Monday, July 30, 2012


I have seen these photos online many times.
Many people seemed to like them I guess.

Do you love Battenburg lace?

I came back and watermarked
these photos.

I left a little cup for you to sit
and pour a cup of tea.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Welcome to the yard with the Queen Anne's Lace today.  We are having a bit of rain today which is lovely but before it started I was able to catch a few photos.....

This summer has been hotter than usual EVERYWHERE it seems so a garden is a wonderful place to be able to sit without direct sun burning down........ A place to be refreshed and relaxed.  As you have seen - my Queen Anne's Lace explosion has taken place. 

I am praying for those experiencing drought this summer...especially the farmers in the midwest. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


I have prepared a little settee for you to sit and just "smell" the refreshing garden air.  You may stay and linger with a few older July issues of Victoria.  These are the treasures - the older issues that sweep you away to England.

 Speaking of England, have you seen the 2 seasons of Downton Abbey and do you look forward to seeing the 3rd season with Shirley McLaine? It should be very interesting seeing "what happens next".

I can always get inspired by the older issues
of Victoria.  The photography was so special 
especially with so many aperture photos.

I see I have another kitty who has
found my garden.

I love making bouquets and
now that I have a garden I don't
have to spend money for them
at the market.

This is the 4th summer for my garden.  I started it back in June of 2009 so depending on how you want to count it out which really is very young for a garden.  When I look back at several years ago - I am amazed at the changes that have taken place.

I know that I shall have challenges managing the Queen Anne's Lace but I shall do it!  I feel like I have lace doilies all over my garden!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


What a beautiful morning for 
Tea In The Garden.

Some of you know that two years ago I threw Queen Anne's Lace Seeds in every direction in my garden.  These seeds were from Columbia, Missouri and yes I know it is truly a weed - but just the same I LOVE Queen Anne's Lace.

I hope you enjoy your visit here to my small backyard Beatrix Potter Tea Garden -
 help yourself to tea.....

Mr. Peter Rabbit was also boasting
 about his prize Foxglove....

I have loved old china for a very long time and the Homer and Laughlin (America) Magnolia Dishes were given to me back in the 1980's by Suzie Butler in Burlington, Iowa 

You have every right to make fun of me about
my Queen Anne's Lace over the top passion!

Monday, July 9, 2012


And since little girls do love brownies,
I also want to give you the recipe for these delicious "Favorite Bakery Brownies" which are so easy to make.

I have several books including a book that opens back and ties to present Green Gables with two levels and all the rooms we have loved - including Anne's bedroom.

I own another book which just has wonderful craft ideas for children and another with recipes such as Diana Barry's Raspberry Cordial.  We sometimes make it at Christmastime.

Here is the recipe for the brownies:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

To make these brownies you will:  melt 2 sticks of butter in a medium saucepan, and add 6 Tablespoons of cocoa adding 2 cups of sugar and beat until all melted.  Remove the pot and add 4 eggs, and 1 1/2cups sifted flour and mix well.  Add 1-2 tablespoons of milk as needed for moisture.  Lastly, stir in 1 cup chopped walnuts.

Pour batter into a butter greased and floured 9 x 12 baking pan 
and bake for 30 minutes

After you have taken the brownies out of the oven to cool slightly, melted 1/2 stick of butter in a small sauce pan on low, stir in 2 cups of confectioners sugar and 3 Tbs cocoa plus 1-2 Tbs milk  Use a mixer to blend all quickly after warm and pour on top spreading evenly across.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped walnuts on top.  After they cool - cut them into squares or rectangles. 

The wonderful books by L. M. Montgomery would be perfect for your child to read this summer!  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Welcome "Tea In The Garden" and welcome to a cup of tea and sweet repose..........even Mr. Squirrel is standing by ready and eager to participate!

Join me for a few moments of rest and relaxation.  Leave your troubles behind (we all have some) and reflect on God's beautiful nature. I know many have been experiencing a very hot last week so we can all cool off under the shade of the early morning. 

I have several of these old Victorian flower baskets and brought one up from basement to do an arrangement for our teatime....  

We are so glad to see the fires coming under control on top of the mountains and pray for the 347 families who lost their homes and the relatives of the couple who died.  It has been a difficult time for city but now BETTER DAYS are ahead...putting the past behind...we press on.....

I have had this treasure box most of my life.  I believe I received on a trip to 
New Hampshire as a child.

Of course Miss Tabitha and Mr. Jeremy Fisher
 are joining the party.

I am a "Visual Person" as you can see...
I love "pretty" and "sweet".