Tuesday, March 17, 2015

FROM IRELAND

This lovely cup I ordered arrived in the post yesterday, just in time.  


It was crafted in Ireland, which makes it all the more special in terms of my Irish heritage.


While photographing it, I caught this lovely little guy working hard!



My local Sprouts market sells Irish Soda Bread filled with raisins and covered in sparkling sugar, along with Kerry Gold Irish butter.  It is a fun tradition to enjoy in March, along with a good cup of tea!


I always enjoy watching the movie Leap Year around this time.  
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It is such a favorite with beautiful Irish countryside and ear tickling accents. It stars Matthew Goode and Amy Adams.

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What I love is how like many of us, Anna has taken full charge of her life and made many plans.  But, (and even though He is not portrayed - this is my interpretation), God has other plans.  Better plans.   

Declan (owner of an Irish pub/inn) has been burned by love and is in no way, looking for it again, any time soon. He needs money to save his business, and agrees to take Anna to Dublin (so she can propose on Leap Day to her boyfriend of 4 years).  

The two main characters do not "have relations", for a refreshing change.   One of my favorite scenes is when they stay in Tipperary at a lovely little cottage of a B&B.  They pick farm produce and open up to each other, and cook together.  It is quite precious.

Sorry this is grainy; it is the only internet photo I could find of the scene.

She is shown the possibilities, but never forced to accept them.  I relate this to having a personal relationship with Christ.  In the end, it is her choice, just as it is our choice.

For the most part, this is a wonderful adventure of a romantic movie and I highly recommend you give it a chance.  (I have seen it for sale every year at WalMart during the month of March for cheap-cheap!).

If you have not yet read my post on the history of St. Patrick's Day, you may do so here.  I pray you enjoy this special remembrance day of Patrick and all he did to share God's love with the Irish people.

Blessings and a spot of Irish Breakfast tea,
Heather Elizabeth 


I 'plan' to share at a few tea parties this week:

35 comments:

  1. Your teacup is just lovely. Good that it arrived just in time. I haven't seen the movie but would love too, maybe it will be on one of the TV channels soon.

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  2. Hi: I must say I have never seen a tea cup like yours. It is so beautiful. I do thank you for sharing today and being a part of Tea Cup Tuesday. Have a great St. Patty's Day! Hugs, Martha

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    1. Hello Martha. I was browsing etsy and it caught my fancy, as I too, had never seen one like it! I am drinking White Citrus tea from it right now as I take a break and join the tea parties!! Hugs to you too.

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  3. Your tea cup is lovely and so is your blog! I found you at Roses of Inspiration today :)

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    1. Oh good! R.O.I. is my favorite. Thank you for joining me :)

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  4. Beautiful teacup - glad you got it in time to celebrate today. Loved that movie too.

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    1. Me too. Yes, I am drinking White Citrus tea from it right now as I join in the tea party blogs! Thank you for joining me :)

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  5. Love your teacup...I baked Irish scones and had KerruGold Butter as well! Haven't seen the movie, will look for it. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea,
    Ruth

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    1. Good for you Ruth. I am partaking in Irish shortbread, clover shaped cookies right now and using my cup to enjoy White Citrus tea as I join in the parties :) Thank you for joining me :)

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  6. Looks like I need to head over to Sprouts! The soda bread looks yummy, so nice! Lovely Irish teacup as well. Enjoy your Saint Patrick's Day!

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  7. Your teacup is a pretty one and how nice it arrived in time for St Patrick's Day. You know I have never seen the movie Leap Year and it sounds like one I would enjoy. I am fussy about what I watch and this one sounds very appealing. Thanks for sharing your commentary on it. I think I will go to WalMart and see if I can find it. So glad you could join me for tea today and Happy St Patrick's Day to you!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my comments. I hope you find the movie. They had it on display, but may have moved it now that St. Pat's is over, so you may need to ask a clerk. It was only $4 in my store. I really hope you enjoy it.
      Blessings to you! ~Heather

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  8. Thanks for dropping by my tea post and leaving a nice comment. I like your shamrock teacup, different again from any of the others shared. Although I can purchase Kerrygold cheese in our Canadian supermarket, the butter is not available. My hubby and I enjoy the cheddar and I'm sure I had the butter while in Ireland at some point.
    I ended up baking three loaves of Irish soda bread, two for a pot luck lunch and one for home. I'm going to see if I can find the movie to watch, your review has made it enticing.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day1

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    1. Oddly enough, my local WalMart sells Kerrygold butter! I do hope you find the movie. WalMart had it on display, but may have moved it now that St. Pat's is over, so you may need to ask a clerk. It was only $4 in my store. I really hope you enjoy it.
      Have a blessed day,
      Heather

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  9. I am sure I would love this movie. It sounds like it has pretty scenery in it too. I love that you shared your post at my blog party - Friends Sharing Tea. Your cup and saucer are wonderful and all your Irish trivia!

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  10. I think that would be a movie I would enjoy. Your cup is so lovely, very appropriate for the day!

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    1. thank you. I hope you get a chance to see the movie.

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  11. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm so glad that your new Irish teacup arrived in time for you to share its prettiness with us! I watched Leap Year a few years ago and quite enjoyed it. I think it's time to watch it again after my rediscovery of the charming Matthew Goode on Downton Abbey and The Good Wife!

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    1. ah-ha! You are the only one who commented about Matthew Goode and those other roles. He also starred in Death Comes to Pemberly. It was on PBS and has now come to Netflix :) I am looking forward to seeing him next year on Downton Abbey more. I think he is perfect for the new role!

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  12. The perfect tea cup for a St Patrick's Day celebration....to be sure, to be sure! I haven't seen the movie, Leap Year. Me thinks I will have to grab a cup of tea, in a pretty tea cup and watch it.

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    1. hee hee... I can hear your Irish accent in me head! I do hope you find the movie. WalMart had it on display, but may have moved it now that St. Pat's is over, so you may need to ask a clerk. It was only $4 in my store. I really hope you enjoy it.

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  13. Happy St. Patrick's Day, my friend! Although the day is almost over :) My husband, son, and I were out in te city today and we had a beautiful time together. I hope your day was lovely.

    Your tea cup is a real beauty! I haven't seen one like it before. I had to smile when I saw you wrote about "Leap Year." I just watched it the other day and enjoyed the sweet story.

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

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  14. What a perfectly delightful post to read! And what a lovely tea cup. Happy St. Pats 😉

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    1. So glad you stopped by! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  15. Thanks for letting me know about Kevin Dundon on PBS and I will have to look for this movie also. It sounds like a great 'chic flick' :)

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  16. Forgot to mention how beautiful your teacup and saucer are :)

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    1. You are most welcome! Glad you stopped by. Thanks for the kind words :)
      ~Heather Elizabeth

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  17. Your cup is really beautiful and so unique with the gold harp. It is one you will treasure for many years. I love Leap Year too. Nice to watch a sweet movie. Thank you for visiting my blog and letting me know about aluminum foil in the slow cooker. Never knew it was okay to use it in a slow cooker. Hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

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  18. That teacup is a real beauty! Wouldn't it be lovely to have enough of them to use in a tablesetting?!

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  19. What a beautiful shamrock teacup, and I've never seen one with the harps on it like that! I also greatly appreciate the movie review! I rarely watch movies because I object to so much in them these days, so it's awesome to hear about this one. (I do like Amy Adams in the few things I've seen her in.) Thanks so much!

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