Monday, October 24, 2016

Inspired, Illuminated and Friendship

In My Garden

It surprised me to see the tiny PW 'Pink Perfume' Bloomerang lilac planted last year blooming again.

These are the berries of Actaea pachypoda commonly known as white baneberry or doll's eyes. They're always an interesting plant in the fall garden.
It was a busy week last week and I took my hubby out for lunch for his birthday to a restaurant in the country called The Globe which is famous for their good food and presentation of meals.
This is the smoked trout salad plate that I had which was delicious, hubby had the omelette special.
In the spring I saw a journalling Bible mentioned on someone's FB and I had never heard of this type of Bible. After some research I knew I wanted one and saved points from our Visa card for Chapters Book Store and ordered it at the end of summer. I'm still at the tip of the iceberg for knowing how I can be creative in my new Bible but look forward to doing this over several years. Anyone else have one?
Our youngest daughter is a talented photographer and these are her two children a couple of years ago  blown up on a canvas wall hanging. She had a Scentsy light burning below it and the grands were illuminated in a special way. 
Three of us from our Canadian card and tea exchange group met again at The Old Curiosity Shop in Markham and enjoyed a Victorian Tea together. On the left is Margie from Tea in the Valley sporting her new witch's hat fascinator and across from her is Wendy from September Violets.  I'm wearing my new fascinator purchased on the MI tea tour.
We had a wonderful time eating, laughing and having heartwarming conversations but did miss the other Ontario gals who couldn't make it.
The weather is much cooler in the mornings now and I have had to pull out a winter hat to keep my ears warm....the coat will be coming soon.
Take Time for Tea


  1. Love the fascinators. It looks like a wonderful time!

  2. What a lovely post, Judith! Everything is beautiful (and delicious), but my favourite photos are those of your grandchildren and you and your friends enjoying the Victorian Afternoon Tea. So elegant! Those colours! :)
    I also learned a new word: fascinator. Yours is lovely!
    As to journaling Bibles, I keep checking my phone hoping to see that the one I ordered has finally arrived. :) Thank you for the great idea!
    Have a lovely week! xx

  3. Isn't it nice to have some flowers or bright berries to look forward to in the fall garden. Right now my burning bush is on FIRE! and it's just outside my living room window, so I see it all day long. Your daughter captured a special moment between her kids. The light shining up on them adds a special dimension. I think I have only three photos of my kids together (and smiling).
    I see by Sara's comment that I'm not the only one who didn't know the word 'fascinator' ;) I really enjoyed our meet up and it really felt like meeting with long-time friends. Enjoy your week Judith!

  4. How wonderful to have plants still blooming, Judith! Happy Birthday to you hubby, and what a meal presentation! I loved reading about your meeting with our sweet Margie and Wendy at the tearoom. You all look fabulous, and what fun for you! I hope you have a great week!

  5. The photo of your grandchildren lit up is amazing. Very special! You three tea ladies look lovely. I like your fascinator. The only hats I have are big floppy garden hats and baseball caps - and, of course, stocking caps and other winter wear. It's great to see your garden. I dug the elephant ears this wknd; 26 tubers from 2 just a few years ago. The pond is netted to cut down on leaves in it; we lost all of our fish to predators this fall. :(
    Still lots of things blooming. Only had one frost so far and not a hard freeze yet.
    Have a good week! Hugs, Beth

  6. The white baneberries are so pretty, Judith! A Fall garden would be lovely. Cute picture of your grandchildren all lit up. Now, what a wonderful time you three ladies had in the tea shop! You all look so lovely wearing your fascinators! My hats are limited to baseball caps which I wear a lot when I'm out. I guess they're not really tea wear although I still have my wedding hat from my son's wedding if I ever had a Tea to go to. Once the summer is over all our tea rooms are closed for the season. Another enjoyable post. Enjoy your week, my friend.


  7. The photo of your grandchildren is a gem, you must be proud on your grandchildren and your talented daughter. The Victorian tea looks as fun with you three dressed up like Victorians, your fascinator is gorgeous.

  8. Wonderful photo of the grands. Your daughter is a talented gal! You look so lovely in your fascinator. Lastly, Happy Birthday to Mr. Lavender Cottage! (Your meal was so beautifully presented. It looks like art.)

  9. Beautiful photos☺ Did you know that those pretty Actaea Pachypoda are poisonous?♥

  10. Dear Judith:
    What a lovely surprise in the mail today. I can't wait to do a Queen post and use all these darling cupcake decorations. The stamps are so special. Thank you Judith as I couldn't of been anymore delighted!

  11. Your photo's are lovely and I especially like the one of your grand-kids.

    The birthday celebration food looks and sounds delicious ... smoked trout salad and the omelette special. Yum!

    All the best Jan

  12. Oh Judith, I really like the looks of that white baneberry. It's a plant I've never seen before. That smoked trout plate looks delish..... Sounds like a lovely b-day lunch celebration.
    It's really cooling off here too. I worked outside a few hours this afternoon, until my hands were too cold. Thank goodness I'm nearly done.

  13. This is the first time I've seen white daneberry. How fascinating! I'm salivating over your salmon trout dish. I had a great time with you and Wendy and look forward to our next get-together!

    I busted out my winter coat last Saturday and today, I brought out my scarf and gloves. Winter is definitely coming...

  14. Judith,
    You look wonderful in your fascinator! What a fun teatime you all had.

    Your grandchildren's photo is wonderful!

  15. Hello,Judith,
    The photo of your grandchildren is so lovely!Your daughter is talented and she captured her children's smile well. You had a beautiful time with your friends. It is the first time to see the white baneberry! I like the name of it. doll's eyes

  16. Love your tea! The hats just take it to the extra special zone!!
    Beautiful photo.
    I have journaled my scripture study before, writing down inspiration, but I have never owned a special journal. Sounds wonderful.

  17. I don't think I've ever seen a journal Bible in person but I have heard of them. What a lovely pic of your grandchildren! The tea looks wonderful. Such a good post--full of variety!

  18. I've been intrigued by the Journaling Bible, too. I don't know anyone who has one, so I'll be interested to see how you do with yours. I do underline and write notes in my ordinary Bible, but doodling would be interesting.
    Your grandchildren are beautiful, and what a talented photographer your daughter is. I wish I lived closer to all of you tea group members - you look like you're having a lot of fun enjoying tea together.

  19. I love the idea of a journaling Bible. Can you email me how to get one. I think one would make a lovely gift for my friend. Wonderful photo of the grandchildren. The candle adds extra warmth making another pretty picture.

  20. How lovely to have a journaling Bible, and to be able to color and mediate together. The birthday meal with your husband looked spectacular, that trout looked amazing! And the tea party with your friends, don't you all look so sweet and pleased to be enjoying that special time together! I wish we had a lovely tea house here to sip tea at! Enjoyed visiting with you today, have a blessed weekend :)

  21. Hi Judith, I found you from my friend Pam. I do have a journaling Bible but it had no pictures to color. Mine is the ESV by Crossway and has "blank" margins to do your own artwork. I have a link over at my blog with some pages I have done in mine. I don't use blogger, I have my ow domain and site... since around 2000. I also have a tea site linked at my site map. I love to go to teas and will be hosting a table a fundraiser tea next spring. The fish plate looks amazing! Your comment addy box does not allow me to put my web address in but there is a link at my Blogger page.

  22. Hi Judith, your photos are gorgeous. The white bane berry is quite interesting. Your daughter's photo of her children is beautiful, she did a wonderful job.

    It looks like the 3 of you had a wonderful time at the tea house. I didn't realize Margie's fascinator was a witch's hat until she mentioned it to me in an e-mail. I just zoomed in closer. How cute!

  23. Good evening, Judith! I trust you are well on this last day of October. Can you believe tomorrow begins the lovely month of November? I surely can't as it seems like it's still September :)

    I don't have a journaling Bible, but CBD has one with roses on the front cover that caught my attention. I am not very artistic when it comes to drawing, but I would love to try it.

    What a joy for you, Margie, and Wendy to get together for tea. The three of you are such lovely, elegant ladies.

    Enjoy your week! Hugs!

  24. I love your unusual flowers, Judith! I don't have a journaling Bible--I will have to look up what that is. I always have my bible on my nightstand to read before I go to sleep at night.

    Happy belated birthday to your husband. Your trout looked fabulous--we love trout and order it whenever we see it on a menu. I never cook it myself as I can't seem to get all the pin bones out.

  25. Love the names of those two plants! (I've learned so much fun gardening info from you, and I'm trying to get my mind in "gardening mode" for the year ahead.) I got a similar journaling Bible earlier this year (mine had handwriting and roses on the cover), and I'm using it as my "writer" Bible, meaning I am marking and making notes on all uses of words like write/writer/written/pen/record/book etc. There are LOTS of these references, and I've long wanted to study them. Just a random thought: You might be interested in all the flower and gardening and herb references, since that is clearly one of your top areas of creativity! I also enjoy coloring the illustrated Bible verses as I'm watching the news this election season. It helps keep me calm. :)


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