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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 9 April 2018

April Showers Bring May Flowers...

April showers bring May flowers ...Or so they say! We got snow last night and unless it warms up considerably, there won't be too many flowers blooming around here for a while. Hubby had to wear his heavy parka out today. 

We did see the first purple finch at the feeder the other day. I wonder why they call them "purple" finches because they're really more red than purple. It's exciting to see the songbirds coming back. This is a picture I took last spring after the trees had budded. No green here yet.

Spring would not be spring without bird songs. ~ Francis M. Chapman

In spite of the cold, damp weather, Spring is officially here so I'm looking on the bright side. 

Knowing the weather will eventually turn warmer, I am setting my table with blue and white. Those colours echo the colours of the sea and the sky which are predominant when you live on an island.

These napkins I got from Avon and they go wonderfully well with my blue and white china. I also have these adorable bird napkin rings. 

Now you know my theme for today.

Soon the birdies will be building their nests. I love the wee bird's nest my son found for me!

The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people. One cannot help but think of more serene and genteel times. ~ Barbara Roberts

I took my pictures before the snow came last night which is why you don't see snow in the background. It's quite a different story today.

I used a variety of blue transferware for my tea table. Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage, JB Old Britain Castles, and Churchill Victorian Calico.

Tradition gives us a sense of solidarity and roots,
a knowing there are some things one can count on. ~ Gloria Gaither

Every afternoon we enjoy our refreshment, be it tea or coffee, between two and three o'clock. It is a tradition here in my home and oftentimes it is taken without a treat of any kind although Hubby prefers a sweet. Personally, I prefer a little tea sandwich. It is just lovely to sit in a cozy room and have that time to relax and a little chat. Do you set aside a time for tea?

Thank you dear friends for stopping by for a visit. It's lovely having you!

Friendship is a word the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm. ~ Augustine Birrel

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. A lovely post of some of my favorite things here . Your posts and photos are always so pretty and fresh looking . All our spring birds have returned here and we will be getting April showers in a day or so and the temps will rise to a whopping 13C . Our spring flowers are well above ground now and slowly getting bigger and the grass is greening up nicely . Thanks for sharing , Hope spring shows up in your neck of the woods soon . Have a good week !

  2. Your vignettes are adorable as ever!Gorgeous blue and white china and stunning tulips!Love all your sweet birds, at the feeder and indoors:that bird napkin rings are unique...Hugs!I hope your Mom is OK...Blessings!

  3. I'm loving the pretty white birdhouse. I've always liked how blue transferwares blend together beautifully. It's hard for me to set aside time for tea in the afternoon during the week...this is another reason why I'm looking forward to retirement. HA!

  4. I love your blue and white tea pieces, Sandi, and how pretty they all mix and match. I have a Spring bird theme going on at my house right now, too. Yes, I do have tea every afternoon, but no treat...just tea. We have had cold temperatures, too, and it was especially cold over the weekend. I hope you green up soon on your little island! Hugs to you, Sandi!

  5. Sandi, I love your blue and white transferware! So very pretty! Spring is slow this year too, but I am listening to the birds sing outside, so I know its here.

    Can't wait until everything is blooming and beautiful.

  6. Lovely Sandi! We had some sun yesterday but back in a storm today, so I am with you! My tulips are sprouting, but no flowers. Of course I love the blue and white and birds are always not far from my table. Love the cute napkin rings too! Have a warm and cozy week and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea

  7. Beautiful tablescape. I love transfer ware so much, especially the blue and white. Like you, here we have snow and cold and I'm wondering when will I be able to plant my dahlias.

  8. Hola mi querida hermanita, me encanta cada una de las imΓ‘genes, se ven tan primaverales y romΓ‘nticas. Muchos besitos, Dios te bendiga πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ™…πŸ™…πŸ™πŸ™πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’–πŸ’

  9. Hi Dear Friend Sandi! So wonderful to touch base with you again. I hope all is well with you. I enjoyed your bird comments as I spent the day scraping and painting some Adirondack Chairs found in the alley with birds singing all around me. We have doves this year; they are simply beautiful if a bit of a bully,scaring the little ones away. I hope you have a lovely Spring. Hugs, Pat at Bringing French Country HOme

  10. It’s so wonderful to see the birds fluttering about... but we still have far too much snow for any activity... although it was sunny today that is a Plus... Your tablescape is so lovely in the blue and white... and perfect for this cool time of year... Everything looks to be ready for Spring except the weather ... I do love that little decorative birdhouse ..It just seems to cheer the way for a happy teatime today. Hopefully we’ll see some green grass soon... Take care , my friend... Hugs

  11. Sweet post dear Sandi. Enjoyed it this morning as I have my coffee and a breakfast bar. Love the dishes as always. Those napkins are pretty. I have been seeing some of the most sweetest dishes and things in an avon book. WOW! Hope you have a lovely day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  12. Thank you for welcoming us into your lovely home for tea time once again! Always a delight to enjoy this little time with you...and your lovely "birds" and blue and white tea refreshing and delightful. I know your spring seems to be rather elusive right now, but it is coming, as it always does...and soon your flowers will be blooming and the birdies singing, and life continues on in its lovely rhythm. So thankful for the promise of life and hope eternal! Blessings to you and yours today!

  13. Sandi, I love blue and white china. And you've mixed the patterns so beautifully. I'd love to sit down and have a cup of tea with you, looking out at the snow.

  14. Sandi, I love the blue and white. The gold complements it well. Thanks for sharing and have a great week. Sylvia D.

  15. Great pics and I love that bird feeder, keeps those pest....squirrels!

  16. What a beautiful harmony of blue and white you've put together. The birds make a perfect theme for this time of year. I hope the snow soon disappears and the flowers pop out of the ground.

  17. Sandi,
    We had 2 nice days of warmer temps. but all of next week, we will have temps. in the 50's as a high and low's in the 30's. Love your blue and whites but the curtains in the back ground really caught my eye!!
    Thank you for your kind comment on my post about my dear friend and neighbor, Elly!! She was a very special Lady!!Thanks for stopping by!!

  18. Your tea is lovely! We are still waiting for spring here! It is teasing us. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi