Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mosaic Monday #11 - Gratitude

Last weekend was our Canadian Thanksgiving and it was wonderful to have the whole family together. We ate, laughed, reminisced, ate and more importantly showed gratitude for our all we have.
A story with a few pictures of our time together.
Welcome to Mosaic Monday
❀Link the Url from a post containing a mosaic or collage about any subject.
❀Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics.
❀Linked posts not including a mosaic nor linking back to Mosaic Monday will be removed in fairness to other participants.
Thank you for participating and sharing your creativity!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday's Favourite - My Painted Garden

All I have to do is look in the front yard to see an autumn tapestry of colours painted by Mother Nature.
Usually the Norway maple planted by the town on the boulevard drops it's leaves while green but look at the golden colour of it this year on the right.
Pagoda dogwood on the left and serviceberry on the right.
I used an Orton effect on this photo where the lavender continues to bloom.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pink Teas Continue with a Lavender Pumpkin

I knew Sandi would be sharing her pink pumpkins and look how many more she has decorated this year! So...last year I figured Lavender Cottage should have a lavender one. I spray painted a plastic one I had and sprinkled lavender fairy dust all over it. Too bad you can't see the glitter better in this photo.
I saved one of the pink geraniums from the deck as the colour is a pretty one and matches the pot. Perfect for the month of pink teas too!
 While away for our Canadian Thanksgiving, I picked up a couple more pumpkin teas to try from Davids.
A new store carries Whittard teas and a package of darjeeling joined my trio of...
jams to try. Aren't they yummy combinations?
I am looking forward to trying the teas and jams. Guess I better get some scones baking in the oven for my afternoon tea!
I linking with my tea blogging sisters for the gatherings at:
Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's Tea Blog for Friends Sharing Tea

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mosaic Monday #10 Where Special Happens

I recently had the honour of attending a luncheon at the Famous People Players Dine and Dream Theatre to remember Jim Flaherty. (1949-2014)
Famous People Players (FPP) is the creation of Diane Dupuy, a recipient of the Order of Canada, first Canadian to receive the Library of Congress Award, Queen's Jubilee Medal of Honour, book author and the list goes on and on. FPP is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and has seen many developmentally challenged students take part over the years. 
Each event takes place at the Dine and Dream Theatre and all students learn to cook in the kitchen, serve the patrons and act on the stage. A note about the Newman's Own Kitchen...sponsored by Paul Newman himself.
The FPP group has travelled the world and been featured on the Rick Mercer Report. (link from the website www.famouspeopleplayers.com)
The Dine and Dream experience commenced with appetizers from Fina Scroppo, author of the new cookbook The Healthy Italian. We were then served a beet salad with frisee and a main course of roasted chicken and vegetables. Following dinner we went into the theatre in the next room for the performance and returned to apple pie with tea and coffee. Celebrity chef Christopher Woods gives his time to develop and create a menu which the team of players can help cook and serve.
Laureen Harper, Canada's First Lady (Prime Minister Harper's wife) was a special guest to honour Jim Flaherty seen with Diane Dupuy. (on the right holding her notes) Dupuy said that Flaherty supported FPP and was instrumental in getting the theatre financial help for their new location from the government during his term as federal finance minister.
internet source
Sadly Mr. Flaherty passed away in April this year, a month after resigning from his position. His wife, Christine Elliott was present to receive a medal in his honour.
On the left, one of well known puppets and the right is taken during the performance. The players whirl around dressed in black, use colourful props and white gloves under special lighting effects.
Hubby and I attended the event with my good friend Ruth who turned 94 this summer and has been a patron of the FPP for years.
This was the second occasion for me to attend a Dine and Dream event and I was as inspired by the students this time as I was the first. The list of famous names that contribute money for the program to run, along with Diane Dupuy's passion make FPP the success it is.
Welcome to Mosaic Monday
❀ Link the Url from a post containing a mosaic or collage about any subject. 
Unfortunately links not including a mosaic will be removed.
❀ Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics. 
Thank you for participating and sharing your creativity!
Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadian bloggers! 
A reminder that I will be late in visiting your posts.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Photo Challenge for October - Still Life

This month's photo challenge of Still Life immediately brought to mind a bowl of fruit, as it would for most of us I'm sure. However, I had something else in mind and had to take quite a few shots to get the lighting right and avoid shadows.
I wanted a blue theme so covered the counter top with a tablecloth and propped a piece of blue bristol board behind my project.
After deciding on the best photo as seen above, I added a texture with text to tie in with the books.
 ISO 400 and f 3.5 with no flash. I was lazy and didn't pull out the tripod but used the back of a chair to steady my hands.
The photo challenge is hosted by Donna from Cottage Days and Journeys here. Enjoy photography and stepping out of your comfort zone? Come join the party starting October 10.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Celebrating in Pink for Tea

Blogging sister Sandi and host of Tea Time Tuesday has encouraged her friends that gather each week over tea to celebrate in pink all this month. Breast cancer has touched all of us in one way or another and as you will see from my tea table, I support fundraising for this worthy cause.
A pink rose bud tucked in behind my lapel pin...
and sprays of carpet roses still blooming. A breast cancer votive holder doubles as a vase.
One of my favourite fairies, Hope... for a cure.
My Lavender Rose teapot from Royal Albert has Heavenly Cream tea steeping in it.
The Sloane Tea Company packaged this blend in a pretty pink canister. 
I prefer mixing and matching with crystal, the cream and sugar a gift from a friend's collection of Cornflower. The set sits on a Lavender Rose tray which was on sale at the Royal Doulton store at a very good price.
My one and only trio, Rose Bud from Maxwell Williams. I've baked my own biscotti many times but when I found a box of chocolate caramel crunch at Costco recently they somehow found their way into the cart. Dunking has to be done very quickly or the chocolate melts and makes a mess. But, oh are they decadent!
The fringed shawl sprawled across the table was one of the breast cancer products sold by Avon a few years ago.
Come and join the gathering as we celebrate in pink for tea.

I'm linking with:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Mosaic Monday #9 A Pink Month

October is the month for pink and I walked about the gardens, camera in hand to see what I could find.
A blossom from a Rose of Sharon and a cosmos bloom.
Beautyberries for the first time on a new shrub planted last year.
Naked ladies (crocosmia) and the petals of a pink phlox.
Inside, pink mums in a sea of cobalt blue glass. 

Come Join Mosaic Monday
Link the Url from a post containing a mosaic or collage about any subject. 
(Links not including a mosaic will be removed)
Link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics. 

Thank you for participating and sharing your creativity!
Folks, next week is our Canadian Thanksgiving and although I will get the party live on Sunday, I may not get to visit until late Monday.

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails