Monday, February 3, 2014

KEEPING COZY WHILE READING "A FINE ROMANCE" for Friends Sharing Tea


I don't know about you but with all this snow I would love nothing better than a big stack of cookbooks, magazines, etc and lots of time on my hands to pursue and waste away hours and hours dreaming through the pages.  Actually this just isn't my life. I don't have a lot of time to relax.  After hearing about a book others have read I had to find one. (I had sold her cookbooks in my shop for years.)   I am referring to Susan Branch's book and the fact that I just picked my ordered copy up last evening: "A Fine Romance". Today is "Friends Sharing Tea" so I want to share this book too. You would love it and wintertime is the perfect time for a good read. 





  Not every room in my house is full of teapots,  Our den is actually the one more masculine room.  I have a new teacup and saucer and it is English Elizabethan.  The colors are yellow and blue with lots of gold.






A leather sofa separates the kitchen from the den. My tea cabinet is armed and ready there as I do my reading.  I am already on page 85 in Susan's book! 



I have not been to England but doesn't everyone have a right to dream of going there? I know many of you have been there.  Susan takes us there in this book and journals each day with her artwork.  And she loves Beatrix Potter and anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I have a Beatrix Potter Cottage Garden in my backyard here in Colorado. My new Windows 8.1 takes my photos and does its own auto collage thing making a composition so I just picked 7 of my garden photos and here is what it did:



 Susan has done a wonderful job of honoring Beatrix while she herself is a lot like Beatrix.  I started my garden in the summer of 2008.  It has been a work in progress by a "working person" and in the summer I come home and work outside until I can't see in the dark.


Many of you love your gardens like I do:



Peter Rabbit would love Susan Branch's book about England:



I think Jemima Puddleduck would love it too:


And did I forget Jeremy Fisher?


I hate to be rude but I've got some reading to do if I'm going to catch up with my friends who have already finished this book. 

I will be sharing this post with these parties:
Tea Time Tuesday
A Return To Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday With Terri
And also with Martha.....
Cottage Style Party





 Today is "Friends sharing Tea so I invite all bloggers to share something from your blog about TEA by linking up below.  
Do you bake?  - I love it when people share some baking too!  It's nice of you include a link to this blog on your post.


39 comments:

ellen b. said...

Loved reading Susan's book just after our visit to England. She really describes things so accurately. Her description of the scary drives had to be read out loud to my husband and our son and daughter in law because it described our experiences to the T...
Her illustrations were delightful. Enjoy...

NanaDiana said...

How wonderful that you have a copy of that book. I need to get one. I love books and reading AND gardening. Your gardens are just gorgeous and I like the collage Win8 put together for you. I suppose that will be my next step up in a PC at some point. Hope you have a wonderful day and get to do a bit of dreaming and reading and tea sipping! xo Diana

Beth said...

Your garden is lovely, Bernideen, especially for being only 5 years old. I like the collage Windows8 made. Hope you are enjoying your new computer. I would love to read Susan's book too. It sounds wonderful!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, the book sounds marvelous! I love your garden and wish I could garden myself. I will just have to enjoy yours and others' who share them so proudly here in blogland. Your new teacup is very pretty and Hubby would just love your leather sofa! Thanks for coming to tea and hosting your lovely party as well.

Blessings,
Sandi

Beth Laverty said...

I have a number of book from Susan Branch and a couple of years I used her book of days as journals. Thanks for sharing this one. And your lovely tea cup.

The Victorian Girl said...

I read A Fine Romance from cover to cover in 2 days! I just couldn't put it down!

Janneke said...

I love the collage of your garden, such fun. The book sounds good too, put it on my wishlist.

Marilyn said...

Loved this book and want to read again.
Nice to see your garden collage honoring Beatrix Potter.
Oh how I dream of visiting her home one day.

Snap said...

Isn't A Fine Romance wonderful?! I love it and could open it every day. Nothing better on a cold day than a warm blanket, a cup of tea and a wonderful book. Happy Tea Day and thanks for hosting!

Vee said...

It is a delightful book and I might wish to travel by ocean liner to England, until I think how ill poor Susan was. So I will just pick up my book from time to time and revisit the easy way. Your new tea cup is very pretty. The tea must have tasted especially good.

[email protected] said...

This quickly became my new favorite book after I read it. I mentioned on my blog that she came across the review I wrote and commented on it. Such a nice thing to do as she was in the midst of that long cross country book tour at the time!

By the way, just added your blog again to my favorites. When I changed the link late last year, I lost a lot of my favorites as it was the same time Google Reader stopped operating.

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
It does look very cozy in your den and I do love to cuddle with a cup of tea and a good book. Your newest teacup is so pretty too. I am looking forward to Tea in the Garden with you hopefully soon. Have a wonderful week! Karen

Deborah Montgomery said...

Love your little reading corner, and that beautiful tea cup. I've been to England twice, but not for a long time now, and love Beatrix Potter. That sounds like a wonderful book.

Deborah Montgomery said...

Also, just linked to your party for the first time. Thank you for hosting.

Cathy said...

I came here via Susan Branch's Blog....I love your Peter Rabbit and Friends garden! Did you buy the statues locally? I've looked in vain in our area for them. I will have to look at your other garden posts for ideas. Your garden is lovely!

Bernideen said...

Oh Cathy:
Here is the site - on line. They are in Pennsylvania. http://campaniainternational.com/index.php?page=statuary
I bought mine all locally in Colorado Springs. They are expensive and weight a ton!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A cozy place for reading Bernideen, and it looks like Susan Branch had you in mind when she wrote her book. I love the collage your computer made - no lines to break it up.

kitty said...

Yes, I dream of visiting England, too, Bernideen! Maybe one day....
Your tea and book both look lovely. I'm heading to the beach in Mexico tomorrow and will see you next week. xo

The Charm of Home said...

Susan Branch's book does look good. I have seen it mentioned on several blogs. Your tea is lovely!
Sherry

Cathy said...

Thank you Bernideen for the link, but they must not carry them anymore because I couldn't find them anywhere on the site! However, I did see several other statues that I like and a list of retailers in my town. With the catalogue # in hand, perhaps they could order the ones I want if they don't have them on hand.

Marilyn said...

I loved reading the book and it was actually the first book I've ever wanted to read again! It is a treasure and I do want to visit again, as we went in February. We did see lots of snowdrops, crocus, daffodils, and primroses. Enjoy the rest of the book and stay warm. I hear we're in for colder temperatures this week.♥♫

Julie Marie said...

Hello Bernideen... your home and gardens are so beautiful... I love love love your Beatrix Potter gardens... I pre~ordered Susan's book and got one of the first signed copies from her... I have read it three times already!... each time, I see something I missed the first (or second) time, and I refer to it often... I am a huge fan of hers (and Beatrix Potter!)... Susan even featured my Tessy pup on her blog when the book came out... Tessy was "reading" it!... surrounded by my Beatrix Potter figurines... enjoy your tea... xoxo Julie Marie

Donna Heber said...

Hi Bernideen,

I wish I had more time to read, but work gets in the way of that ... lol. Your Beatrix Potter garden looks so pretty and it is so nice to see it on this dreary winter's day. Thank you for hosting and for sipping tea with me today.

Bernideen said...

I looked it up here:
http://campaniainternational.com/index.php?page=animals
I don't see the ones I have but do see others that would work for a Beatrix Potter garden. Alos, they are much bigger than they appear. I would like the Hedgehog and the mouse!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I just love your plaid chair and secretary. Beautiful! So charming and different.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I'm liking that book, I should get it! I love your tea setting and your home and garden are stunning Bernideen, I love it! Thanks for hosting and have a lovely week.
FABBY

Two Cottages And Tea said...

I loved seeing your garden again! Beautiful pictures and collage! Your den is the perfect place to have a winter tea and reading your new book. So lovely! Thank you for hosting and have a good week!
Nancy

Schotzy said...

Thanks so much for reminding me of that beautiful book... I was really wanting to get it a while back but life got too complicated.... Your post, garden and gentle reminder just blessed my socks off!

Martha said...

Susan's trip to England was OUR trip to England in 2011 (almost) including the ocean voyage over! Sigh -- she had even taken the same book I did -- Elizabeth and her German garden! I should have thought to write a book! But it is a delightful book and brings back so many memories!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Bernideen: I love your yard. It always looks amazing. That tea cup you shared today is very pretty. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Terri said...

Lovely post Bernideen!
And I adore your new Elizabethan tea cup! That is a delicious shade of pink, and the gold trim is perfect! The shape is amazing. Lucky you to add this beauty to your collection.
Hugs,
Terri

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Bernideen,
what a beautiful spot to enjoy tea and a good book. The book sounds interesting, may be I find it in a German translation, too. The tea cup looks really springy and sweet. And your beautiful garden: sleeping under snow. So nice to see the pictures. It is really a lovely garden. Thank you for sharing this tea and book break and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

My hubby and I are yearning to go back to England. Reading this book is the next best thing to going.

Angela McRae said...

I'm with you on the joys of sitting and reading a stack of books and magazines. Glad you got a chance to settle in with the wonderful Susan Branch book!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I'm back, I just love your post for this great tea party dear Bernideen! Thank you for having me again!
Hugs,
FABBY

Bernideen said...

Brenda:
It looks like she replies to everyone who comments on her blog too - including mine. That's amazing considering she is a huge business! Have a great week!

KathyB. said...

I am going to have to get this book. I keep reading about it and everyone who reads it loves it. I always enjoy tea with you Bernideen.

Jann Olson said...

Bernideen, you know I love your garden! I too work out in mine until dark. It's so rejuvenating to the soul! The book sounds lovely. I adore your masculine room. The furniture is wonderful! Thanks for hosting. Happy to be joining in today!
hugs,
Jann

xinex said...

Your home and garden are both lovely, Bernideen. Love that leather sofa....Christine