Thursday, November 3, 2011

An Autumn Tea

This morning, the winter sky is ominously blustering above us, but yesterday Autumn was still here.  Knowing that our time was short, Maid Elizabeth and I planned an autumn tea party intending to take in the last vestige of our glorious fall.  We welcomed old friends and new as we trekked to a table we had prepared in the field beholding beautiful views of the woods.  We snuggled beneath blankets sipping tea and eating scones in the midst of God's creation.  Oh, to live this beautiful life!

Our cozy little circle

Keeping warm
A basket for our littlest member
And the tea did flow

A basket of blankets (to fend off the cold)

A bucketful of children


  1. Looks like you all had a ball! And, it gives me an idea for this weekend! Have a good week everyone!

  2. Sounds like a hoot-some years ago, when I lived on the edge of a small town, the last big outdoor thing of the fall would be a huge cookout with friends and family-basic cookout stuff-hot dogs,hamburgers and the like-but a great chance to get out and socialize,and just have fun. Never miss a chance to do this..

  3. Isn't it sad that so many people think it takes expensive meals and high-priced entertainment to satisfy their need for socializing? When in reality, all it takes is a few friends, a bushel of blankets, and a selection of homemade treats.

    Think I'll go fix myself a cup of tea.

    NoCal Gal

  4. That looks like a spread in a decorating magazine! Outdoor furniture, beautifully decorated baskets, food and friends! Love it!
    Andrea S

  5. what is that lovely concoction in the pretty goblets?

  6. Absolutely delightful Enola!

    I clink my goblet as well, in a toast to you and yours!


  7. we used to have a big bonfire built and toasted marshmallows and dined on beans and wieners cooked on the bonfire as the embers smoldered. then wrapped in blankets around the fire we would all sit and actually have conversations. just one weekend late in october every year on our homestead. now all the yound ones have grown up and left the community and the old ones have sold out and moved closer to their, i watched the skies early this morning and saw geese in formation heading south. winter will soon be upon us all.

  8. I get with my neighbors, the welder, the carpenter, the electrician and we come up with plans for things like diesel powered go carts, long range high tech potato guns. We also talk about fishing, and hunting 300 pound feral hogs in down here in Texas.

    We do all this while drinking beer too. We have BB guns, and sling shots we play with. We also have a water ballon slingshot that takes three people to operate and has a 200 yard range.

    Our fun ends when my neighbors wives come out to take their husbands away after a few hours of Redneck fun time.

    Im still single so Im left all alone with no other rednecks to play with.

  9. Such great photos! And I agree, it looks like a spread right out of a decorating magazine.

    I felt like I couldn't thank you all enough! Everything was so lovely, fun, interesting, and cozy. I appreciate all the work your family did with the baking and preparations very much!

    Apparently there is a pair of 3 year old boys' socks in your chicken coop. Those are ours.

    I hope you're having much fun & goodness at the gun show!

  10. In today's artificially made busy-ness how wondrous to enjoy a hot cup of tea and scones out in God's fresh, cool air. It's so sad how many people today never know the wonder of the small blessings like watchign a Hummingbird working over the flowers on a bright red Salvia plant, or a bee skimming a pond to get a drink of water. What a thrill to enjoy being outdoors with family members and just talking or saying nothing at all and just being together.

    God's very best to you and yours.

  11. Anonymous said...
    what is that lovely concoction in the pretty goblets?

    Here is the recipe,

    Sparkling Cranberry Rose
    8 - 10
    sugar cubes
    1 - 1 1/4
    cups cranberry juice
    750 milliliter bottle sparkling rose wine, champagne, or sparkling white grape juice
    Fresh cranberries (optional)

    1. Place one sugar cube in the bottom of 8 to 10 chilled champagne flutes or other tall, narrow glasses. Pour 2 tablespoons cranberry juice into each glass.
    2. Fill each glass with sparkling rose wine or champagne. If desired, place a wooden skewer of fresh cranberries in each glass. Makes 8 to 10 servings.


  12. Thank you for posting this delicious sounding recipe. I was checking often for answer. Then remembered y'all were going to the gun show. Congratulations on your successful table.

  13. A dear friend makes a delicious drink by making ice cubes of Cranberry Juice. She puts these deep red ice cubes into a pretty wine or champagne glass then fills the glass with apple juice. Very pretty. Very good. Adding a little carbonated water would certainly add a little punch too!