Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BRINGING OUT THE VIOLETS for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Have you noticed any
 early signs of spring?

When we lived in Spring, Texas many
years ago,  I loved that when February
came - spring arrived.  It was a very
short and mild winter there.  I  have
learned that each climate that has
some amazing plus - also has an
some minus.  In the Houston area
it was summer heat clear to winter.

I always look forward
 to the violets
of spring! 

We have actually had two solid
days of rain and now we have
mud but that's all right because
I know things will green up now.

I love hankies with violets too!

Today a little bunny was sitting in
the rain outside our downstairs
sliding glass door.  I did feel sad
for him.  A squirrel  was very clever
and to my surprise I saw him up
looking in a birdhouse in the rain.
Then, I saw him chew the hole opening
for about 15 minutes - he chewed it
much bigger.  The next time I looked
he was snug inside looking out at 
the falling rain.

Today I took this photo
from inside the house.

I hope you are having a nice winter
and did you notice that March 20
is the first official day of spring?


Stephanie said...

Good morning, dear Bernideen! I so enjoyed your post today. Your words and photos have me thinking of Spring now :)

Have a blessed day! Hugs!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

'Morning Bernideen! What a sweet posting! I too shared my violets this week. Your little creatures are feeling at home from the sounds of things. The little squirrel that ate his way into your birdhouse is certainly making himself at home. They are cute although they ruined one of our bird feeders so we're not overly happy to see them when they come around. Your hankies are lovely; especially love the scalloped one. You have a gorgeous collection of violet china. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Bernideen...don't we love our violets! Nothing speaks spring...or the hope of beautifully! We aer record cold this week...20 this morning...cold for us. Our Violets and bulbs are just peeking up...and probably thinking better of it! Thanks for hosting...stay warm, and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Daniela said...

Dearest Bernideen!
What a triumph, a real violets-feast announcing that Spring is just around the corner with all the stunning jewels, real treats talking about ancient times you've on display in your so wonderful home, thank you for sharing such a gorgeous post!

Wishing you a most lovely remainder of your week,
I'm sending blessings across the many miles


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Hi Bernideen! My oh my, you certainly have a beautiful collection of pieces with violets, and you've displayed them so attractively on your shelves. Thank you so much for hosting your tea party for us.

The Victorian Girl said...

So many pretty violets! I used to live in Spring too! I actually grew up in Houston, then we moved to England for two years. When we came back we lived in Spring in a subdivision called Northhampton and I had my Senior year at Klein High School. That was in the 70's and Spring was still very rural. You wouldn't believe it now! It has grown so much.

Curtains in My Tree said...

You have the pretties assortment of dishes of anyone I have ever know, I guess owing that tea room gift shop has something to do with it.
I have never seen the tea cup with violets and roses it's just beautiful.
I had my several cups of tea already today so joined in your party.
Happy Belated Birthday also ( yesterday ) xoxo


Oh dear friend, your violet dishes are simply gorgeous! Everything is and that adorable hutch, oh well..
I have the same chocolate pot up in the pedestal but in a different pattern and I love yours too.
I'm not joining the tea party as I just have my newly toile upholstery chairs.
Thank you for your sweet comment, though.

Louca por porcelana said...

What a stunning collection of china with violets!Pretty embroideries too!This post is a favorite for me...Is that true?Happy Belated Birthday!God bless you and your family,sweet friend.Thanks for hosting!

Margie said...

Purple is my favourite colour so I'm loving all your pretty violet teawares. I was pleasantly surprised when my African violets started to bloom again this month. Bring on spring! Thank you for hosting and have a great week.

ellen b. said...

Wow! That's one resourceful squirrel! Violets are such a sweet flower and I love china with violets. Hope the rest of your week is good.

Marilyn Miller said...

I do love the violets. What a beautiful array you have. I also have a bird house that has an opening chewed large for a squirrel. They are clever critters.

Linda Walker said...

What a lovely display of tea pot and cups! I love all the lavender and purple!!

Szara Sowa said...

I am admiring your china with violets. It is amazing, how many pices You have! Have a nice weekend!

Jean | said...

Bernideen, you've inspired me to bring out the violets. I have only two things with violets - my mother's teapot and my honorary grandmother's teacup snack set. Sorry I didn't get a picture of the tea sandwiches, so had to put up a picture of the bigger sandwich.

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
Your violet pretties make me look so forward to spring too! The doilies and hankies are gorgeous. I especially like the wee cream and sugar. Thank you for hosting Friends Sharing Tea. Let's hope we can enjoy Tea in the Garden soon! Blessings, Karen

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

So many beautiful pieces!! So much eye candy!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Bernideen,
its always a wonderful monent, when the violets start blooming. Somethimes still rests of snow a in the area then. How cute and clever was this squirrel to enlarge the entrance of the birdhouse. The birdhouses look so nice, I would prefer to sit in such a tiny house and watch the rain outside. Thank you for this fabulous violet tea time!
Best greetings, Johanna

Edith DUTERTRE said...

très jolie collection pour la petite violette
elle est ici et là dans le jardin , puis viennent les jonquilles
l'annonce du printemps s'annonce un peu timide
les oiseaux commencent à chanter
à bientôt
edith (iris)

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

So many pretty links this week. Loved your chewing squirrel story! And oh those pansy plates are so pretty.

Zaa said...

OMG Bernideen... Violets are popping up everywhere...and I LOVE IT... It surely must be a sign of an early Spring. Your collection is fabulous . There is no way I could pick a favourite... I’d love a cup of tea from every teapot and every teacup... If you don’t mind I’ll have my dainty of those charming little butterfly dishes( so darn cute) ...xoxoxox

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What lovely violets - some of my favorites. It is also fun to see items that I also have in my collection, not nearly as many as you - but they are fun anyway. Lovely post.