Monday, March 17, 2014

A Spring Tea for the Birds

Welcome friends for tea this week.  Spring is almost here and I am longing to see my spring bulbs blooming and to get my hands into the soil.
Of course there are other signs of spring.
Robins will be back in abundance.
There will be some courting rituals going on.
And lots of baby birds.  This fluffy youngster is a cardinal that waited patiently for mom to deliver food inside the magnolia.
Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage is hosting a bird lover's spring tea this week and I hope you'll join us.
I'm using one of my new mug rugs, part of a giveaway that included a matching hand towel from Connie at Crafty Home Cottage.  The little birds sitting on the fence are adorable and I love the colour combination of the set.  Thank you blogging sister Connie. 
I thought my bird feeder teapot should be part of this tablescape and
a nest found on the ground a couple of years ago.  The centre is lined with something very soft, which would have been a cozy place for baby birds.
The garden teapot is from Marjolein Bastin.
A tea strainer with a bird on a flowering branch.  I use pretty much all loose leaf tea these days except for tea bags that have been gifted.  What is your preference?
I wanted to try a scone recipe using sour cream and ended up making  Downton Abbey sweet cream scones from the Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook. (found through Google)  They are quite sweet, unlike the buttermilk scones I normally bake but they went over well with the family.
An Irish blessing since this is St. Patrick's Day.
I'm linking with these ladies for tea:
Kathy
Please visit each of them and their guests.

37 comments:

  1. I just love your bird photos! Lovely! And Marjolein Bastien is a favorite. I love the pot finial! The birdie mug ruga are so cute and I LOVE the bird tea strainer! So cute! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  2. Hi JUdith. What a wonderful tea post. I love what you show us, the tea, the birds , the color. All gorgeous. have a nice week.

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  3. What a lovely post ~ looks like Spring has found you .
    We are still waiting on it .

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  4. Pretty post, I love the gorgeous flowers, the cute robin and sweet doves. Your teapot is adorable with the cute birds. The scones looking yummy! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  5. Hi Judith,
    oh so sweet is your tea time post. I love the birds photos. How cute is this fluffy bird baby. I am so happy to have spring again with flowers, birds and butterflies. Your tea time is really nice. The bird feeder tea pot is amazing and the Marjolein bastein teapot just cute. And the scones look yummy, too. Thank you for sharing this cozy tea time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  6. Such wonderful photos. The Robin and Doves are just delightful. Your tea looks fun. A great way to celebrate the arrival of spring.

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  7. lovely lovely lovely. bird song = spring. I covet (!!!!) your bird tea strainer. wonderful tea post and happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  8. So beautiful... everything..!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

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  9. Hi Judith,
    I just love your bird photos. You have some wonderful shots! I am loving your MB teapot with its clay pots for a handle; just adorable! The tea strainer is too cute for words and your scone looks scrumptious. I have never made Downton Abbey's scones and I really should try making them next time. Thank you for joining me for my Spring Tea party and Happy St. Patricks Day!

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  10. I just love the combination of the pink tulips and the purple iris. Happy tea day!

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  11. Wow Judith what a nice post. Your photos are gorgeous! Love the one of the robin especially!

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  12. Oh - so many pretty birdie things! I love your bird feeder and so glad you won a Giveaway too! This is a lovely posting with beautiful photos and flowers!

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  13. Such pretty springy tea things...I love my special flavors of tea so have some of both loose leaf and bagged. Can't say that I have a preference.

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  14. Oh yes! That photo of the robin is amazing!

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  15. I love your spring flower and bird photos and am eagerly waiting to see both. Your birdhouse teapot is really unique. I like Twinings loose Earl Grey tea and some of David's Teas but usually use teabags. A lovely tea time, Judith.

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  16. Happy St. Paddy's Day! I adore the bird tea strainer. I tend to drink loose leaf at home but use teabags at work since they're more convenient.

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  17. Love your pictures and your post! Happy St Patrick's Day to you!

    Jocelyn 2 http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  18. Beautiful photos! It doesn't look like they ever moved into that nest!

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  19. Hi Judith, what a beautiful spring tea. Love the tulips and the birds are just so sweet. Love the little baby bird in the magnolia tree.
    Your teapot is darling and the hint of Irish all through your tea. Your pics are so inspiring.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day and thank you for stopping by.
    Have a great week.
    Hugs!

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  20. That darling robin just makes me smile! How I long to see one around here! I enjoyed your spring tea!
    ....Nancy

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  21. Hi: Love the tea today with all the birds. As usually you have a lovely table to share. Blessings, Martha

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  22. Wonderful post, Judith! We don't have spring here yet. And thank your for the tip on "Waterlogue" app. I don't have an iPad yet, but am thinking about it! I do have an iMac - and I just received an email from my cell phone carrier that they'll have iPhones on March 31st.

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  23. Love your amazing bird photos especially the robin one! Tea bags or loose?--I am still using bags

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  24. Your photos are always so beautiful with such clear close-up details of the birds. I love the little baby cardinal with his fuzz and the found bird's nest with its fuzz.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Judith

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  25. I enjoyed all the birds and the pretty tea things. I love the idea of mug rugs and have made a few.

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  26. I am amazed that the birds nest is so perfect and has lasted so long. So pretty! In my tree unfortunately I have found a possum nest and I am not too thrilled that it is up there. But, they need a place too. What a lovely tea pot you have there, and that tea strainer has me drooling!

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  27. Great post. Reread it twice lol. I'm tea bag these days !

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  28. I love your post
    Meet you again has been a pleasure
    Love

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  29. You have such pretty Spring teapots, Judith, and your scones look perfect for a treat. I love your gift from your exchange.

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  30. Oh what a lovely post! I so enjoyed your photos, and now you've got me all psyched up for Spring. I've got my eyes peeled for the first robin and then I'll know it's official.

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  31. Lovely photos Judith. The tea strainer is really special.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  32. I've just sat down with a cup of camomile tea, Judith, ready to enjoy your post. The tea strainer is beautiful! There's a certain nicety about the ritual of using loose leaves, although I also use bags here.

    Karen

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  33. Those are some beautiful bird photos that you captured, esp the little baby waiting to be fed. I like loose tea the best, but when I'm only making one cup, I usually use a bag. Those scones looks delicious! and love your teapots!

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  34. Judith: I loved your post. I really liked the shamrock with the tea saying--what a fun find! Your pictures are so lovely of spring flowers and birds. I also enjoy loose leaf teas much more than bags, but bags are convenient for work, so I always have a selection of both. Thank your for your comment and nice welcome!

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  35. Whenever I visit You I am reminded how much We have in common.This is what blogging was started for and the reason I love to blog,finding true kindred spirits.Hugs and Blessings to You

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  36. Hi Judith,
    I just love all of your pics this week! Gorgeous mug rug and teapot. Your flowers are amazing! Thanks for visiting me! Happy Spring! Karen

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  37. Love your Irish blessing, and the robin and baby cardinal pics are wonderful!
    Hugs, Beth

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