Monday, January 27, 2014

Tea and Poppies

My Grow Your Blog Post can be found here.
Welcome friends for tea this week.  I've been partying with Vicki at 2 Bags Full for the annual Meet and Greet, Grow your Blog event and have been inviting ladies along the way to join our Tuesday tea gathering.  If you're new to my blog, I'm glad you're here for a visit and to my followers, so nice to see you again.  You may have noticed I have a new web address for my blog which I recently purchased but either it or .blogspot will lead readers here.
I've be yearning for some colour with a landscape of nothing but white snow and decided to pull out my poppy teacup from Gracie china. 
 And, what better place to have tea on a cold day than in front of a fire with the Siamese kitty I made in ceramics years ago.  She sits in her basket soaking up the warmth from the flames.
I brought a book to share over tea, one that I won in a giveaway last year.  It has lots of colour photos and recipes for using flower petals in baking and cooking.  Isn't the cake on the cover gorgeous!
A few pumpkin molasses cookies I've shared before.  This time I didn't roll them in balls and sugar but flattened with a fork and sprinkled orange sanding sugar over top.  Delicious with a cup of Gong Fu peach rooibos tea.
A cozy butterfly rug I hooked to sit on in front of the fire, which is gas, by the way.
The wood stove type fireplace and black kettle full of water on top is similar to what was on my grandmother's farm and brings back happy memories of time spent there as a child.  The water helps to humidify the air, and of course granny's was a wood burning stove.  When we slept overnight, my cousins slept upstairs in beds and I was always put on the sofa in the parlour.  I never slept very well though because a huge deer's head protruded from the wall right above me and I worried about it falling on me in the middle of the night, antlers and all!
Poppies are a favourite in the garden too.
This is not one of my beds but from a yard I saw and stopped to capture.
The seed heads are a fun texture in the garden.
One of the poppies I grow and its a very light pinky-peach with that stunning purple centre.
I'm linking with these gracious tea hosts:
Sandi for Tea Time Tuesday
Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea
Make yourself a cup and join my hosts and their guests.

43 comments:

  1. Hi Judith, Your teacup and saucer look very springy. I like how you carried through the poppies in your gardening photos. I'm intrigued by your fireplace; it looks very much like an "Earth Stove" wood-burning stove we had at our previous house. We had it in the basement and blew the warm air up; it heated the whole house unless we had extreme cold. I would sit a pot of water on top to humidify the air; once in awhile I cooked chili on it. (You want to be careful it doesn't boil over - lol). Have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

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  2. Beautiful poppy teacup and saucer. Poppies were one of my Moms favorite flowers. I tried growing them here, but they never came up.

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  3. It has certainly been a day for nice warm cups of tea. More digging and snow blowing to clear away the huge drifts ... but it is all such good exercise and means I can have a biscuit or two with the next cup of tea :)
    It is so lovely to see spring blooms, which reminds us that one of these days all these drifts will vanish and the garden will once more be visible.

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  4. I love all of the poppies Judith, but that light pink one is stunning! What a fun book to sit and read in front of the fire. I would love that book. Thanks for having us over for tea!

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  5. Those poppies are wonderful and the pink one is especially pretty with its purple center. I like the china and how you've carried the poppy theme throughout your post. I am so thankful for our wood pellet stove! We don't have gas here on the Island so we make do with other means of heat.
    {My desktop has died and took everything with it but I was able to save my photos. I'm not liking the laptop but it's better than no computer at all. I will have to start all over again. *sigh*} Thank you for coming to tea, Judith.

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  6. that last poppy is beautiful!! and orange sanding sugar? must investigate -- sounds delicious on the cookies. stay warm -- I just heard it will be 40 below here with the wind chill tonight!

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  7. Thank you for following my blog. I'm glad you did, and now I'm following your lovely blog. I'll be visiting!
    Cathy
    CraftyCat

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  8. Hi Judith,
    Your tea looks so cozy all set up by the fire. Il love your pretty poppy teacup and your beautiful photos of the poopy flowers. We used to have wood burning stoves when we lived in Ohio and Michigan and kept a pan of water to humidify the air. Ahhh the memories!!

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  9. I love Poppies but haven't had much luck with them. But I refuse to give up! ...:)JP

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  10. It looks so cozy by the fire. I would love a kettle on the stove to bring moisture to the air. We used to sit a pot of water on radiators when we had them in a house. Beautiful poppies!

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  11. Your post is so pretty. the cookies look delicious too, and I love baking with flowers too-I need to check out that book.
    We only heat with wood here-a wood stove in the main living area, and one in the bedroom-always nice and cozy and I love the tea kettles on the stoves too.
    Thank you for the flower photos-I needed that-with these bitter cold temps here Kathy

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  12. Gosh, what pretty poppy teacups! I love them, especially with the little dragonflies flitting across the cup ;) That's a nice cozy spot to sit at ... I like the memories of your childhood staying at your grandma's house. My family was always very small and we never did much visiting like that. Stay warm there Judith, that wind is bitter tonight! Wendy x

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  13. How cozy having tea in front of the wood stove. I love and adore those garden photos the most - I know you just can't wait to get your hands in the dirt again! So glad you shared your link!

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  14. So pretty... It looks like spring! Great job on the rug!

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  15. Love that pink poppy with the purple center - dazzling! Also really like your teacup/saucer. Very pretty.

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  16. Hi Judith, What a creative lady you are... ceramics, rug maker, gardening - to name only a few of your talents! I love your cozy fireside tea, with the poppy teacup, pumpkin cookies, and interesting cookbook to while away a very wintry day. Keep warm!
    ~ Phyllis

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  17. Your poppy tea set is beautiful and the real poppies are gorgeous!

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  18. The butterfly rug is gorgeous and must make you smile every time you look at it! Enjoy your week my friend! It's almost a new month!!!

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  19. Your teacup is very pretty with the poppies on it and the cookies sound delicious. I would love to join you in your cozy home for tea and cookies in front of the fire. I chuckled over your sleeping under the deer head at your Granny's. That would be rather frightening.

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  20. As always I have enjoyed my tea visit with you this week. Red Poppies have to be the most cheerful flower, especially this time of year.

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  21. Hi Judith,
    I love your pretty poppy teacup today. I have never seen one like it. Your ceramic puppy is so cute and it all looks so cozy by the fire. Thank you for visiting me! Have a wonderful week!
    Karen

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  22. That is a beautiful tea cup! I just finished a cup of tea, but my cup wasn't nearly as pretty. :) Have a nice Tuesday!

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  23. I am going to have a cuppa from a fine bone china and read your lovely blog. Love your hooked rug, and that tea cup certainly adds a taste of spring to your wintry scene!!

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  24. Looks like you are managing to keep warm Judith. It's difficult up there for sure which I am seeing since we are getting this Winter what you deal with on a regular basis. Keep warm.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  25. Such a lovely tea this is in front of the fire. It reminds me of my little fireplace, only mine is pellets. Your teacup with the poppies is just charming, and I have also enjoyed the cookies. How lovely to have "virtual" tea, and what a great way to start the day! Will see you again next tuesday!

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  26. There are so many lovely, homey things in this post, Judith. What could be nicer, on this winter days, that sitting by the fire with a good book, homemade cookies and a cup of tea in a beautiful cup!

    I haven't tried rug hooking, but think it must be a relaxing thing to do and the butterfly design is a pretty one. I enjoyed reading your memories of your grandmother's place. My uncle still lives in my grandparents' home and the big wood stove keeps company with an electric one. My aunt swears that she could win a million dollars, but that she'd never give up their wood stove.

    -Karen

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  27. Hello Judith,
    Your tea time today is inspired by color! The poppy tea cup works perfectly to bring some life into the white cold winter. Your pictures of your poppies are so lovely to see today! The very last image poppy is stunning! I do love poppies!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  28. Oh my, that pink poppy is the prettiest one I've ever seen! Just stunning! And now I'm off to put "Cooking with Flowers" on my Amazon wish list ...

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  29. Hi Judith,
    because Poppys flower here in summer, for me the set has a summer feeling. But I love that very much. Your Siamese is so sweet. And the books looks amazing. What an interesting cake on the cover. Thank you for tea and delicious cookies and the pretty photos.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  30. Hello Judith...I'm waving from rural Scotland. I'm a little late visiting for the GYB party, but better late than never.
    You had me at 'Hello' really with cups of tea, fires roaring and beautiful photos, cake and poppies. I'm wanting to plant poppies in my garden next year along with so much more. I've just returned to the house after numerous years away so there's lots to do!
    I'm now following you and look forward to catching up again soon.
    Enjoy the party :D

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  31. Lovely teatime & positive reminder that winter WILL pass!

    enjoy that fantastic cookbook...

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  32. Judith I needed these poppies to brighten the day...and what a great book. I'll have to look for it. Have you shared the recipe for those pumpkin molasses cookies....my husband would love those!! Yummy......

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  33. I always enjoy viewing your tea posts. This one by the fire is perfect for cold and chilly weather. The Poppy cup and saucer is so lovely. Have a wonderful week!

    Pam

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  34. My mom put fresh pansies on my birthday cakes growing up and they were so beautiful. Your poppy tea cup is gorgeous.

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  35. This is a beautiful poppy tea cup and saucer Judith. I also had poppies on my post today, imagine. I couldn't think of sleeping with such a thing hanging over me. I never slept well away from home growing up either. It looks warm by your fire. Your cat you made is very sweet

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  36. Your fears at sleeping under the deer's head made me chuckle, but then of course it wasn't funny when you were little. It seems tea time brings back so many memories, doesn't it ? I like using things I make as I set my table , and you have made some very nice things.

    Spring isn't too far away !

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  37. Hi,Judith!
    I am glad to be able to access to your blog!Thank you!
    I have been away from my PC for a while. I went through your posts today!
    I really like the butterfly rug. It is first time for me to see that type of fire place. Looks warm! Your Siamese kitty knows the best place to sit in the cold day! Your poppy is so beautiful.I love those pink fragile petals.

    Stay well!

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  38. The poppies are gorgeous. I grew the at our old house, but here I just cannot seem to get them started.

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  39. So cozy -- your spot in front of your stove. Love the rug you made. I used to do that when I was young -- so much fun!

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  40. Oh I did enjoy tea with you this morning! The poppy china and the poppies in the garden are all wonderful ... and what a treat on a rainy day (yes even here in Florida...not as cold as elsewhere but gray and wet).....

    My grandmother had wall paper with faces on it (really they were cabbage roses, but in my imagination they were faces of little children and monsters ...I didn't sleep very well there either!)

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  41. Poppies in winter do cheer the soul. Love flowers for food and decorating. That cake is indeed beautiful!

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  42. Such lovely poppies - china and garden variety x

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  43. Such a warm and cozy tea setting next to the fireplace! The dainty little poppy tea cup is so pretty! Beautiful collection of the gorgeous poppies in your garden! Happy weekend! Hugs, Poppy

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