Monday, March 30, 2015

Cherry Blossom Festival and Tea




 Every year in March, the town of Macon, Georgia comes alive with Cherry Blossoms!

For the last 33 years, it has held it's International Cherry Blossom Festival.The event last for 10 days. 
On Saturday,my hubby and I met 2 of my sisters to attend. They live in this quiet southern town. It's also the town I lived in where I met and married, a little over 51 years ago. We got my hubby to take photo's of us.






 There I am on the right.



The street is lined with trees between Mulberry St. and Cherry Street. It is so beautiful!


 Pretty soft pink blossoms!




 There are over 300,000 Yoshino Cherry Trees planted around town. It is by Congressional Records referred to as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the world. You can read about it, just click on the link below:


There is so much to do and see. We spent several hours walking and looking.  They even went back on Sunday.

The town is filled with Pink Cherry blossoms everywhere, they even have a "Pink Trash Can" ! Just what every girl wants,right?


Isn't it cute...!


In honor of the Festival, I am using my  Cherry Blossom teacup my daughter, Gina, gave me a few years ago.




I love the details on the flowers and the spoon is so delicate.


Just a little blurred...sorry!




I am having an Orange and Cranberry scone along with my cup of Green Tea.






Have a Blessed Day!
Sylvia


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Living Water


And Jesus said,

photo from internet

"Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again,
but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst" 
~John 4:13,14~


 photo from internet
 

"Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after
righteousness for they shall be filled"
~Matthew 5:6~

 
Have a Blessed Sunday!
Sylvia

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tea Break


Better to be deprived of food
for three days
than of Tea for one.
 ~Chinese Proverb~


 Today I am using my new teacup for my morning tea break.
It's a little smaller than a regular tea cup but larger than a
demitasse cup.
 I think it is so pretty with the flower inside the cup.




 The back stamp is Hammersley & Co.
Bone China
Made in England

 I love the soft blue on the plate, and gold trim.





Do you ever mix tea flavors?
I sometimes like to add mint to mine.
Today I added a bag of peppermint to my
Green Tea. I always try to have some since my granddaughters love peppermint tea.

One day when I was at the grocery store, looking
in the refrigerated section, where the croissants are,
I couldn't believe what I saw, ready made, strawberry scones. I bought a pack to try. They were really good, maybe not as good as homemade,but good. Then nothing is better than homemade, right! I really thought I had taken a photo of the package to show you but I couldn't find it in my files...guess I didn't!
Don't you love flowers as much as I do.
This is one of my new finds. The back-stamp is
 Royal Winton,
Grimwales LTD
Made in England
 Summertime 1995

I research it online but couldn't find this exact one.

   Pink roses are always welcomed at teatime.




At my table, sit with me
I'll pour coffee or some tea;
Perhaps we'll share our tears and laughter,
And be friends forever after.



While there's tea, there's hope.
~Sir Arthur Pinero~
 Have a Blessed Day!
Sylvia
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Waiting and Watching Patiently



I have this picture on my wall
that my sister gave me some
years ago.
I have looked at it so many times and loved it
for it's beauty. 
This morning, I looked at it differently!
I saw a woman waiting.  Looking out the
window, waiting there looking at something
or waiting on someone.  She was patiently
waiting. I wondered if she was watching
her children play, or maybe her husband
working in the yard, or maybe just admiring
God's beauty, in her garden. Maybe there was
something heavy on her heart that she was seeking
an answer for.





Have you ever prayed about something
and wondered, 'why hasn't my prayer been
answered'? 
Maybe our Father is trying to teach us to
be patient and wait on his timing.


Psalm 37:7 tells us to "Be still before the
Lord and wait patiently for him". 


Have you ever felt so tired 
or  "burned out" as some may say,
that you think you can't keep going?

 I'm sure we all have at times. 
We can grow tired of waiting.
Our mind and our bodies can
get tired from manual labor and 
mental strain.

Isaiah 40: 28 says
 "the Lord does not become weary or tired".
Verse 29, tells us that "He gives strength
to the weary"

As we wait on the Lord and trust in Him
for our needs, let's wait patiently on Him.
 As women and believers, we sometimes
feel like we are called on to do so much,
for our family and others, that we can 
become weary and tired from our load of 
responsibilities. Let's  trust our heavenly Father
 for strength and courage to handle our daily chores.
As the lady in the photo waits patiently and
watches over her home and families needs,
let us do the same, as unto the Lord God.
He will give us strength and rest for our
walk with Him.


Isaiah 40: 31
" those that wait for the Lord will gain new
strength,they will mount up with wings like
eagles, they will run and not get tired,
they will walk and not become weary."

  Dear Lord, when we become tired, remind us
of your inexhaustible stength. Help us to to be
patient and wait on you and your timing,in all
things. Amen

Have a Blessed Sunday!
Sylvia

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring is Blooming!




Finally, almost overnight, the trees are showing that Spring is here!  
Well at least tomorrow is the first day of Spring.




These Bradford Pear trees are on each side of a driveway to a house up the street from me. Seems like at every house  there are these tall beautiful trees in full bloom.


The beautiful colors of Spring are everywhere. Everything springs into life after a cold dead winter, I guess that's why they call it "Spring".



 



Yesterday, on our way to my hubby's doctor's appointment, we passed Dickey's farm, the Peach Orchard's were in bloom, like an ocean of pretty pink waves of blooming trees.



Aren't these Peach blossoms just gorgeous!! 


Oh and here is another Peach!


Have a Blessed Peachy Day!

Sylvia

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy St. Pat's Day!







I hope your day will be filled with sunshine and lots of Love!






This happy little flower sits and flaps it's leaves and moves it's head all day, it is solar powered, it brings a smile to my face when I look at it. It usually sits on my window sill in the kitchen, but today it is making me happy as I have my afternoon Tea break. 









 Irish Breakfast tea and cookies, always a treat.






Sometimes I take the tea bag out and other times I leave it in, looks like it got to stay this time!
How do you do yours?








Iced with green icing, these cookies are so soft they melt in your mouth.













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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tea Garden and Tea



I was at the grocery store the other day and this Georgia Gardening magazine caught my eye, my hubby said, 'are you going to buy it' (knowing I am not able to garden much anymore).  I said"Yes."




It wasn't until later that I realized , without knowing it, why I was drawn to this magazine. On page 48, this is what I found!


"Where there is tea, there is hope" -Arthur Wing Pinero



Now I was really surprised to find an article about Tea!
I won't be able to tell everything it said about tea because this post would be too long. It said that tea is a refreshing beverage that contains no sodium, fat, carbonation or sugar..(unless you add it,of course). It is virtually calorie free and has been shown to have a wide variety of health benefits, including reducing some forms of heart disease and cancers.

Now pardon me as I run to the kitchen and make myself a cup of Green Tea!



Now I would love to have a 'tea garden' . I did plant fennel, mints, and other herbs. The mint, I planted in a pot since it's so invasive but it grew out the hole in the bottom and still took over my flower bed.

Some of the plants in this Tea Garden are:
Chamomile- it soothes anxiety and is easy to grow.
Rose hip- tea is high in vitamin C and can be effective for hives.
Strawberries- can be added for color, and adds flavor to herbal teas.
Mint- can increase focus and ease tension.
Fennell- is a natural carminative and aids digestion.

It also says to add unique herbs to your garden such as pineapple sages for color and blooms. They also add a dash of flavor to a tea you make yourself. To use herbs  use 1 teaspoon dry herbs per 1 cup of hot water.

I found this very interesting, now I want to grow a Tea Garden!
Guess I'll just wait until it gets warmer and someone can help me dig holes in my hard and rocky dirt. For now I'll enjoy my cup of "green tea" in my new Lenox cup I found while visiting an antique store last week, and be happy that I'm getting healthy.


See how great my cup goes with the magazine articale, it has a bee inside the cup. Bees are good pollinators in a garden.


My tea cup is Lenox Butterfly Meadow Basket.


I love the basket wave around the top of the cup. I was so excited when I found it.


Have a Tea-lightful Day!
Sylvia

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