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

Friday, August 12, 2011

A "Fruity" Tea Time

The Hydrangeas are still blooming like crazy!

There is so much produce ripening around here, I decided to include some in my post this week. I feel like I am living in a garden of fruit and vegetables because my house is situated in the middle of an orchard, small vineyard, vegetable garden, and flower beds. They have me surrounded!

I can imagine how wonderful it must have been in the Garden of Eden...can you imagine? Every kind of fruit tree, and all the flowers you could ever want! Everything growing without hindrance, without weeds!

"The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:12

These apples are growing in a tree that is estimated to be around fifty years old. It was here when we moved in. Every year a few fall to the ground before they are completely ripe. It attracts the deer, squirrels, raccoons, and birds. I even saw a Jack Rabbit eating one the other day.

The table was set for tea on the deck where the Red Flame grapes grow on the railing. It is covered with a grape pattern table cloth. I'm sorry the light was not very good for pictures today:(

The teapot I'm using has a cluster of fruit painted on both sides and the plates are also decorated with fruit.

None of these things have the same pattern but they are all "fruity."

The other thing the two above have in common is that they were both "treasures" I picked up at a second-hand store. I like to pop in once a week and take a peek around. I never know what I will find. This week I found a friend! She was doing the same thing. I'm happy to say, she was not looking for china:)

This cup was acquired some time ago. It has different fruit on each side.

Butterfly Bush flowers were picked for the table. They smell very sweet, but their shelf life is short. The pink ones below didn't even make it into the vase with the purple ones before they bowed their heads.

I had to fight the butterflies and bees for them!

My granddaughter helped me make cupcakes for her Mom's birthday; there were a few left over to enjoy with tea today.

She is wearing my gardening hat. I think she looks lovely.
(Like little Orphan Annie)

Thank you for stopping by and joining me on the back deck. I hope to have tea in the vineyard soon...when the weather permits. Hope you can join me there.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."  Galatians 5:22-23


  1. Hello Charlotte,
    your granddaughter is really cute with that big hat. Such a nice little face. I guess she had a lot of fun, helping you for the tea time. I love the idea to mix fruity patterns and it looks really perfect for this time. Thank you for shairng this tea time and your wonderful garden.
    Best greetings to you and the little beauty.

  2. What a lovely garden you have. I especially love your vine shaded deck. Perfect fro a quiet restful tea...unless with grandkids then It's just fun! BTW, your fruit china is by a Bavarian company called Winterling...I think you couldn't read the mark is usually hard to read. :)

  3. What a lovely tea, Charlotte. I love your lavender, green, and white theme. You have such a beautiful and bounteous garden! Have a lovely weekend.


  4. What a lovely post here with beautiful photos - thanks for linking to Tea in the Garden on Saturday! Your deck is really lovely and what a cute grandaughter!

  5. A fruity tea was a good idea and you had lots of china, tablecloth and garden bounty to share.
    Your granddaughter looks sweet with your hat on, they good helpers don't they?

  6. Beautiful tea setup and lovely china. I wish the thrift store near me carried such things! Great blog as well. :)

  7. Very delightful! What lovely bunches of grapes...and the china is so pretty too.

  8. Your granddaughter is adorable. Love the fruit tea pot and cup and saucers ... just fit your garden with apples and grapes! Happy Tea Day!

  9. Charlotte, Sounds like you live in a beautiful place, as you liken it to the Garden of Eden! Love your tea setting today. Gorgeous china and teapot! Your granddaughter is a doll! I enjoyed my visit today.
    xo, Beth

  10. Hello Charlotte~
    Your grand daughter is a doll! The hat looks smashing on her~ lol
    What a lovely setting for tea. And the teapot is the perfect choice with grape clusters so near! Have a great week,

  11. Orphan Annie wins the prize. She is adorable and I hope you frame that picture!!! I think your fruity tea party is so special. I have not seen a lot of fruity tea cups and tea pots. Please come and visit my site if you have time. I am barely into this addiction!

  12. What a sweet grandaughter to share cupcakes and teatime with ... Your fruity china is perfect for the seasonal setting... It so welcoming... Thanks for sharing...Hugs

  13. Oh my! You do live in a garden! It must be wonderful to have such fresh food to eat.
    Your tea setting is beautiful. The tea pot lovely and your tea cup gorgeous. I love fruits on a tea cup.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  14. Dear Charlotte, I found you at Kathy's return to Loveliness and found your blog very lovely. I'm now following you as I love your tea cups and all your photo's...and your Grandaughter is so beautiful. I'm sure you both have a great time together...

  15. What a beautiful post Charlotte - you're blessed to have fruit growing! Those grapes are charming! LOVE grapes....could munch on them all day! I used to freeze grapes when my children were young for snacks!
    Gorgeous teacups - perfectly fitting! Hope you have a blessed day!Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  16. Such a beautiful table setting! Love the fruit teapot and teacup!

  17. So pretty and summery. Your blog is lovely.
    Lady Linda

  18. Love the table setting with the fruit cups and plates. Looks so fresh and just lovely. Your granddaugter is adorable. Wow, cannot believe the grapes you grow. Smiles...Lu


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