Category Archives: Garden/Tea Time

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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Birdies, Bird House, & The Garden Lady

  ”I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else on earth.”~Doug Greene   👩‍🌾Hello…👩‍🌾   How was your week?         I spent a good part of the week outdoors specifically in my garden.      The weather has been a perfect combination of sunshine     and blue skies with large puffy clouds.     The more time I spend in the garden…     the more I’m convinced that gardens are for gardeners and for non gardeners alike.     A garden is the source of many experiences…     different satisfactions.     There is gardening and then…     there is being in the garden.      There are gardeners who love nothing better than wrestling with the elements digging bare fingers deep in the soil, struggling with shovels, digging and re-digging, planting and re-planting…     making and remaking their gardens as they strive toward that dream … Continue reading

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A California Spring Tea💐

  ”Laughter is an instant vacation”~Milton Berle   Hello…🌸   Since I’ve been out of town all week…I was tickled pink to receive an email from my  California girlfriend sharing a recent Spring Tea. The gals who attended are all dear former colleagues with an accumulative career spanning over 30 years. 💕                   Notes from my California girlfriend: “Sally had the tea at her beautiful home. She just kept bringing loads of delectable food.We had big scones first and were not ashamed that we ate them to the last crumb!  Of course we had a moment of silence for our mentor (you!) as we perused the pot of Oregon Blueberry Preserves (photo of chicken holding jar). Caught up on each other’s lives, families and activities around the table. Laughed so much and really relished the food and each other’s company. Who knew … Continue reading

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