Category Archives: Tea on Tuesday

a special cuppa…

with chillier weather my thoughts turn again to my favorite homemade chai tea

Yogi Chai Tea

not only does it have health benefits and taste delicious…

Yogi Chai Tea (1)

it makes the house smell really lovely too (the recipe that I shared back in 2008 here has evolved a bit over the years…I now use Coconut Milk instead of dairy or soy)…

Yogi Chai Tea (2)

special thanks to my sweet friend Dot (who does not have a blog) for sending me this lovely tea cup card she made with some special organic Echinacea Plus tea…

sweet card from Dot

inside it reads:

“I wish we could sit down together and have a cup of tea.  But since we can’t, When you have this one I hope you think of me.”

sending all good wishes to each of you as I join Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T today

 

Let’s Meet at Betty’s …

it was my great delight while traveling in the UK to meet up with three different blog friends…

Historic York Signs

imagine my excitement two weeks into our tour to be having tea with the lovely Dawn and her husband who traveled to meet Mr Magpie and I in the historic town of York

York, UK Roman Column

we had arranged to meet at the very British and delicious Betty’s without using cell phones as we left ours back in the US and had set up our meeting beforehand by email…

Betty's York UK

an elegant and comfortable tea spot known for their handmade preservative free chocolates and other delectable treats (great idea Dawn and your gifts were SO beautiful and generous!!!)

Barnitts York UK

we did have the traveling tea cup along and Dawn looks extra cute holding it…

DSC04637 Dawn-at Bettys

but our visit seemed to go by so quickly chatting and enjoying delicious treats…

Closing time York UK

there was more to say and share and if only we’d taken more photos… 

York Minster Cathedral York UKso very grateful for so many special connections thanks to blogging and the internet…

York open t shop

joining with Elizabeth and Bleubeard for tea today…

our “traveled” tea cup…

making my way back into blogland I am eager to find out what you all have been up to…

Day 2 Stonehenge and the traveling tea cup

so much can happen in a day

Virgin Atlantic over the UK

on our overnight flight to London I had a crown pop off with a breakfast muffin (ACK!!!)…

St Pancras Station London

so one of the first people I got to meet after the kind and helpful hotel concierge was a VERY nice and competent dentist that glued my crown back in place…

Mtg Margaret Covent Garden

happily we were then ready to meet up with the lovely Margaret who flew into London for the day

Crossing the Thames London June 2013

spending time with her again was such a sweet and special way to begin our tour…

Harrod's Cakery

I have missed my connections with you all and hope that you are well…

Coach Reflection Hello London

our trip was like a dream filled with new sights and sounds and experiences (some captured through the coach window with photoshop like results with no altering needed)…

Coach  Reflection British Style

we saw so much thanks to our Trafalgar coach tour director Michael Cronin who was more than amazing (our coach driver Kevin was also super)..

Warwick Castle JJJ

 our travels were full to the brim with chances to meet interesting people from around the globe …

Trafalgar Map Side One

our tour guide passed around his annotated map each day for us to copy onto our own maps which was a wonderful way to know exactly where we’d been

Tea and Traveling T Cup and Coffee

we were taking so many photos daily that by our ninth day we had to buy another card thingie in Edinburgh for additional photo storage…

JJJ Edinburgh

fair warning I will be using my blog as a visual journal of sorts to help document parts of our travels over the coming weeks…

Bourne Vincent Natl Park Ireland

happy to join Elizabeth and Bleubeard for Tea on Tuesday here...

Risley Hall Derby UK

hope I haven’t worn you out already ;)

The Traveling Tea Cup…

“Instructions for living a life:  Pay attention.  Be astonished.  Tell about it.” ~Mary Oliver

Magpies Nest Traveling T Cup (2) 

I will miss you all while I am taking a break and will look forward to visiting with you again later this month…

Magpies Nest Traveling T Cup

also want to share a wonderful “Cuppa With Friends Project” that the lovely and talented Tracey Fletcher King is having here (there is a clickable Cuppa With Friends link on my sidebar)

joining Elizabeth for T on Tuesday

Longwood Gardens and The Traveling Tea Cup…

Longwood Gardens 1the day before we recently visited Chanticleer Gardens we toured the famous Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania (since Chanticleer was much smaller and we took a few less photos I shared that visit with you first for last week’s T on Tuesday)…

Longwood Gardens Italian Gardens

we made a day of it taking our time even including the Italian Water Garden Insider Tour which was very informative

Longwood Gardens May 2013

we almost visited Longwood several years ago but it was a hot and humid day and we decided in the gift shop that we could not do the gardens justice so we saved it for another time…

Longwood Bloom Sampler

good things are indeed worth waiting for…

Longwood Gardens overlook to Italian Gardens

this day was a bit overcast with light showers now and then along with bursts of bright sunshine…

Longwood Gardens Parasol Reflection

lucky for me the paper parasol my friend Susan brought back from China is waterproof…

Longwood Gardens Wisteria Sampler

that pretty parasol has really served me well on sunny days and rainy ones too (to our great delight Pennsylvania was a good two weeks behind our Virginia gardens so we got a replay of fabulous Wisteria blooms!)…

Longwood Gardens TopiaryLongwood Gardens is quite a lot to take in with over 1,077 acres (4.2 km²) of gorgeousness to enjoy…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup at Longwood

it was fun having our traveling teacup along…

Longwood Peirce-du Pont house atrium

I know it looks like I have shared quite a lot here but this is only scratching the surface of this beautiful place …

Longwood Fountain Garden

we heated up our camera that day clicking away …

Longwood base of wishing well

so glad you stopped by today …

Amish or Mennonite Ladies taking a lunch break at Longwood

I am joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for Tea on Tuesday…

finding beauty …

Chanticleer samplerMr Magpie and I took the traveling tea cup away for a long weekend recently and did a bit of garden hopping in Pennsylvania…

Magpie's Nest Traveling Tea Cup

we were delighted to visit the beautiful Chanticleer Gardens  several years ago and knew we wanted to make a return visit again someday…

Chanticleer Blooms Sampler

May and June in my view are fabulous garden months with so much blooming and temperatures that are not too hot or humid…

Paper Parasol Sampler

as it turned out this one day out of the four we were away did get a bit warm and sticky so my pretty paper parasol really came in handy for shade while strolling some of the 35 acres…

Chanticleer green spaces

we discovered that the blooms in Pennsylvania were about two weeks behind us here in Virginia (next Tea Tuesday I have some really fabulous Wisteria pics to share from the other garden we toured as well)…

Chanticleer Ruins Sampler

Chanticleer has been described as a “pleasure garden” that is “planted to perfection” with lots of welcoming places to sit and linger to enjoy the lush vistas along with the flora and fauna…

Chanticleer Places to Sit Sampler

the arched veranda was especially lovely and cool with breezes blowing through and we were mesmerized by the ceramic pot filled with water that had fresh flowers floating in it…

Chanticleer Verandathere was a group of artists intently working  away with pastels en plein air…

Plein Air Painters at Chanticleer

joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for Tea on Tuesday and sending up prayers for all those affected by the tornado on 20 May in  Oklahoma♥

Chanticleer Ruins Water Table

it is difficult to try and make sense out of how beautiful AND destructive nature can be all at the same time…

♥Peace to you dear ones ♥

Lily of the valley tea…

“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.”  ~Hanna Rion

Lona's Teacups

one whiff of deliciously fragrant Lily of the Valley and you are instantly reminded of just how amazing nature can be…

Convallaria majalis

each flower is so distinctive…

Convallaria majalis 'Rosea'

it seems that every one that blooms in our garden is my favorite…

Lona's Teacups (1)

“Nothing is more memorable than a smell.  One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.” ~Diane Ackerman

joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for Tea on Tuesday

more than one kind of Bluebell Tea …

we have a few patches of these delicately fragrant and pretty Spanish Bluebells in our garden…

Spanish Bluebellsshared from my mother’s garden many years ago which are all together different from the Virginia Bluebells I have shown you in the past…

Spanish Bluebells 2

a dream of mine is to visit an English Bluebell forest one day (when we visit the UK next month the Bluebells will already be finished for the season so I will look forward to other blooming delights)…

Spanish Bluebell T

nature is a constant reminder of how quickly things change…

Nothing endures but change

that is one reason I am so grateful to be able to snap photographs of nature’s parade of blooms…

Cutter Quilts

there was some conversation last week on my Tea Tuesday post about cutting old quilts…

I really appreciated your forthcoming reactions as there are so many different ways to look at things…

tattered well loved quilt

what you couldn’t see in my photos was some of the wear and tear these well loved quilts have (just a small sampling of some rips and holes above) which down the road will make it a bit easier to use them for assorted art projects…

Bluebell Pixlr Play 2

thank you as always for stopping by and making Tuesdays extra special oxo

Grandma’s Garden Tea …

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ~William Morris

Cutter Quilts

thanks to a friend for including me on a recent shopping excursion to give some well loved quilts a good home (we cut them each in half)…

Dandelion T

the Grandma’s Garden quilt pattern is a favorite of mine…

Grandma's Garden T

our garden continues to delight with its parade of blooms…

Mr Magpie's dozen rocks

Mr Magpie surprised me with a handful of precious rocks the other day…

Mr Magpie's dozen rocks (1)

 as good as a dozen roses in my book…

Wild Violets

here’s wishing you an especially lovely day…

Look deep into nature...

Flieder…bzy …liliowy …lilas …seringen …lillà …syrener …lilacs

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” ~John Burroughs

Lilac Tea Time

it’s lilac time again in northern Virginia…

Lilac Tea Time (4)

seemingly overnight the leaves are back on the trees and blooms are bursting everywhere…

Magpie's Nest Lilac Tea (1)

for friends who still have snow or cold temperatures

Magpie's Nest Lilac Teathere’s hope and

Decaf Earl Grey Supreme

I look forward to your Spring when it arrives for you…

Lilac Tea Time (3)

the talented artist Jan D’esopo‘s sculpted face that we brought back from Old San Juan last year was begging for some lilac tresses…

Lilac Tea Time (5)

 *** Special wishes go out to my dear friend Lennie for a very Happy and Healthy Birthday  *** OXO

April Tea …

 

Afternoon sun (1)already…

Beet Dye Egg Ready to Eat

this beet dyed egg was the first we broke into curious if the natural plant dyes soaked into the shellBeet Dye Egg Ready to Eat (1)

 the papers in the background were part of the egg dyeing cleanup and will be nice to use for collage…

Beet Dye Egg Ready to Eat (2)

our blue eggs dyed with red cabbage will be the last to be cracked into I think…

Beet Dye Egg Ready to Eat (3)a favorite condiment of ours is a Sesame seed mix called Gomasio which is a delicious way to cut down on salt consumption and flavor food…

Contorted Filbert Catkins

“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.” ~Hal Borland

rabbit tea …

Mutti's Rabbits

 my Mutti was a very talented artist and seamstress and she was the master of making miniature dolls, bears, rabbits, fairies and more…

Mutti's Rabbits (3)

she was inspired years ago to make some 2.5 inch (6.35 cm) tall Peter Rabbits with bendable arms and legs after seeing a life size Peter at a Smithsonian Museum Beatrix Potter Exhibit…

Mutti's Rabbits (4)The Tales of Peter Rabbit was a favorite bedtime story for our eldest son when he was young, he would always get a bit teary eyed when it came to this part…

“An old mouse was running in and out over the stone doorstep, carrying peas and beans to her family in the wood. Peter asked her the way to the gate, but she had such a large pea in her mouth that she could not answer. She only shook her head at him. Peter began to cry.”

Egg tuxpi

I have been playing with natural dyes and can’t wait to share my fun with you very soon…

what a difference a day makes…

yesterday we woke up to almost five inches of heavy wet snow lining every tree branch and today there are hardly any traces of snow to be seen…

Mutti's Rabbits (2)

 “Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were — Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter. They lived with their Mother in a sand-bank, underneath the root of a very big tree. ” ~The Tale of Peter Rabbit

memory tea…

Magpie's Nest Omi's bday (1)my sweet Mutti was born on this day in 1931…

Magpie's Nest Omi's bday (2)

it is the third birthday she has not been here with us to celebrate in body at least…

Magpie's Nest Omi's bday

coping with grief and loss is a process…Magpie's Nest Omi's bday (3)

this quote was something I was going to share on Mother’s Day with thanks to my friend Lennie’s daughter Diane for sharing it with me last year …

Magpie's Nest Omi's bday (4)

turns out I needed to hear it today:

“Your Mother is always with you.  She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.  She’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore.  She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well.  She’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day.  She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow.  She is Christmas morning.  Your Mother lives inside your laughter.  She’s crystallized in every teardrop.  A mother shows every emotion…..happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow … and all the while, hoping and praying  you will only know the good feelings in life.  She’s the place you came from, your first home, and she’s the map you follow with every step you take.  She’s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you.  Not time, not space … not even death!”  ~Unknown

Happy Angel Birthday My Mutti ~*~ XOXOXO