Monday, October 21, 2019


Like some of you, my husband and I
have been rewatching the television
series of Downton Abbey.  I found one
of my favorite spots in Season Four which
happens to be the Dowager Countess
 beautiful garden.

  I saw on line where the house is in real
 life "Byfleet Manor" in Surrey and is for 
sale or at least was for $6.12 million.

I took these pictures with my camera but they
are of my television set as of last night!

I was very sorry the scenes took but a couple
minutes and this lovely garden was not really
shown that much.  I would have loved to see
more.  Too bad Isobel Crawley
didn't ask a few questions and let Violet 
expound on her knowledge!

We do see some lovely flowers just the same!

I wish they had sat down on that bench for tea!
Then there was the sweet young man who wanted
a job helping the garden - thank goodness!  

Well, at least we know that the Dowager liked:

Alliums, delphiniums, hydrangeas,
poppies and what else do you see?

Friday, October 11, 2019


Like many of you we will be getting some
colder weather here this weekend so I 
decided to go ahead and pick some blue
hydrangeas near the fish pond.

I will be sad to see my zinnias come to a
stop too because they just got really big
and lovely.

Are you ready for winter?  I
think I would like to keep fall
around longer!

Monday, October 7, 2019

AN AUTUMN "Tea In The Garden"

This summer has been so busy running
in all sorts of directions so it is time for
me to get back on track here and do a
"Tea in The Garden" again.  If I have
counted correctly (?) I believe this
will be something like #168 for me:

It seems like blogging has lost it's charm
among many and not so many read
blogs anymore.  I must confess that this
summer I started to drag with posting.

We are happy to be enjoying some lovely
weather now in the 60's to 70's which is
really quite shocking.  We find ourselves
getting cold.  You know, you get used to
whatever you have and then you either
freeze or burn up accordingly.

My garden was chosen by some moles to
tunnel through but I'm hoping they get
rather bored and move on.  At the end
of the season I have some lovely blue
hydrangeas on the other side of the pond.

Please help yourself to some tea using the
silver plate strainer.  Have a nice Scottie
 Shortbread cookie too!

This old teapot must of been loved because
it has a lot of crazing but that's all right.
  I am drawn to old worn things.

 I hope you enjoyed our little tea time today....

Saturday, October 5, 2019


I haven't done much blogging this summer.
As busy as I have been,  I feel like I haven't
accomplished much.  Isn't that quite the
statement.  I am very happy to report that
our temperatures in Missouri have finally
dropped into the 60's - 70's.  It is shocking!

Just like you, I stay busy and always
wonder where time goes.  This week I
baked 120 cookies and then cupcakes.
I had forgotten how many cupcakes you
can make with a 2 layer cake recipe (not
a box mix).  It made 27!

We still have some green hydrangeas
and blue ones back by the pond.

This year I have some bittersweet too:

We aren't fans of halloween
 but definitely
enjoy the beauty of fall!

Sunday, September 22, 2019


One of the sweet gals from church asked if
 she could  use my tea room for today for a
 gathering of twenty Home School Moms.

I was happy to let them use the room so I
 got out more fall type transferware as the
season is fast approaching.

I am sure they greatly appreciated Stacey
who organized this event with delicious
food and friendships made! 

Just to answer a question here
 The ladies had a committee to do the work,
 they provided the food and washed dishes. 
 I provided the space and dishes.