Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WATCHING THE BIRDS for "Friends Sharing Tea"



Like many of you, I enjoy feeding the birds and watching them come and go to the bird feeder.  Some of you will remember my absolute surprise and shock when a really big bird landed on my bird feeder last September.  It was an owl.  I have never seen one again.



I would love to see that again but I'm not holding my breath.  I am enjoying a "Watch The Birds" tea time this morning and I have a little tea vignette set up with my Blue Birds Teapot.  So grab a tea cup and pour yourself a cup of hot tea.  Do you take cream or sugar or both?  I wish my yard was this green (above) now as it is actually quite brown.




I took these photos this morning - winter brown is here!



My hubby and I enjoy teasing each other about having a bird feeder as we declare we are now like all the "old people" we used to make fun of who fed the birds:







Each week this blog party invites you to link a post about tea and link it here below!  I encourage everyone to visit those that link.  It is nice if you include a link to this post on your posting.  I love the little topper below that I recently found for just a few dollars.  It has an appliqued padded blue teapot on each of the 4 corners.  I have folded under one side to fit the buffet.




Hope your week is peachy:


I love to share at other blog parties:

31 comments:

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Bernideen: I love the bird theme. That is the cutest teapot. Makes you want Spring to get here quick. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Julie Marie said...

Good morning Bernideen... love your bird watching post!... and no, it's not "old" people who watch birds, it's all Nature lovers... I have been watching them lovingly since I was a little girl and still do!... my yard is full of feeders and I love it... your owl is stunning!... such magnificent creatures... love all of your pretty tea settings and I too love Tasha Tudors cookbook!... xoxo Julie Marie

Blackberry Lane said...

Hi Bernideen, I love the table topper you purchased. Your table looks so inviting. That owl is huge! We enjoy watching the birds, too. We have a lot of blue birds currently.
Have a lovely afternoon. Mildred

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Bernideen,
Well, I guess Hubby and I are 'old folks' too *giggles* because we love feeding the birds and watching them. Actually we have been doing this for over twenty years. I've always been a critter lover. Not too fond of our squirrel these days though who won't share the feeder with my little feathered friends!
I am loving your bird theme today. The blue teapot with matching teacups are darling and you know I love the white lattice set. Your linens are just lovely. Thank you for sharing this sweet tea time and for joining me as well. Enjoy your day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Ruth Weston said...

Hi Bernideen...how amazing you had an owl visit! Wonderful! We are old folks too, and have always loved the birds....especially hummingbirds which are so fascinating. Our cat loves birdwatching too...but he's an indoor cat, so it keeps him entertained. I love the bird finial on the teapot! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Terri said...

Oh lovely! I have always loved watching birds. I must have been born old! lol! When I was a little girl I got a little too close to a baby bird and received sharp pecks on my head for my efforts! I always get a thrill when an unusual bird visits our yard. The regulars keep us cheered with their songs too.
I love your bird tea cups! They are fab! And that wonderful tea pot needlework really caught my eye!
Hugs,
Terri

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
I love all of the sweet birdies today.... everywhere....little birdie figurines and birdies on the teapot and teacup. It is all so springlike. Tweet! Tweet! I don't have many china pieces with birds and now I must treasure hunt for some. Thank you for hosting Friends Sharing Tea! Have a great week! Karen

Country Gal said...

LOL ! Then Papa and I have been old folks for years lol ! I have been a nature lover all my life lol . I love watching the birds and critters in our yard whilst supping on a lovely cuppa tea nothing like it ! Wonderful photos ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I thought you would be buried in snow still Bernideen. That is a HUGE owl but exciting to see in your own backyard. We've been feeding the birds for years too, and when hubby retired he took over the job from me.
You've found another wonderful topper, the embroidery on it is lovely.
Thanks for hosting.
Judith

[email protected] said...

I love your blue bird teapot and cups. I also feed the birds, yet an other sign that I'm getting older, then?

ellen b. said...

And I enjoy watching the birds come to my feeders, too. Pretty tea bird setting. I'm still amazed at that owl landing in your back yard and that you were able to catch a photo of it. So great...

Janneke said...

That owl on the birdhouse looks wonderful! But I love your squirrel too and don't forget the BLUE BIRD teapot, I collect teapots but this is I think the most beautiful teapot you can have....

The Charm of Home said...

I would love to see a owl in my yard! I can not believe you caught that shot of the owl and the squirrel. So cute! Thanks for hosting!
Sherry

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Loveliness ! thanks Bernideen.
HapPy to have thought of a post to add (=
Tea with me in Scotland this time round...
Love your birdies - so sweet and great to get photos of them before flying off!

Thanks for encouraging other posters to visit - really is the point of the tea party for friends-
reminders appreciated :))

Kathryn Ross said...

Blessings, Bernideen! So delighted to see you putting on your Springtime - even though everything is brown. In my case - we just got more of the white stuff yesterday. Yes - I am looking so forward to green and birds in the garden. I am in awe of your owl picture! What a moment you captured with him (so HUGE) looking down at the squirrel who is looking up at him! Hope our squirrel friend didn't get scooped up for dinner! Never knew owls to come into residential yards like that.

We shall be satisfied with our finches and sparrows and wrens, I daresay.
Joy!
Kathy

Bernideen said...

Kathryn:
Quite a few years ago now - like 3-4 I had a large Red Fox come right over the privacy fence chasing the squirrels - another time a big fox and a little one - but not lately! That winter the red fox was running in our neighborhood a lot. He ate all the cats......................bad! But he never got the cat across the street!

kitty said...

I love bird watching and feeing the birds, too, Bernideen. I used to think the same thing about old people and now look at us!! Your tea is so pretty and I love the darling topper with all your pretty accessories. Thank you for hosting your wonderful party. xo

Starwood Quilter said...

I am so sorry that when I created my link, I must have clicked on the wrong photo. It looks terrible, and I have no idea how to repair it!

Angela McRae said...

Love the appliqued blue teapots on your tablecloth! And by the way, y'all aren't "old people" feeding the birds -- you're naturalists -- just like Beatrix Potter! ;)

Deborah Montgomery said...

Love your beautiful teapot and the teacups with birds on them. I just got into feeding birds this past year, and it has been so rewarding. The biggest bird I've seen has been a hawk, right on my kitchen ledge. That owl is huge! Thanks for hosting Bernideen.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Love your bird theme tea! I know you would like my book about tea time with the birds! We live iñ the woods so every once in awhile owls visit us. Lucky you to at least be able to see your garden now. Mine is covered with about four feet of snow! And just heard March is going to be even colder then normal here! Thank you for hosting your tea party!
....Nancy

Bernideen said...

I deleted it so please come back and repost!!!

Marilyn said...

Love watching the birds. We have a hummingbird feeder right by my breakfast window
and each morning I sip my tea and watch the hummingbirds. Soon you will see green,
I just know you will.

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Hi Bernideen thank you for hosting and thank you for your sweet birthday greetings. Oh dearly me, I missed a lot of your tea parties. I hope I'm not too late. I will definitely link up tomorrow. Is topper mean tablecloth? I like the teapot embroidered on it, so pretty so cosy.
You have beautiful collection of tea sets. I would like to scour around your shop. Time permitting.

Hope you have a good week. And oh I like the vintage colour pink stand.

Hugs,
Aida

Snap said...

Oh, goodness, Bernideen! I think I'm love with your blue bird teapot and cups and saucers. Beautiful. Fun teascape celebrating birds. I'd love to have an owl show up in my back yard. I know they are in the neighborhood, but haven't seen one yet. Beautiful linens and hand embroidery. I'm off to feed the birds. Happy Tea Day and thank you for hosting!

Bernideen said...

Aida:
A topper is a smaller 36" square or other size or shape that just goes in the center of the table. Sometimes it can be layered over a tablecloth. Thanks for viisiting and I am always glad to have you link!

Lady Linda said...

Well, your post is for the birds! So enjoyable and I had to chuckle about your comment about old people feeding the birds. Jimmy and I are right there with you. He just filled the feeders yesterday. It's so fun to watch them. He has a favorite little squirrel~Buddy~who he spoils too. LOL!
It is time to think SPRING!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Bernideen,
what a photo shot is that owl looking at the sweet squirrel. And the squirrel looks really amazed about this visit which makes it impossible to reach to Bird seeds. I hope the squirrel was not catched by the owl. I can imagine that this owl in often in your yard. Don't you have big needletrees in your yard? And birds and squirrels are around there, nice chance for the owl. But in the daylight, this is really amazing. Anyway, I love all your animal photos and the owl looks for me very friendly. Nice addition in the Beatrix Potter garden. LOL
And your china with bird pattern is lovely. I really wish so dearly to have spring now. We are closer to spring than you but sometimes it comes back, this wonderful springtime! Have a wonderful week, tahnk you for teatime and hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna
Bes

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love the bird pattern on that tea pot! The photos are all pretty and spring like. Love the visitor.♡

Blackberry Lane said...

me again....I was afraid I was too late to link up. We've been under the weather. Thanks for hosting.

Micupoftea said...

Wow...what a treat to see the owl in your yard and a 'hoot' to get the squirrel in the same photo! Love all your bird themed dishes and teapot. I also love your painted cuckoo clock. Happy March and thnx for hosting each week :)
Shawn