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


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Wow! I'm the first to link up this week! We missed you last week but it was lovely that you were able to get home for a visit with your family. I love your Sadler teapot. It's a cutie-pie. And I am swooning over your tea cart. Both of those books look like wonderful reading. Nice to have you back and have a beautiful day.


The Charm of Home said...

Right after I read the book "In the Garden with Jane Austen," I checked this BP book out of the library and read it. It was wonderful! I really enjoyed reading about Beatrix, she was a character. Very much like the movie about her a few years ago. I have been trying to find the Susan Branch book at the library. I so want to read it. Thanks for hosting! I love that teapot, it is almost a Brown Betty.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Your teapot is lovely, I really like the brown with a stripe of pretty pink roses! Hugs, Penny

Millie said...

I am admiring you lovely floral arrangement. The entire posting is superb!

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
I am so pleased that you had a little holiday with your family. Your new teapot is so pretty with the rosebuds and I also love old teapots and no one can see the inside of the teapot in our pics. Everything looks so lovely outdoors on your gorgeous tea wagon and hopefully the weather will hold out for us so that we can have a few more Teas in the Garden. Those donuts do look absolutely delish and your new books would be nice to look at with a hot cup of tea and a donut. Thank you for hosting! Happy Tea Time! Karen

Antiques And Teacups said...

Good to see you! Lovely post! I love that book too...such a mirror of a lot of our England trips including sailing there. Love the Sadler teapot...a favorite maker. Your photos are lovely, as usual! Have a great week!

Michele said...

what a truly precious post. I hope your father is doing well - and that he enjoyed your trip to see him during this meaningful time.

I love your new Sadler!

I have the Susan Branch book but have the Beatrix Potter Garden one on my wish list.......does Bernideen's store have online sales as well? Just wondering - prefer to buy from you versus Amazon or something. Just let me know.

Had family this weekend (birthday celebrations) and today was full of appointments - not looking at though I will have tea time today, or if I do it will be in a travel mug on my way to and fro.

Funny the one thing I want to do the most - fix a pretty teatime and blog about - is the last thing I am able to do lately. *Sigh*

Glad to enjoy yours at least - just lovely! Hugs.

Janneke said...

Your tea trolley looks wonderful and I do like your new teapot too. But you must know that I just ordered this morning the book 'A fine romance' of Susan Branch. I almost cannot wait to receive it from the postman.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

How nice that you went home to visit your step father, Bernideen. I went home to visit my Mom then, too.
Your new "old" Sadler teapot is just so pretty! I found a new one,too, but it doesn't pour very nicely.
Thank you for hosting and sharing your outdoor tea with us.

Anonymous said...

Bernideen, My mother passed away last September and I spent the weekend a year later with my pop and siblings in Southern California. It was good to be together during this very difficult time for my pop. Glad you could travel and spend time with your step father, too. I so enjoyed A Fine Romance by Susan Branch...

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I LOVE that Sadler teapot. I have never seen one like it. I like the mix of earthy color on it paired with the dainty floral. So very pretty.

I have not seen that book anywhere. Don't you love B. Potter? xo Diana


Oh my, how time flies and it's gonna be a year of your dear mother's death! How nice of you to go visit your step father and be there for what would've been your mom's b'day too!
The Sadler teapot is gorgeous and very unique with the two tone pattern. Love the book too. Really a lovely post and party. Thank you very much, my friend.
Have a happy week.

Deborah Montgomery said...

ooh, Bernideen, I love that teapot, just the right balance of cozy and feminine. And that vase you found is beautiful too. I have both books, so good.
I'm sure your father was very happy to have you with him during a difficult time. Have a nice week.

Martha's Favorites said...

Bernideen: I love the Sadler. It is perfect. Your yard looks so amazing. We need rain so badly here. Would love to set in your back yard. Blessings, Martha

Martha said...

One of the books I like very much -- A Fine Romance! Of course, we did almost the same thing a year earlier. Wasn't clever enough to write a book about it though -- LOL! You always set a wonderful tea table . . . and I'm thinking about that Beatrix Potter Book . . . hmmm!

angie said...

so süß ist ihre dekoration!!! liebe grüße von aqngie aus deutschland

Jill said...

The Brown Betty style teapot with pink roses would have been irresistible foe me. A lovely and lucky find indeed. Susan Branch's book is a delight to read.

MomWaldsPlace said...

Thank you for sharing your new teapot. It is the nicest brown one I have ever seen, with its petite pink flowers.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I don't have the Susan Branch book and know I'm in a minority amongst my blogging sisters. The new book on BP gardening life looks interesting, I'll see if it is available at our bookstore since I have a gift card.
When looking at your tea table I thought, that looks like donuts and sure enough...a real treat for tea this week.
Thank you for hosting Bernideen.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love those brown Saddler teapots with the flowery borders. I have two different ones, but yours is really beautiful with those small roses.

Carolyn said...

I hope your trip went well. Love the new to you Sadler teapot and I am sure I would enjoy both of those books.
Thank you for hosting,

Carrie said...

Bernideen--I'm sorry to hear about your mom. That was very nice that you got to visit with your stepfather. You were in my neck of the woods (sort of!). I love your white tea cart and the flowers are the perfect touch. I keep seeing that Susan Branch book--I'll have to check it out one of these days :). Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Bernideen

That was kind of you to visit your stepfather - I'm sure he would have appreciated it.
I love all things Beatrix Potter too and yes she would have enjoyed having tea in your garden!
The cat is wonderful!

Thank you for hosting Bernideen.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Bernideen,
I love your new tea pot. It is perfect for the fall time. And I love to see the tiny roses on the tea cups too. You have such a keen eye to combine things. Really beautiful. Your books sound very interesting. I will see if I can get the first one in German. Once I saw in TV about the life of Beatrix Potter. It was amazing for this time. I love your little garden and the beautiful settings outside. And for shure I love your yummy Donuts. Thank you for sharing this tea time and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Zaa said...

Such a lovely posting of your trip .. What a delightful Sadler almost looks like a Brown Betty only dressed up for a special occasion. I've never seen one like this before...Love it !!! OMG your reading selections look fabulous ...I just may have to buy one from you .. Do you have an online site to purchase? Thanks for sharing ..Hugs

Barbara said...

A Fine Romance sounds an interesting book. The teapot has very slight pattern and colour resemblances of the old barge teapots of many years ago.

If you are wanting to see some beautiful England I am posting at present on Cornwall where we recently holidayed.

Rosemary said...

Love the dainty little blossoms on your new Sadler teapot. Hope your trip to VA was filled with lots of love and beautiful memories. Hugs to you, Bernideen.

Angela McRae said...

I love your new Sadler teapot -- and please save one of those Krispy Kremes for me! ;)