Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Joy in our Lives

The tea to honour with thanks the Seedy Saturday volunteers was a fun gathering of five and we relived the success of the event over tea with scones and sweets.
Held at my place, it was a simple cream tea with sweets as well that my cohost brought. She's Italian and is rather liking the introduction to afternoon tea. 
I set up two pots on my teacart - Yorkshire Gold, a plain black and Canada 150; a blend of black, green, and oolong with a hint of maple.
I had received a hyacinth in my favourite colour as a thank you from the local Master Gardener group  and it added a heady scent in the kitchen until I planted it outside. 
Friend and cohost Bridget made me a sweet bird's nest wreath which is hanging from the shutters of one of the kitchen windows.
 On the south side of the house there is some growth happening...
as well as the front where the alliums and tulips are preparing to put on a spectacular display. See the little brown patch near the middle? That's a spirea shrub that can be cut right back in early spring. They flower on new wood and tend to get spindly so this helps keep it compact and vigorous.
The small bible study group I attend studied Psalm 66 yesterday which was all about joy. Every day with more plants emerging from the soil, some preparing to flower...these bring me great joy.
We ended our class with this definition of joy: "Joy is the act of relating to God with vulnerable, unselfconscious gratitude for the good gifts He gives. Joy comes when we experience and acknowledge God's love and care for us, when we allow ourselves to express our gratitude for his love with emotional and physical energy. Joy is the celebration of God's love."
I hope you have many joys in your life.
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter

33 comments:

  1. Absolutely lovely!Gorgeous flowers!Happy Easter!Maristella.

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  2. It looks like a wonderful tea for your group, and I like how you are anticipating the coming of spring's beauty with joy. A beautiful bouquet at the end with your Easter wishes!

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  3. Tea time is such a nice time with friends and family and sweat treats always go down well with tea YUMMY ! Loots of spring growth there to , dont you just love the newness of spring and how the gardens come alive again ?! Lovely photos and post . Thanks for sharing , have a good and Happy Easter weekend .

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  4. Nice to see some growth happening in your garden. I just did a garden post as well, we did some remodeling and planting. Love your china. It's so beautiful.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  5. How beautiful! And I love your bird's nest wreath. Enjoy your week Sis!

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  6. I love that definition of Joy!

    I'd love to see your gardens in person, Judith, I bet the are spectacular!

    Happy Easter!

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  7. Hello, beautiful flowers. I love all the pretty colors. The nest wreath is wonderful. Happy Easter to you! Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  8. My oh my, what a lovely tea party, dear Judith! Everything is simply beautiful.

    I hope you have a most blessed Easter, my friend. Hugs to you!

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  9. That looks to have been a wonderful tea party Judith. And it is so nice to see all the new growth. Have a wonderful Easter!
    Hugs,
    Andrea

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  10. Such a lovely post. Joy...a pot of tea with friends! I think the simple things bring the most joy, a child's laugh, a walk with one's spouse. Joy is not far away. It is within reach if we look around us!

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  11. Happy Easter Judith, loved seeing the planting beds beginning.
    Joy

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  12. Oh Judith, it definitely looks like spring there... just in time for Easter! :) Wonderful flowers, and the tea party must have been lovely.
    I find the pretty bird's nest wreath very interesting, because I have bought so cute tiny Easter eggs that I want to make a small nest for displaying them.
    Have a joyful Easter! <3

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  13. I always love everything you share, my dear Judith, your taste is delightful and simply unique !

    With utmost gratitude
    I'm sending blessings of joy on your Easter ahead,

    MUCH LOVE TO YOU

    XOXO Daniela at - My little old world - (Dany)

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  14. What a lovely looking tea. It's so nice to see the signs of new life in the gardens.

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  15. What a lovely way to celebrate the joys of volunteers, without them so much would not get done. Your spring growth is wonderful and perhaps some will open this weekend. Enjoy the long weekend with your family.

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  16. Lovely post.

    Happy Easter ~ FlowerLady

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  17. Happy Easter Judith! The table looks lovely and the Canada 150 sounds delicious...who made it? I love Yorkshire Gold. Have a lovely joy and flower filled weekend!
    Ruth

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  18. The tea sounds lovely Judith. The Canada 150 tea sounds really interesting. Your gardens look ready to pop soon and are so neat and tidy. Mine are still covered in leaves which I don't like to remove for another few days until the weather settles. Although I know the perennials can probably stand the chilly nights. There is lots of chores to do outside. Have a wonderful Easter!

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  19. Dear Judith, what a lovely tea. Matter of fact I need a cup of tea right about now! I hope that you have a blessed Easter. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  20. What a lovely celebratory tea, Judith! Your table is set so prettily with those dishes and your tiered stand. The tea flavors sound perfect, and I really love the teapot warmers that you have, too. It looks like spring has arrived in your yard. What a perfect definition of JOY that you've shared with al of us. Happy Easter blessings to you, my friend.

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  21. What a wonderful tea party for your Seedy Saturday volunteers! Nice to see the new pink teapot getting some tea time action. I have some teapot warmers, but don't use them as often as I should.

    I had my winter tires removed today. I'm ready for spring!

    Happy Easter, Judith!

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  22. Looking forward to this year's garden blooms is definitely one of the joys in my life! Spring is slow to arrive here, but we are making progress...
    Happy Easter Judith!

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  23. Now that is a gorgeous table Judith!!!

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  24. Hi Judith, Wow, that last picture is gorgeous! Love those flowers!! This looks like a very nice afternoon tea with good friends, and you received such nice gifts. Studying scripture on joy seems a perfect thing for Spring. I really like the definition/description of joy you included in your post.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a Blessed Easter, Judith. :)

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  25. Love the definition of Joy. So thankful for the joy we have in Jesus! Happy Easter to you and your family! Your tablescape and garden pics are lovely.

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  26. What a good definition of joy. I know you are filled with joy Judith as the gardening season is around the corner! Your tea looks lovely, and I had to smile at the description of the Canadian tea with maple flavoring. Of course!
    Happy Easter to you! xo Deborah

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  27. Your tea table looks so pretty, Judith. And how great to see new growth in your garden. That's a sight that always fills me with joy. The definition you included is a great one - I hope your Easter is filled with joy!

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  28. Oh Judith, your tea table does look very pretty and so welcoming.

    I love this time of year and the new growth it brings.

    Sending my good wishes for the Easter Weekend

    All the best Jan

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  29. Hello,Judith,
    Your tea table is so lovely and the tea time with your friends sounds wonderful.
    So glad we are starting to see more colors!
    I have a blog break as usual, this time of the year. I look forward to visiting you again. I hope you keep gardening. My friend!!

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  30. Lovely definition of joy, Judith. Your tea looked wonderful! The spirea is blooming here on the Great Plains. Many blessings, Bess

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  31. Love the definition of joy - relating it to God is trulyPURE joy - nothing else comes close.

    Your afternoon cream tea is spot-on perfect - how I should love to be able to join you in tea one day!

    I am so happy your garden is coming back to life! Yay! Spring has 9finally) sprung so far north! Hugs! ♥

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  32. And thank you for sharing joy and beauty through this post! :)

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