Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monday's Quotes

Courage is not afraid to weep;
and she is not afraid to pray,
even when she is not sure who she is praying to.
~J. Ruth Gendler

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sharing Tea


Twice this week I have had the opportunity to share tea with friends.
The cups are upside down because we haven't started making the tea.
How wonderful to sit in the out of doors and share our love of tea.
For both opportunities I shared the same tea.
I wasn't sure how it would steep and taste coming from my little teapot,
but it was quite good.
I shared a Darjeeling tea called Puttabong Moondrops First Flush 2014.
Sounds kind of technical doesn't it?
Puttabong is the farm or estate it came from in India.
Moondrops is the name they gave it.
First Flush 2014 was the first picking in the Spring of 2014.
I tend to like the Second Flush better for a more robust tea,
but drinking moondrops fascinated me and I just couldn't resist
buying it when I knew it was being picked.
I mentioned moondrops last year, it is like drinking stars from the sky 
on a clear evening with a gentle breeze blowing.

Have you enjoyed sipping something recently that reminded you
of a delightful starlit evening with a gentle breeze?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rose, Violet, & Scamp of Swain Woods


A continuation of the story of Swain Woods and the Fairies.

Rose bloomed brightly, the youngest fairy, she had a glow all her own.  Her cheeks were pink like they had been pinched by the morning dew or a blush from the sun.  She was the artist of the three fairies, an artist in her soul.  Creating beauty wherever she went, her hands just danced with delight.  Rose could turn a piece of bark or a twig into something of beauty.  Her baskets were used for storing their food and for capturing rainbows at the end of a rain storm.  Those honored to receive a gift from Rose treasured each gift with great appreciation.

You have met Violet earlier in my story.  Violet loved to dance in the woods, she would sway to the music coming from above for the birds sang a song just for her.  She cared deeply for the woods, her sisters, and for Scamp.  You could say she watched over them, just as big sisters do.  She had a voice like honey poured from a pitcher warmed by the sun.  She shared stories she remembered of their family long ago.  She treasured the memories and being the oldest shared them most freely.

Scamp was the Wood Nymph living nearby.  They say his name suited him well.  His eyes twinkled with delight and laughter was often on his lips.  He didn't miss a cup of tea or a song to dance by, for his heart was that of a happy soul.  He learned the sounds of the birds nearby and sometimes when a human passed by they thought there were birds nearby.  In some ways he was a trickster and those that knew him just delighted in being in his presence.  His laughter was infectious and made each fairies heart to sing.

These are the stories of my fairy friends of Swain Woods.
There is one more episode to come next week as we travel with the fairies and dream.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Warmed by the Sun

The earth is warmed by the sun
Everything is growing and ripening at once.
It is berry season in my part of the world.
Blueberries have been picked and put in the freezer for winter.
Raspberries have been made into a most delicious jam.
Marionberries have been picked just yesterday,
they are calling my name right now to come and make jam,
plus a pie or two for the freezer.
Ahhhh, strawberries have been eaten and delicious.
I love berry season, but why does it all come at once?
Oh that sun is doing it's job for sure,
for it is the season of berries and ripening in the garden.

Corey from Tongue in Cheek shared this yogurt cake recipe quite awhile ago.
I just love it with all the fresh berries.
Here is the link for finding the recipe.
Since I buy large yogurt containers, I used the 3/4 cup for my measurement.
It took about 30 minutes to bake.
http://willows95988.typepad.com/tongue_cheek/2010/01/one-french-secret-about-baking.html

I hope you are enjoying the outdoors with the fresh produce growing around you.  What are you enjoying?
Top photo is the blueberry patch where I recently picked.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Fairies do Play

Dancing in the Garden
Dreaming under the clouds
Singing songs with the chickadees
Laughing all day long
Swimming in the sea of Delight
These are the dreams of sweet fairies
and those with a child's heart.
~m.miller

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday's Quotes



 Peeking into my backyard from the other side of the fence.  Happiness!
From the other side of the fence.
The neighborhood is full of these alleys behind the houses.
You can find all kinds of interesting views walking down the alleys.

"Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it,
 but to delight in it when it comes."
 ~Charles Dickens

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Mad Hatter Came to Tea


 The Mad Hatter did come for tea on a summer day.
The note you see said you would become just right if you eat the treat left by the mailbox.
So gobble we did and miniature we became, just the right size for this diminutive house.
Oh yes, the balls and toys were left on the porch for it was tea time you see.

 Enter we must for tea is waiting for that Mad Hatter and Me.
 There were cookies to delight.
Candy you see.
Bubble gum to chew.
Yes, there was hibiscus tea too.
 The hedgehog also decided to join us.
We laughed and we sipped and nibbled just so.
When we had imbibed all the tea and nibbled each cookie and candy
it was time to say goodbye.
Oh we had fun that Mad Hatter and Me,
but now it is time to pick up my ball and bat and go play.
I won't soon forget teatime with that Mad Hatter and
who knows maybe one day he will come for tea again.

For more fun, I am linking to Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist.
http://afancifultwist.typepad.com/a_fanciful_twist/