Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Picnic Style Tea among the Lupins

                                                                            Hello everyone,
                                                      Although this tea was taken last June among
                                                      the lupins that we planted beside our pond I
                                                      remember well the beautiful evening that it
                                                      was for a simple picnic.
                                                I used my antique red transferware china.
                                                       A pot of tea and some lemon cookies
                                                       an old tablecloth and a picnic basket
                                                       and I was good to go!

                                                        Looking forward to lupin
                                                        season again as they grow
                                                        wild along the roads here.

                                      Whenever, I took these photos I knew I would
                                                be using one of them for the cover of my
                                                next book and I did! (see sidebar).
                                                Soon, it will be picnic time again.

                                               Today, I am sharing them with Friends
                                               for Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog.

                                                                            Thank you for visiting!


Monday, April 28, 2014

Shabby Chic Romantic Tea Room

                                                                           Hello everyone,
                                                          I hope you will join me for tea today
                                                         at my favorite tea room. It is in Mt.
                                                        Dora,Florida where we spent a couple of
                                                       days on our trip south. It was the first place
                                                       we headed for when we rented our car.
                                                       It is called The Garden Gate tearoom.
                                                              I think it has romance and
                                                             shabby chic down pat.
                                        Every time we have gone to Florida we went for
                                        lunch here. Not only does the setting delight me
                                        but the food is amazing too.
                                         Love how the mirror is decorated over the
                                         mantle and even the chair get a romantic

                                                   There are several vintage and antique dresses
                                                    on display.

                                           A table of hats if you want to
                                          borrow one.

                                                Everywhere you look inside there are treasures to enjoy.

                                                           Are you smitten yet?

                                                       Lots of pretty teapots.

                                                    Lots of  pretty tea cups as well.                          

Come on in and join me for tea!

As pretty as it is inside,the weather
was perfect and the garden area
charming so that is where we
choose to sit.

I smiled at a couple of ladies stopping
to tell me I was a real southern gal.
I told them I was from Canada but
they didn't hold that against me.(ha! ha!)
said there was a little southern in us
all! I do love that southern hospitality!
Later we enjoyed this lovely sunset from our front porch
at the Lakeside Inn.....life is good!!!!

Thank you for joining me today.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Color

                                                                   Sunday Blessings!

                                                Just enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon here so
                                               I am quickly popping in to share some spring color
                                               alas still indoor color.

Charming flower pots hold sweet
little pansies.

                                                                           I wintered over some of
                                                                            my geraniums.

                                         Hope you are enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon!

Have a cup of Spring Tea before you go.

                                                                             Take care,

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Shades of Blue

                                                                    Happy Weekend!

                                     It is a sunny day here but still on the cool side for spring.
                                     However, everyday brings little changes and we know
                                     there is lots of good things coming soon.Looking forward
                                     to the peonies and lilacs putting on there show after the
                                     spring bulbs.

                                             Today, I am sharing some of my favorite
                                               photos of my blue and white china.

                                                                 Antique sugar bowl.
                                                                          Spode teacups

                                                                  Toile and transferware are two of
                                                                  my favorite things.

                                 I am looking forward to the days when I can take my
                                           camera out and do a photo shoot of the garden but
                                           right now we are still at the brown stage with a few
                                           splashes of color here and there.
                                                                         Hope you are enjoying your weekend!