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This summer, my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. That’s a long time to fall in love over and over again. To celebrate, they went on a 3 week trip to Canada’s East Coast, which included cup of tea in Rita’s Tea Room.

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Mom is on the left

Rita’s Tea Room, was the one-room schoolhouse in Big Pond, Cape Breton, in the 1930s. It was converted to a home in the 1950’s, and eventually became the home of late Canadian singer-songwriter Rita MacNeil.  She opened her tea room in the early 1980s.

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When Rita started the tea room, she “put out the word that we needed teacups and people came by with all kinds of them.  Some were delicate, the china so thin we could almost see through it.  … There were real treasures among them, but more precious was the fact that people gave them to us so freely…”. Many of these delicate treasures line the shelves inside.

As with any vacation, there were a few souvenirs. Little Guy got to sample 20,000 year old water from an iceberg ( it was really good) and Big Guy got to sample iceberg beer! And while I didn’t get to sip tea with my Mom in Nova Scotia, she brought home a little something to share with me.

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And that’s just what we did… Happy Monday!

I’ll accept the rose tonight, the one you give with so much love
You’ve taken all the fear inside and right before my very eyes,
You’ve turned it into love. – Rita MacNeil