Saturday, May 23, 2015

Perfect Weather for Tea Time

Popping in to wish everyone a truly wonderful day.

The weather today is absolutely awesome-
not too hot, not too cold, not too damp, not too windy.

Perfect.....and quite rare for Ohio.

It is the perfect weather to take tea outdoors,
with you - my sweet and special friend.

There isn't a thing I'd love better right now!

The birds will be our entertainment
as we peacefully enjoy one another's delightful company.

as we have before, a time or two...........

With pretty china and flowers and fresh air and sunshine............

It is such a pleasure to revisit some of our pretty
outdoor garden tea times
we have had together over the last few years.

Tea time is so much better taken outside, is it not?

It brings one's thoughts of gentle days of  the past.

How nice it would have been to have lived in an old country manor
with acres upon acres of lovely landscape and gardens;
along with the necessary  trusted staff to help make
gardens and frequent tea parties even possible!

Do you ever get the feeling that perhaps
 you were born in the wrong century?

I don't think I'd much enjoy corsets,  or not having
 indoor plumbing or modern medicine....
but I know I would have enjoyed what teatime meant
to the beautiful ladies of that era.

Of course, we may always attempt what we are able
 to bring back that special few hours called tea time...
to celebrate our solidarity, celebrate our femininity,
take time to still ourselves long enough to relax
 and visit:
to listen, to learn and to CARE.

So many of us are running on a fretfully dangerous,
stressful treadmill in our lives.

It's time to step off that race for a time;
consider how nice life can be just slowing down.

Even just a little a gift to ourselves.

So for today, and frankly, for ALWAYS-
wish for you long leisurely days of quiet rest.

I bid thee well, and ask God to grant you peace.




  1. Ahhhh...lovely! You have created a lovely tea time oasis in the middle of a wearying world. Perfect weather? Awesome! Hope it lasts a very long time.

  2. Such a wonderful setting, you created a wonderful afternoon tea haven. The weather has been quite enjoyable here too I managed to get the lawns mowed. Have a great weekend.

  3. Lovely Michele. Would love to come and visit over a pretty teacup and flowers, have a sweet chat while listening to the birds singing. Yes, glorious summer days are here.
    Hope you holiday weekend is wonderful..........

  4. So charming - thank you for sharing your tea time!

  5. Hi Michele! What a beautiful post and wonderful advice! I loved seeing all of your pretty tea settings. We do get so busy at life sometimes that we forget to take care of ourselves by resting. You've been in my thoughts and I hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Well....I think your home is as beautiful as an old country manor and you definitely know how to do a beautiful and proper tea. So there!!

    Love to you and have a wonderful holiday. And thanks always for your visits---I appreciate them more than you know.

    Jane xxx

  7. I so enjoyed my tea with you in your lovely outdoor setting, Michele. All your china, linens and table settings are sooo pretty. I'm glad you're having some beautiful weather in the great state of Ohio.
    Happy Memorial Day!

  8. Beautiful Michele, I'd love to have Tea with you, one more time, to be still and enjoy the moment, to listen to the birds as they sing happily without a care, to enjoy God's nature and all He has given to us!
    Have a blessed and peaceful day, my friend.

    Hugs, Sylvia

  9. I really enjoyed my tea with you and all your pretty china. It is lovely to have tea outdoors again with beautiful bouquets.

    Enjoy your day!

  10. Perfect settings for a lovely teatime, in beautiful surroundings!
    Happy Sunday Michele!

  11. So beautiful impressions! What a lovely tea time!
    Sunny regards, Florentine

  12. Hi Michele, What beautiful and inviting settings for tea. Love your photos and your heartfelt words.
    Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day!!
    Hugs, CM

  13. What a feast for the heart and soul! These teatimes in the garden are some of my favorite posts each year. I have so enjoyed the ones from the past, and I look forward to the ones in the future! (And if you ever decide to publish a picture book of all your lovely photography, I will be first in line to order a copy. Just sayin'.)

  14. What a very delightful post! Your settings are just lovely, offering calm and rest to the heart! It is nice, if even for just a short while, to stop and take hold of the beauty outside! Enjoy a wonderful Memorial Day! Blessings, Cindy

  15. So, so pretty, Michele! I can't wait to sip tea outside. Hopefully it won't be too windy this year. Last year we had so much wind that I never once was able to set up a tea table outdoors. LOVE your Bavarian china! Thank you for sharing all of these lovely images and for joining me for tea today. Have a wonderful week, my friend.


  16. Lovely tea cups, lovely photos, and lovely sentiments!

  17. Lovely tea settings and the hydrangea is beautiful. Have a a happy day and new week ahead!

  18. Oh my.... each tea setting more beautiful than the last with the stunning flowers and gorgeous teapot and tea cups.

  19. I wouldn't expect anything less than a welcoming and pretty tea table from you Michele since I know how you like to entertain. It really is nice to have tea outside again and I did that very thing while sitting in the tea house with hubby this afternoon. Sadly, I carry a mug down with me but I should be putting my tea things on a tray as we all know tea tastes better in a teacup.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday, I took it as a personal invitation to join you for tea today.
    Hope you had a nice Memorial Day Michele.

  20. So pretty Michelle! Love your Hydrangeas and Peonies...and all the lovely china!

  21. So glad to hear that you had perfect weather for Memorial Day weekend. Your outdoor tea photos are beautiful!

  22. This is such a lovely and peaceful post! Thank you for allowing me to share tea with you this morning. Visiting from Roses of Inspiration blog hop ~ Anne

  23. My goodness, I've just popped over here after your visit to my blog, and I'm in love! Such a beautiful post... the pictures were delightful and such joy in abundance here! My peonies are about to bloom, and I can't wait! Your tea time pictures were drops of sunshine in my heart today, so thankful to have enjoyed this tea time with you :)

  24. How pretty your table looks, Michele! I dug out the little tea sets I found at the thrift store a few years ago and set up a "tea" with my granddaughter the other day. She had me unwrap every. single. piece. : ) And she loved every one! It was so worth getting them all to be able to enjoy them with her now at 4 1/2 years old. I will have to set up a real little tea party with her soon.

  25. What lovely pictures, Michele, and quiet, inspiring words. Yes, I'd love to live in a manor with a beautiful park to walk in, with staff, of course!!
    It is rainy here and hot! Glad your weather has been better. I am looking forward to outdoor teatime too.
    Still in my prayers, dear friend.

  26. Teatime was so enjoyable ..I just don't know which lovely teaset to choose..They're all gorgeous..What a charming collection... and you made me feel like I was enjoying tea at the countryside THANK YOU ...Hugs

  27. Just reading your post and seeing your beautiful china, flowers and mosaic outside has transported me to the days of Jane Austin. :)

  28. Hi: I love your beautiful cups. Each one more beautiful than the next. Thank you for sharing them. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  29. Beautiful china, a wonderful garden AND shortbread cookies. Lucky you.

  30. What a beautiful set up! Love, love the china! xxx Maria

  31. I posted a comment yesterday...but it doesn't seem to have stuck! Love all your pretty china...and your garden is lovely! Love the Hydrangeas!

  32. Lovely dishes however the set with pretty purples violets is my favorite.

  33. My sweet and lovely Michele, what a joy to be able to join you for tea :) Your post was simply beautiful and it caused me to slow down and enjoy...thank you, dear friend. And thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs to you!

  34. Hi Michele! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that this lovely post was featured today at Roses of Inspiration :) Thanks for sharing! Enjoy your week and happy June!

  35. this is so beautiful!! I love this post and all the gorgeous photos.

  36. Hi! I'm visiting from Roses of Inspiration and thank you so much for sharing your outside tea party with us! You have some stunning teacups and pot! The flowers are so gorgeous...especially those hydrangeas, my favorite! Such a sweet and peaceful post. Blessings!

  37. I chuckled when I read your statement that the weather was perfect, . ..rare for OH. How true that is! I'm from GA where there seemed to be lots of nice days and now that I'm moved up here, it is hard to get used to it being so cold or windy or rainy or (occasionally!) so hot all the time! Your pictures are pretty.


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