Saturday, August 24, 2019

Teatime from the Garden

 Last evening I decided to have a teatime in the garden
with food from the garden.
There is an over abundance right now
and I am barely keeping up with it all.
You should see my kitchen, but no not really.
There are plums, apples, and tomatoes everywhere.
 I decided to try a new recipe for plum-rhubarb crisp.
Yes, the rhubarb even came from the garden.
 It was delicious.
 When I went picking I picked a few nasturtiums too.
They are so pretty decorating my plates, but also just shining in the garden.
 Then there were tomato and basil sandwiches too.
 I guess I could have made tea from the garden too, 
but I chose Doke Black Fusion, a second flush 2019 handmade organic black tea from India.
Thanks, Lochan Tea for this delightful tea.
It was perfect with my garden teatime.
And just because I wanted you to see my violets.
I gathered them together without the food.
The bare plate is standing in for the 9 plates I just found at 
an antique sale. I couldn't believe I found 9 of these beauties for $7. total.
I don't often buy plates anymore, as I have so many;
but who could resist. Limoges Haviland is also a weakness of mine,
especially when there are violets.
The cup and saucer are from my grandfathers set of violets and daisies.

So there you have it and a beginning to the weekend.
Now I must go make some jam with plums of course.
Plus there are more apples to peel and make apple pie filling for the freezer.
Winter will have some special treats.

Happy weekend, dear friends!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A Meander in the Country

 Today I needed apples, at least I think I do;
so I headed to the farm store outside of Portland for my Gravenstein apples.
Yes, each year I go there for 20 pounds or so just so we have pie filling in the freezer.
Winter just isn't winter without having a fresh baked apple pie occasionally.
 But first I had to stop and stroll this historic apple orchard.
Wow! the branches were loaded.
I was tempted to pick, but the apples are for the farm.
It is a historic apple orchard, part of the local park district.
Often children are brought here in the fall to pick and picnic.
I brought my children here when they were young.

 The old tree branches are often crooked and mossy.
 I love just walking here.
 My heart is at peace.
 The queen anne's lace was everywhere.

 At the farm where I bought my apples there were flowers too.
  Walking through the flowers put a smile on my face.
 I thought even the flowers past their prime most beautiful.
 Isn't that a busy big bumble bee?

 I spotted my first pumpkin, some cut fields, and tips of leaves beginning to show signs of Fall.
 And to top the day there was a cup for tea.
Don't you just love a lazy, meandering sort of day in the country?
A time to see what you can see and savor the day.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Garden Quote 2019

 “A good start in life is as important to plants
 as it is to children:
 they must develop strong roots in a congenial soil, 
otherwise they will never make the growth that will serve them
 richly according to their needs in their adult life.”
~Vita Sackville-West 

Not a real tree, but thought of this quote
when I saw my grandson sitting in the roots. 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Things that made me Smile!

 Things that made me smile this past week.
A peek in this vintage caravan.
 Yarrow in  a herb garden in Aurora, Oregon
 Paper flower, oh so colorful!
 A corgi with sunglasses on his head.
Later he was actually wearing them on his eyes.
 Girl on stilts!
 One girl making bubbles.
 One mermaid taking a rest after swimming awhile in the tank.
And of course if you knew my neighborhood
you would say, this bus makes sense selling vintage clothes.

There are still things in this world that are undiluted joy.
 Let us remember and remind one another - one by one by one. 
~Carrie Newcomer, musician

What has made you smile this week?

Happy weekend, dear friends!
Go out and find things that make you smile.
Notice what you Notice!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


 1st and 2nd flush Marilyn made tea.
From my garden came an early spring tea on the table,
quite smokey and good.
In the dish was picked later spring and I haven't tasted it yet.
So fun to play around with producing a little tea from my garden.
Heritage Tea Company
Handmade tea - November harvest
hand delivered for me.
What a surprise to have Elyse from
hand me this tea at the TeaFestPDX.
It had been sent by Rajen Barauh of Heritage Tea
and it was sent just for me.
A very nice breakfast tea, which I definitely will enjoy.
Lochan Tea sent me samples of some Assam, Doke, and Darjeeling teas.
I am totally enjoying them and will write a review after tasting them all.
Loving having all these different teas to taste and comment on.
I haven't found even one I don't like.
Now that is unusual!
And finally!

Wonderful teas from Thunderbolt Tea arrived just yesterday.
I usually order Darjeeling teas each spring from Thunderbolt,
but it seemed this year was later than normal for getting spring teas.
Oh the fragrances and delights in my tea basket right now. 

If you knock on my door we can definitely enjoy a cup or maybe even three
while we savor and share.

I think I am set for tea for awhile.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Garden Quote 2019

 Today I thought it would be fun to find just some white flowers in my pictures.
What a variety I found.
  From the blooming rhubarb

“The more one gardens, the more one learns; 
And the more one learns, 
the more one realizes how little one knows.”
~Vita Sackville-West 
 To the blossoms on the lemon tree.
 The rhododendron has a glint of pink.
A profusion of snow drops in spring time.

White blossoms remind me of moonlight.

Have a great new week~

Friday, August 9, 2019

Picnic Tea Time

I love a picnic and with tea even better.
A few days ago my sister and I ventured to a park next her home.
It was a potluck for the two of us.
She brought egg salad and chicken cashew sandwiches.
I brought roast beef with caramelized onion and a black olive sandwich.
Then for sweets I brought a small lemon bundt cake
and my sister brought strawberry shortcake.
For the tea it was a black tea, iced,
just right for a summer day in the park.
I loved sitting under a grove of tall oak trees.
The dappled light delighted my heart.
It has become a sister tradition each summer to meet
somewhere under the trees, in the shade and
have a picnic tea outdoors.
I just had to share my sister's smile.
It is always good to catch up and sip a bit of tea.

Happy weekend, dear friends!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Right Now at this Very Moment

I was thinking of senses, but have already done that.
What do I think of right at this very moment.

Dreaming of beauty and adventures is in my soul.
Fantasies and fireflies tickle me with delight.
Singing in the rain and Dancing in the Moonlight,
a fantasy to behold; but truly in my dreams,
I sing!

 I sing for you
I sing for me
I sing for justice
I sing for joy.

I dance in the speckled light under the trees.
I dance through the rose gardens.
I dance just to make my heart happy
I dance for all the twinkling stars up above.

I laugh the laughter to ward off the pain.
I laugh at the silliness in a story that doesn't even make sense.
I laugh because sometimes it is just better than crying.

At this very moment joy surrounds me
like petals of a roses falling from the sky.
At this very moment stars are tickling my eyes.
at this very moment I twirl under the sun and moon.
The sun is setting and the moon is rising,
I notice both with my arms out stretched.
I welcome each for what choice do I have.

At this very moment I send you love.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Garden Quote 2019

Summer met me in the glade,
With a host of fair princesses,
Golden iris, foxgloves staid,
Sunbeams flecked their gorgeous dresses.
Roses followed in her train,
Creamy elder-flowers beset me,
Singing, down the scented lane,
Summer met me!
~ Fay Inchfawn- Summer met me

Isn't it amazing how the colors change as we
travel through summer in the garden?
In the spring there were soft creamy colors
and now they have become more vibrant.
The pink hydrangeas are turning purple
and the blue ones have lost their vibrancy.
The yellow black eyed susan has replaced the sweet daisies. 
Each season delights my soul.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

At Twilight

 As twilight descended on a summer evening recently I ventured to a farm nearby.
Along with me, my "live-in gardener", and another couple we joined people
from different lives over a meal from the farm.
 It has become our summer tradition to do this
and I look forward to the time over food and fellowship with others.
 We were greeted with a table of appetizers as we waited to be seated.
 Each item came from the farm where we were or
nearby at another farm.
I could have just stopped here and nibbled the night away;
but there was more.
 The chef worked nearby, such magic he plated and sent for us to enjoy.
Now I must say, my intentions were to show you the food,
but enjoying savoring the evening delights the evening slipped along
without a picture to share.
There was fresh corn on the cob, salad with lettuce and peaches, green beans,
tiny little roasted potatoes, chicken roasted with a lovely rub, bread,
and blueberry buckle.
 Well I did finally realize I was enjoying the meal when
the blueberry buckle was served.
A picture was snapped and then to my delight I did eat it too.
 The evening slid more deeply into twilight as I noticed the sun go down behind
the big oak tree.
What a special way to celebrate summer and time of fresh garden delights.
Summer is never complete until there is a meal under the twilight sky,
food from the garden or the farm with flavors that sing to my soul.