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Monday 19 September 2011

An Autumn Tea for Tea Time Tuesday

"Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow/
And that side of the haze." ~ Emily Dickinson
Welcome friends to another Tea Time Tuesday. We are well into September now and Autumn is only a couple of days away. So, I thought I would do an Autumn Tea today.

"Drink your tea slowly and reverently as if it is the axis on which the whole world revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future...." ~ Vietnamese-born Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk and author
To be honest, I don't much care for Autumn. It is a reminder that Summer has gone and Winter will be on its way with its ice and snow. I am much more a Spring and Summer girl. But today, let's talk about what I do appreciate about the coming season.

There is beauty to be found in every season and inspiration can be gleaned from nature all around us. But, when it comes to Autumn, I am taking baby steps...

Autumn calls for brisk walks, inhaling the fresh air and savoring the sights and sounds of Autumn, such as the changing of the leaves....The leaves have not really started to change yet here on the Island, so I had to borrow this from the internet. Isn't this scene stunning? 

The colours of Autumn are rich with reds, golds, and yellows like pumpkins under a cobalt sky. I borrowed this from the internet as well. I have a picture of my little grandson running through a pumpkin patch but I simply cannot find it at the moment so this picture will have to do.

Going to the apple orchard is always fun. This is my lovely DIL and two of my grandsons enjoying a day of picking apples.

Changing out the soft Summer decor for a more muted or vibrant one is always fun. The floral wreath on the front door is replaced by a colourful Autumn one and the urn filled with geraniums is replaced by pumpkins and chrysanthemums on the front step.

I love baby pumpkins, white ones in particular. I like to paint them and sprinkle them with glitter, then decorate them with posies and ribbon...

The barbecue is getting a bit of a rest these days as I am in the kitchen more cooking nice hearty dinners for my hard working hubby. Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding is a favourite at our house in the cooler weather. Fresh yellow beans snuggle up to mashed potatoes and gravy. Slices of succulent roast beef are accompanied by Yorkshire pudding and some lovely home made mustard pickles....

I enjoy baking tummy-satisfying desserts too, such as this warm Apple pudding with hot Vanilla sauce on it. There is just a hint of cinnamon in the apples. Yum!...

There are the fruits of our labour; jams and pickles....

Even this little guy gathers his food for the Winter months. Once again, I borrowed this from the internet...

This time of year, the iced tea is replaced by spicy teas like Twinings Chai...

The warm glow of candlelight beckons one to sit and relax...

And what could be nicer on a cool evening than curling up with a loved one and a cup of tea in front of the fire.

Oh yes, there are many things one can enjoy about Autumn and many things we can be thankful for...And,  my favourite holiday, Christmas, is just around the corner!

The inspiration for my tea vignette today was taken from Victoria's front cover of the September/October issue.

The colours differ somewhat and there were no pomegranates available at the supermarket so I made due with what I had. I was inspired to set the tea table in red transferware instead of the browns which the magazine features. Reason being, I have no browns!

The basket of berries on the cover were not available at my house either, so I used some pretty carnations in a canning jar which is my choice of vase this time of year.

Fresh apples, peaches, and pears were also used as well as some spicy crackers and a nice Havarti cheese.

The plates have acorns on them so I thought they would be a good choice.

The stacked transferware teacups were a gift from my cousin Val.

Do you think I pulled it off alright? I am also joining Kathy today for her Welcome Autumn Party.

Next week, I will share a new teacup with you. I hope to see you then. In the meantime, there is still time to enter my Blogaversary Giveaway. If you are one of my Followersthen you are welcome to enter here.

I am delighted you have stopped by today and I would love for you to join me for Tea Time Tuesday. All you have to do is share a favourite tea cup or teapot, a coffee mug, or something tea related. If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: apple cider, iced tea or iced coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade, or punch. The TTT button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! Please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." ~ Colossians 4:6 {NIV}

I am pleased to join the following parties as well~

Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Table Top Tuesday

Teacup Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday

Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Tuesday Tea

Tea Party Tuesday

Teatime Tuesday


Teacup Thursday

Fall Crawl and Blog Party

Friends Sharing Tea

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi