Friday, July 22, 2016

Happy Birthday, Beatrix Potter

Sheep nearby.
Peter Rabbit's garden.

It's Beatrix Potter's 150 birthday.
She was instrumental in bringing in sheep to the Lake District.
These sheep are on her property now which is part of a Land Trust.
It was springtime and the apples were in bloom.
With Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle I was dreaming of having tea by the fireplace.
How special to visit here in May and yes, I am sharing again
because after all I am celebrating her birthday today.

Happy weekend, dear friends!
Go out and celebrate!

I am linking to Bernideen today at

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Freshening the Nest

This loveseat has been in my living room for over 30 years.
It looks pretty good here, but it has been bleached by the sun
and scratched by the cat.
It was time for an change.
I decided to go neutral, which was harder for me to decide 
on than something colorful.
So here you go, the new loveseat, neutral with pillows to
add color.
Well then the chairs needed freshening too.
Off with the checks and on with vintage flowers.
I found the vintage flower fabric about 15 years ago
in an antique shop in Colorado.
I thought I would make tea cozies with the fabric,
but I am loving it on the chairs.
How fun to finally see it being used on two chairs.
It may not look like the loveseat and chair goes together,
but the same creams and greys are in the texture of the loveseat.
My "live-in gardener" wasn't sure until I pointed it out.
Subtle, yes, but I love it and I love freshening the nest.
Freshening the nest is so much fun.
Do you like adding a pillow or doing
something more drastic to freshen your nest?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wildflowers of Summer

Photos taken on Mt. Hood this week.
The wildflowers were in abundance.

Their beauty sits in my heart and makes me smile.

The possibilities came to life
like so many summer wildflowers,
dotting and coloring
the hillside of her future
in ways that took her breath.
~Karen Kingsbury
Ever After

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Adventures with Tea

 Do you see the difference in the tea color from the first
cup to the second?  It is Butterfly Pea Flowers a friend shared with me.
After steeping it is a dark blue, then when you add lemon it turns purple.
Quite fun, but the flavor not that great.

 Then another friend asked what I like keeping close around me
and how would I portray that in a photo.
Again tea things, but also cameras.
I love taking pictures of tea times.
Then an adventure to an antique shop is always fun to see what
tea things we can spot.
Can you picture sitting here sipping tea?
One lump or two?
I will warm the water for your tea right here.
Stop by for a cup and savor each sip.
Happy tea drinking day!
What adventures are you taking with tea?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Notes from the Garden

The next two were from my live-in gardeners
bonzai teachers booth.  We were surprised to find him there.
We brought this one home to love.
It is a coffee plant.

Aren't the colors magnificent in the gardens now,
but especially when visiting the farmer's market.
It is a wonderful adventure to visit there.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Light and Love

For you France
For you around the world that are hurting today
Sending Love
Holding you in the Light

Blessings on your weekend

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tasting Tea in the Garden

By now if you have visited my Delights of the Heart before
you know I love having tea outdoors.
Sunday there were twelve sharing tea in my garden
and last evening there were four of us sipping and tasting.
What a treat it is to share tea with friends.
The photo above was from the gathering on Sunday,
my WuWo Tea Ceremony setting.
It is always fun to try to guess what tea your friends has served you.
Then last evening my friend, Geoff, and his mom came by to taste some
new teas from the World Tea Expo, which took place in Las Vegas in June.
He brought a 2nd flush Darjeeling, Rung Meet 2015 and
a Russian black tea.  Both very good, but the tea that totally
delighted my taste buds was a Taiwan Dark Tea from Alishan region,
Tsou-Vayiyann .  I had never tasted a dark tea from Taiwan and
my explanation of the flavor was "it tastes like candy", maybe even
a bit of cotton candy.  What a treat for an evening of sipping with friends.

So you see the sipping continues in my garden this week.
I hope you are finding opportunities to sip in the garden.