Thursday, March 22, 2018

Gardenhouse Celebration

 Stepping into the gardenhouse is like stepping into a womb.
So teatime celebrations are a perfect way of celebrating a birth
right here in the gardenhouse.
 The cake for the birthday girl was center stage.
No I didn't bake it, but embellished it with berries.
 The stage was set and ready for the guests to arrive.
 Let them eat cake, first and foremost.
Then for other nibbles there was smoked salmon, smoked trout,
prosciutto, goat cheese, all sorts of olives and pickled things,
a baguette, rice crackers, and a gluten free cupcake for one guest.
 We stepped inside,
we ate cake,
we sipped tea (Baozhong oolong and Tulsi with roses)
for a couple hours the world went away.
The celebration was mine.
Four special women sat at my table.
We celebrated 75 years of living.
It delighted my soul.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

View by the Sea

An adventure to the sea.
Staying at the Sylvia Beach Hotel.
A historic hotel where there are  no televisions,
no phones, no wifi, and a friendly cat.
The Hemingway room was to be where I slept.
But I snoozed and read in that leather chair too.
Do you see the resident cat?
A place to sit and listen to the sea.
My favorite lighthouse above the waves sending signals out to sea.
How I love the sea and each and every sight to see.
Newport, Oregon is a lovely place.
Another lighthouse to the south, the other was to the north.
There is something so beautiful in a lighthouse; so solitary.
Fishing boats in the bay.

How I love the sea.
The rest, the sounds, and the solitude.
This was one way to celebrate a birthday.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

First Day of Spring

 Portland's Farmer's Market is in full swing;
so with a recent visit along with my little guy we enjoyed 
the event of springtime.
 "Joy spreads the heart, and with a general song,
Spring issues out, and leads the jolly months along."
~John Dryden, The Flower and the Leaf
 We found flowers and a lot of leafy greens.

 The market was like a flower garden of delight.
Daffodils are fully blooming in my garden too.
Oh how I love the first day of spring!
It brings such hope for renewal and new life.
May we walk in delight with a heart full of kindness.
I can't think of a better word for this day than DELIGHT.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday's Tea Quote

Angels came down
From heaven yesterday,
Stayed with me just long enough
for afternoon tea.
And she told me a story yesterday;
About the sweet love
Between the moon and the deep blue sea.
~Jimi Hendrix
PS: some of the lyrics from Angel

Tea by the "deep blue sea" just a few days ago.
The teapot travels with me on road trips
and traveled to the sea just last week.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Wearing of the Green Time

In celebrating Springtime and St. Patrick's day
I went to the garden for tea.
The green is beginning to pop all around me
and I am loving the colors it brings.

For tea time there was my favorite Yunnan Gold tea
served with a current scone with a touch of nutmeg,
and shamrock cucumber sandwiches.
The cozy is a Marmalady's cozy made from vintage fabric
found at the antique mall.
Happy Spring Time and St. Patrick's Day,
all in the coming days.

I am stepping away for a few days,
but look for me here again on Monday.
Happy Weekend, dear friends!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

It's My Time to Celebrate!

Flowers bursting in the garden.
It's my time to celebrate.
Daffodils particularly are my favorite to include in the celebration.
A teacup with a flower floating makes me smile too.

Spring is blooming inside the gardenhouse and out in the garden.
I love that it blooms this month just for me.
Why yes, they know it is time for me to celebrate.
When it is a birthday month, a special month
it will be. Full of daffodils, flowers, and strawberries too.
Celebrating springtime, birthdays, and the green!
Celebrating all month long,
for I turn (shall I say) 75 this week.
It started with tea time with a friend
and will end with tea time with my sister.
In between will be an adventure to the sea,
family time, and of course a girl party just for me.

Do you celebrate your birthday month most thoroughly?
I hope you do that, for each of us is extra special
and we deserve to celebrate us.

Darjeeling, the book!

For those of you that drink tea with me,
you know that one of my favorite teas is Darjeeling teas.
Each Spring I go online and order my supply for the year.
When May comes around I will be ordering some
extra special teas. It is my tea luxury.
I know that last year they had unrest politically there
and some of the tea didn't get plucked and processed;
so the tea this year will be more precious than ever.

Not long ago I came across a book with the title of Darjeeling
by Jeff Koehler. I don't know the author, but intrigued
by the topic I picked it up and read it.
My go-to reading is fiction, particularly historic fiction;
so the writer had to be good to capture my attention
for a non-fiction book.
I just finished the book this past weekend and I must
say, I learned alot and it did capture my attention.
The history of that region of India intrigued me
and the descriptions and stories of caring for the people
that work on the estates and caring for the plants and soil
was very educational.
And it didn't disappoint that there were a few familiar
names in the book, so it was fun to picture them in their

If you love a good cup of tea and history, I can recommend this book.
Then a good cup of Darjeeling tea to sip along with the read
would be perfect.
On that note I don't just drink Darjeeling tea,
but I drink Darjeeling tea from a single estate and with a special name.

Darjeeling stories now fill my head and I am dreaming of traveling there.
It may be just in my dreams, but if the right opportunity
came along I would jump on a plane tomorrow.