Friday, August 26, 2011

The Talking Teacup

Bracing for Irene, as prepared as I can be, wishing all my extended family, friends and fellow bloggers on the East Coast good luck in riding this hurricane out - hang tight!  






Out of all the wonderful little spots I have found driving around Bucks County, The Talking Teacup in Chalfont, Pennsylvania has to be my all-time favorite.




This property was one of the "Great Lots" of Andrew Hamilton.   In 1745, it was passed on to Simon Butler.  Butler divided the property and sold off 67 acres.  In 1752, 50 acres was purchased by William James.  Although exact construction dates aren't known, the current owners believe that James built the original structure which is the tea room's kitchen and office.  The building has had two major additions and what was once a barbershop in 1970 is now their gift shop.  The porch was renovated using wood rescued from a barn on the property.


A little bit of whimsy greets guests
Owner Kathy Heck works hard to raise money for breast cancer awareness
A sampling of some pretty tea items for sale








Various tea and other items in pink for breast cancer awareness
Kathy and her staff have held various fundraisers the last several years.  Kathy's mother succumbed to the disease , and since that time, Kathy and her charming tea room and gift shoppe have raised over $80,000 for this worthy cause.






As soon as you walk into the gift shop, it smells so delicious, like chocolate chip cookies.  In fact it was a chocolate chip pound cake which was part of our tea.  




All the tea that is served is available for purchase.  


My friend Kathy and my iced tea
It was so warm and humid that day that I decided to go with iced roobius orange tea, which was delicious and refreshing.  




Assorted sandwiches included roasted chicken salad with garden salsa, egg salad, cucumber dill, ham with apricot honey mustard, roasted red pepper spread, and cranberry cream cheese.  




The scones were orange and cinnamon, served with Devon shire cream and jam. 




Desserts included a yellow cake filled with orange marmalade and a delicious butter cream, a sugar cookie in the shape of a tea pot and the chocolate chip pound cake.  Kathy had hot vanilla tea and said it was delicious.




Upstairs there is a dress-up room for a little girls' tea party.






I had to take a photo of this oldie but goodie - it still works!!!




A very sweet way to end a charming day.    Thanks to Kathy Heck once again for accommodating us as the place was packed and I forgot to make a reservation.  


I will be joining the following linky parties.  (Praying that we don't lose power and cable!!).  Please stop by and say "hi".


How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
On The Menu Monday at Stone Gable
Blue Monday at Smiling Sally
Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology 101
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday for the Letter "T"
Foodie Fridays at Designs by Gollum


xo

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65 comments:

  1. I just love the name of that place; what great post! You really described so we could almost smell and enjoy the whole adventure. It makes our life so nice to find such a jewel; thank you for sharing it.
    RIta

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  2. Looks like another great trip Barbara! Sounds like you really had a fun week:@)

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  3. Dear Barbara,
    "The Talking Teacup" how lovely the place is♡♡♡  Oh, I wish I could have been with you and be there enjoy shopping of tea items or have sweets and sandwich.
    MARVELOUS time with your friend♬♬♬

    I think about you that safe weekend☆☆☆ How scary it must be!!! Every year in this season, we are in danger of typhoon. I wonder how many come here.
    Fingers are crossed for you, my friend.
    Love and Hugs xoxo, Orchid.

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  4. Used to love going to Bucks County..thanks for sharing The Talking Teacup!
    Happy Pink Saturday and stay cozy and safe.

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  5. I think this is such a cute place and what a name. I love historical places and you in the east are steeped (is that how you spell the tea steep)in historical places. Would love to visit. Stay safe. Joni

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  6. Hi Barbara, That visit was was my third with you. It never fails to delight. Kathy along with her staff are always so gracious and accommodating.
    Be well and stay safe.
    Love,
    Kathy

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  7. Great post .. .my kind of place. Thanks for dropping by to visit my posts ... Chihuahua cheese is a Mexican brand of soft white cheese ... Most big grocery stores have it ... usually find it in the same place as cream cheese ... or other Mexican food supplies.

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  8. Everything looks so wonderful! Delicious tea and tea food. Charming surroundings... What a great place!

    Blessings, Debbie

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  9. I wish I could come and spend the day there with you my friend!!! Sounds so fabulous!
    Have a great weekend!
    <><
    Concetta

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  10. What a lovely outing! Fun with a friend and good food! Happy Pink Saturday~

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  11. Hello Barbara:
    If this tea room was near to us, we are sure that we should be very frequent visitors. Your Afternoon Tea looks absolutely delicious with such aninteresting selection of cakes and sandwiches. And, all presented so beautifully on such charming china. Bliss!!

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  12. I love everything in and about anything to do with tea parties. Must be the perpetual 8 year old in me.

    What a fun place!!

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  13. What a wonderful looking place! Be safe! Twyla

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  14. What a place! Looks as if one could spend some time there, eating and shopping.
    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  15. Next time I'm in PA, I'll look this adorable shoppe up.

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  16. How wonderful it would be to stroll through that place and enjoy so many goodies.

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  17. This was such a beautiful post! My sister in law loves tea rooms and I will have to figure out how to surprise her with a visit to this one...it looks like a wonderful place!

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  18. I just love places like this..looks like a great outing! ;D

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  19. That does look like a neat place to visit and find some treasures too.

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  20. What a great Tea Room. I am only about 2 hours from Bucks County...

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  21. Barbara, what a fun little tea room/shop! Tea parties are one of my favorite things. Thank you for sharing your day! :)

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  22. Hi Barbara, You had fun with this post. I am loving it!!! Loved the bit of history too. Loved that place and wish I could shop there. sigh.
    Be safe from old Irene. Prayers go out to everyone in her path.

    xo, Jeanne

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  23. Hi lovely lady.
    I love this shop !!!Look like you had a lot of fun also. I see you live on Staten Island, N.Y. You all need to keep safe Barbara.I will be holding your hand. Also prayers are coming your way..
    XXOO Diane

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  24. Love tea places and this looks adorable. Great place and great cause. Sending cozy and safe thoughts!

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  25. Barbara, thinking of you and yours while you brave Hurricane Irene. Stay safe, thoughts and prayers your way. I would love Bucks County and this shop. Added bonus, treats! I'm sure you had fun. Hope to hear from you on the other side of the storm.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  26. Loving this place! I'm so happy you shared your tea time with us. Big Hugs!

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  27. The Talking Teacup (love the name) looks like a wonderful place. I'll take one of each of the sandwiches and a scone!!! :D :D :D Wonderful that she combines her business with raising funds and awareness about breast cancer. Stay safe during the storm.

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  28. Looks sweet, B! Now relax, and wait for Irene to blow away. Mon the sun will be out!
    We'll make it!

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  29. OMG! What great things, me, I would need a box to take home so many treasures!! I'm loving this place, you're so lucky to be close to it! Have a great and safe Sunday. FABBY

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  30. I do love going to tea rooms...and take my grands often.
    This looks like a lovely place..so glad you had a good time.
    Take care, keep dry and I hope you don't lose power..:)
    xo bj

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  31. Looks like a great spot. So glad that you're part of Seasonal Sundays as you brace for Irene.

    - The Tablescaper

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  32. What a great place to stop and take tea, love the sandwich & cake plate selections, they look yummy.
    Maggie @ Normandy Life

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  33. Hi Barbara, that looks like such a great place to visit. Yummy treats, and a beautiful gift shop too! Thanks so much for sharing your fun time with us!

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  34. Hi Barbara! Oh, I would love to go to a lovely place like this and have tea with you! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. Everything looks so pretty and delicious. It's too bad there aren't places like that here in Miami.

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  36. I love that teapot-shaped cookie/crumpet! Love your blues!

    Happy Blue Monday, Barbara.

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  37. Thanks for sharing this fun tea room. I have to look it up. I don't live THAT far from it I'm sure.
    Looks like you had a wonderful day. Thanks for taking us along and for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY!
    Yvonne

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  38. Love it! What a cute place to have tea Thanks

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  39. This looks my kind of place for a long visit and some tea..Thanks for the share on this

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  40. I love the name of the place. The food looks yummy!

    My Blue Monday is here.

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  41. What a fun visit and cute name for a Tea Room!

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  42. Such lovely pictures! The food looked wonderful. what a cute name for the tea room.
    I hope everyone came through the storm safely.

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  43. This looks like a wonderful tea room!
    It is really packed with lots of stuff too. Fun to look around I can imagine.
    Thank you so much for showing us around. Lots of pretty tea cups to see in your post!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  44. What a lovely tea room, don't you just love places like this?

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  45. sweet treats.
    talking tea cup is funny to know.

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  46. Treasures galore. I think I just gained 5 pounds looking at those treats.

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  47. What a nice place to have a cup of tea! I do hope that Hurricane Irene did no damage to that area. And bless Kathy for over $80,000 in donations for fighting breast cancer. (I have had THREE sisters who have had to fight that monster!)

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  48. What a great name of the shop and I love what they serve. Oh my goodness, I am trying to loose weight. LOL

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  49. What a delightful place!!! I was shocked to see that one of the teapots looks exactly like one that I made several years ago, right down to the cheery yellow color!

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  50. I think I would spend so much time in the gift shop that I'd have to stop for refreshment to prevent starvation. It does look like quite a find!

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  51. This looks like a wonderful place to explore. It looks be filled with treasures. The food looks delicious.

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  52. That looks like such a fun place to go for a wonderful cup of tea and that dessert~yummy.

    Teresa

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  53. I would love to visit that tea shoppe! What a fun time you had! I love tea and think this is jsut terrific! Anne

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  54. What a fun place - love all the colors in the items displayed. We have a little tea shop nearby too and it is a favorite place for our stitching group to meet.

    I try to stay with the rooibus teas too and the orange iced sounds wonderful on a hot day.

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  55. that's a really fun tea shop.. love the decoration and items for sale.. we don't have such places around here.
    Visiting from alpha thursday

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  56. What a delightful post...and the photos too. Loved reading of your adventure to the tea room.

    ☮ ♥ Siggi in Downeast Maine

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  57. What a wonderful tearoom. They certainly do an excellent job with their displays. I loved how they used the old stove. The food looks good too.

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  58. Yummy!...I too love these kinda places,I could spend hours here.
    ~Jo

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  59. I've never had chocolate chip pound cake, but it sounds delicious!

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  60. What a terrific place. I miss tea rooms like that...they don't seem to have the same ambiance here in the desert...or perhaps I just haven't found any that do.

    This looks like a glorious visit.

    Thanks for letting me tag along...it would have been fun to shop there after those fabulous refreshments!

    A+

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  61. What a lovely name and what a lovely tea room -- the food looks fabulous!

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  62. Hi: What a great place! I wish it were closer, I would love to visit. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Thank you so much for being a part of Tea Cup Tuesday. Blessings, Martha

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  63. If I ever come near this place, I would LOVE to visit it. Thanks for sharing!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Birgit

    PS: See my T post here! :)

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  64. I hope you rode out Irene okay!

    The tea house is beyond charming! And everything looked incredibly yummy. I want to go there!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  65. Barbara!! I was just visiting my links from last week..I had to scroll and scroll and scroll down from all the comments here you popular gal!! This outing for tea looks fanciful and perfect. So glad I was able to join vicariously!

    BTW..I am about 30 min from the Mall so bring it on sweet lady!!! The Sweetology Bed and Breakfast is always open for you!

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