Sunday, June 5, 2016

Tea Time with Pink Peonies

Oh boy, we have just had way too much rain lately!

Today it rained and rained - and poured- but then it actually stopped!!!!

And out came the warm bright wonderful sunshine! 


So I made a lovely cup of tea, grabbed a dessert to nosh, 
quickly went and cut some gorgeous pink peonies
that just blossomed a few days ago,
and poked them into a favorite teapot.

I then scurried fast to enjoy my favorite place for teatime
  my covered shady patio
 to watch this elusive and rare sun -
 which I love as long as I am in the shade, haha.

It seems forever since we've had any sun, or sun that I was
 free enough to notice and enjoy (life has been hectic lately!)

That glorious sun:
nearly as rare, quickly gone, and elusive as the lovely peony!

So I share my pics of this moment with you all today,
 and pray you are all well.

I had been waiting (and hoping) I could share them 
with you before the rain ruins their delicate petals.

These are cut from my neighbors garden.
She is out of town and said I could have them all.
I settled for just a teapot full.

My peony has only produced a couple of blooms,
and didn't like the rain - hers are older, heartier,
get more sun and are pink.

I think I may give up on my peony in the spot it is in.
My trees are shading it too much, so I need to move it
or lose it, I'm afraid.

Maybe Ellen will let me just plant it over there -
they love all that sun!

A pretty napkin seems right at home here today.

This very old and very very delicate Bavarian set
 is my largest set (tons of it collected over years)
and is my most feminine and pretty.

It's been a while since I have shared it with you all- 
but I just had to put those beautiful peonies
 in the loveliest of all my china!

I see a varnished gleam in my heart's eye
While peonies are climbing at the gate.
That birds of red and yellow twit nearby,
Enchanting leafy maples, so ornate
Till sun dew bursts of fresh morn, to elate!

~S. Kendrick

Garden Party

Summer breezes gently 
Brushes against my face
Sunlight teases my eyes
Wakens me 
Its morning 
Bouquet of fragrances to my nose
Guides me to my garden
Its there I find my peace
Eagerly stepping onto glistening dewy grass 
Placing myself among the copious of blooms
I sit beneath my maple tree upon a rattan chair
I sip my tea, I breathe in my solitaire
They don’t seem to mind
My company spends time
Creating the sounds of summer
My buzzing bees they notice me 
And thank me for pink Peonies
Butterflies like swimming high
Above their purple Buddleia
Kissing nectar for their breakfast 
As fragrant aromas surrounds me
Infusing my tea while I see 
A white blossom tree
Good Morning Dragonfly perching upon his Goldenrod
Shimmering purple through his transparent wings
Dancing to the waterfall like a King
Dawn brings the cooing voice 
Of music from the Dove
Hummingbirds flying backwards
Display their iridescent plumage
Drinking sweetness from the trumpets
Blackbirds flying downward
Yellow beaks hunting 
Consuming food from falling seeds
Vibrant colors all around
Pleasant sounds resounding 
Grandstand of fragrances 
I refreshingly embrace
A reception of hospitality
Welcome to my Garden Party

~M. Franceschini

As always, thank you for your visit!