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A Cottage Garden Tour (Summer)

“Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away. The rose that lives it’s little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower.” -William Cullen Bryant Hello, sweet friend… 💕 Living on the Oregon coast in the summer for me…means romancing the outdoors. 🌼 That being said…I thought the first day of summer would be perfect for taking you around the garden. 🐝 Come let’s stroll in a small cottage garden together… 🌺 💐 🌞 🍄 🌹 These exuberant old fashioned pink roses in full bloom celebrate the joy of summer. I’ve often wondered if the first owner…perhaps someone who worked at the old lumber mill…& handmade this cottage…planted these lovely roses… would have ever imagined that this cottage garden would one day be…painted pink cared for to it’s fullest🐝 🌸🌸🌸 🐝 🦋 🌻 ⛱ 💐 Summer unfolds it’s splendor… 🐝 🌸 🐠 🐝 🌻 🌻 🐟 🌻 … Continue reading

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Reflections on Mother’s Day

Hello, sweet friend… These last few days have been gorgeous here on the Oregon coast… and I’ve been inside with a sinus infection. I’m hoping I’m on the mend…finally feeling better after a week of  antibiotics…yippee!                         “It is the wise mother…who gives her child roots and wings.”                                                                                             -ChinesProverb The following post has been re-edited from a previous post.      With Mother’s Day just around the corner I’m stirred by the memories they conjure up.              It has been 7 years since I retired from teaching elementary … Continue reading

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Postcards from Paris…Antique Garden Fleuriste

    “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” – Audrey Hepburn   Hello, dear friends…   It’s been raining and stormy on the Oregon coast these last few days…however earlier in the week the sun was shining bright and so I ran over to one of my favorite nurseries to see if I could find some pretty colorful flowers to plant in our garden.     Here they are all happily blooming in my window box that sits in front of the cottage window. sweet!     All this enjoyable gardening brought to mind a lovely memory from our Paris trip…     continued from here💕 Upon our arrival back to Hotel Eiffel Turenne we were delighted when the attendant told us about our upgrade to a much nicer and larger room. The room had a wonderful view and before we knew it had settled in for the … Continue reading

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“The Season of Giving”🎄 Marcia’s Christmas Tea

  ‘’Come, let us have some tea and talk about happy things” -anonymous    Hello…     It’s that time of year…         The time where…      family…     friends…     and traditions all come together….     It’s that special season which influences both the sacred…     and secular parts of life…                 Christmas is everywhere!       For a little over a month the world is surrounded by holy images…     and a belief in a love greater than ourselves…     Many years ago I was fortunate to discover a tradition which resonates with Grace, Hope, and Compassion…     where kindness can be extended & friendship and giving from the heart becomes a source of great joy…     I discovered that hosting a Christmas tea…     is the perfect way … Continue reading

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Summertime🍒Teacups🍒 Blueberries🍒 Scones

    “If you want to be happy, be.” ~Leo Tolstoy     Hello!     I’m in the cottage kitchen ready for a cooking date with Joe.         A while back I went blueberry picking 9.9 pounds I’ve been collecting ideas & recipes ever since for all the ways to use them!     I wish they had already been picked when I hosted a spontaneous summer tea…     Speaking of which …     Let me share a few photos of that day     To save time I had ordered the food from a wonderful local deli-bakery. this usually works best for spontaneity 😉     sandwiches…     pastries…     and chocolate cupcakes.     Teacups were filled with a wonderful rose tea purchased from the Butchart Gardens.   👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳      BLUEBERRY SCONES (These scones are great for breakfast, brunch, dessert, and perfect for summertime … Continue reading

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