Tuesday, February 26, 2008
A couple of weekends ago, my sisters were all here (4 of us) to celebrate the youngest sister's birthday. Two of them don't get up here too often. So since the weather was nice, we walked around the property a bit. We wandered into my overgrown potager for a look. I always leave it to "go to seed" so that our feathered family have choice pickings during the lean months. To my surprise, peeking up through the weeds and remnants of last years bounty, we found several healthy patches of chard!
I planted two rows last spring, and enjoyed chard well into November, when it began to look a little rough around the edges. I let nature take its course and the garden basically shut down...except for the Rosemary & Thyme, which I had expected to over-winter well. I guess the chard wasn't about to give up either! I am so glad it didn't. I'm having this for dinner tonight! It will remind me that fresh tomatoes, radishes and green beans aren't really all that far off!
Hopefully, I'll get a couple more cuttings before I have to clear the way for new plantings!
Swiss Chard - "Bright Lights".
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I don't know which came first, my love of tea or my love of teapots. Whichever it was, I have built myself a respectable collection! Each & every one of them has a story or memory attached. I use several of them frequently, others are just for show. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of my favorites (I guess that is all of them!) and hearing a little about each one. I will break this up over the next several weeks, since "The Tale of 30 Teapots " might not excite everyone else as much as it does me! *Ü*
This photo shows most of my collection.
Here are a few that are fun! The "GirlyFish" teapot below, was purchased in Half Moon Bay, California on the first day of our Honeymoon, 3 years ago! I am fortunate that my husband will wander contentedly in and out of shops with me all day. This cutie caught my eye & I had to have her! She's a very dear momento of a very special time in my life!
Next, is another one with a fish theme. It is a goldfish design by Franz porcelain & it called out my name in a local shop while I was Christmas shopping a year ago. Just wouldn't stop, so I took it home & wrapped & stuck it under the tree, from Santa to me! The goldfish remind me of those gorgeous fantail beauties that you see in aquariums. That was one fun shopping trip!
Last one for this post is a really unusual double pot that I purchased at my very favorite Tea Room, "An Afternoon to Remember" in Newcastle, CA. This tea room does everything right! The owner and wait staff are gracious & very knowledgeable about tea and the ceremony & etiquette surrounding it. The decor is beautiful & appropriate, IMHO, and the food is delicious and plentiful! Almost no one leaves with out a "to go' box. Their gift shop is something to behold! The tea is lined up on the shelves in black & gold tins, with familiar names like Eary Grey, Darjeeling and English Breakfast. But you have to try some of the not-so-familiar blends such as Love Affair, Buckingham Palace, or VooDoo! I get caught up in the atmosphere and just have to have something new!
So, that's it for now! Next time, I'll show you some of my vintage pots. In the meantime, make yourself a pot of tea, put on some good music and for 20 minutes or so, escape!
Monday, February 18, 2008
Now that our MBR addition is complete, I am ready to really start decorating the room! I can hardly wait. It is an eclectic mix of furniture (that's putting it nicely) that will need to stay. So I will be repainting and repurposing it to make it fit my dream of and English Country-ish room.
I'll have some photos of the completed addition as soon as I can get my girlfriend over here with her digital camera that has a wide angle lens. I can't get a decent picture with my old Olympus dinosaur. I do have some of the bedroom furniture, paint & fabrics.
I am very excited to get started! There is a lot to do, but I'll show you what I have decided on so far!
This is a picture of our headboard. I have never really liked it, but I know I can change it to work in the room. I have thought of painting it, adding wooden appliques and "antiquing" it, adding cane or fabrics into the insets...but, with a little help from my friends, I have decided to paint it black! It will be perfect! Thanks Jim & Mary Ruth!
Finally, here are the swatches for the room.
I have much more to "show & tell", but that is for another day. Besides, I'd better stop writing and get painting, sewing, shopping...