Friday, May 29, 2009

What Will I Call My Garden?







I have been working on a project at home- digging up my lawn in my small back yard and turning it into a garden at the 2 corners of the yard. I actually started last year but I have had shovel in hand lately taking out more! I thought..."I have to name this". Would I call it an English Garden or maybe a Beatrix Potter or Peter Rabbit Garden? No, I have decided I will call it my "Secret Garden" from a story you and I love! I had new photos from this mornings work but left the camera on the bed ...........so..........later with the photos! I also have 2 areas for herbs and found a wonderful rhubard plant. I like to move my plants all around - if they don't work in one spot I just move them to another! Here in Colorado it is still going down to 40 degrees at night so our maturing time for plants is slow. The good side of that is that plants stay in bloom a long time.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Taking Tea Alfresco


Time to take that tea outdoors and I have just the book to recommend for ideas.....Taking Tea With Alice! Herein lies some great suggestions for having a lovely tea event for children or adults! A Madhatter Tea Party is a blast but don't be late!
Now printed by Benjamin Press, Dawn Hylton and Diane Sedo's book has chapters with ideas for some great tea events you can pull off indoors or out! The "Looking Glass Nursery Games" give you all sorts of ideas for games for children.

I received an award at right today and want to link you to West Virginia Treasurers at http://www.wvtreasures.blogspot.com/ and have you visit her blog. Thank you Angela for this lovely award!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tea Quote


Ceylon tea is black tea grown in Sri Lanka, which was known as Ceylon before 1972.

From 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Visit Other Blogger Links to the Right


Today I want to encourage you to visit the links to the right on my blog...they are wonderful. I hope you will check them out.

Get a cup of tea and sit back....enjoy!
I have added several new garden related blogs: one from Prince Edward Island called Aiken House & Gardens and one from Germany called My Country Cottage Garden!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mary and Martha Celebrate Pink Saturday with Tea



Mary and Martha decided to celebrate "Pink Saturday" with tea in the garden....oops it decided to rain so they put their pink parasol over the table......... Mary said she would sing "I'm a Little Teacup" at the top of her lungs....

While crocheting a Pink doily........


Martha....never one to be "outdone" decided to crochet one too!

The table was perfectly appointed..........


The teapot was full of lovely mint tea........


What a way to live.......
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Friday, May 22, 2009

July/August Tea Time Magazine

I wondered if I would have time to post today because we are getting ready for "Territory Days" here in Old Colorado City. This is where thousands of people come to celebrate the fact that this was once the capitol of the "territory" before Colorado was a state....
I do want to show you what arrived today.......the new issue of Tea Time which you will love..... I have been collecting rhubard recipes lately and this looks great!
Please make this and send it to me......
and they have the perfect tea party for all you Pink Saturday girls...........


This is a MUST HAVE tea magazine.......and you will love the ideas for a Firefly High Tea in the evening......

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tea Quote from 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know

Most Tea in America in revolutionary times was green, not black.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Early Garden Time in Colorado











Here in Colorado we are behind most of the USA in "what's up and blooming" now. Our roses won't be blooming for several months........but when they do they will bloom well into the fall.

Our perenials are just coming along out of the ground. Part of this has to do with our very cool nights. This is also why flocks of people come here on vacation. I lived in Spring, Texas where you could walk outside at night in the summer and it would be 100 degrees. Here it is a lovely 70 degrees or less at night. The day lilies my daughter-in-law gave me in the fall all survived in spite of being in plastic bags outside in the winter and not getting planted for four months. Gardening is so much fun - I love getting my fingers in the dirt!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tea Classes This Summer




My original plan was to cancel Tea Classes for the summer until fall. If any group of at least 4 are interested in taking my class with my booklet "Recipes and Reasons for Afternoon Tea" please call the store at 719-447-8844 and request information on the Saturday morning class. These photos were from the May 16th class! It is ALWAYS fun!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Celebration

Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee....Psalm 119:11

Your Word is truth....John 17:1

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Queen Elizabeth II for Pink Saturday


Welcome to Pink Saturday and cup and saucer display with the Pink Lace! Yesterday a lady asked me if I would like to purchase this 50 year old cup and saucer...... I acquired it for a very reasonable price and find it very interesting......



Elizabeth II became Queen on February 6, 1952.....



Late note:  I plan to give this as a gift to a friend



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Friday, May 15, 2009

Snow on the Peak!

This was the view today as I drove down Woodmen to go to work.....plenty of snow up on Pike's Peak. Today is our official last potential frost date. It did snow here once in June - hard to believe! I stopped at the Home Depot and loaded up on foxgloves and perennials to work in my yard. I am very excited to see the lilies my daughter-in-law gave me all coming up nicely along with my delphiniums and lupines!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Isn't Organization Great!

This winter as the snow came down I began a project.....redoing all my recipe files and really organizing things. I went through all my magazines and cut out everything I wanted to keep. I already had so many files started in 2 smaller file cabinets but decided to move all these and more to one of my large cabinets. This old cabinet is built to LAST...not like the cheap ones we all see today. The drawer glides out smoothly and fits just barely inside my kitchen coat closet...perfect to be near the kitchen. The top drawer contains everything about tea and tea parties and also holiday cooking and desserts. This is my "fun" drawer.
I can quickly find what I am looking for...........


The second drawer is all my other cooking files - everything from Apples to Zucchini!


The bottom drawer holds gardening files, decorating, information on antiques, etc

Have you gotten organized lately?