Sunday, October 27, 2019


I follow our local weather with a  
10 day extended forecast and I noticed
that today there might be weather in
the 60's so I got everything ready in hopes
 of doing one more "Tea In The Garden" -
taking advantage of the late afternoon

I was surprised to find some flowers 
still in the garden - at least enough
 for this bouquet.

I recently noticed this Game Series Spode
 set was used in the humble hearth kitchen
 of the Drew family (Tim and Margie) 
who were tenant farmers as part of Downton Abbey.

Some people dread cold weather but
I do appreciate the 4 completely different
seasons here in Missouri.  This week our
temperatures are going into the 40's.

I chose some fall tea wares to
enjoy today!

I have my Downton Abbey cookbook out and looked for a recipe for Potato Leek Soup although I wouldn't do it cold as suggested by Arsene Avignon, the Sous Chef at the Ritz.

Remember during the class with Alfred he asked the students what the name was changed to and Alfred did not know the answer (Vichyssoise).

Our butterfly bushes were loaded with action today.  They have continued to bloom because I deadheaded them all summer.

I hope you have a lovely week ahead.

Thursday, October 24, 2019


So out in my front yard I had one area where
I had not finished digging out the lawn and
 putting in the rest of the flower garden.  I
look at these photos and can't believe it took
me several days of digging this out.  Now we
need 30 more of those cement decorative
blocks to put around the edges and bark.

I extended this area away from the pussy willow. 
It was only 40 degrees outside
today so
I am glad to
get this done.

Of course now
I must go get the cement border pieces and
the mulch.  The real work was picking out
the BERMUDA grass the neighbor planted 
which has come into our yard.  That grass
is horrible and I don't like it!

Isn't it easy to put things off?  I sat on 
myself this week as I find every year now
physical things become harder.  So, it was
do it now as next year it will just be harder.
I am thrilled to get this digging done. I could
have never done it if I hadn't been walking
an hour each day for the last year.

I left the center open so my husband can
drive his mower through easily.

Three weeks ago a naughty man drove up
in the truck and parked in front of
our house at 4:33 am. In the dark, he stole
 my grey wheel barrel which I now realize
 I should not of left outside the garage.
  The neighbors video camera across the street
 caught him from  several angles but then -
 there must be a million trucks like his in
 this town. So we had to buy new wheel barrel 
which is easier to push really with two wheels.

By the front door walk: 

I have 2 butterfly bushes still blooming
only because I deadheaded them this summer.

Perhaps you have been in the
 midst of some
fall garden preparations too.

Monday, October 21, 2019


Like some of you, my husband and I
have been rewatching the television
series of Downton Abbey.  I found one
of my favorite spots in Season Four which
happens to be the Dowager Countess
 beautiful garden.

  I saw on line where the house is in real
 life "Byfleet Manor" in Surrey and is for 
sale or at least was for $6.12 million.

I took these pictures with my camera but they
are of my television set as of last night!

I was very sorry the scenes took but a couple minutes and this lovely garden 
was not really shown that much.
  I would have loved to see more.  Too bad Isobel Crawley didn't ask a few questions and let Violet 
expound on her knowledge!

We do see some lovely flowers just the same!

I wish they had sat down on that
 bench for tea!
Then there was the sweet young man who wanted a job helping the garden - thank goodness!  

Well, at least we know that
 the Dowager liked:

Alliums, delphiniums, hydrangeas,
poppies and what else do you see?

Friday, October 11, 2019


Like many of you we will be getting some
colder weather here this weekend so I 
decided to go ahead and pick some blue
hydrangeas near the fish pond.

I will be sad to see my zinnias come to a
stop too because they just got really big
and lovely.

Are you ready for winter?  I
think I would like to keep fall
around longer!

Monday, October 7, 2019

AN AUTUMN "Tea In The Garden"

This summer has been so busy running
in all sorts of directions so it is time for
me to get back on track here and do a
"Tea in The Garden" again.  If I have
counted correctly (?) I believe this
will be something like #168 for me:

It seems like blogging has lost it's charm
among many and not so many read
blogs anymore.  I must confess that this
summer I started to drag with posting.

We are happy to be enjoying some lovely
weather now in the 60's to 70's which is
really quite shocking.  We find ourselves
getting cold.  You know, you get used to
whatever you have and then you either
freeze or burn up accordingly.

My garden was chosen by some moles to
tunnel through but I'm hoping they get
rather bored and move on.  At the end
of the season I have some lovely blue
hydrangeas on the other side of the pond.

Please help yourself to some tea using the
silver plate strainer.  Have a nice Scottie
 Shortbread cookie too!

This old teapot must of been loved because
it has a lot of crazing but that's all right.
  I am drawn to old worn things.

 I hope you enjoyed our little tea time today....

Saturday, October 5, 2019


I haven't done much blogging this summer.
As busy as I have been,  I feel like I haven't
accomplished much.  Isn't that quite the
statement.  I am very happy to report that
our temperatures in Missouri have finally
dropped into the 60's - 70's.  It is shocking!

Just like you, I stay busy and always
wonder where time goes.  This week I
baked 120 cookies and then cupcakes.
I had forgotten how many cupcakes you
can make with a 2 layer cake recipe (not
a box mix).  It made 27!

We still have some green hydrangeas
and blue ones back by the pond.

This year I have some bittersweet too:

We aren't fans of halloween
 but definitely
enjoy the beauty of fall!