Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday Mosaic - The Flowers of Autumn


Last week we had a killing frost, so our flowers are almost all gone. However, I have the memory and the photos of a lovely summer, with lots of blooms. I have put together a mosaic of the shades of fall.  
The central photo is an arrangement I made for our (Canadian) Thanksgiving dinner, using a variety of garden flowers.
Posted by PicasaToday is the day when talented folks join Mary for a special Monday treat.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Fall Trip to Minnesota

One of our favorite fall destinations is Minnesota...not far away, but still the experience of a different country...
Last week we camped at Baker Park, near Minneapolis. Although in the photo below our trailer looks rather lonely, on the weekend the campground was almost full...including many brave souls in tents!
 Some of the things we did...
Attending Grace Church in Eden Prairie...(lovely building...seats 4200!)
...shopping at Arbor Lakes..
...checking out the tablesettings at Pottery Barn...

...and visiting Bachman's garden center and gift shop....
...nice memories stowed away in our minds....

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thankful People!



This weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving
in Canada.
           I hope all of you have a wonderful, thankful day!
                       Our family is especially thankful...
For many weeks our Grandson has been suffering pain in his hip and leg...doctors, physiotherapists, acupuncture, etc., ...none of it helped..many scary possibilities were put forward...many people praying....
Finally last Monday, a diagnosis...a benign tumour, painful, but operable...
                       Rejoicing here!!



" Now thank we all our God.
With hearts and hands, and voices
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom His world rejoices,
 Who, from our mothers' arms
Hath blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love
And still is ours today."


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mirror, Mirror...

This summer I picked up a mirror at Home Sense..on clearance. In my thinking, if I spend just a few dollars for something, it gives me freedom to paint it any colour I like! The first change was from it's grayish frame to spring green, an accent colour on our deck. I did enjoy the reflections of the sky and flowers as I sat at the table having my tea.

Now that the cooler weather is here. it's time to make changes , so the mirror experienced a new look. It is now painted hammered bronze...and has found a new home in our family room, above the mantel.
I know it's not the best photo, but you get the idea...

I wonder if I'll change it to red for Christmas???

My hubby has been busy painting our family room coffee table too...I do keep him busy!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tea Time -Autumn

Let's take  break from our everyday tasks and have a cup of tea, shall we?
The tea cups and saucers, cream and sugar, luncheon plates and cake plate (not shown) were given to me by an elderly lady from our church. Whenever I visited her, she would tell stories about her many sets of china. This one was brought from Scotland when she emigrated. I always admired it and when she was downsizing, she called one day and invited me to come and get it. I was so surprised and pleased!
The china pattern is Melba bone china, Made in England. The little mat, embroidered with acorns, was also received from another elderly friend. Here is a little closer look at the detail on the china:

The teapot is one I only take out of storage in the fall, as I usually prefer lighter colours.
I think the colours of the flowers complement the china, don't you?

I am joining Sandi for her weekly tea party today.