Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Perfect Valentine

Bessie & Bea's formula for a lovely Valentine's Day ...
Gather your lovely retro Valentine's Day cards and decorations
Take down a red tea pot from the hutch ~ tea is a good idea any day!
Assemble a gift basket  for a  friend who needs a lift
Enjoy some sweet treats.

Most importantly, spend the day with the ones you love
and thank the good Lord for the blessings in your life.

Happy Valentine's Day from Bessie & Bea with LOVE

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Just livin'

How are you doing sweet readers? 
It's been a rather busy summer for us gals.
We hope you are doing well and ... just livin'.
Love, Besse & Bea

Just Livin'
It's bread and jam and a pot of tea
   With someone you love for company,
A fire for chilly nights, a chair,
   And radio music sounding there;
A sense of home and familiar things
   An old back porch where a cricket sings.

Not askin' much, just a place to stay,
   A quiet bed at the end of day,
A friend to drop in for a little chat,
   Gossiping over this and that;
A game of checkers or dominoes,
   And a small wood fire that softly glows.

It's dreams in your heart, deep down inside,
   Clean living, decent, a bit of pride
In the little town and the people there,
   The church and the store that you sort of share,
The crazy sidewalk, the yew-tree's shade,
   The little first of July parade.

It's bread and butter and simple things,
   Tears and laughter and wedding rings,
A birth in the house -- a death next door,
   Sunlight falling upon the door;
A child to love when the day is done,
   Just being alive ... is such splendid fun.

By: Edna Jaques

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday 6: Rainy day cheer

Hello Lovely Readers!
It's a rainy day here at Bessie's Cottage,
and a perfect opportunity to have tea.
Good old Orange Pekoe does the trick today. 
Bea is off gallivanting across the country while Bessie 
keeps the home fires burning and the kettle whistling.
If you are cold, tea will warm you
if you are too heated; it will cool you
if you are depresses, it will cheer you
if you are exhausted, it will calm you. 
- William Gladstone
There isn't a biscuit in the house ~ not even one. 
Bessie will have to venture off to the market soon to remedy that horrid situation!
In the meantime, it gets one thinking about all the tasty treats go with tea...
English Scones
Canadian Butter Tarts

Earl Grey Shortbread
Nanaimo Bars

“The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement.”
-- Arthur Gray




Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Weddings and Soap

How is your summer going, dear ones? How are you spending your time in these glorious, warm months?
Bessie has been occupying herself in the capacity of unofficial Wedding Planner 
in the past couple of months. 
She was involved in all aspects of assisting the bride ~ from hosting a bridal tea
Above: Some of the hats and facinators that the guests donned at the bridal tea
Below: A tasty spread
... to floral arrangements ...
Above: Close up of bridal bouquet
 ... to creating a photo booth at the wedding reception. 
Guests ham it up for the photo booth at the reception

And the nuptials went off without a hitch!

Bea has been busy as a ... well, as a bee! She's just recently learned the fine art of soap making. 
Hopefully Bea will share some of her soapy enthusiasm on Creative Sandwich sometime soon!

Bessie & Bea

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday 5: Bessie and Bea celebrate the Royal Wedding

It's Tea Time Tuesday over at Rose Chintz Cottage today, so in honour of the Royal Wedding Bessie & Bea proudly present
The answer to the question on everyone's lips ...
"Did you happen to catch Bessie & Bea at the Royal Wedding?"
Goodness gracious, the old girls would never miss a chance to hobnob with the Uppidies, the Hoypoloi, the Blue Bloods! Well sadly, the official invitation never arrived in the mail, so the ladies took it upon themselves to celebrate Will & Kate's nupitals the Bessie & Bea way ~ with a tea party ~ in front of the telly of course.
It was in the wee hours of the morning, but that didn't quash the delight that Bessie & Bea experienced 
by toasting Prince William and Princess Catherine 
with  Cucumber Sandwiches and piping hot English Breakfast Tea. 
Bessie says she doesn't like the old stuffy title of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! 
Bea heartily agrees.
Country Living
Oh! and if you're interested in reading the program from the Royal Wedding,
you can find it here: Royal Wedding Programme PDF
Wishing the couple will live happily ever after!
Bessie & Bea

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday 4

It's Tea Time Tuesday over Rose Chintz Cottage ... join Besse & Bea for a cup of Orange Pekoe.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 
"What! You, too? Thought I was the only one."
C. S. Lewis

Be thankful for your friends. 
Have them over for a quiet cup of tea and let them know what they mean to you.
Love each other. Life is too short to do anything less.
Until next time, dearies ~
Love, Bessie & Bea
A friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday 3

Tuesday has become our most beloved day of all ~ after all, it means it's time for Tea Time Tuesday. We love having tea. It is one of our favourite past-times!
Bea will often bake some delectable cupcakes for the occasion like this
or this
We have been reading a little book called Painting as a Pastime by Winston Churchill. What a delight! If you can find a copy which isn't easy since it's out of print, read it ~ it's a 26 pages plus there are 18 colour plates of dear Winston's own paintings. He may not be the greatest painter England ever produced, but his paintbox brought him years of enjoyment. Here's a wee quote from the book ...
"I cannot pretend to feel impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns. When I get to heaven I mean to spend a considerable portion of my first million years in painting, and so get to the bottom of the subject. But then I shall require a still gayer palette than I get here below. I expect orange and vermilion will be the darkest, dullest colours upon it. and beyond them there will be a whole range of wonderful new colours which will delight the celestial eye."
Please see Sandi's Rose Chintz Cottage to check out all the other bloggers
Now excuse us, while we finish drinking our beautiful ruby red Tetley Delight Wild Berry Herbal Tea.

Bessie & Bea

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Bessie & Bea are pleased as punch to announce the winners of their OWOH giveaway.
And since there were over 100 comments TWO names were drawn out of the hat.

Winner of the Messy Date Stamp Set is ... Kathy from Canada
Winner of lovely 2nd Prize is ... Carolyn from the UK

Thank you to all the lovely visitors who left us sweet comments during OWOH
For those of you who didn't win our official prizes, we offer you 
this virtual trophy ~ just for being so very special.
Thank you.
We loved every minute of the ride!
Bessie & Bea

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday 2

Tea Time Tuesday

Hello ever-lovely readers ... this is our 2nd Tea Time Tuesday and since yesterday was Valentine's we thought we would show you the pretty flowers that Mr. Bessie gave Bessie for the occasion.

Well, if the truth be told, Bessie went to the market and bought the flowers herself. When the mister is a little forgetful about special occasions ~ about buying flowers and such for his lady ~ his lady goes out and buys them herself! She's learnt a thing or two being married to the romantic fool for all these years.

So this morning, Bessie is sitting with a coffee (tea will come later!) and rather enjoying the beautiful arrangement which is Mr. Bessie approved. *wink, wink*

So how did you spend your Valentine's Day, dear loves? Do you have some beautifully fragrant flowers to enjoy today and in the days that follow? Do you express your love to your beloved throughout the year in big ways, or in little ways?

... until next time, we wish you love ... Bessie (and Bea) ... and remember these things ...

Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It is not rude,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.
I Corinthians 13:4-7

Edge of the Brook
William Adolphe Bouguereau
(1825 – 1905)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday

Tea Time Tuesday

Hello darling readers! We always take time for tea, but it's even more fun when we can pull out a couple more cups and saucers out of the old china cabinet to share with our dear friends.

Today's offering is a Chai Latte that we made using President's Choice Brand (Real Canadian Superstore) Chai tea bags. This tea is very lovely choice on a wintry day, especially when it is served up in a delightful mug Bessie brought home after a recent shopping trip to one of her favourite boutiques (Bea gave Bessie the same mug in blue, too!).

Have you ever heard of Tea Time Tuesday? It's a wonderful virtual tea time to be shared with other bloggers who enjoy a cuppa as much as us old gals do. We'll try to post on Tea Time Tuesday as often as possible because we think it is a wonderful idea. You could say it's Bessie & Bea Approved.

Now is that one lump, or two?

Bessie & Bea