Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gracie Mansion

It is time to say goodbye to October.
Has it gone as fast for you, as it has for me?
We still have Halloween to enjoy.
Here, where we live in Florida,
our community has a big food drive to collect
for those in need. Bags are put on everyone's doors
so they can participate.

Do you have anything like that where you live?
You can always start one...

This summer, my dear friend, Carol and I  visited
Gracie Mansion for a tea.
Gracie Mansion is the mayor's home in New York City.
It was built in 1799 by a prosperous Scottish merchant,
Archibald Gracie, as his country home.
It sits on the shore of the the East River.

It is grand without feeling like it is too grandiose.
That is faux painting on the floor since real marble
was quite expensive at the time.

Here is a lovely postcard of the earlier times.
Archibald lost his money and sold the house to another
Scottish immigrant. It went to another's hands and then after sitting in disrepair, it was sold to the City of New York in 1896 when it began to be restored.
The mayor of New York is invited to live there.
Mayor Bloomburg does not but Koch and Guilliani did live there.
Fiorello La Guardia lived there as well. He used to sit on the lawn and the local people would come and talk to him about their concerns. Can  you imagine the ability to do that in these days with all of the concern of safety?

They host a lovely tea and give tours with passionate
guides who obviously appreciate the history.

We had The most delicious scones as part of our 
tea that I have ever had.

The tea is superb. It is from T Salon which
was featured long ago in Victoria magazine.
I remember, at the time, falling in love with the photograph
that accompanied the article showing a chandelier
made of silver teapots.
Who knew this tea still existed and is thriving.
This tea is especially prepared for Gracie Mansion
and can only be purchased there. It is quite a treat.

My birthday was in the summer and here
are a few of the special TEA birthday
cards I was so pleased to receive.

So sweet...

Bunting reminds me of England
but they are sure catching on here too.

This card is so special from my friend, Barby,
in Canada. It is made of embroidered cloth.

She sent all of those wonderful  tea cards above.

This is from my darling friend, Faye, and is made of
twirled paper. The process is called quilling.

So very special, indeed.

Hoping you all have a
Remember good times when you were young.
Share what you can now.

As we greet the month of November,
may you have happy tea times...
Dame Ruthie


Deanna said...

What a delightful place to visit!
Would love to see this in person.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Wonderful building! I love taking tea in historic places. Like the tea in a jar...what fun! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a fabulous place to visit let alone, live! I love historic homes as they have so much lovely character that we don't see in new buildings. That tea sounds delicious and your cards are all so special. You have lovely friends, Ruthie, who know just what you like. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at my HOME and enjoy the rest of your week.


Terri said...

Lovely post! Historic buildings are so interesting to visit. The tea sounds delicious. I really love all the tea cups in that magnificent image! Your tea cards are wonderful. I am so glad you had a good birthday.

Martha's Favorites said...

Beautiful! I love the gift cards you received. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Angela McRae said...

Sure enjoyed reading about Gracie Mansion and seeing all of the beautiful tea-themed cards! Makes me want to learn to quill!

Barby said...

We have food drives just as you do, Ruthie. Such a good thing.
I loved seeing the photos of Gracie Mansion and reading about its history - and the superb tea you enjoyed there.
Smiling ear to ear to see your birthday cards. There can never be too many tea themed cards.
Your card from Faye is amazing!
Happy November!

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Ruthie
Thank you very much for your words
That plece is marvellous
I had enjoyed a lot there!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a wonderful place for tea! So beautiful! Happy belated birthday! You received lots of special cards. Thank you for sharing!

Karen said...

Hi Ruthie,
I have never seen such beautiful teacup birthday cards. Your friends sure know where to find perfect ones. The Mansion looks amazing! Thank you for visiting me!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

It was wonderful reading about Gracie Mansion, Ruthie. Such beautiful tea cards from your friends too. We do have food drives here as well. Our Island is very good at sponsoring things like that. Thank you for sharing this with us at Tea Time and for coming to tea. Have a lovely week.


Lavender Cottage said...

An interesting post with the information about Gracie Mansion. A nice collection of cards you received and the gal that did the quilling is talented.

Maria A. said...

Hi Ruthie,
I love historic places, so thanks for sharing your visit to this beautiful building.
The tea cards are so lovely!Especially that one with a stack of gorgeous tea cups. How inspiring!

Maria A. said...

Hi Ruthie,
I love historic places, so thanks for sharing your visit to this beautiful building.
The tea cards are so lovely!Especially that one with a stack of gorgeous tea cups. How inspiring!

Alessandra said...

Hi, thank you very much for your sweet comment.I' m very glad that you like my creations. What a wonderful place! And how many beautiful gifts!

Madelief said...

Dear Ruthie,

What a beautiful place to visit! I like grand houses like this as well. They always make me feel special.

Thank you for your sweet words on my blog too. They helped to ease the pain a little.


Madelief x

Miss Jane said...

Dear Ruthie, thanks for visit at my blog and for you kind words. Our blogs are a great opportunity to share our tea passion!:)
Have a nice Sunday!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful place to visit! I like grand houses like this as well.

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