Monday, December 23, 2013

The Fourth Tea of December

Welcome friends for tea this week.  The birds are an important part of life at Lavender Cottage, we feed them year round and enjoy their visits.  There's no prettier bird than the male cardinal sitting in a tree with winter snow in the background.
A small vignette with a faux cardinal on the garage window ledge outside the front door.
Inside, the cardinals can be found in the kitchen on my cutting board which I'm using for a backdrop on the kitchen counter.  I also have a fringed throw with this same design that is a cozy lap cover while reading a book and sipping tea.
A small woodland tree with cardinals perched all over it.
I'm having tea in my cardinal mug.   A steaming peach rooibos, and a gift from a friend who knows rooibos blends are a favourite.
A caramel merengue from the Italian bakery that is so good.  Decadent, actually!
The scotty hand towel was a gift from our daughter a number of years ago and I felt the red towel would be nice with the cardinal theme.
Here we are, an informal tea set up on the kitchen counter with a few of the cardinals that decorate the kitchen.
A male cardinal eating sunflower seeds from the ground.  The picture is not as clear as I'd like since it was taken through the kitchen window and then the glass panel of the deck railing.
Do you feed backyard birds?  They  do need our help for food once the natural sources have been expended.  We put out black oil sunflower, safflower, niger, peanuts and suet. A heated birdbath is available for drinks and the birds that still bathe in winter.
I'm linking with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for our weekly Tea Time Tuesday gathering.  Make yourself a cup of tea and visit Sandi and her guests.
Merry Christmas!

25 comments:

Ingmarie We said...

I just love your photos of the cardinals. They are just fantastic. Merry Christmas!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a handsome fellow that male cardinal is! I have never seen a real one and I would love to.
Your tea and meringue treat sound good and looks inviting with your cardinals all around. Merry Christmas, Judith, and thank you for joining me for my last Christmas Tea. Hope you have a lovely holiday with your family.

Blessings and hugs,
Sandi

podso said...

You do like cardinals. So do I and we have a family in our yard that I think have been here year after year if that's possible. They are so much fun to watch. The Gardener keeps them fed.

I'm off for a cup of tea!

Sylvia said...

Love the Cardinals. Caramel of anything is a favorite of mine also, I'll take one.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beautiful photos of a wintry landscape! I love cardinals, too and yes...we feed the birds here and enjoy them all. We're seeing lots of extras now that have migrated South! Merry Christmas my friend!

kitty said...

I love all your cardinal decor, Judith, and your tea looks lovely. Yes, I do feed the birds and actually I see quite a few cardinals. Sometimes they see themselves in my window and start climbing the screen.
Merry Christmas blessings to you, dear friend. xo

Beth said...

I love cardinals too. They are so pretty against the white snow. I love your first photo! I like your cardinal tree and cutting board too, as well as the mug filled with delicious rooibos tea!
Merry Christmas, Judith!

A Quiet Corner said...

Cardinals are one of my favorites too!...:)JP

Martha's Favorites said...

Love your Cardinal cups. Everything looks wonderful. Have a blessed Christmas dear lady. Hugs, Martha

Angela McRae said...

What beautiful cardinals! One was on our deck the other morning foraging around in the leaves there. I think I'll find a spot to set out some birdseed!

Cindy said...

I so enjoy Cardinals when I visit my daughter in North Carolina, we don't have any here on the Island and or at least not that I have ever seen. Yes, I've got a few about the tree and here and there on cups and decorations but nothing as beautiful as watching them from you window, lovely.

We we are well set up to feed all the wildlife a backyard can hold. We even have a heated ring in our pond and often watch the birds at the edge of the ice while taking a drink. Yesterday I shoveled for 2 hours to make a path to the feeders so we can enjoy they feasting in the early morning while we have coffee.

Carolyn said...

The only cardinal I have seen here is the one on my Christmas tree ~ they are so pretty!

Merry Christmas!
Carolyn

September Violets said...

I feed my birds all year round too. I have a pair of cardinals that are visiting my feeder this winter which is always nice. It seems I'm feeding a few larger birds too ... a Cooper's Hawk has been helping himself to some of the little birds & my son saw a Great Horned Owl (& heard him) in the middle of the night last week ... it was sitting in our tree & then it swooped past my son's window. I found a dead mouse on the driveway the next morning & wonder if the owl dropped him. Your cardinal decorations are all so pretty, and I agree, there is nothing nicer than a bright red cardinal sitting in a pine tree with the snow all around. Merry Christmas Judith! Wendy xox

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Red just seems appropriate at this time for its festive qualities and the cardinals just stand out against the winter snow. Valerie

Donna said...

A beautiful seasonal tea Judith...Merry Christmas!

Sunray Gardens said...

Lovely shots. You can't get any prettier than a bright red Cardinal.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Vee said...

Cardinals are so gorgeous. My grandson said that one is visiting his corner this winter. I am feeding the birds, but they are going through two suet containers a day. That's $14 dollars plus tax a week. I don't know if I can keep this up!

Merry Christmas!

Shirley said...

Those cardinals are so beautiful!! I love the Scottie towel!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful post and photos, Judith! It's 37 degrees below zero this morning where we are with daughter and family. Just thought I'd take a quick minute to do a few comments before anyone else gets up. Love your Cardinals and that Cardinal Mug! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

eileeninmd said...

Judith, I love your Cardinal post. They are beautiful birds!

I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas...

Bernideen said...

Love cardinals - I am from Virginia where it is the state bird. We do not have them in Colorado! I am commenting on my small laptop. My other computer got a virus so my Friends Sharing Tea for now. This is a lovely posting.

Veronica Roth said...

Merry Christmas my dear Canadian friend and much Christmas magic to you and your family. Every time I'm out East I try to look for cardinals with very limited results. One day I'll see a lovely red one like in you photograph. For now I'll just keep visiting you. :)

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Judith,
Cardinals are just so breathtaking, aren't they? Love all your Cardinal decorations. I have the miniature cardinal Hallmark ornament on my little tree in my bathroom, along with a hand towel with an embroidered Cardinal on it and a cardinal soap in a cherub soap dish.
Thank you so much for your recent visit and comment on my Big Christmas, Little Christmas post.
I hope you had a blessed Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!
Gina

Rettabug said...

How PRETTY all your red birds look! The cardinal is Ohio's state bird, so I'm partial to them myself, too.
You've got some lovely examples but that first photo of the real one is spectacular! One could frame it or easily use it for Vee's notecard party!

I hope your holiday was wonderful. Now on to the next one!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I think one of the prettiest sights in winter is a bright red cardinal with a backdrop of snow.

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