Thursday, June 30, 2016

Roses and pearls

“After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”  

~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

And precious the tear as that rain from the sky,
Which turns into pearls as it falls in the sea.
~Thomas Moore

Wow, June has just flown by!  I figured it was now or never for June's gemstone of the month post guessed it...pearls!

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask?"
A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”

~Inspired by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

A string of pearls is:
The simplicity and ease of begonias
but  the beauty of the capricious rose.
The pure white of  bone china
warming like a cup with tea
when pressed again skin.

When I was trying to think of what I was going to match with the pearls, I figured what would be better than my pretty new Royal Albert teacup with roses (June's flower of the month).  This is one of those very lucky finds when you are in a random antique store and you find a cup for only $5!  That is definitely within my budget :)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hydrangea woodlawn parlor

I'm on year three of my potted hydrangeas--and this year they are looking extra big and beautiful!

I took them away from their normal spot on my portico, and set them out around back for picture taking purposes.  I think this is the first time I've set a tea in my backyard that was not on my deck, so you can see better the "woods."

Hydrangeas adorn
the little woodland garden –
a splendid parlor!

 ~Matsuo Bashō (松尾芭蕉:  1644-94)

So here is my hydrangea parlor.  I'm sure you can tell the theme for this tea--blue for the lovely lacy hydrangeas!


 And here are closer (and somewhat artistic!) pictures of the sets I choose for today's tea:

Royal Albert's Caroline with blue forget me nots,

and Royal Albert's Inspiration.

And one last attempt at an artistic picture inspired by last night's bedtime tea, which had a great quote on the teabag tag:

There is pleasure in the pathless woods.
~Lord Byron

I'm so glad you could join me!  I'm linking to the following parties: