"Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come." Song of Songs

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Come Outside...

Today I wanted to get outside before it got too hot. It will be in the mid 90's today and having tea outside in that temperature isn't as nice as the cool of the morning.

The sun was already peeking its way around the yard...looking for me when I settled down in this spot by the fountain. The birds were not happy that I was so close to their drinking water. My camera wasn't fast enough to capture the lovely Goldfinch sipping from the top of the fountain as I came down the stairs. What a blessing it is to be outside with nature. All the earth declares the glory of God.

I chose to use this plate today. Actually, I just picked it up yesterday from the same second-hand store where I found the teapot in my last post. It came in a set of four  (I'll share another time), each with different fruit and colors. They looked vintage to me, but no markings to identify them, so I'm not sure. It is so fun to find things that were used by someone else at one time. I like to imagine they were cherished, and used to serve those special people in their lives .

"I love things that bear the touch of time, chips and all -
they're more beautiful than perfection." ~Victoria Magazine

This teacup was also held in the hand of the past. I like the orange and blue flowers around the rim of the cup and saucer.

I came across this quote ~

"Life is a cup to be filled, not drained." ~ Anonymous

Not to disagree...but, I would rather think of life as a cup overflowing. Filled up by the grace of God, and running over into the lives of those around us...those we touch.

May your day today be filled with beauty and love. May you know the one who created it all, for He is the one who fills the cup.

"...whatever things are lovely...think on these things." Philippians 4:8


I'll share these other pictures while I'm outside walking around the yard. These flowers are in front by the porch:

The sunflowers came up unexpectedly. I didn't plant any seeds this year. What a nice surprise!

 The Morning Glories also came up on their own, but I was expecting them. They reseed every year. Isn't that nice? The only thing that is unexpected is where they come up. They have a mind of their own!

Thank you for visiting for tea time and joining me on a walk:)

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  1. Lovely! That looks like a cool and refreshing place for an early tea before it gets too hot. Lovely garden! I love the plates.

  2. Your tea cup and saucer are really lovely. I like the wide ample cup and the ring handle. Such a lovely design too.
    Your garden tea setting is very pretty. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous garden photos.

  3. Lovely quotes, beautiful Scripture, gorgeous garden! What an enjoyable post and sweet near the fountain. Your dishes are certainly pretty. What a find! Happy August~

  4. I love the tea setting in the garden it's very pretty x

  5. Hello, So glad you could visit that I might return the call. Lovely, serene tea setting. Beautiful dishes - I feel the same way! Love your flower photos - wish I had planted Morning Glory this year! It is wonderful to meet Kindred Spirits!
    Hope you have a blessed day,

  6. Hi Charlotte, Thanks so much for dropping by and joining Comin' Home for my Tuesday Tea chat. I really love your new blog! It's pretty and cheerful. Beautiful plate--what a find! And I love your photos of the flowers.

    Have a lovely day..and welcome to the tea party. :-) Donna

  7. Hey Charlotte, Thanks for stopping by, you table in the garden looks perfect and love the shots of flower...

  8. Hello Charlotte,
    that plate with friut theme is just perfect for this time to have tea outside. It is a wonderful find. I am curious about its cousins. Love the idea of watching drinking birds while sipping my tea. Thank you for this delightful tea in your blooming garden.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  9. Oh, what a beautiful blog. Your tea setting outside is beautiful. I love the sweet quotes you included in your post. Your garden is gorgeous. I don't think I would ever go inside if I were you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your sweet comment is much appreciated. Hugs, Karie

  10. Hello Charlotte,
    I wanted to stop back by and to thank you for sharing this beautiful garden tea with A Return to Loveliness! It is such a blessing,

  11. Hi Charlotte,
    I am loving your tea cups and saucers. I must say, the best place for tea is outside.


  12. I hope you can join in for Tea in the Garden on Saturday - this post would work well!

  13. I just stopped by from your post on Artful Affirmations. You have a lovely blog!

  14. Hi: Your yard is beautiful. I love your post today. You always seem to minister. Thank you. Blessings, Martha

  15. Hi Charlotte,

    Your tea setting and blossoms are gorgeous and those fruit plates are such a great find. I agree tea in the morning would be much better. Have a great day!

  16. Your teacup is lovely and I love the blue in the plate. Can't see too much of the white teapot but it looks like a nice one.

  17. Hello Charlotte,
    I am sorry I'm so late visiting your lovely post but I have been away visiting relatives in another province. Trying to get caught up.
    You have managed to minister to me once again with your post filled with beauty and sentiment. I do so enjoy coming by. Thank you for sharing your lovely post with Tea Time.


  18. Not sure if I like the teacups or the flower more! How very pretty...great photos.
    Lady Linda


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