I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Monday, June 19, 2017

Biltmore Estate Tea Time

Hello everyone,
Yes, Peony season is over in many parts of our country.
But I captured this photo in May when I came home from 
my vacation with Four Ladies Go Traveling. 
While visiting the Biltmore Estate, I bought a teacup  and
saucer in one of the many gifts shops on the property.
I took my tea party outside to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
The little bistro table under the pomegranate tree is a perfect place to have
my cup of tea and the iron garden bench in the background is
surrounded by hostas and perennial coral bells.  
I was so grateful I came home to at least a bouquet or two of peonies
The rose peony bushes were transplanted from my mother's 
garden when she passed away in November 2012. Every year
they are more beautiful than the year before.
The Vanderbilt Service is Adapted from a large Sèvres tea service
circa 1888.  Currently on display in the Oak Sitting Room in
Biltmore House.
The vintage teaspoon holds loose tea. This teaspoon was my
favorite spoon to use when I was a young girl enjoying
 afternoon tea with my mother and sister.

Hope you have enjoyed having tea with me today. 
I have chosen one of these photos to add to my
2018 tea time calendar. 
Have a great weekend. 
Joyously,
Betty 
Linking to: 
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Charleston Treasures

Hi everyone,
While visiting Charleston, South Carolina on my recent trip. Everywhere
I looked I saw amazing window boxes, gates, beautiful historic homes
and many other treasures.
This beautiful city is filled with fabulous sights to see.
I only visited Charleston for a few days,
but my senses were filled with the culture and history. 
The casual living is easy to embrace, and I loved it.
I was fascinated with the beauty of the trees with moss growing in them.
Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is not a moss at all. It is a bromeliad, which means it is in the same taxonomic family as pineapples and succulent house plants.
After settling in our hotel room "Four Ladies Go Traveling" 
went for an evening stroll before dinner. We walked up to 
Church Street to see  St. Philip's Church and the beautiful gates of the cemetery.  

St. Philip's Graveyard

Buried here are revolutionaries, politicians, confederates, and artists. Among then are Col. William Rhett, known as the "Scourge of the Pirates," charged with bringing the murderous Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet to justice. Gen. Moultrie, the great defender of Charleston against the British, is here. Edward Rutledge, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Pinckney, a signer of the Constitution, and John C. Calhoun, a US senator and vice president of the US also are interred here.
Established in 1681, StPhilip's is the oldest religious congregation in South Carolina. The first StPhilip's Church, a wooden building, was built between 1680 and 1681 at the corner of Broad and Meeting streets on the present day site of St. Michael's Episcopal Church.


I live in hot, dry California and have never lived in any Southern states.
It is so wonderful to see plants grow so lush and green.
The warm rain and humid air give the plants a permanent conservatory.
 
I saw historic homes with flower boxes and unique ironwork fences.
Each gate of iron has a different design. 
How did I get in this picture?
I bought some cotton at the famous City Market.
I had seen Cotton fields in Bakersfield, Ca
when I was a little girl. My great-uncle owned
a cotton field in the San Joaquin Valley, and
when I was a girl, I walked in the cotton field
touching the cotton balls. What a thrill.
I have never forgotten that day.
I now at age 76 I have my own cotton bouquet.
This sweet lady at the City Market Place sells handmade
Cotton Wreaths. I wanted to buy a wreath, but I didn't
want to bring it home on the plane with me.
I think a Cotton Wreath is gorgeous on the front door of any home.  Especially 
brick homes in the South with ironwork fences.
The "Rainbow Row." 
Colorful houses are sprinkled around the historic district.
We took a carriage ride and enjoyed seeing many beautiful and unique homes
on tour.

Urns and gates!!!
Clean black gates with topiaries
it is breathtaking.


I want this boxwood garden. 
Oh, and the house too. Lol.

I had a grand time in Charleston, South Carolina.
I made a mosaic to pin on my Pinterest board.
I will be checking South Carolina off of my 
bucket-list map soon.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pink Peony Tea Time

Hi everyone,
Peony season is over now. The season lasts three weeks in May. While I
was on vacation, my peonies bloomed profusely. On May 15th I found this
bouquet in my garden. I wanted to have a photo of the pink peonies for my
2018 calendar and one of these pictures I will have on the calendar.
I found ants all over the flowers and needed to retouch the ant problem.
The gloves are from a garage sale. I don't have small hands, and this pair would just not fit.
The little pearls on the wrist are so precious.
Do you love Tea? I do. When I found this tea tin. I knew it would be
perfect for my Pink Peony Tea Time post.
I read a post awhile back, that peony blooms look like ballerina dresses
I think the description is accurate. Thank you Rattlebridge Farm.

Three of my favorite tea cups. The cross-stitch cup is my VERY favorite.
The vintage tea tin is a little treasure I will cherish for a long time.
I think I might use it again when the Black-eyed Susan's bloom.
I left the ants in this photo because I just saw them while typing this line.
I needed to know why ants like peonies the answer is here. 
This is a natural and temporary activity. It is believed that peonies produce small amounts of nectar and other ant attractants to encourage ants to help in opening the dense double flower buds found in many peonies. The ants may be found covering certain varieties and avoiding others, this is totally normal.
Today it's cool, and I am working on my posts about my trip
to the Biltmore Estate, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina.
I ordered a bucket-list map, and it is being framed this week.
I love to make mosaics for my Pinterest board.
Enjoy!!!
See you soon.
Joyously,
Betty
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Rose Tour

Hello everyone,
I took a break from weeding my garden to celebrate my birthday today.
Every year I attend the Rose Society's Annual Home and Rose Tour.
This year I had the pleasure to visit the home the day before the
event. The first sight I saw was this fabulous bike sitting on the
patio. What a delight it would be to have a bicycle with a basket full of flowers.
The patio surrounds the back of the house, and the oval pool
is set against a beautiful ivy covered wall. The hot tub is
enclosed and has a fountain flowing into the water. Blooming 
lavender borders the pathway to the hot tub.
I know this is a Rose Tour, but the home has so many features I don't want you to 
miss the fun around this home. Take a look at the grandkids playhouse.
Tree azalea trees line the front entrance.   
Red Roses line the fence to the garden.
One type of rose is planted in each section on the path to the raised garden area.
 The Beautiful garden decor is placed in different locations on the property.
Different berry bushes are leading to the potting shed.
The potting shed is equipped with heating and cooling. 
This potting shed is a gardener's dream.  
On the left side of the potting shed is raised planter boxes.
They are planted with tomatoes in the back along the wall.
Herbs, bell peppers, and artichokes 
As I left through the front gate the fence surrounding the house
was lined with the most beautiful and healthy "Mr. Lincoln" Roses. 
I hope you have enjoyed this lovely rose tour. 
Joyously,
Betty 
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes
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