Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Colours of Autumn Tea

 The colours of autumn gathered on my walk this morning with the dog.
I've been looking for a teacup with an autumn pattern and happened to find two at the antique store recently. An Adderly with no pattern name but a pleasant ruffled border on cup and saucer.
Again no pattern name and this one from Royal Vale.
The two teacups will be nice to pull out when a friend drops by for tea. The bouquet of peach carnations is a little tall on the table for it usually sits on the kitchen counter.
I liked the light peach to complement the colours of the season.
I found this tea trivet at Chapters and also picked up a tin of Harney and Sons Breakfast tea sachets which I'm finding is a good quality tea to sip.
A few of the treats I've enjoyed with my afternoon tea during the month of September.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mosaic Monday #8 September

September
The golden-rod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook.

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.

But none of all this beauty
Which floods the earth and air
Is unto me the secret
Which makes September fair.

'T’is a thing which I remember;
To name it thrills me yet:
One day of one September
I never can forget.
~ Helen Hunt Jackson ~
Along one of our country roads.
At home.
These two pots of begonias on the north wall continue to bloom prolifically. The grouping is a favourite as the mirror reflects an ornamental grass belonging to the neighbour next door.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Celebrating Autumn with Apples and Tea

Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage is hosting a special autumn tea this week and since this is the season for fresh, juicy apples, it is only natural they play a part in my tea.
I've just completed 19 autumn cards for an exchange with the afternoon tea FB group I belong to and here is one to bring autumn greetings to you as well.
A teacup from Bavaria but no pattern name awaits the Irish afternoon tea brewing in the pot.
A cute little cardamon flavoured apple cooke was picked up at the farmers market...
and I baked an apple pie, hubby's favourite. We like ours with a wedge of cheddar cheese on the side.
Happy Autumn! Afternoon tea on the dining room table with apple treats, won't you join me?
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mosaic Monday #7 Early Autumn in the Garden

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This has been a strange year in the garden. Some flowers never bloomed while others flowered twice. There also the ones that produced an autumn bloom that normally don't.
Hydrangeas clockwise from the top left: 'Little Lime', a monarch resting on a bloom of 'Limelight',  'Fire and Ice' and 'Bobo'.
The asters are in full bloom now with the cultivar 'Red Alert' on the left and a native 'Sky Blue' on the right. A pink turtle head cultivar is attractive to the bees and look at the carpet roses with the show they're putting on! 
I have never seen this verbascum 'Flush of White' bloom in autumn before. Lots of wooly bear caterpillars about and a cute furry yellow one too. 
A few stragglers on clematis vines.
Astilbe 'Colour Flash Lime' has the most amazing foliage with light pink flower spikes. A spiderwort sent out a couple of flowers even though it has been cut back. Poor Malva 'Zebrina', the rabbits kept eating off any growth until left alone, she produced a few flowers on the short stems.
The two lower left flowers are new and found marked down at a nursery. A perennial cornflower called 'Amethyst Dream' and Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull'.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Square Dancing Tractors

Today hubby and I went to the International Plowing Match where good old days meet modern new ways. Our county is host this year and it takes a whole day to see everything and enjoy the events.
Jennifer Jones, curling gold Medalist from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics was Parade Marshall.
Dancing Tractors? A fabulous demonstration of antique Farmall tractors and drivers doing square dancing to a caller. The group is based out of Teeswater Ontario and have been dancing all over the province. The photo is from their website http://teamfarmall.com if you care to watch a YouTube of the unimagineable. As you can see, the 'women' wear skirts and wigs.
Lots of tractors, from those pulling wagonloads of spectators to the event grounds to an array of new and old machinery.
Autumn displays of flowers, vegetables and old implements could be found everywhere.
An old barrel washing machine and a funeral coach from 1914 that was pulled by horses. There was a hidden compartment under the casket shelf for ice.
Clydesdales, the workhorses of yesterday's farm were part of the plowing match and on display in corrals. The 2014 Plowing Match is dedicated to Keith Robinson who has competed for 65 consecutive years. 
A team of ladies, the Canadian Cowgirls that we can be proud of. They've been part of the Calgary Stampede parade, Rosebowl parade and more. A precision team of musical riders, they've won many awards and were a delight to watch. Search Canadian Cowgirls for information about them.
On the top, one of the people movers from the parking acreage. We sat and watched the fiddlers that were several groups playing together. Good toe tapping music!
I ended my day with a cinnamon sugar Beaver Tail and a coffee. Canadian eh?


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mosaic Monday #6 From New Zealand

Shane that blogs at Roses Lace and Brocante has been admiring the Victoria and Tea Time magazines myself and others share for the weekly tea gathering. The only problem is, Shane lives in New Zealand and they aren't available to her. So, we decided to have a magazine exchange.
My parcel arrived with Paris themed wrapping paper, Shane's grandchildren live in France which means she doesn't get to see them that often. The magazines I received are NZ Life and Leisure and the New Zealand Gardener. Both offered good reading and I learned about plants and food not familiar to me.
The sweet little card gave a nod to my love for tea and to my surprise there was also a lovely notebook, doily, package of nail files and a tin of Harney and Son's Mother's Bouquet tea.
As we head into fall in the northern hemisphere, New Zealand is entering spring. The tea in the tin is a blend of chamomile flowers with orange flavours, a bouquet to honour all mothers and the euphoric essence of spring.
I think Victoriana Rose from Paragon will be the perfect teacup to drink my new tea from.
Thank you Shane for exchanging magazines and tucking in the other generous gifts as well.
I'll be linking with these tea gatherings:
Tea Time Tuesday
Antiques and Teacups
Tea in the Garden



Friday, September 12, 2014

September Photo Challenge - Movement

Donna at Cottage Days and Journeys puts our photography skills to the test each month with a photo challenge. I decided to share some birds in flight for my selections as this is the hardest thing for me to do and something I want to get better at.
One of my best efforts as I knew what time the hummer came to the feeder and had the camera on the tripod. ISO 640 f7.1 and 300mm
Osprey babies stretching their wings and taking flight. The tripod was in use again but being so far away so as not to stress the birds, not all that crisp.  ISO 100 f/8 and lens at 300m
A coopers hawk that I pulled over to the side of the road to capture. Wouldn't you know it would take flight on me and it's not so clear because I was holding the camera and shaking from excitement. (grannies do this you know) ISO 100 f/8 and lens extended to 300mm
All of the above were taken with my Canon 40D.
Visit the Photo Challenge for more shots of movement.

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