Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday's Tea Quote


" Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time
the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company."
~Anonymous

Friday, February 16, 2018

Tulips in Winter

 Last Thursday these gorgeous pink tulips
posed for me in the garden for tea.
Now this week they took on another role
with most of the stems cut off.
They had grown so long something needed to be done.
Cutting off much of their stems and all of their leaves,
I placed them in a bowl where they could again shine
and take on a different role.
Tulips are a metaphor for life.
They continue to grow even when cut down.
They open and flourish in the light.
Each step of the way they shine and delight.
And then as they wither and die,
they take on a different spirit and fly with the wind.
They retain their beauty each step of the way.
Happy Weekend, dear friends!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sending Love for Valentine's Day

 When I walk through an antique mall or shop
and see a bunch of cards or postcards I can't resist
going through them to see if something grabs my attention.
Of course most of the time I am looking for tea themes,
which I don't usually find.
 But still a few have come home with me.
I just can't resist all the time!
 Did you exchange Valentine's in school when you were young?
I never will forget the time my class was learning about the post office.
We built a post office from boxes and on Valentine's Day
sent our cards through the mail to the others in my class.
Some years we would decorate a paper bag or a box to carry
our cards.
These are such special memories!
My cards are now standing at attention on flower frogs across my mantel.
Those little frogs are handy for more than holding flowers.

Do you still send Valentine's?
Do you love receiving them?
Do children still decorate a bag to carry Valentine's?

Happy Valentine's Day to each of you, dear friends!
Have an extra special day.
I hope you receive at least one Valentine from someone special.
One friend always surprises me and that makes me extra happy.

Enjoy the day!
Sending Love to you!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Stacked to a Tea

Recently for a teatime snack I made a stacked tea sandwich.
Not the neatest or the most beautiful I have seen,
but still delicious.
Using what I had on hand there was a layer with cucumber
and butter, curry chicken finely chopped, and egg salad.
The bread I had in the freezer was sourdough.
Though I love the flavor of sourdough,
it didn't really give the clean cut to make a pretty sandwich.
Next time I would use something more pliable,
such as whole wheat or plain white bread.
I called this a stacked sandwich,
it is sometimes called a ribbon sandwich.
They can be very pretty on a tea plate.
Sometimes you can coordinate colors
to carry out a theme. 

So if you have a little bit of this and that in your refrigerator
and you want something pretty and fun for your teatime delight,
why not try a stacked or ribbon sandwich.

The teacup was a gift from a friend along with a blue matching cup,
Royal Crown Pottery, Balfour, made in England

Linking to Bernideen: http://blog.bernideens.com/

Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday's Tea Quote

"Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea
is never far from our craving for beauty."
~James Norwood Pratt

The cup is quite old teal transferware,
made in England before handles were added.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Colors of Springtime

In my part of the world this past week we have seen some sunshine.
It feels like springtime with the crocus making an appearance.
I decided to take tea to the outdoors one afternoon
and celebrate springtime in my garden.
The tulips were at the market and as you see,
I couldn't resist bringing some home.
What a delight to enjoy a little springtime.
It refreshes my soul.
 The sweets came later in my kitchen, but thought you would
enjoy seeing more colors of springtime.
Heart sugar cookies with a bit of citrus flavoring
and maraschino cherry mochi.

I know many of you are buried in snow,
but thought these cheerful colors might give you hope.
Yes, springtime is coming.
When it comes to you grab your shawl,
some pretty flowers, and a cup of tea
and run outdoors!

Happy weekend, dear friends!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Best of British Tearoom

Best of British Tearoom opened in my part of the world last year,
but I guess it really hadn't occurred to me to visit until recently.
Since I am on the planning committee for TeaFestPDX on July 21st,
I stopped by to chat with the owner last week about her involvement
in the tea festival.
We had a lovely visit over a pot of delicious Harney & Sons Darjeeling,
sitting right by the stove.
How special to be able to share over a cup of tea
our love of all things tea.
If you are in the area, she has a wonderful array of English teaware
and food from England.
Sally knows all things British as she grew up in England.
The room off to the right is packed full of delicious sounding teas
to tempt your palate and delight your soul.
Now I can't wait to go back and nibble on little sandwiches and sweets.
You can find Best of British Tearoom at:
4810 SW Western Avenue
Beaverton, Oregon 
Phone: 503-367-4828
Tell Sally that Marilyn sent you.

Linking to Bernideen at http://blog.bernideens.com/

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Amazement

 Amazement!
Isn't that a wonderful word?
Nature amazes me, especially in spring time.
I know, it is early for spring time,
but what can I say.
Enjoy these pictures of spring time
at Elk Rock Gardens of the Bishop's Close here 
in Portland last Sunday afternoon.







 Daphne!

 The bees were very active and excited for springtime.
I tried to capture them on my camera, but not sure you can see them.
 Finding this garden is like finding the secret garden.
There are no signs to guide you and you must know it is here.
It is a center for the Episcopal church.
Wouldn't you just love looking out on these grounds as 
you work and then taking a lunch break to walk here?
 Crocus, snowdrops, and hellebore were everywhere.

Amazement

Let me become notorious
For going around with my bridal veil tossed back
And my mouth saying "I do"!

Renewing my vows with life
Every day
A hundred times a day.
~Sue Monk Kidd

Spring reminds me of a bridal veil,
so full of froth and beauty.
It is indeed my favorite time of year
when life has the blush of a bride
and everything is fresh and new. 

This was my walk for the week.
Hope you enjoyed it!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday's Tea Quote


"Love and scandal are the best 
sweeteners of tea."
 ~Henry Fielding
 
Chocolate cake and tea is always the best for
the month of LOVE. 
Happy Monday and teatime!

Friday, February 2, 2018

In the Garden - First of February

 I know, I know Spring is not here yet,
but after the holidays and first of year I begin looking for signs.
It brings me such JOY to find signs in the garden that Spring is on it's way.
Above the hellebore are beginning to bloom.
How I love the pink and creamy white flowers in the garden.
 Since there are many buds on our 35 camellia plants,
I have been watching them closely.
We had one rouge bloom a month ago, but nothing else.
Now just yesterday I see HOPE in the garden
with this sweet pink bud.
 Then daphne is always an early bloomer and once
we see the sun these buds will open up and the fragrance with 
DELIGHT me.
This is winter jasmine.
No fragrance, but sitting just under the hummingbird feeder,
they love to make a stop here for some nectar.
And finally, the flower that just says "Spring" to me, daffodils.
Can you see the heads forming? 
Very soon there will be daffodils in the garden.
And then I can say, spring has arrived.

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand,
and a Heaven in a Wild Flower."
~William Blake

What would  you add to that quote?

Happy weekend, dear friends!
All pictures taken this week in my garden.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Tea with a Friend

a favorite in the past year,
a place to enjoy afternoon tea with someone special.
So when my friend suggested we meet here for tea,
I couldn't wait to do so.
My favorites are always the sandwiches and savories
and I wasn't disappointed.
Next came the scones with their own cream.
By now I was getting full and decided to save 
these delights for breakfast today.  Yummm!
To top the three tier server were lovely sweets,
two were nibbled there and three were enjoyed later in the evening.
How fun to stretch out the JOY and remember the special time
with a friend over a lovely afternoon tea.
In my cup was Harney and Sons black currant tea,
one of my favorite when I visit a tearoom.
Love this part of the tearoom, the decor is whimsical and done with class.
Thought you might like a glimpse of their pastry
and chocolates. The chocolate are what greets you
when you walk in the door. What a way to touch the heart.
It was a special afternoon shared with a friend
over afternoon tea.

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