Sitting

  “Sitting in your garden is a feat to be worked at with unflagging determination and single-mindedness – for what gardener worth his salt sits down.  I am deeply committed to sitting in the garden.”  -  Mirabel Osler I love providing places to sit in the garden. I was quite delighted when I saw this Bistro set at IKEA … [Read more...]

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A Spring Lunch

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Pink Cakes are for Daughters Last week I made a cake just for Dearest. This weekend, I made a cake welcoming our daughter back from her trip to Mexico. In her honor I made it pink. She loved it! It is a pink pound cake with a simple pink lemonade icing. The day today was perfect for Lunch outdoors. The temperatures are mild enough, … [Read more...]

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Cookies are For Babies

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Cake for Dearest This weekend Dearest and I are on our own…sigh, I know we've had an unofficial empty nest throughout the week. But, usually for the weekends our youngest daughter would come home adding her special spark of life to our weekend activities.  I just love it when she plays the piano. It fills the house with her … [Read more...]

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Laura Childs Tea Shop Mystery – Giveaway

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Interview and Review A Special Edition of  A Return to Loveliness   I was quite delighted to be given the opportunity to review the latest Tea Shop Mystery by the wonderful Laura Childs.  I just love the whole concept of these stories! Author Laura Childs has woven a wonderful tale with her inimitable skill in creating … [Read more...]

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Thinking of Spring

Rose Chintz teacup, coffee filter rose, spring garden, spring decor

Today is such a beautiful day… the notion that Spring is around the corner could easily be believed today. I am ready for a little bit of change, a little more pastel colors... So I brought in a few daffodils from the garden and placed them in McCoy pottery. To add to the vignette I grouped the coffee filter roses in an old sewing machine … [Read more...]

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Winter White Tea

window seat winter white tea

Waiting For Snow This afternoon the buzz in Georgia is snow. I just heard that we're now under an official Winter Storm Watch. It's amazing to realize that as the bright sunny days are being changed over with the coming clouds that the landscape outside my window can look drastically different. I am looking forward to it! I grew up in southern … [Read more...]

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Thoughts on Spring To Come

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“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” Percy Bysshe Shelley   Each day that passes brings us closer to spring. Isn't it wonderful how sweet and beautiful the world is in spring? The air is warm and fragrant - the color of newly immerging plants and leaves is soft and bright. But, to experience all this beauty, we must have the winter … [Read more...]

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The Heart of Christmas

The Heart of Christmas post Queen's Teacup Set Banana Muffins

Perhaps because I'm getting older. Perhaps because so many of my dear loved ones have already passed away - gone home to Heaven. Perhaps it is that hours, days, weeks and months seem to be flying by so fast. I have come to appreciate what truly is precious to me. When I was a young woman, I thought I knew what I wanted in life. Some of these … [Read more...]

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Apple Pie Granola

Apple Pie Granola Breakfast post

The mornings are cold and blustery…warm coffee or tea along with homemade Apple Pie Granola fills the kitchen with warm fragrance. The House was Quiet and the World Was Calm The house was quiet and the world was calm The reader became the book; and summer night Was like the conscious being of the book. The house was quiet and the world was … [Read more...]

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Sisters

Sisters tea post

Musings on the Blessings of Sisters   'You know full well as I do the value of sisters' affections: There is nothing like it in the world.' Charlotte Bronte My dear sisters when they came last weekend to celebrate my surprise birthday - brought some very lovely gifts - tonight I am musing about the blessing of having two such … [Read more...]

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