Monday, September 19, 2011

The Scents of Autumn

Welcome friends for tea this week.  It's cool and raining today, perfect for sitting down with a cup of steaming tea while we visit.
I've said it before, I love this time of year!  It's not just the stunning fall colours, but also the smell in the air.  The coolness, along with fading leaves and gardens produces an earthy scent.  Even the asters, mums and other flowers in bloom now smell differently than the ones of spring and summer.
It's a time for harvesting vegetables, apples and other fall bounty.  
The tea for today is an apple cinnamon chamomile and I thought I'd use the chocolate brown tea for one set.
A little glass pumpkin has a battery operated tea light in it.
As I prepared the sweet to have with our tea today, I wondered if anyone else has served the same thing two weeks in a row?  We still have some pumpkin nut tea loaf (recipe on left sidebar pages) left so I smeared it with a peach passion fruit curd and oh, is this ever good!
I'd like to thank Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for hosting Tea Time Tuesday, I've met so many kind and caring women through her blog and enjoy meeting each week for tea. 
Trisha at Sweetology shares the neatest tea food, whether sweet or savoury that she creates in her kitchen.  I look at a recipe and think it would be nice to make but Trisha sets to work and makes a masterpiece, even simplifying the original directions for us!
Bernideen at her Tea Time Blog is a wealth of information for all things tea and sets an elegant table.
Thank you to the above hosts, please visit their blogs and guests.


  1. Judith,

    Your autumn tea looks delightful! I am eager for the trees to start turning. I would just love to sit down with a cup of apple cinnamon tea.

  2. What beautiful photos, and such a sweet little candle! We are having cooler, wetter weather now. Fall is coming yet summer has not let go...a lovely time of year. We'll soon have the fireplace going.
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  3. I have been observing that some of the trees are changing. The rain will help as it has been dry for a few weeks. V

  4. Hi Judith,
    Look at those autumn leaves, just beautiful!! Fall is the perfect time for warm drinks and baking:-)) Tea with you today was a lovely treat as always:-)

  5. Hello Judith,
    I love the first picture. Unfortunately, we don't get such abundance of autumn colors here in California.
    Pumpkin nut tea loaf with peach passion fruit curd sounds so good.
    Happy Tea Time Tuesday!

  6. That first image is stunning, Judith! Do you have that much color already? I think it will be six weeks before we have anything turning much.

    Your tea is so inviting, very cozy and fragrant. And thank you for the link to the other ladies. Hope your week is wonderful.

    – g

  7. Hello Judith,
    oh, I love those fall colors. We dont have that in such wonderful shades. Beautiful pictures and very inviting tea. I really have to bake one of those pumpkin nut tea loafs. Peach passion fruit curd sounds delicious to that. Thank you so much for sharing this sweet tea and the recipe.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  8. Hello Judith,
    Your post is delightful, my friend. Apple cinnamon tea sounds delicious as does your pumpkin bread. The chocolate coloured tea for one set is a cutie too. Always a delight to have you join me for tea. Hope you have a wonderful week.


  9. Judith, the autumn colors are gorgeous in your first image. I love the fall and hope it will get here by November! I so miss the color changes. The apple cinnamon chamomile sounds so good. The chocolate brown tea for one set perfect for the fall. Love the pumpkin! Happy Tea Day.

  10. Judith, your tea looks wonderful. I love Autumn, too. You make me want to sit with a warm cup of tea and a sweet right now.



  11. That is one of my favourite teas, besides tasting good it smells delicious. What an adorable pumpkin light.
    Yes Fall weather is here, had to put a sweater on today to keep the chill away. The rain for us is supposed to arrive overnight.

  12. Well wipe a tear from my eye! What nice words you have there about me.....we all go thru blog ups and downs at times...thoughts of "is it worth it kinda thing, but this makes me realize that I am carving out a little spot for myself as I pursue my passions, and get to meet wonderful people along the way. I really appreciate those words, really really do.
    Hugs Trisha

  13. What a wonderful fall tea party - I imagined that I could smell the spices!

  14. A lovely tea -- I can smell that tea and taste the bread!!!

    Have you noticed that the flowers of autumn also have muted colors compared to the flowers of spring and summer? The mums, the asters?

  15. What beautiful fall color! Fall is the coziest time for tea, don't you think? It's so nice to visit with you!

  16. Fantastic autumn post! Love those elegant fall colours. Hope to see you on my blog:)

  17. You've created quite a warm glow for this seasonal post... Your autumn colors are sensations..Our trees are just starting to turn , but is definately Autumn . I can smell that Apple cinnamon from here ( ha Ha)..It's so soothing...ENJOY...Hugs

  18. Dearest Judith,

    What a delightful seasonal post!

    I just love your overall Autumn feel for this week's teatime; I can almost hear the sound, smell the aromatic earthiness and can almost feel the cool, Fall crisp air as I thing of the taste of crisp apples and hot tea and read your blog post!.., Simply, Autumnly delicious!.

    Happy Tuesday Tea's and have a marvelous week!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  19. YAY!! Autumn... my favourite season... love the colours!! Your chocolate brown tea pot combo is perfect, and the pumpkin nut tea loaf looks and sounds absolutely yummy! xo HHL

  20. I wasn't looking forward to Fall until I read this post, Judith. Yum!!!
    We are building a shed and have our fingers crossed that we will have an Indian Summer. The leaves are beginning to change and the temps have dropped, but the days are full of sunshine. Hopefully we will be able to finish the shed before the snows start falling. :)
    Wishing you a lovely one,

  21. Judith,

    I just read your recipe for the pumpkin bread. Yum. I like hummus and made Spicy Pumpkin Hummus a couple of days ago. Here's to Autumn!



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