Saturday, July 30, 2016

STARTING A NEW FLOWER GARDEN IN MISSOURI

I wasn't going to show any photos of my back garden yet because
with temps in the high 90's for weeks things are a bit bloomed out.
BYA:   Several people have asked so I will share these photos.

This starts over to the left looking down from our deck:


And then a little further over:


And then to the right:




AND THIS WAS BEFORE I STARTED - yes - one bush
in the yard and the woods and ground bushes, etc covering the back area which now is open to the creek.  My husband definitely
has less lawn to mow!



Just giving you an idea of how things are now!  I am
thinking that next year these areas will fill in more.  I
just grew some Forget-Me-Nots from seeds and planted
them around Mr. Peter Rabbit.  "Grow little plants - grow"!

Friday, July 29, 2016

WILDFLOWERS FOR THE LONG SUMMER for "Tea In The Garden"

Today I am sharing my vintage Bavarian Wildflower
 Teaset for "Tea In The Garden":


Some of you might remember back in 2012 when
I found this vintage teaset in Denver, Colorado.  It is
called "Meadow and Mountain Heights"
 and is from the 30's to 50's.

It's really a coffee pot
 but I have an imagination and I am sure you do too! 
 We are up on the deck overlooking the garden





Missouri does not lack for wildflowers and the
Queen Anne's Lace reign's supreme over all!  
It seems to grow everywhere here and will
soon be coming to a close.  All along the roadside
I see many types of daisies blooming in abundance too.
These are from my yard:



A while back I found this statue of a little girl
and put her on the deck:



I also baked a peach pie into which I added a cup of
blueberries:









Here is the recipe for the peach pie!  Today was quite the
baking day in my kitchen - a quiche, a peach pie and a
cheesecake.  The oven is finally off now!




 I hope you can join me for my tea time blog link party below:

I am sharing with a few parties:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday
Home Sweet Home


Monday, July 25, 2016

MUCH NEEDED RAIN

We were so happy to hear some
 heavenly fireworks
last night which
brought glorious rain.
This morning I went out
to make a little bouquet.


Sweet little birds also were out in 
the garden enjoying the cooler air.








This is a welcomed cool day.


Out in the creek there is fresh new rainwater.


The ground is truly wet:












Sunday, July 24, 2016

TIME TO GET BACK TO BASICS

 I need to let you know that I am discontinuing
 my Monday morning BTTCG Blog Party.

  It's time for me to get back to the basics of
 having the time I need to do my own posts . 
 Those of you who do blog link parties will understand
 because it takes so much time.  I will continue
my Friday tea related blog party for those of you
 love tea time.

Thank you everyone who has participated in this Monday party.
I will continue to participate in a few blog parties myself.



Saturday night we went west of Columbia
 over to what is
 called "Cooper's Landing" which is
 on the Missouri River. On the way we passed
 by this 350 year old and 90 ft tall oak tree in McBaine:



TREES 
BY JOYCE KILMER
I think that I shall never see 
A poem lovely as a tree. 

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest 
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; 

A tree that looks at God all day, 
And lifts her leafy arms to pray; 

A tree that may in Summer wear 
A nest of robins in her hair; 

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; 
Who intimately lives with rain. 

Poems are made by fools like me, 
But only God can make a tree.




Our son wanted us to hear my Grandson's Mandolin 
teacher preform with his "Swampweed Cajun Band"
 right next to the Missouri River. 
 I have to tell you it was hot as all get out!
  Hope you enjoy these photos:



We were glad when the sun set and it cooled off just a little:


We sat under this giant sycamore and watched loyal
locals dance - believe me it was hot so I admired their
enthusiasm.




She was a free spirited one who danced everywhere:




SPECIAL FEATURED BLOGS from BTTCG Blog Party

Things were really hot at my blog party on Monday!
Well, at least the summer temperature was -
and we had terrific links.  Thanks to all
who shared and now here comes the featured ones:

The first one was Mimi's post at "A Tray of Bliss"
which was about Nurturing: Home, Memories,
Relationships, Self, Spirituality, Thoughts,
Garden and Health




#2 was "Martha's Favorites" where she has hosted 315 Teacup Tuesdays!  Now that is amazing!




The third one was "A Pocketful of Blue" where
 Joanne shared
her farmhouse style in the kitchen:




#4 was Janice's post at "Mz Witherspoon's Cottage", Come
Again Friends".  Janice has an amazing ability to
set the perfect tray:




#5 was Chloe's post at "Celebrate and Decorate" where
 she shared her French Equestrian Themed Guest Bedroom:



#6 was Kitty's lovely 3 Berry Summer Muffins at
 "Kitty's Kozy Kitchen":




#7 was the post at "Debby Goes Shabby" where she
shared her potting bench DIY project:



and lastly we have Nancy's posting at "Rosemary's Sampler"
which is from the Sweet Remembrances Tea Room in
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania featuring their
Princess Tea Party.  This is a wonderful tea room
we all would love to visit!




Thank you blogging friends for participating,
 reading
and enjoying these parties.

Friday, July 22, 2016

CELEBRATING BEATRIX POTTER'S 150th ANNIVERSARY for "Tea In The Garden"


HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEATRIX POTTER!  Yes, we
still love her style, her story, memories of her,
her garden, her art and everything else about her!




One can not think of Beatrix without remembering all the
colorful characters she drew and wrote about in her
best selling children's books.






Welcome to my Friday 
blog party.  



I am also sharing some photos of pages from
 the journal produced by
Warne Publishing:

Today we are celebrating the upcoming 
July 28th celebration in memory of her. 
I love Beatrix so much, I have designed my 
garden in honor of her.  I have frogs near the 
pond and out in the yard I have
a large rabbit like Mr. Peter Rabbit and a cat much
like Miss Tabitha and a goose like Jemina
Puddleduck and also a frog like Jeremy Fisher
who he is busy staying cool up by the pond.






The garden statuary used to be
 in my earlier Colorado garden.






Let's lift our teacups today to Beatrix.  I participate in a
Face Book group called "Afternoon Tea Across America"
and the lovely card in the collage below
was sent to me in an exchange from Belinda.





Here are several links about the celebration:

http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/beatrix-potter-150-years/

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/celebrating-beatrix-potters-anniversary-in-the-lake-district






I was out in the garden early Thursday
to do this post because it was supposed to be 
- are you ready for this? - 100 degrees!  I have
been going out in the mornings and evenings 
for a few minutes but mostly staying
 cool inside
during the day.

I am joining these blog parties:
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
As a VERY LATE NOTE - you will love this post
if you love Beatrix Potter:  https://happywonderer.com/2016/07/27/beatrix-potter/

I am hoping you can join me today by
 linking something tea related below: