Monday, June 3, 2013

Lilacs and Tea

Welcome friends for tea.  When we downsized to the house we're in now, one of the selling features was the tree line at the back.  One could forget there was a street with houses, as you wouldn't see them unless you peered through the tree trunks.  Our yard was free of landscaping and the first thing we did was plant a couple of trees.  We've added a few more over the years.
Come, let's have tea on the upper deck today.
The view looking down over the railing with the pond at the back.  It's like having tea in a treehouse up here as you can survey the whole yard at once.  
Years ago when I was making ceramic wares, I created this huge vase with lilacs on the front.  It's perfect for when the wild common lilacs are in bloom and I can cut long branches of them.  They smell wonderful and being outside are not too overpowering.
 I've set out two Paragon teacups that are similar but with different handles and one is pastel pink, the other a lavender.
The lavender set was a gift which I was happy to receive and pair with the pink teacup I already had.
 This seating area is outside the big kitchen window overlooking the backyard.
Make yourself comfortable while I go in to get the tea.  A few macarons and squares for us to nosh on while we sip and talk.
I'm linking with:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea with Ruth.
Tea in the Garden with Bernideen.
Tea Cup Tuesday with Terri.
Won't you join my hosts and their guests over tea?


  1. Such a beautiful place to have tea! Looking down on your yard is so enchanting! Love your teacups and I would like to try one of your macaroons!

  2. Now that is beautiful! Your vase is really pretty too! Lovely lilacs...thanks for sharing at Tea In The Garden!

  3. I'd be delighted to join you, Judith, and enjoy the tea and attractive view.

  4. That upper deck of yours seems to be the perfect place to have tea outdoors.
    You embelished it so beautifully with that vase of lilacs! And the china is very pretty, too!
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I had to do a double take - you made that gorgeous vase! I am in awe. Beautiful. I love lilacs and I am seeing so many of those and Peonies this week - wish this were a scratch and sniff screen - I do miss the fragrance of Lilacs! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  6. Beautiful yard and tea set! It all looks so inviting! Love the vase too!

  7. It really is like a treehouse...a treehouse tea time...lovely!

  8. What glorious lilacs! You and I were thinking along the same lines :) Your tea cups are delightful - thanks for sharing with us.

    Hugs to you!

  9. What a gorgeous view, Judith! You're so lucky to be able to enjoy your tea and overlook that beautiful spot. Your vase is so pretty that you made and perfect for the lilacs.

  10. Your view out back is lovely but that setting with your vase of lilacs if beautiful. You did a fantastic job on that vase.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  12. You have created a lovely spot to have tea and enjoy the garden. Valerie

  13. The view out back is beautiful. That would be a fantastic area to sit and have a cup of tea and a nosh. The little table covered in lavender cloth looks pretty. I really like the ceramic vase you made, Judith. And of course I am loving the lilacs!!! Ours are gone, and the bushes could say we've put the lilacs to bed for this year! lol
    Hugs, Beth

  14. What a perfect spot for an afternoon tea! Oh, how I'd love to join you!

  15. Hi Judith!!!!

    Your back yard is gorgeous!!! Lilacs are my favorite scent and they look gorgeous on the table in your beautiful vase!!!

    I'll be waiting for you while you get the tea in your beautiful setting!!!


  16. Looks like such a lovely setting, with more of those beautiful lilacs!

  17. Oh Judith, it all looks so lovely and relaxing... such a wonderful thought spending the afternoon with a dear friend sipping tea and talking girl talk!
    I love those tea cups... hmmm, shopping trip might be in order for this. Sadly I must admit to not owning a single tea cup and saucer! Gasp!!! I guess I need to get working on that!
    Beth P

  18. Hello Judith,
    That is a beautiful backyard. You have such a view from your balcony. And you tea spot is fab. I love Paragon china, and your pair here are fine examples. They did such marvelous designs like this.

  19. You have a beautiful backyard and a great spot for tea. The lilacs are so pretty. I love the Paragon tea cups and saucer sets... such a cool shape. ~Michelle

  20. So lovely!
    I have a very similar black lined cup, just can't get to check it out til I head to my summer country home!
    And ooo that lovely purple table set for the garden... ahhh lovely!

    Today, I just had to share my JoY !

    I have to wish my very 1st grandbaby, a grandson, a HapPy Birth Day ! Conway Joshua arrived safely and healthy today !

    I've posted a wee Shelley cuppa to celebrate if you'd care to join me!

  21. Beautiful trees and what a fabulous view from where you served tea. Perfect setting.. Your vase is gorgeous! The rain has pretty much sent our lilacs on there way... Wishing you a wonderful week. Blessings, Celia

  22. Beautiful trees and what a fabulous view from where you served tea. Perfect setting.. Your vase is gorgeous! The rain has pretty much sent our lilacs on there way... Wishing you a wonderful week. Blessings, Celia

  23. This is enchanting, Judith! You've created such a peaceful environment and your lilacs in that beautiful vase are stunning. Now I want an upper deck, too!


  24. What a gorgeous teatime! I didn't know you made ceramics, and that vase is just perfect for the lilacs!

  25. It really does look like you're having tea in a tree house. The lilac vase is exquisite, and even though the lilacs are considered "common", they are a treasure and treat for their scent & beauty. Lovely.

  26. love your yard, what a great view. The vase is so pretty, our lilacs are finished in our area, wish they lasted longer. I have the same teacup and saucer in pink, the lilac is very pretty though, will have to keep my eye out for one in that colour. enjoy your post always, God bless...

  27. Hi Judith. I'm so jealous you still have lilacs. Our's are over with and the season went by so fast I don't even know what happened. I think it was all that rain here. So now that the sun is shining I can't wait to have all my tea in the garden and not miss a minute of it. Hugs my friend and I hope you have a lovely rest of the week. :)

  28. Hi,Judith
    It looks like a perfectly beautiful place to have tea enjoying your garden.
    I am again impressed by you. What a creative woman you are to make such a beautiful ceramic vase!
    Hope you have a good weekend!

  29. Oh I would love to have tea on that upper deck...lovely sights and smells with flowers and tea mixed together...ahhh--sip, sip.

  30. Hi Judith
    I Love the colours :)
    and do not miss.....


    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  31. Hi Judith,
    sorry for coming so late for tea tme. Your Lilacs are so pretty. Ours are faded now. And the tea cup is wonderful, too. Thank you for sharing and for your visit and the kind comment.
    Best greetings, Johanna


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