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Tea on Tuesday and our Natural Surroundings

Tea for Tuesday

Tea for Tuesday

Good day to you all, please join Kimmie, Patty and the rest of the tea group. If you do leave a link on Kimmie’s blog.

With the Autumnal Equinox occurring last week I felt it was time to bring out some rich, warm colors, and a bit of nature. This morning it is Earl Gray, English Breakfast tea, with a little squirt of milk and honey.

This week I have been thinking a bit about nature, especially around the house and while on my walks. We live in the North Park area of San Diego, north and east of Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. We live in an urban area that has canyons, trees, and wildlife amongst our urban sprawl. All inhabitants seem to live in harmony, adapting to the surroundings and for the most part staying within our designated zones so to speak.

This month has brought us many monarchs, and their rich carnelian, black and rust colored wings are so elegant gliding through our Lantana. Earlier this month we knocked down the paper wasp’s nest (resting by the lotus pods above), as it was being built right over our back door. The occasional wasp would lazily wander in under the screen door, and usually meet it’s demise under our indoor cat Tommie’s claw.

Earlier this summer I found a baby skink in our living room, luckily I found it before the rest of my furry room-mates. Without too much fuss, I was able to coax it into a cylindrical vase with a piece of cardboard and we both made it out the door to the backyard to freedom and relief.

Normally we have a colony of Orb Weaver spiders building webs through the yard, but we haven’t had but a handful this year. Secretly I am glad of this, because I always detect the web after I have walked right through it and spend the next few minutes insanely searching my body and hair for the eight legged terror.

We also have a flock of parrots in the neighborhood which urban legend tells they originally escaped from the zoo and mated with domestic parrots. I am not sure how it happened but it is quite a sight to see them fly over in the flock. It is quite an all together annoying occurence when they land on the telephone wire outside your bedroom window at four in the morning and chat with one another.

Occasionally we will find larger canyon dwellers in our back yard, the lone swaggering skunk, and to our constant surprise Butch our outdoor/indoor cat has never been sprayed (whew!). A few times I have encountered an opossum and once a very large raccoon eating from the garbage bag I was too lazy to put into the trash bin.

But last week on one of my walks I had a very wonderful, and now that I think about it scary encounter. I was walking along a path that bordered a small grove of Eucalyptus trees on one side and a large apartment building and a few houses on the other. I heard rustling in the undergrowth and out flew a full grown cotton tail. Cool I thought, until I heard further crashing through the underbrush. I stopped so as not to have whatever was coming next run into me, which was smart because out came a full grown coyote.

Oh I thought, then OH, then OH OH. I just stood there, twenty paces away. I was not really afraid and neither was he, we just were sort of surprised to see ourselves in this unusual encounter. I had no way of protecting myself other than my house key and a handful of bottle caps that I had found on the walk. He of course was fully equipped to do whatever needed to be done. He fortunately decided that continuing the hunt for the bunny was far more interesting than the tall thing standing there. OH KAY.

If you would like to read more about nature, I found a wonderful site that is called Morning Earth that you may like to visit. I also read the daily Earth Poem by John Caddy which is always accompanied by a beautiful photograph. Well happy Autumn to you and I hope that all of your encounters are unusually wonderful. Christen

Tea on Tuesday

Tea for Tuesday

Tea for Tuesday

Tea for Tuesday is Pomegranate Pizzaz, wow do I need a jolt. I have a mound of dishes to wash from yesterday’s family get together, and a dozen or so corsage brooches to list on Etsy. Busy Busy…

Tetley's Tea tin

Tetley's Tea tin

The tea cup and saucer are from the Johnson Brother’s collection “Chintz”.  I love the subtle feminine colors, and while I was choosing the background I remembered this old Tetley’s Tea tin that I picked up at an antique mall. I just loved the used quality of it and the happy coloring.

I remember at the time my friend Phred who was shopping with me was thinking, why buy something so worn, not pretty, not perfect?

Philosophically speaking there is a difference between choosing to buy a less than perfect object because the price was right than having to choose a less than perfect object for the same reason. In my case it is a little of both, but the perfect thing about this tin was that to me it is perfect, does that make sense?



On Friday’s Favorites this week I will be listing a few other wonderfully old, less than perfect tins, and I will have large photos for those interested  in downloading the images.

Well I am off for a walk, and then to tackle the Etsy listings. Here is a preview of the corsages…

Please join the ladies of the Tea for Tuesday group, the  regulars are Kimmie, Patty, and Pat. If you do, please leave a comment on Kimmie’s blog.

Have a wonderful day! Christen

Tea onTuesday

tea cup and flowers

tea cup and flowers

Today I am working on a few corsages, and playing with these pretty colors of tangerine, peach, fuchsia, and lemon…. the tea in the cup is mint.

I found this sweet little cup at the thrift store, it has images of a Royal Dalton tea set a with a menu posted to the side: “Salmon and cucumber and chives with egg mayonnaise on bagels”. Sounds good, I think that I will have that for lunch!

Join the rest of the ladies at tea and Happy day to you, say hello to a friend that you haven’t seen for awhile, cherish the friends that you have, smile! Christen

Tea on Tuesday

Tea and flowers for Tuesday

Tea and flowers for Tuesday

Good morning ladies and of course any gentlemen that may be joining the Tea for Tuesday group.

Today I am serving “Perfect Peach” from one of my favorite tea pots that had belonged to my grandmother. It is a Limoge from the 1930’s, I just love the coloring!

The demi-tasse cup I am sipping from was found twenty years ago at a small antique store, again wonderful pattern and color. It is quite muggy already, so this is the perfect amount to start the day with!

The teaspoon is one of a set of eight Swedish sterling silver spoons with different flowers at the tip, and the embroidered napkin belonged to a friend.

While finishing up a button necklace and bracelet today, I decided to make a corsage from an old tie that was my dad’s. Kinda funky, probably from the 40’s, but the colors matched the buttons, and it will remind me of him when I wear it.

I found a lovely selection of Vintage Tea Sets on fliker and her blog Clara Bows shows more sets and hats that she sells. You should stop by if you have a chance!

Happy day to you! Please visit Kimmie and the rest of the ladies for tea today! Enjoy- Christen