter Garden tea room looks just absolutely lovely!!!

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Gina said...

I like the way Claridge's looks, especially the clotted cream they have and the raisin and apple scones sound delicious
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sandyandcosmo said...

I would go with the Winter Garden Tea Room, it looks lovely! Whichever you choose, enjoy!

Marija said...

Claridge's looks just decadent; it gets my vote!

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Jacqueline said...

my vote is for the winter garden tea room! jmmccarr@gmail.com

Laura said...

CONGRATS TO ANNA! SHE'S THE WINNER OF FEBRUARY'S BLOG GIVEAWAY! THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!

Sam said...

I love this post - I hope you enjoy you're tea! I wish I was coming trekking, too - I could show you around my hometown! It's not that far from where you'll be (although nothing in England is that far from anything else, compared with the U.S!)

Laura said...

Thanks Sam! I hope this post reminded you of fond memories of home!