Monday, September 29, 2014

A FINE ROMANCE for "Tea In The Garden"

On Sunday, September 21st, I flew home to Virginia to visit my step father.  September 24th would have been my Mom's 87th birthday and their wedding anniversary.  Since my Mom passed away last October, I wanted to be there during what would have been her birthday and spend the week visiting my family.

Yesterday I purchased this old Sadler teapot in  Denver - yes it has lots of crazing but I love it.  I am not a perfectionist.  I love old things which are well worn with time!  And it was cheap.

During my visit to Gloucester, Virginia, I took this opportunity to reread Susan Branch's 2012 journal and book about  her 2 month visit to England.  I have not been to England myself so this was my reread of her enjoyable book.  A closeup of my Sadler below:

On Wednesday of last week it poured and poured rain all day.  It rained buckets and buckets as I was reading about Susan's visit to Hilltop Farm and Windermere.  It seemed so appropriate as she wrote of the rain there too.  I hadn't seen this much rain personally in years and you know it doesn't come down like that in Colorado where I live.

Of course, I loved reading about Susan's visit to Hilltop Farm as I have such a fondness for Beatrix Potter and my own small back yard garden is something of a Beatrix Potter Cottage Garden. She also included some recipes from her trip.  I also have a new book about her garden which you must get your hands on.  If you can't find one - I sell this now at Bernideen's or see my Bernideen's Facebook.

I really look forward to reading this book
 as it came while I was gone:

Please help yourself to a cup of tea and one of these Krispy Kreme Donuts.  We love to stop there on our way out of Denver and eat them on the way home in the car.

Do you have a blog where a tea post occurs?  Please join me for my tea blog party by linking something tea related, baking, collecting cups and saucers and anything related to tea time:  Just link at the bottom below.  Lastly, I am sharing this old vase I also found yesterday.  My garden is winding down but a few blooms remain here and there.  I will also be sharing my posting 
with these other blog parties:
Tea Time Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


This is the time of year I find myself having Tea In The Garden and some days in the house!  Today's "Tea In the Garden" had to go to the house:

It seems we are passing through September so quickly and October will be here soon.  Some of you may have a copy of this book "The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady" which features sketches and journal entries by Edith Holden.

I have also been enjoying the recipes in the 10th anniversary edition of Susan Branch's cookbook called "Autumn".  If you love comfort food this cookbook is wonderful for featuring Farmhouse Biscuits and Iowa Corn Bread and homemade cranberry sauce - not to mention Gingerbread Cake and Cranberry Apple Crisp.  Are you hungry yet?

Because of such cool nights, we have a  few leaves beginning to turn here.  We haven't had a frost yet and I know that is what really makes the big difference.

As you can see I love the colors of fall and I have fun (like most of you) pulling out things that celebrate the season.  Last year I found this old transferware plate that I couldn't pass up.

I hope you can join me below by linking something related to tea time for this blog party.

Note:  The teapot pictured was sold at my store!

I will be sharing this post with:

I do need to say that I will be taking a break from blogging next week - so there will be NO BLOG PARTY NEXT WEEK!

Monday, September 15, 2014


Yesterday the weather was lovely and we decided to go up into the mountains west of Denver to Idaho Springs and Georgetown, Colorado.  First stop was Idaho Springs:

Old mining towns line the interstate and now attract tourists evading the fast pace and looking for a slowdown.

Most of these old towns have buildings now used for 
 shops and restaurants:

Of course there are always old Victorian houses:

This photo below was taken from our moving car on the interstate:

The next stop was our main designation:  Georgetown, Colorado where the movie "The Christmas Gift" with John Denver was filmed many years ago.  This little town is my favorite place in Colorado because I love that Christmas movie.

Georgetown is a small town with Victorian houses with the lovely "Clear Creek" winding through town:

Of course - I always look for this house where John Denver who portrayed an architect sent to Georgetown by his boss to see about developing the town  visited Susan McMillan who worked at the local post office.

Below is the hotel where John Denver stayed with Aunt Henny and her brother Buzz who ran the Busy Bee Cab Company:

The post office where Susan worked:

This cold stream rushes all through the town:

 Another tiny town where we stopped for a couple minutes - Empire, Colorado:

And a past post on Georgetown can be found HERE!  The second issue of Victoria (if you have old copies) was a feature on Georgetown. If you ever see the movie it is wonderful!
I will be sharing this post at:
A Delightsome Life

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TEA IN THE GARDEN with the Sunbonnet Ladies

Hello blogging friends and welcome to Tea In The Garden.  I have heard some different names for vintage ladies that are embroidered on old linens: sunbonnet ladies, crinoline ladies, etc.  I have a definite passion for them!  Last week I sewed a piece using different linens that fits on my bench and it would also fit on a deep mantle to form a large scarf.

As you can see I put the biggest lady in the center as focal point:

I also recently found a fun apron someone had embroidered but never finished. 
 All I had to do was sew on the pockets.

I brought along Susan Branch's book to share with 
you and my Tasha Tudor Cookbook:

Our nights have turned quite cool and we have had more
 rain than usual all summer here so that is nice.  

Here is a close up of the apron:

As you can see, I have some tea towels
 and runners with Sun Bonnet Ladies:

I also have 3 cups and saucers with the ladies on gold filligree backgrounds.
  Perhaps you have seen some of these from the 1930's - 1940's?

Please pour yourself a cup of tea!

Late note:  the teapot with fruits has been sold at my shop!

If you are a blogger I hope you will join in the fun by linking something about tea time, collecting cups and saucers, teapots, baking, vintage linens, etc.  Just link here at the bottom of this post!
I will also be sharing my posts at these other blog parties:
Tea Time Tuesday
A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Garden Party
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Share Your Cup Thursday