Friday, March 27, 2015


It must be spring.
How can I tell???
I walk out into my postage stamp back yard (Musashi's Garden).
It smells like orange blossoms.


- My Satsuma, Clementine and Grapefruit trees are blooming!

Clementine Blossoms

- I love rain drops on blossoms.

- It's loud around here again. The guys working on the streets in the neighborhood have made it back to my street. I'm like a little kid! Sitting on the balcony watching them with their big machines tearing up more of the old street before they get to the oiling and then asphalt for the new surface.

- I've almost finished reading THE BOOK STOPS HERE, a Bibliophile Mystery by Kate Carlisle. It is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Brooklyn Wainwright is a bookaholic. She is a bookbinder and knows her rare books. She has been asked to appear on t.v. show as a rare book expert and appraiser. Her first subject is a first edition copy of THE SECRET GARDEN. A dead body can't be far behind when Brooklyn is around! 

- The weather has been nice. Coolish long enough in the morning (before the humidity gets to be too much) to walk up to the Village. I did a little shopping at Half-Price Books and then had breakfast.

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

Thanks Nancy for hosting Random 5 Friday.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tea With A Lady

Let me introduce you to Lady Carlyle by Royal Albert.
She was a gift from one of my sisters (by choice).

Tea with Lady Carlyle

A classic example of the romantic, floral tradition of Royal Albert,
Lady Carlyle draws inspiration from the extravagant rococo styles of the 18th century.

Tea with Lady Carlyle

The Lady is decorated with a highly stylized floral design,
a deep pink border and elaborate gold scrollwork

Tea with Lady Carlyle

I've paired her with a teapot with roses by Grace.

Tea with Lady Carlyle

I made a pot of Harney and Sons Chinese Flower tea.
Chinese Flower is a beautiful blend of hand plucked green tea with flowers and citrus.
There is a light aroma of orange and flowers.
One sachet makes two cups of tea.
A real delight with Lady Carlyle.

Wishing YOU well, much joy and a wonderful cup of tea!

I'm joining some tea parties in the Land of Blog:
Teatime Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nana Stamp of Approval

Mini-Daffodil in Musashi's Garden

- Last year when I went daffodil hunting in the grocery stores, I found mini-daffodils in a pot at Trader Joes. When they had bloomed themselves out I took them out of the little pot and planted them in a big pot outside. I thought if they lived, maybe they would bloom again, but really didn't expect success. Surprise! I've been watching for weeks. Lots of green, but no bloom when WOW. All of a sudden there was one blooming mini-daffodil. Too cute! More on the way! 

- Did you know that the dandelion is one of the first spring foods for our precious bees???
I have a nice crop of dandelions growing in my little garden.

- I was hoping all the rain from last week was over. Alas, that isn't true. It's been raining again and this time with thunderstorms. The kitties don't like the thunder. Can't blame them.  The trees are doing their "thing". Pollen everywhere. Cars are covered with yellow dust. Sniff, sniff, sniff.

- When the rain ends the mosquitoes will be here in abundance. UGH. I guess I needed something to complain about!

- I'm reading A DRAGON'S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HUMANS by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder. It should be no surprise to anyone that my grandson likes dragons almost as much as his Nana. I, of course, have to read his dragon books first in order to give the Nana stamp of approval.

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

A BIG thank you to Nancy for hosting Random 5 Friday.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hunting For Spring

Daylight savings time has arrived.
I admit, I don't like the dark mornings.
Why do "we" have to muck with time??!!

Daylight savings means spring is just around the corner
and I decided to go hunting for spring in my teacups.

That led me to one of my newest (new to me) teacups.

Spring  Tea

Isn't she pretty?
This is a Rosina teacup.
The iris is one of my favorite blooms.
I couldn't resist this teacup when I found it at The Guild Shop.
The gold edging is worn off in some areas,
but for me, that just means that it was well loved.
I found the adorable little bunnies at the same time.

Easter Tea

I've had the teapot for years.
I love the shape and the decoration.
The only mark on the bottom of the pot are the words
Made in Japan.
You read that correctly -- not made in China!

Spring Tea

When I make a pot of tea,
I normally use loose tea.
I have so much tea in tea bags
(mostly gifts and spur of the moment purchases)
that this time
I made a pot of tea with tea bags from the Republic of Tea.
Imperial White Tea with Persimmon.

Spring Tea

100% white tea is also known as China White.
It has a low-caffeine delicacy and is the most minimally-processed of all tea varietals.
Once reserved for the cups of emperors and the nobility, 
this high mountain China White Tea (from China's Fujian Province)
 still remains one of the rarest of all teas.
The end white downy buds are painstakingly hand-plucked,
only two days of the year, right before the leaf opens.
Because it is so minimally processed,
White Tea retains the highest level of disease preventative antioxidants
known as polyphenals.

Spring Tea
Be Funky Processing
The Republic of Tea has a few teas that are Organic and Non GMO.
Imperial White is one of those.

I'm not sure how long I've had Imperial White with Persimmon!
I note that it is no longer available at The Republic of Tea.
The container had not been opened
and I could smell the persimmon when it was opened.

I made a pot of tea that had a subtle, slightly sweet taste.
The taste was delicate with just a hint of the persimmon.
I'll enjoy several more pots full as I go hunting for spring!

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

I'm joining several tea parties:

* Information about Imperial White Tea from the The Republic of Tea.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Sun Came Out!

The sun came out this weekend after
four days of rain.
The white camellia was blooming.


I went grocery shopping and found these lovely roses.


I'm hoping I find some daffodils next week!

Impressionism Roses

Wishing YOU well and much joy!

A big thank you to Karen for hosting Sun Lit Sunday.