Thursday, October 13, 2016

Friends are Life's Gift of Love

If you're a regular to my blog you may notice it's not wonky looking any more. For a few weeks the white strip down the middle was shrinking and shifting. At first I thought it was my computer but it turns out it was a Blogger glitch. A quick email to Karen Valentine, my blog designer and it was fixed in no time.
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The Canadian Thanksgiving is over and we were thrilled with the autumn colour heading north to our oldest daughter's home for the holiday.
Heading into the house one morning I noticed the beauty of fallen leaves windswept onto this chair and couldn't resist taking a photo.
A few thank you cards that went to friends from the Michigan tea tour. 
Violets are my birth month flower for February and I was touched to receive this plate (just because) from my friend Gloria with the quote "Friends are Life's Gift of Love" ~Helen Steinier Rice~ inside the card. Such a lovely quote and sweet gesture of friendship. 
Take Time for Tea
I make myself afternoon tea every day around 3 pm and sit and relax for half an hour or so. A homemade scone with lemon curd and pumpkin chai one day with my new funky teapot won during games on the tea tour.
Linking with Amy's Five on Friday.

40 comments:

  1. Such a peaceful, lovely post. Nature and tea!

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  2. Your autumn colours are fabulous Judith. Where we have a few maples you have forests of them! And your scone and lemon curd looks divine.....

    Happy Autumn to you!
    Ruby

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  3. Judith, the autumn colors are glorious! And how I'd love to join you in the afternoon for tea and scones and lemon curd!

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  4. Your autumn is fast progressing! What a beautiful colorful mountain, and the second photo is so lovely! I like to see your table setting is arranged with autumn colors,Judith.
    Have a happy weekend!

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  5. Love your photos! And your blog is looking great too ♥ Happy Thursday☺

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  6. What glorious color for your Thanksgiving! I love the photo of the chair with the fallen leaves in it.

    That was a sweet gesture of friendship! And your tea looks so good too!

    Have a happy weekend!

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  7. What lovely pictures. We were just in northern part of Wisconsin and color was coming in there. Not a lot down by where we live in Illinois. Predicting frost by the weekend. Love the violet plate. That is my birth month as well. I have violets in my garden, which seem to be blooming right now. Weird. Have a great day.

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  8. The nature photos are just beautiful, Judith! Your plate is lovely and a wonderful reminder of Gloria's friendship. Would love to join you for scones and tea! Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  9. Wonderful colour in your photos. The leaves on the Adirondack chair are artfully arranged - by Nature! The new teapot is very modern looking and a fun touch to your tea table.

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  10. The autumn color is amazing, Judith. So beautiful. God's paintbrush! Leaves are barely beginning to take on fall hues now. We had our first frost last night - my elephant ears are now toast but everything else looks good. Your scone looks delicious. And pumpkin chai sounds great! I need to order some from David's - I love it and even would call it my favorite flavored tea, which I truly could drink all year round. Love the cards you made too. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs, Beth

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  11. Beautiful fall color - Happy Thanksgiving! And very lovely creative thank you cards. I can easily imagine myself sitting down and enjoying scones and tea with you at three!

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  12. The colours in your photo's are just lovely, this is such a special time of year.

    Your homemade scone and tea looks very inviting ...

    All the best Jan

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  13. That sounds very civilised! The trees look stunning in the Autumn sun.

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  14. Love your fall photos! I have a funky teapot like that as well that we make our green tea in a 11am daily. Love the cards too! And so glad the blog is fixed!
    Ruth

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  15. The fall colours are gorgeous, but leaves are falling today after some rain and wind. That is such a pretty violet plate from a very thoughtful friend.

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  16. Oh those scones look soo delightful! And I loved the glimpses of the amazing autumn colors you shared! So beautiful :)

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  17. You do treat yourself well, and you should. Canadian fall colors are beautiful. We don't have the fall colors in such abundance here, so I always enjoy seeing them in other places. Love the photo of the old chair with the leaves. Very pretty.

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  18. Every day at three? That sounds so nice and must be pleasant and relaxing. Sweet gift from a sweet friend!

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  19. Coming from the Homeland of Starbucks, our afternoon breaks are over coffee, but I can relate to your 30 minutes of break time. Isn't it peaceful, just pausing for a bit of life's reflections and happiness?

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  20. Autumn colours and violets are blessings of life, as are friends and cups of tea. :)
    Have a lovely weekend, Judith! xx

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  21. What a lovely gift of the plate with our birth month's flowers, Judith. Your cards are works of art and I know your friends were lucky recipients. I'll be thinking of you at 3:00 today as you're enjoying your teatime break.

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  22. Your Autumn table setting is a feast for the eyes. We too still take afternoon tea at about three, a wonderful tradition.

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  23. Happy Thanksgiving! What glorious colors! What a joy to see the colors as you drive, it makes the trip amazing.

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  24. Afternoon Tea (or just a Cream Tea) is such a lovely idea. I just try to follow your example. I always get hungry at 3:00 p.m. and this is the perfect idea.

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  25. Your autumn is simply glorious, my friend. Ah, it brings back sweet memories of fall in Southampton...

    Your plate from your friend is quite pretty and how sweet of her to think of you. Friends are such a blessing.

    And I'm so glad you and Karen were able to get your blog fixed {{smiles}}

    Happy weekend to you! Hugs!

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  26. I did wonder about that white strip... Lovely autumn colors

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  27. Such a pretty plate and what a wonderful idea to treat yourself to tea.

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  28. Two years ago at this time of year my youngest son and I drove from NJ to PEI and back to NY. Your first photos bring me good memories of that trip. Thanks! ...I'm drinking pumpkin spice tea this afternoon and had gluten free raisin toast with it. Afternoon tea is a wonderful tradition.

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  29. They trust you more than your family.

    They love you better than your father.

    They list to you.

    They inspire and encourage you.

    Yes they are truly a gift.

    http://games-gameworld.blogspot.com

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  30. Lovely Autumn post ... filled with tea, beautiful Autumn color and memories of friends.

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  31. You captured the autumn foliage beautifully. Your tea-themed cards are perfect for your fellow tea lovers. I love your afternoon tea tradition. The modern teapot looks like it can brew many cups of tea!

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  32. What a wonderful tea set up. Love those gorgeous fall images!

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  33. The fall colours are amazing this year aren't they? I love your new funky teapot. There's nothing like a cuppa tea to perk one up or keep one warm on the chillier days. Have a great week.

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  34. I love the colors of fall and I love baking again when the weather cools down. Your cards are adorable, such detail. Bet they loved them. And your scone - makes me hungry!

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  35. What a wonderful post - your cards are always SO awesome. Love that Adirondak chair all covered in autumn's leaves!

    Your tea time is precious, as is that pretty violets plate- how thoughtful! I love Random Acts of Kindness!

    Hugs!

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  36. I like how you make your afternoon tea times so special just for yourself. I'm sure it's relaxing and allows you to unwind, rather than just picking up a cup of tea and continuing with the work of the day.

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  37. Olá Judith as imagens estão lindas;
    Amei a mesa.
    Boa continuação de mês.
    janicce.

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  38. Fall is just gorgeous in your neck of the woods - and ours! Love every minute of it. That scone looks wonderful. Is it blueberry with that lemon curd? And if so, do you have the recipe? I make blueberry/lavender scones, but not with lemon curd. That sounds amazing! You'll be pleased to learn that I've actually been trying the tea routine in the mid afternoon. I'm a morning coffee drinker, but making tea is so fast. I do let it steep about 10 minutes because I like it strong, so I just walk away and find something else to do while waiting. Others drink theirs right away. Have a wonderful Wednesday, Judith. Beautiful fall photos!

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  39. What beautiful fall colors you've shared with us, Judith! Don't you just love this time of year? Such blue, blue skies as a backdrop for those colorful leaves! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

    That plate was a lovely and thoughtful gift from your friend. I adore violets and always have. I'm thinking your birthstone for February is amethyst, isn't it? How neat that it coordinates with the purple violets.

    Tea at 3:00 everyday is a great idea; I might have to adopt that ritual myself. :) Thanks for your visit today, and I hope you have a wonderful week!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  40. Wow, what spectacular fall color! I'm jealous!

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