Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tea on the Porch

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." -- Henry James, American-born British author, 1843-1916

Spiderwort from my garden..I love the vibrant blue color and the bright yellow stamen.

A new teacup and an old one-Alfred Meakin cup-saucer , Johnson Bros. English Ironstone. Hunting Country Scene.- A cup and saucer from my mothers china-. English Garden Bone China. It has a very delicate pale blue and lavender floral  design. I just noticed that my newest concrete statue looks like it is holding a spray of wisteria.

~Dorothy Francis Gurney

 The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

 ~Jane Austen 

Have a great week.



Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What a lovely post.

Beautiful china, lovely quotes (esp Jane!) and a pleasure to see. Thank you.

Have a wonderful week!

Pondside said...

This post is like a visit to our sweet cottage. I love the tea cup and saucer - tea always tastes better from a proper cup and saucer!

Rowan said...

I love the blue ironstone hunting country cup and saucer, some nice quotes too.

podso said...

That's my favorite tea quote! What a wonderful your teacups!

Snap said...

What a lovely post! I just want to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book and join you! Lovely color, lovely teacups, lovely quotes. Beautiful!!!!

Lavender Cottage said...

A delightful blue and white tea this week Clara. I enjoyed the quotes and like your pretty garden hat.
I have cut back on the number of spiderworts in my garden for in my soil they travel rapidly. At least they're easy to pull out.

Ruth Welter said...

What beautiful all your photos. Enjoyed my visit.


A Garden of Threads said...

I agree with Jane. I always have a book on the go, sometimes more then one. Beautiful mosaics.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Clara, I do think your darling little statue is holding wisteria! I would loke to see the rest of him in another post! Gorgeous photos and tea cups! Happy BLue Monday. Linda

SmilingSally said...

Thanks for sharing your blues.

Your link was a tad off; as soon as I leave this comment, I'll fix it.

Happy Blue Monday, Clara!

Diann said...

Very pretty china! And your mosaics are lovely. Happy Blue Monday!

dsahmblogs said...

Those are pretty in Blues..

Visiting for BM- hope you can stop by:)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I loved all your beautiful photos and the music playing on your blog. It was so nice to visit you for Mosaic and Blue Monday!

Leah H. said...

I drink tea sometimes.. You have beautiful Blues!

Visiting for BM-hope you can stop by:)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love all of the pretty blues in your mosaics. And what a pretty flower...spiderwort! We see it growing wild along the highways we travel. Enjoy your week!

Naturegirl said...

Pretty pictures. Pretty blues.Pretty poem.Very pretty mosaic images! Thank you for sahring!

Joy said...

I love books and your blog is so pretty! I love your mosaics. Following you on Linky and GFC. Have a great week!

Adin B said...

This is so beautiful! I love, love, love the photos. :) I would love to live in a beautiful cottage and be out in a country somewhere. :) Oh dreams! :) Visiting via BM.

LV said...

A very pretty blue post on some of the lovely things in your home.

Johanna said...

Hi Clara,
beautiful ea vignette and lovely quotes. I like the spiderwort, but mine is gone.
Best greetings, Johanna

kitty said...

Hi Clara, It's nice to meet you! Your blog is so soothing and beautiful! I'm your newest follower.

Shelia said...

Beautiful vignette and love the blue and white cup!
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Oh my tea wares just make my heart melt. Your collection here just was lovely to visit. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessings to you this week and happy tea day!

Beth said...

Hi Clara, I enjoyed your post today. I think you are very lucky to have wisteria. I've heard (in our climate) that it's an unreliable bloomer so I haven't purchased any yet...hope to give it a try someday. I like your blog template and music too. Rosewalk Cottage is a serene place to visit. Be blessed!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Love your transferware! A favorite as you can see! I have always loved the Austen quote. Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

grammycarolynn (flickr) said...

Dearest Clara,
I'm certain that I have not seen a blog that is more feminine! How lovely all of your roses are and your header photos are blossoming with charm!
What a joy it is to visit your wonderful blog!
Carolynn..."Chenille Cottage"

Martha said...

My heat always go pittypat when I see blue and white transfer ware! Loved your post!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Clara,
Oh, such a pretty post! Your teacups are both very lovely and I especially love your JB blue and white one. I enjoy Jane Austen's quotes and writings. Thank you so much for joining me for tea today and have a delightful week.


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

beautiful, just beautiful.


Mary Howell Cromer said...

Very lovely images and I would take my Lavender tea any time of the morning, or afternoon. These images make me thirst for a cup now, but I shall wait a while longer to linger over the posts on Mosaic Monday~

Terri said...

Hello Clara,
Your blue and white post is so beautiful! I love your vignettes! The Johnson bros. tea cup is gorgeous, and you have photographed it so well! Everything looks amazing.

Jeanne said...

Hi Clara, this a belated visit to thank you for the sweet comment you wrote about our 49th anniversary. It was a special celebration and the wonderful comments meant so much to me.

I love the teacups and the quotes you shared on this lovely post. I am a fan of Jane Austin too. Reading is a wondrous thing.
Wishing you sunny days.
xo, Jeanne

Magnolia Cottage said...

Hello Clara,
Your flowers and china are beautiful. What a lovely post. I love the quote from Jane Austin. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.


Linda Young said...

I loved your pretty blue and white dishes and the Trilium and Wisteria. Your photo mosaics are really beautiful and the quotes are just wonderful!
I'm now following your gorgeous blog!
Blessings, Linda @ Grandmalay's Daydreams

~*~Patty S said...

Hello from Terri's Artful Affirmations ~ Your blue hued tea really speaks to me on several levels...
we have Spiderwort and Wisteria blooming here in Virginia at the moment too...
thank you for sharing such a lovely tea

Jessica Cassidy said...

beautiful BLUE tea sets :-) I love the background music, makes me cry :-( Dropping by fro BM

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I love to hear from you. ~Clara~