Thursday, June 30, 2011


Hello everyone,
      Hope you all are all enjoying some beautiful summer days. Summer has finally arrived here and I am loving it! We went for a drive yesterday and passed by a road side stand selling their fresh organic strawberries so we picked up a box to enjoy-they were sweet and juicy.
 As soon as we got home I made some biscuits and whipped some cream for one of my favorite summer treats-strawberry shortcake.

Help yourself-you won't be sorry.
I had to go out to the garden to really enjoy my afternoon tea break.

While you are here have a better look at Martha's(statues name) Garden. This is probably my favorite time in this garden as the Slender Deutiza are in full bloom and it is mainly a white garden. there is the sound of the water fountain on the wall and there are a couple of birds that have built their nest in here so we are sharing the garden.
As Bernideen said in her comment yesterday- it is hard to believe there was snow not that long ago. How quickly things change!

Anyone for seconds? I think I better get Andrew to hide them from me as I think they were 'berry good'!

My sister arrives from Vancouver this weekend and lets not forget the Royals are coming on Sunday also.I have been invited to a 'Royal Tea' at a friend of a friends Monday afternoon as well. it will be fun to go to someone else's tea party. Also,I am hosting a high tea birthday party on Wednesday-so that should be fun too.

I am joining in Tablescape Tuesday at Between Naps on the Porch and Show and Tell at My Romantic Home .

Happy Canada tomorrow to all my Canadian friends!

Thank you for visiting and for all your kind words too.


I am getting ready for some tours this weekend so I better get busy. Before I go though I


Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Dear Carolyn,
What a sweet temptation your strawberry shortcakes are! and your gardens... stunning. Is always a pleasure to visit with you. Have a fun time at all those parties and tour.

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

I love the sweet strawberries so much and we have eaten a lot of the sweet berries in this year. But now the time is over here, unfortunately.
xoxo Birgit

Kathie said...

So lovely Carolyn - we are enjoying strawberries too! They are like the essence of summer for me!

Anonymous said...

I just had to stop by and tell you how much I love visiting your blog! Your photos are stunning, and it must be a real honer to see your place in person ! Happy Canada Day to all our neighbors to the North..

Entertaining Women said...

Lovely vignette. Martha's Garden is not only lush, I notice that a fence panel has been removed to provide a peak at the beautiful vista beyond. Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to seeing the upcoming teas. Cherry Kay

Unknown said...

your pictures could be in a magazine...actually they are often far better than anything I see. thank you dearly for the effort as a travel here is so good for my spirits.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, Carolyn, what a yummy post and not just the berries either! We have the same red teapot and creamer and I love seeing them on your blog too. They really photograph well.

Say 'Hello' to Pauline for me and have a lovely weekend.


La Table De Nana said...

Tout est si beau!

Cindy said...

Happy Canada Day to you, too!
I love your garden area that you featured today and the strawberries and shortcake look very yummy. I haven't made shortcake for a while. Thanks for the great post today.
Hugs, Cindy

ZuLe said...

Lovely photos, it looks delicious.
Have a nice weekend.

Elzie said...

This looked really delicious. I have never heard of that cake before, but it would sure be nice to bake it. Do you have the recipe on the blogg?
We have our own strawberries, not many, but enough to eat all the time as long as the season is. I guess my DH are getting some ready to eat right now, lol.
Hope you have a nice evening.
Love Elzie

Raffaella said...

Wonderful colours for eyes and heart...

Sanna - My Blueberry House said...

Hi Carolyn,

Delicious! Love strawberries. Martha´s garden is looking very pretty.

Happy Canada Day!

Pamela Gordon said...

Your homemade biscuits look so good and I'm sure the strawberry shortcake was delicious. I picked two boxes of berries this afternoon just across the road - so handy! Enjoy the long weekend and your tea party! Pamela

podso said...

Sounds like good times ahead. Hope you run into the royals! Beautiful photos!

Susan said...

Carolyn, I envy you that you can make those flaky yummy bisquits, and eat them with strawberries and cream and look like a model! WHAT is your secret?

Don't forget to bring your camera to the Royal Tea so you can share all the loveliness, okay? Susan

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn
All that red and white, so patriotic - happy Canada day.
I use Madagascar bourbon vanilla too, another brand mind you but I think it is the best.
Have a great long weekend.

Linda said...

Beautiful gardens, beautiful dishes and table settings, beautiful strawberries, scones/shortcakes and cream!

Simply lovely!!!!


Robin's Nesting Place said...

I would be delighted to have tea in your lovely garden, especially if you serve strawberry shortcake! It looks delicious! I was thinking after reading this post that I want to be you when I grow up! You take fabulous pictures, you cook beautiful and I'm sure delicious food and your garden is like a little piece of heaven on earth. Thanks for sharing it with us!

I hope you enjoy the royal fun!

Madelief said...

Dear Carolyn,

How beautiful your white seating area looks! Your shortcake delicious.

I wish you and Andrew a lovely summer. Enjoy! All the best to your mum as well.

Lieve groetjes van Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn, it all looks very beautiful. Are you going to being seeing the Royal couple when they visit Prince Edward Island?
Have a very Happy Canada Day and a great weekend, I wish I could tour your garden, although you always show us such great photographic views I feel as though i am there!!

Love Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Rowan said...

The strawberry shortcake looks good, it's one of my favourites though due to an attempt to keep my weight under some sort of control I haven't made one for a good while. Glad you are finally getting some summer weather.

Anonymous said...

Happy Canada Day, Carolyn!

I thought I'd start this day of celebration off with a visit this morning to your stunning blog! My husband says the Garden of Eden actually started on Prince Edward Island - and I would have to agree!

Wishing you a beautiful day, as always!


La Vie Quotidienne said...

You read my mind! I have been craving strawberry shortcake. These look delicious. Your garden in spectacular, the white garden is such a beautiful, beautiful space...just like Sissinghurst.

joyh82 said...

What a beautiful post and my mouth is watering too..Have a Happy and Safe 4th!

Victorian1885 said...

Happy Canada Day to you Carolyn! Your red & white setting is fantastic... The garden is looking so lush and green. Have a great time with your sister & the Royals!


Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Carolyn! I thought about you today as some news people on TV were reporting from your beautiful island. I wondered if you were going to try to see the Royals! They showed some awesome footage of PEI, and now I want to visit it all the more! :)

Did you know that you posted about my all time fav dessert??? MMMM!

Martha's Garden is just beautiful. What a peaceful place to sit and consider your blessings! I adore white gardens!

Have a wonderful holiday, my friend - and enjoy your time with your friends!

xoxoxo laurie

mollymell said...

What a beautiful & yummy set up. The pictures are gorgeous!