Monday, January 6, 2020

Celebrating a new year and my 5-year blogiversary!

Happy 2020!
As usual, the holidays flew by! But I'm looking forward to what this new decade will bring.

I kicked off the new year with a cup of Goddess oolong tea from the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC. This decade, I hope I can finally cross off afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress from my bucket list!

My tea empties from the December sipdowns.
Left: teas from my customized tea advent calendar.
Right: other holiday teas that I enjoyed during the Christmas season.

Today is a very, very, very special day: Tea in the Valley is celebrating its 5-year blogiversary! 

I was a lurker of tea blogs for years before I finally joined the fun! Starting this little blog has been an incredible ride. The connections I made through blogging enriched my life in so many ways. I've even met some of my local blogging friends in real life! Extreme gratitude goes out to everyone who has supported this blog by visiting, commenting, or following via e-mail over the last 5 years.

To thank you all for your awesome support, I am hosting a 5-Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

 The giveaway winner will receive:
1) This vintage bone china (Made in England) tea cup and saucer.
2) Some tea samples and other surprise items

Due to high postage costs, the giveaway is only open to residents of Canada and U.S. (sorry!)

How to enter: 
Drop an "Enter Me" comment and a way for me to contact you below
(if I don't already have your e-mail address).

Entry Deadline: 
5:00 pm Eastern Time on Sunday, January 12, 2020

The winner will be chosen via and announced on: 
Monday, January 13, 2020

If the winner doesn't contact me within 48 hours, a new name will be drawn.

Good luck everyone!!!


  1. Congrats on your anniversary! Oh my gosh, that cup and saucer is stunning and would be a lovely addition to MY collection lol! One of the gifts my daughter-in-law gave me was an advent tea calendar/box. I didn't drink one a day as each bag made a whole pot so I've been 'savoring' a new pot every now and then and using a different cup and saucer each time. Thank you for the chance for the give away and have a Happy New Year!

  2. Congratulations! It has been fun to follow your tea journey. I love your work "teas". I was so lucky to be paired with you in a teacup exchange. Best to you in the new year. "Enter me"
    Sips and Smiles,

  3. Happy 5 year anniversary! I love reading about your work teas! Such a great way to recruit more tea lovers. Please enter me!

  4. Happy 5th anniversary. Your blog is so interesting and your photos are always stunning. Enter me please!

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  6. Happy five years of blogging, Margie! The teacup is so beautiful. Thank you for the opportunity to win...enter me, please.

  7. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Great giveaway,that teacup is amazing!Good luck everyone!Hugs!

  8. This is exciting Margie! Congratulations on your 5th blog anniversary. And yes, I'd love to enter your beautiful giveaway contest. That teacup is exquisite!

    Here's to tea and tea drinking!
    Brenda xox

  9. Happy New Year, Margie and Congratulations on your five years of blogging! You have taken us all on many tea adventures and we have enjoyed every one. That is a stunning teacup and saucer and thank you for a chance to win. Please enter me and have a wonderful week.

  10. Congrats on your blogaversary! Your knowledge and experience of tea have certainly taught me a few things. If you do get here for tea at the Empress, do contact me and we can get together!
    Please enter me. Happy first week of January!

  11. HI Margie! How wonderful to have this celebration! I'm so glad you joined blog land or this is where we've met.
    Please enter me in your giveaway! jenwildflower at

  12. Happy Blogerveray Margie, enter me please, reminds me of our teacup exchange, I miss those. Here's to at least 5 more years. Blessings.

  13. Congratulations on 5 years! Enter me.

  14. Congratulations. Enter me.

  15. Congrats Margie for 5 years of blogging. Enter me and I can be reached at Hope you get to have tea at the Empress ... very expensive but worth it.

  16. Enter me in your 5 year blogiversary give away

  17. Congrats.

  18. Congratulations, Margie! You've created such a lovely space here, I always enjoy my visits.


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