Monday, January 12, 2015

TAKING TEA IN COMFORT for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Winter has presented itself clear and cold in Colorado
 Springs and we have 8" of fresh snow. 
 There is a natural embracing of indoor
 activities and fireside positioning.








Winter window views reflect pretty snow today so I decided to embellish the view with treasured books, teapots, favorite things and warmth!  Perhaps you feel the same and have your own special spot for tea and comfort.



I hope you can pour yourself a cup of tea
 and sit and enjoy the view.  I am so fond of vintage linens and all the time that was spent by others making them.




Some of you probably have this Victoria magazine
 book from the past:  






A few years ago I saw a bird house like this one in an antique mall but I put it back.  You can see inside the the photo below there is a  back pew in the doorway.  Actually it has 3 rows of pews and a platform at the back of the church.  (or the front) Would you believe I found this one 2 years later made by someone else I think.  In my mind, I imagine an older gentleman making it in his garage.




I am so glad to have my Christmas things put safely away in the basement and I must say I DO understand why some people don't like to decorate for the holidays - lots of work, right?  A pair of these birds come to my bird feeder every day.  Someone told me they are called Northern Flicker (?).


  All tea blogging friends are invited to link below and share something about tea from your blog.  I also love to share with these blog parties: 
Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi
Mosaic Monday with Judith
Tuesday Cuppa Tea with Ruth
A Return to Loveliness with Kathy
Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha
Share Your Cup Thursday with Jan




33 comments:

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The best of winter is to enjoy it from the inside while cozy with a cup of tea and a good book. Love all your birdhouses hanging from the tree and I see a flicker on the ground. I rarely get them at my feeders, more so in summer to feast on ants.
I didn't do a tea post this week, stepping back from blogging a bit but do thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Bernideen.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, Bernideen, I just love the view from your window of all those bird houses! We only have the one tree on our front lawn and it isn't the best place for birdhouses. It's a bit close to the street and whenever the vehicles go by, they scare the finches. We did have our bird feeder hanging on the clothesline in the back yard and the birdies really loved it there but Christmas Day the clothesline broke so we had to hang the feeder in the tree out front. I really like your church birdhouse with the pews; darling!
Your pink cabinet is so pretty filled with your tea things. Thanks for joining me for tea and have a wonderful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

June said...

Such a beautiful post Bernideen! It all looks so lovely at your home today. I have that book too and have about worn it out from looking at it so much.
sending hugs...

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I love your birdhouses! Thank you so much for having us for tea....hugs...

Martha said...

You have the perfect view from your window. Love the napkins -- I have some really similar! I, too love vintage linens and wish I really could be sharing that pot of tea with you!

Pamela Gordon said...

There's nothing like a cup of hot tea especially in the winter months to warm one up. Lovely photos. The church is really sweet. Pamela

Deb said...

Hi Bernideen: I love the idea of having a special place to sit for 'tea'. You have such a nice view from your window and so many gorgeous little bird feeders. I love the wooden houses for the birds. I never see the bird you show here in our area (Eastern Ontario. It's quite pretty. Enjoy that view and stay toasty. Deb

The Charm of Home said...

Your tea set is lovely. We haven't had a lot of snow yet. I hope we don't get much. I am ready for spring! Thanks for hosting!
Sherry

Beth said...

Love the church birdhouse and the Northern Flicker! We had some flickers visit recently, but daily we are getting to enjoy a red-bellied woodpecker at our feeder. It looks pretty inside and outside at your home, Bernideen. Cold here too, negative teens overnight expected but 45 by Friday. Blessings, Beth

Margie (aka Marglom) said...

It's definitely more fun to put up the Christmas decorations than to take them down.

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
I agree. Christmas is so much work. I absolutely love your pink shelf cabinet. Oh that is very pretty with all of your pretties on it. Your bird and snow pics are beautiful and it makes me miss the snow of winter since we haven't had any yet. Love your pink Tuscan teacup, rosebud teapots and church birdhouse. So much to see and enjoy. Thank you for hosting sweet friend. Karen

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Bernideen
Another charming tea post.
I would enjoy sitting at the table with you, sipping tea from your lovely cups and watching the birds come and go!
Such pretty little bird houses in the trees providing them with shelter when needed.
I spy a few interesting little books to the side of the table and I would love to read that particular Victoria magazine/book The Heart of England.
Thank you for hosting.
Shane x

kitty said...

What a pretty view you have for looking out your window, enjoying the snow, while sipping tea, Bernideen. I always love seeing your vintage linens and your pretty teacups and teapots. The birdhouse is wonderful and house nice that you found one again. It was meant to be! Thank you for hosting and sharing with us.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I just love your pink cabinet. I want to see it all. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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The snow makes such an amazing soft light on your pictures. I love the brown teapot with the little flowers. Is it Saddler? It looks like it.

Mom Wald said...

That Victoria Book is on my wish list. I like finding them in bookshops instead of on Amazon. I might cave, and order it though.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Bernideen, I thought of you this morning as I started preparations for an afternoon tea I'm giving on Thursday for two dear 90-year-old friends and a young (well, my age!) friend. Of course, our view will not match yours! I envy you that window, the perfect spot for tea.

Beth L. said...

For those folks who live in southern climes and never get to know the joys of sitting with a cup of tea and looking out on a lovely wintry scene. Love those birdhouses. I have collected a number myself over the years.

Radka said...

Your tea table looks so cosy against the white backdrop. :-)
xx

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous view from your window. Love it when flickers visit my garden too. They are so very pretty.

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

I absolutely love the nature shots you've included, Bernideen! Fantastic beauty...
and of course, having a cuppa to enjoy it with is nothing less than a treat :)
Thanks for hosting...

~Sharon
Faith Hope & Cherrytea

Linda said...

Bernideen!!! I LOVE your sweet teapots!!! And, the birdie, too! Thanks for hosting a fun party. I always enjoy them.
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Anne Payne said...

If only we had some of that beautiful snow, Bernideen. It is rainy and dreary here, which definitely makes for indoor activities and tea :) Lovely birds you took pictures of!

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful, beautiful post. I love the view out your window and your bird houses. That church is really special. What a great find.

I have never seen a bird like that but it is beautiful. xo Diana

My Cottage Diary said...

Lovely tea table, Bernideen! I like all the outdoor photos of the birds, birdhouses, and squirrel, too. We also get flickers here east of you, but I've never seen one in winter. I do have that Victoria book, and you've inspired me to put it in my reading pile to savor again! Have a great weekend, Bess

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Dear Bernideen, I would just love to sit with you and have tea. What a enjoyable time chatting with you, looking at all your beautiful tea items and looking through your books! I hope to share a tea sometime soon.
Blessings to you in this new year!
Nancy

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


I love old linens too especially the ones with pretty embroidery. your tea setting by the window is perfect, so cosy and warm.
Love all your collection of pretty tea cups.
Thank you for hosting.

Jann Olson said...

The snow sure does make for gorgeous scenery Bernideen! Ours is all gone after a good rainstorm the other day. I love your pretty pink cup and linens! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

How pretty to see that table set in front of the window with the snow outside, and I also enjoyed your birdhouses! :)

I picked up a beautiful old cross stitch linen the other day in a consignment store and a year or so ago an entire cross stitched tablecloth. The time and care that went into those old linens is amazing :)

Karen said...

What a beautiful view from your window and what a lovely arrangement just within. Your photos are just beautiful and so inspiring. I love antique/vintage linens, too, and particularly love the table cover in your first photo.

Ruth W said...

Hi Bernideen. Was no able to link from my iPad while traveling...gotta get better at that? Friends from Col said there had been a nice snowfall. Lovely photos. Love your china hutch. thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Back to home tomorrow after our break.
Ruth

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

This is a beautiful post. I always enjoy seeing your pretty china.

Angela McRae said...

Still not a flake of snow here so far this winter, so I'm glad I can go back and look at your beautiful snowy scenes!