Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Maybe it is all the rain we have been having this summer, but the bees sure are loving my flowers. They fly all around the hosta's and Bee Balm.
There's a Hummingbird also that has taken up residence near by and thinks the flowers are all his (or hers). I am having trouble taking a picture of it since it flies so fast and always exit when it hears or sees me. One day I'll be ready with my camera and snap a picture before it gets away.
Today I had Tea with the Queen! Yes, really! Queen Elizabeth. Well, I did have tea, while she was only in a magazine. A Tea Sister and friend for several years, had spent a couple weeks in England and Scotland recently. She was having a fun time visiting tea rooms and roaming around the beautiful English countryside but she thought of me. I received a package from her in the mail. A magazine called " Majesty", along with it was several tea bags she bought in Scotland. So here are pictures of my "Tea with the Queen".
Oh yes, and Kate was there also.
This is the magazine.
May not be appropriate tea for a Queen, but I enjoyed it. I had 'Heather' tea from Scotland and vanilla pudding with vanilla wafers crumbled on top, while I enjoyed looking at the Majesty magazine.
These are the teas my friend sent me. Don't know which one I'll like best. That means more (tea with the Queen) Tea Parties!
It hasn't rained for the second day now, WOW, no rain. The sun is shining and it's a beautiful day. My lilies are blooming, I wish you could smell them. Also the Rose of Sharon is opening up and the Moss Rose.
Last Friday my family had a scare. My daughter and her family had been vacationing in Tennessee and Helen, Ga. They had rented a cabin outside Helen to spend the last few days with my son-in-laws Father and stepmother. Friday morning I got a call from my daughter that her hubby had a heart attack and was in the hospital in Gainesville. They had to go in and put a stint in his main artery. They told him had he not got there when he did that it would have been massive. Praise God he's O.K. and home now. The rest of the family all drove up on Saturday to be there for them. I stayed the night with my daughter at the cabin where they were staying while the others left for home.
It was a peaceful place but hard to get to since it was on the side of a mountain next to the Chattahoochee River.
At the hospital there was a Peace Garden, with beautiful flowers, scrubs, and water features.
This is a stump water fountain.
Can you believe Pic Monkey didn't save any of my edited pictures! So my name isn't on any of these, I did take the photo's. I didn't notice it until I was half finished. Here is my grandson and myself sitting in the Peace Garden.
Everyone loves a porch, and being the southern girl that I am, I'm no exception. Rocking chairs and a glass of sweet tea, there's nothing like it. When I received by Southern Lady magazine for July/August I was happily surprised to see on it's cover a porch that I had sat on and had Tea. It was the porch of Two Meeting Street Inn, Charleston, South Carolina. In August of 2010 I took a trip to Savannah,Georgia, and Charleston with a friend. We both love front porches. Here is a few pictures I took in both towns of homes with front porches.
We ate at the Gyphon Tea Room. I believe it has since closed.
This is the courtyard garden outside my room at the Savannah Bed &Breakfast Inn. All the gardens were beautiful. I took the picture from the balcony above.
Charleston, South Carolina
Love the side porches!
Some homes had there porches on the side of the home and balconies on the front, like this one.
This is the 3rd level porch of the Two Meeting Street Inn where we stayed.
There were porches all around this beautiful Inn.
Every afternoon the owners would come and make afternoon tea. They have a staff to run the Inn but they would come themselves and serve tea. We could sit at the dining room table or porch. Of course we chose the porch.
Outside our room was a balcony. We really enjoyed sitting there and looking at the beautiful garden.
After we checked out of our room, we went to see the American Classic Tea Plantation. I really enjoyed learning all about how Tea is made. These are the tea bushes. Yes bushes, I had never given much thought to how tea was make or how it was grown.
Today after looking at my Southern Lady magazine, again for the umteenth time, I decided to have tea on my front porch, of course it isn't as big and nice as the ones in Savannah or Charleston, but it fits me.
I used my tea pitcher and glass that my friend, Shirley, hand painted and gave me for my birthday some years ago. She has passed on now but not forgotten. She was a true friend that always stood by me.
As the writing on this page of the magazine says
"Friends are the pillars on your porch, Sometimes they hold you up ,sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it's just enough to know that they are standing by"- Anonymous.
Sweet Tea and Lemon Cookies.
I hope you have enjoyed my trip back in time with me.