Monday, January 4, 2016


Now that the Christmas tree is gone, I have my
favorite spot back for
 tea back again by the window.

And just outside:

I am wishing the lawn was covered completely with snow
outside though instead of brown grass.
  Not to worry, it will happen again!

As I enjoy my tea, I have been feasting my eyes on Carolyn Aiken's newest book about home, garden and tea entitled "Aiken House & Gardens".  I have all four now.  The photos are so lovely and carry you through all four seasons on Prince Edward Island.

 You can order all or any of Carolyn's books HERE.  Winter is the perfect season for inspiration and believe me you will be inspired by Carolyn's beautiful photos.

I have been enjoying so many Christmasy teas over the holidays. I have poured you a cup of the Downton Abbey Christmas Tea.  Of course, I assume you watched last night?

Please try some homemade Orange Banana Walnut Bread:

I will be sharing this posting at these parties:
The Art of Homemaking Mondays
No Place Like Home
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Saturday Showoff
Tea Cup Tuesday
Let's Talk Vintage
Share Your Cup Thursday
The Charm of Home

I hope you will join me below in my blog party 
and please include a link to this post on your blog as well. 

Just no "Give Aways Only please".


organicgardendreams said...

Dear Bernideen, I enjoyed looking at your blog post! That is truly a sweet spot to have tea by your lovely big window. And what a nice bouquet! Over the holidays I had the pleasure to have tea and flip through some great tea and home & garden magazines as well, which was really a treat. I even tried out a new recipe for a soup being suited to be the first course in an English Afternoon Tea, yay!
Wishing you a great New Year 2016!
Warm regards,

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Bernideen. Such a cozy place by the window! I love Carolyn's photos as well. Beautiful! A wonderful way to start out the New Year. Thanks for hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy New Year, my dear friend! I so love your window overlooking your yard, for a cup of tea. We have lots of snow here with more to come. I must pick up a copy of Carolyn's newest book. I do love your Bird Trellis tea ware. Those birdies are so sweet! We have had chickadees, gold finches, and juncos at our feeder these days. One day Mr. Squirrel found his way inside it too but Hubby put the run to him. I like squirrels but not when they scare the birds away. As always, you have a lovely tea setting. Thanks for sharing and dropping by to join me too.


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Happy New Year to you, Bernideen! What exciting changes you'll be having this year. I look forward to what views you will share with us in your new home. I have never seen Carolyn's books, but I know I would love them!
Your tea today is so pretty in front of your window, with such a lovely view. Did you make the pillows? I love their look! Thank you so much for hosting your special party for us.

The Charm of Home said...

Aren't Carolyn's books beautiful. I have one too. I really enjoy it. it is like having a piece of PEI to enjoy anytime. Thanks for hosting!

ellen b. said...

That's a lovely spot to enjoy tea! Happy New Year!

Karen said...

Oh Bernideen,
Your tea setting by the window today is absolutely gorgeous. Love, Love, Love the white teapot and cream and sugar and pretty teacup. Everything is perfect! Happy New Year Dear Bernideen! Blessings, Karen

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Tea time is always a good time....and having tea in front of your gorgeous windows will be splendid. Thanks for the party...

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Wish I could join you for tea at the window before you move on but I know there's going to be a special place for tea in your new home.
I watched Downton Abbey and loved every minute of it!

Michele said...

I only have 2 of the 4 of Carolyn's books- the first one, and her Christmas one. I need to get the other two for sure - it is great to promote one another tea sisters, thanks for the reminder! They make GREAT gifts!

Your tea spot is gorgeous and you have set a lovely table, Bernideen.

It's lightly sprinkling snow flakes today - finally cooled enough to give us a feeling of winter. Hope it lasts, I love winter.

Happy sippin'! Hugs! ♥

Unknown said...

How beautiful the snow photos are! Wish we had some snow here, we have been experiencing the most awful heat wave here in Victoria,Australia. I hope to join your blog hop soon.
Carolyn @

Vee said...

That spot before the window is a perfect place for a tea table. Do you take afternoon tea there every day? You will have to re-create just such a corner in your new home.

Storybook Woods said...

Such a beautiful, inviting corner. CLarice

Terri said...

Hello Bernideen, Happy New Year! Your newly free window is the perfect spot for your lovely tea. The homemade bread looks delicious and all the tea cups are so lovely. The magazine makes me yearn for summer.
thank you for hosting!

Margie said...

Happy New Year, Bernideen! Yes, I tuned into Downton Abbey's season premiere, as well as the pre- and post-show specials. I wished that the DA teas were more available north in the border. Last year, I purchased The English Rose tea but passed on the the other DA teas in an attempt to exercise some restraint. Of course, now I regret it as the DA teas are all sold out!

Thanks for hosting and enjoy the first week of January!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Such a sweet setting for tea - I have that same flowered teacup - it is one of my favorites.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Bernideen! What a gorgeous spot for tea! Carolyn's photos are just gorgeous. She really blesses us with snaps of her lovely home and gardens. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and here's to another year of blogging with you.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Unknown said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for continuing to host us and serve such delish tea each week! Have a super week!

Susan Freeman said...

I love your favorite spot by the window. Just beautiful!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Angela McRae said...

I love the serene look of all these pretty photos and look forward to even more in the exciting year you have ahead. Happy New Year!

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

Happy New Year Bernideen! What a gorgeous setting to enjoy your first tea time of the year. After seeing so much red and green recently, pink is a nice change of pace. Your elongated teapot by the bouquet of roses is quite beautiful. Thanks for sharing and hosting.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Oh gosh, your tea table and flowers have me longing for spring Bernideen. It is just gorgeous! I don't have any of Carolyn's books and would love them. I better check out that link. Thanks for the party.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Bernideen,
Your tea setting by the window is such a pretty set up. Your roses are gorgeous and daffodil's are always a favorite! I force bloomed some paperwhites for Christmas, although they did bloom for Christmas, they were way too tall and didn't bloom long enough. So not sure if it was worth it.
Sweet little birds outside for you to admire. I am waiting for some snow too, we have only had one dusting that did not last long back in November I believe.
It looks like you have the same teapot as Lavender Cottage has in her link. Pretty.
I didn't know Carolyn had books on her beautiful island home and garden, how nice.
Take care and enjoy your remaining time in Colorado!

Beth in NEPA said...

What a lovely spot for tea!!

relevanttealeaf said...

I don't blame you for choosing your front window as your favorite setting for tea. Every photo in your post is lovely! Thank you for sharing where Carolyn's books can be purchased. I'll be placing an order! As you can see by the photo I entered at your blog party, I watched Downton Abbey, and enjoyed it immensely. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

Linda Jennings said...

I love your special place for tea in front of the window. Everything is beautiful!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

You have picked the perfect place to have tea...the view is so pretty! I wish you had some of the snow we are getting here in Eastern New Mexico, it's snowing again today! This winter weather has been so crazy...we usually don't have very much snow here....hugs...

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Bernideen! This is my second try at comments. Hope this works! I love your tea time by your gorgeous window! What a lovely place to enjoy tea, watch the birds and enjoy a beautiful book by Carolyn! I need to order her newest one! Love your bird topped teapot set! I have the teapot and creamer, but haven't found a sugar bowl yet! Have a wonderful week!

janice15 said...

Well Happy New Year... Snow I haven't seen it in years and we are just rainning and rainning here all night and thus far all morning... Thinking to bake some bread.. I enjoyed my visit as I always do I too enjoy Carolyn's photos I have often spent time going through her blog. I will surely have to check on her books. Have a lovely day and thank you Bernideen for your visit it is always appreciated very much and I love joining you all. I 'm visiting with other who posted lovely afternoon to you my dearest with love Janice

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Bernideen, your tea table looks so pretty and at home again. I will have to check out more of Carolyn's books, I have one but didn't know there were more..Happy New Year and thanks for hosting..Judy

Carrie said...

Hi Bernideen! Happy New Year to you! Your party is so pretty in the window with spring flowers. I really like the blue tea design on the tablecloth.

Curtains in My Tree said...

I love your large window where you have your tea

quakerhillfarm said...

What a beautiful view and tea table that you have made! How lovely it would be to sip a cup of tea here! Have a beautiful week my friend!

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Happy New Year, Bernideen! Your spot in the sun to watch the pretty birdies and snow while sipping your lovely tea is perfect!

Linda said...

Hi Bernideen,
You have a precious place for tea! Love it.
Carolyn is a dear friend and I'm thrilled to see you feature her collection.
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Jean | said...

Bernideen, I'm picturing myself sitting with you in your favorite tea spot with a pot of tea and plate of your sour cream sugar cookies.

Art and Sand said...

You surround yourself with beauty.

I think I'll copy you and create a spot for me to read and sip tea. Now I need to hunt down that perfect cup.

Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

JES said...

What beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing your lovely homemaking with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

Carolyn said...

Hi Bernideen,
I would love to sit by the window with you having tea ,watching the birds and having a chat!
I am so glad to hear you enjoy my books....thank you.

I just got home from a horse and sleigh ride through a snowy woods.

Thank you again,