Monday, March 14, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Tea

Kathleen, from Cuisine Kathleen is having her annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl on Wednesday, March 16th, and it's always a lot of fun!  This year I had the pleasure of receiving the special Traveling Shamrock Tablecloth from Sarah, at Hyacinths For The Soul, who had it last year.  The Traveling Shamrock Tablecloth was started by Marigene @ In The Middle of Nowhere, who sent it to Kathleen @ Cuisine Kathleen, with the stipulation that it be passed on to another blogger for the following year.  Kathleen passed it to Rett @ The Gazebo House , who sent it to Mary @ Home Is Where The Boat Is, who then sent it to Sarah @ Hyacinths For The Soul.  It's always a surprise who receives it for the following year. 

 

I'm using by Belleek teacup for tea and the pretty teapot that my daughter bought me years ago.  The little Annalee leprechaun has joined us for some fun.


When my late beloved hubby and I visited Ireland back in September of 2009, we found my maiden name's shield of honor.

I love to do counted cross stitch and made a pillow for some St. Paddy's Day decor.


Can you join me for a simple tea of cheese and crackers, and some Irish Breakfast Tea?  You can look at my journal of our trip, if you'd like.  I found the shamrock shaped cheese at Costco.  Isn't it pretty on the plate, that my daughter gave me.  It matches the pitcher that she gave me, too.  My mom gave  me the darling kissing leprechaun couple, and also the shamrock shaped candle holder, that are so vintage. 


We stayed in Cabra Castle, in Ireland, as part of our tour.  Of course, I had to have a cup of tea in our room.

I always thought this was so cute of my hubby, when he stood by the Knight-in-Shining-Armor, since he was always my very own Knight.  You'll never know how much I miss him.


I'll leave you with our photo book of our dream vacation to Ireland.  The clovers were ones that I found while there and pressed into my Irish Blessings Journal.  

Slainte'

 

I am joining these lovely parties:

 



70 comments:

  1. What a lovely post today. And filled with special memories! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Kitty, I'm so glad to see the travelling topper made its way to you for St. Patrick's Day tea! I didn't realize you were Mc-Irish too! Your Belleek teacup is so pretty along with your tea pot. I love the photo of your knight-in-shining-armor. ♥ I'm pulling out my green today for Kathleen's crawl. Beware of the Annalee leprechaun, I can attest that he's full of mischief. ♣

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  3. Oh Kitty, lucky you to receive the St. Pat's day topper, and perfect for your tea! I should have realized that your roots are from across the pond because of your love of all things tea! I know you miss your knight in shining armor terribly...I'm looking forward to the Irish fun at Kathleen's this week!
    Jenna

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  4. Kitty, you have some lovely things on your table, but best are your lovely memories. & Good for you enjoying that traveling tablecloth! Hoping the crawl will still be a go for Kathleen.

    :) Pam

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  5. What a handsome knight in shining armor! You are one of the blessed to be able to say that such a man graced your life. Of course you miss him terribly.

    I enjoyed seeing all these beautiful green St. Patty's things. And I enjoyed seeing some of your trip photos. Have you featured them on the blog? I must go check.

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  6. Dear Kitty:
    What happy memories of you and your sweet hubby on this trip. And he looked so cute there next to the armour suit. I loved the photo frame picture too and your lovely table setting. You did a lovely posting!

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  7. What a wonderful post of fabulous memories. The album is a special treasure. I love the tablecloth and the travels...how fun! I love Belleek and your other Irish treasures. A perfect St. Patrick's Day post!Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  8. I wondered who would get the table topper this year...you did it proud, Kitty!
    Your knight in shining armor was a handsome man.
    Have a great week.

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  9. A sweet table setting for St. Paddy's day. That is a great photo of your hubby...
    deb

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  10. Love your Belleek for St. Patrick's Day. What beautiful memories you have of Ireland. The traveling tablecloth -- who knew???!!!! Happy Tea Day!

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  11. Beautiful post, Kitty, you did the topper proud! Can't wait to see where it travels for next year! Thanks to a FB reader I was able to get my computer back up after it crashed from loading Windows 10! The luck of the Irish! :) Thanks so much for joining in all these years, you are a dear friend!

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  12. I'm glad Ireland holds such fond memories of you and your beloved. It truly is a poetic place.
    Your tablescape is so cheerful and green! What a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! I liked the story behind the table topper. It's always fun to learn about connections between bloggers. I will have to check out Kathleen's St. Patrick's Blog Crawl.
    As always, thanks for hosting a yummy tea!

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  13. Hello Kitty, what a pretty table setting for St. Patrick's Day and I too love the shape of that cheese.
    Thanks for joining and sharing with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J!
    Hope you have a great St. Patrick's Day.
    Julie xo

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  14. I love your cross stick cushion. Nice post and lovely memories you share.

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  15. How lovely Kitty I have a bit of Irish in me.. I would have loved to visit Ireland... I love that sweet teacup and pillow very sweet post thank you Happy Monday with love Janice

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  16. Kitty, The traveling topper looks lovely topped with your treasures! Tea in Ireland is such a pleasure. I found that even in small cafes and visitor centers the tea was always served in real cups, with a teapot and pitcher of milk! I am a tea drinker, so I was quite happy. Your counted cross stitch is so nicely done. I have never been successful with counted style, although I have stitched many printed samplers. Without the guide I lose track of my stitches. Your handsome knight looks quite dashing and it is wonderful that you have such memories and a journal to remind you of the time you spent with him in Ireland! I hope your leprechauns are not too mischievous on St. Patrick's Day! Linda

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  17. I love that fun block of clover cheese Kitty! Your cross stitch turned out beautiful and I'm sure the topper will find a great home next year too. Very special pics, enjoy the memories:@)

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  18. Such a beautiful and sentimental post, dear Kitty.
    I love the idea of passing that shamrock tablecloth around, and how special that you have it for this year. Your table setting is perfect dressed up with all kinds of Irish goodies.
    Now for your Night in shining Armor~ quite handsome I must say. The two of you made a lovely couple. I'm sorry for your sadness in missing him.
    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post with us.
    The Lord bless you, sweet friend.

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  19. The pretty traveling tablecloth has been passed from special ones to a special one. I love your pretty tea and the tablecloth is perfect to go with it. Love the Belleek teacup. My sister has a few pieces, we are a little Irish too. How handsome your knight was Kitty, and yes of course you must miss him so! Irish blessings sweet friend………..

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  20. Dear Kitty, what a lovely tea party for St. Patrick's Day. I love all the pretties in your setting and the Belleek Tea Cup is gorgeous along with the endearing teapot. The little leprechaun is adorable. How fun to pass around the traveling tablecloth. It is really beautiful.
    I love seeing you with your beloved and your time in Ireland. I know it had to be a dream vacation for sure. Being half Irish and my grandfather from Dublin we too plan to go in the near future. Love seeing your handsome"Knight in Shining Armor" The last photo of you both is very special too. I know you miss him more then anyone can comprehend. I am sure he is looking down and enjoying the walk down memory lane.
    Thank you for sharing such a special post. Enjoy this week and Happy St. Patrick's Day.
    Blessings and love to you my friend. xo

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  21. Kitty, your husband was so handsome and there is a twinkle in his eye. {{HUGS}} Love your St Patty's tea. I thought that cheese was a stuffed bell pepper at first! I'm mildly afraid of leprechauns so I won't look at yours for very long.

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  22. Kitty, so excited you were chosen to receive the traveling topper! I love how you personalized it with your treasures! I'm sure the tea tasted wonderful with your hubby in Ireland. Your knight is so handsome and he made sure you both had the beautiful memories. Thank you for sharing this special post. xxoo

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  23. Your table setting is the epitome of St. Patrick's Day! I love everything from the traveling shamrock tablecloth to the charming dishes (I'd love to own a Belleek one day!). I also enjoyed your sentimental reminisces of your Irish trip with your dear hubby!

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  24. Hi Kitty,
    I love your St Patrick's Day tea! I am always amazed that you have a tea set for every holiday and occasion! What a collection you have! The little teacup with shamrocks is so cute! Love your other collectibles too!

    I love that bottom photo of you and your handsome husband! Your smile says it all and I sense that you miss him very much. I hope all of the wonderful memories that you have bring you comfort and smiles. It looks like you both enjoyed this "dream" trip to Ireland. Your knight in shining armor will always be with you Kitty. Sending hugs and lots of love,
    Linda

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  25. Hello Kitty, I loved the photos of you and your dear one! What a wonderful trip you must of had!! What a fun idea of passing around that Irish tablecloth LOL
    I am Irish and I need to get busy and do a special meal for the family.
    Happy Spring...
    Warmly, Roxy xo

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  26. Oh, Kitty, I love the photos of you and your hubby too! I understand the missing and I wish I could change it for you. Sometimes a divorce can feel like a death but losing Abby has been the most heart wrenching loss I've experienced. I know you two had such a wonderful time together and I'm so glad you were able to take this lovely trip!

    Your Irish/St. Paddy's Day decor is just perfect for the occasion. You have such an amazing variety of tea cups, tea pots, etc. The little Leprechaun is adorable! Thanks so very much for sharing your wonderful tea party!

    xo
    Pat

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  27. I love love love your Irish Tea. I am a fan of Belleek too. One day hoping to visit Ireland when Hubby retires and we have the time.

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  28. Oh, Kitty, what a lovely and delightful tea you have shared with us! I just love all your sweet Irish accessories and how fun to share the traveling tablecloth! Your trip to Ireland sounds wonderful and what beautiful and touching memories you have with your sweet beloved. Thank you for sharing. Sending hugs xo Karen

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  29. Thank you for sharing, beautiful...

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  30. What a lovely idea to have a travelling tablecloth! I'm glad you have it this year and everything looks so pretty set out on it. Love your Belleek teacup and your wee leprechauns! The pictures of you and your hubby in Ireland are so cute! Your knight looks very handsome standing beside the armour. I'm glad you have these beautiful memories. Thank you sweet Kitty for sharing and Happy St Patrick's Day this week!

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  31. Kitty, You were the perfect choice to receive the traveling cloth for St. Patrick's Day. You had so many special mementoes to share. I love the pics of you and your husband on your trip.
    Beautiful Belleek teacup.

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  32. Kitty, I am loving all your shamrocks and St. Patty's things. I love the Tea cup and the pretty table with the traveling tablecloth. I loved seeing your beloved and pictures from Ireland. Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  33. Such a sweet post, Kitty. The traveling tea cloth suits all your Irish themed bibelots very well. Cute little leprechauns! What lovely memories you have of your trip to Ireland with your beloved husband. Hugs to you.

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  34. Hi Kitty! What a wonderful Irish tea! I'm glad to hear Kathleen is doing her St. Patrick's Day crawl again this year--I'll have to see if I can do a quick post and join in as I have in the past. I'm glad to see you received the "traveling tablecloth" this year--it looks so pretty with your Belleek china and leprechauns on it.
    I'm half Irish and love everything about the holiday as it is also my name day. I've visited Ireland a couple times and loved it all, from the north to south. Your cherished memories of your trip are so wonderful --I loved the photos of you and your husband!

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  35. I enjoyed your post, but the pictures of your husband , after reading your sentiments regarding him , brought tears. How precious to have such good memories of your Irish trip with your Knight.

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  36. So THAT'S where the travelling topper went this year!!! LOL How pretty it your St. Patrick's Day tea table look! Your Belleek teacup is so pretty along with your tea pot. I forgot to get out my Belleek. Duh?
    I ♥♥♥ the photo of your sweet Rich...he truly was your knight-in-shining-armor.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day, Honey...wanna bet our guys are up in Heaven toasting St. Peter with some green beer together? LOL

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  37. Such a lovely tea, served up with such precious memories of your dear husband, I can only imagine how much you must miss him! Your tea is simply lovely, and I would love nothing more than to join you, and hear all your stories of your visit to Ireland :) Blessings to you today dear Kitty!

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  38. Love your sweet memories, talented and beautiful stitching, and your second photo which just cracked me up! :)

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  39. Aww Kitty, a lovely post, especially sharing your trip to Ireland with the love of your life. I can only imagine how much you miss him. Love your tea party. The traveling cloth is perfect. Thank you for sharing a precious memory of your hubby and yourself. xo

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  40. Oh Kitty, to go to Ireland is on my wish list. So happy that you got to go with your knight in shining armor! I can only imagine how much you miss him. Love your darling teacup and the pillow that you made. Such a fun tradition to pass around the tablecloth. Happy St. Patty's and thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  41. Kitty, this is the sweetest post. I know you miss your darling husband. Isn't it wonderful to have these memories of special time shared together. I enjoyed seeing the photos of your trip to Ireland. I've always wanted to go to Ireland. Perhaps someday.
    Your tea time setting is lovely and a beautiful way to spotlight the traveling shamrock cloth. I think this is such a fun blogging tradition. Wonder where it will travel?
    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  42. Hi Kitty,

    The traveling tablecloth looks so much like my tray cloth! Your table setting is so pretty, and I love, love your Belleek teacup and saucer. The picture of you and Rich is so sweet and poignant, Kitty. I'm glad you were able to go to Ireland together.

    Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comments. I wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day too, my friend!!

    Warm hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  43. Kitty,
    I adore your St. Patrick's Day Tea, dear friend!
    Thank you for sharing your Album Cover and the photo of your Knight!
    Blessing upon You!
    HaPpY St. PaTrIcK's DaY!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  44. Kitty, that's a fabulous photo of your late hubby with the knight in shining armor! May God comfort you as you live without him on this earth. Your Belleek teapot and tea cup and saucer are so sweet. A trip to Ireland is on my bucket list...
    Visiting from Cuisine Kathleen
    http://happywonderer.com/2016/03/16/st-patricks-day-table/

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  45. How fun to see who got the "topper' this year and you've used it wonderfully! Very pretty tea set up and that shamrock shaped cheese is perfect. It is so fitting that you post about your late hubby at this time when it is obvious how special your trip to Ireland was for the two of you. Take care...

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  46. What a charming post. Loved all your photo's. Happy St. Patrick's Day

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  47. I wish I could drop by tomorrow for a little St. Patrick's Day visit. I don't have anything St. Patrick's decorations. But, the bagpipes will start up at 5:00 p.m. and the house behind us so we will feel festive.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

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  48. That's so nice that you received the Shamrock tablecloth. I love this sentimental setting you created on it. I adore the Beleek china but have never afforded myself any. Love the kissing leprechaun couple. How wonderful that you got to go to Ireland. So glad for you that you captured a picture of your husband by the Knight in Shining Armor. We never know how precious a simple picture can become do we. It's so important to take the time to capture these moments. Wishing you a nice St. Patrick's Day.

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  49. I had no idea that you ladies were sharing such a lovely tradition with one another by passing on the Shamrock tablecloth. The little block of cheese so cute.
    Such sweet memories that you have shared with us today, I am so glad that you had such a special trip with your Knight In Shining Armour.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day and thank you for sharing this festive and thoughtful post with us today At Thoughts Of Home On Thursday.

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  50. Love seeing the traveling topper! How nice you have those special memories of your trip! Love all your cute touches!

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  51. Kitty, it makes my heart ache a little because I can only guess how much you must miss your beloved husband. That looks like a fun trip though and I'm glad you had that time together.

    So glad you shared this with us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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  52. Oh Kitty I loved reading about your trip to Ireland and am so happy you have such wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing this gem on Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Have a very Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  53. Top 'o the morn to you, Kitty! I just came from Marigene's post, saying I'd look for the cloth & try to understand its history, and now I know! What beautiful memories you have of your trip with your knight. Those lovely mementos you have will help keep those memories alive. So sweet!
    Rita C at Panoply

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  54. Top 'o the morn to you, Kitty! I just came from Marigene's post, saying I'd look for the cloth & try to understand its history, and now I know! What beautiful memories you have of your trip with your knight. Those lovely mementos you have will help keep those memories alive. So sweet!
    Rita C at Panoply

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  55. What a wonderful remembrance from your trip to Ireland! I love that your found the family shield from your maiden name. Great memories and photos, Kitty. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  56. Back to say what a wonderful pic of you and Rich! Slainte! Your pillow is so pretty, you are so talented! Where will the topper go for next year...hmmm. God willing there will be a Number 9!

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  57. Gorgeous post... took me right back to Cabra Castle when we stayed there last spring!!!! Thanks for the memory!

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  58. What wonderful memories my dear friend. Your table is so very pretty and Irish! Have a beautiful week, Lynn

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  59. Just love this pretty Irish post...such a pretty table...

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  60. Thank you for sharing this with us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We are so glad you are here.

    You have a beautiful heartfelt way of sharing the loveliness in your day to day life with memories of your husband.

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  61. Such a touching post, Kitty! You two are a very handsome couple. Your cross stitch work is really fab...wow! So pretty, I'll bet that is a labor of love. The teapot and cup are perfect to celebrate Saint Patrick! Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for sharing such a sweet post.

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  62. What a sweet post - and I'm sorry about your hubby, I'm sure you miss him very much. I miss my visits to Ireland - it's been a number of years since I've been back and I always did love it there so much!

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  63. Oh sweet friend, I do understand how you must miss your hubby, as I can't imagine my life without mine, but I guess with the help of God we do, otherwise we'd die the next day.
    Beautiful memories you have though, spedially this great trip to Ireland you both had. Oh and hey, you look so pretty.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  64. Aww...everything looks so cute! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  65. I loved my Irish vacation! And it was very green :-) Hope you had a fun day.
    Amalia
    xo

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  66. Kitty, what a lovely post. Thank you for sharing with all of us. Loved the photos of you and your beloved. Handsome, with a look that tells me he was beautiful on the inside as well!

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  67. Kitty, what a lovely post. Thank you for sharing with all of us. Loved the photos of you and your beloved. Handsome, with a look that tells me he was beautiful on the inside as well!

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  68. St. Patrick's Day is so pretty at your tea table. Your collection of lovely shamrocks and the sweet kissing is perfect for the celebration. Your trip was filled with great memories. Thanks for visiting my blog and the lovely comments.
    Enjoy the Spring weather!

    Pam






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  69. All you ladies just have so much fun, what a special bond all of you have! I just love your St. Patrick's Day Tea and the special photo's of you and your sweet hubby. Hope you have a very special week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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  70. I always love to see your beautiful china, your delicious looking food, and I truly love seeing the crafts you have made both present and from the past. I enjoy hearing about and seeing your love for your husband and all the memories you have shared together. It is almost Easter now so I wish you a Blessed Easter.

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