Teacup Thursday: "Think Pink"

THINK PINK!! -- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is celebrating 25 years of awareness and education. What a privilege we have to live in a time where we have screening available to help with early detection.
In honor of this month, we are posting a pretty pink teacup and teapot. We hope you enjoy!! Remember, early detection saves lives!! I had mine done…did you??!


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Teacup Thursday: Audrey Style

Happy Teacup Thursday!  Today, I'm sharing with you my "Audrey Hepburn" china... I'm not sure what the real name of this print is, but when I saw it in an Antique Store, I thought it spoke "Audrey". It must be the turquoise color that reminded me of Breakfast at Tiffany's!  I've had fun collecting different turquoise color pieces over the past few years to add to my "Audrey" set!



Anyone else a Audrey Fan like me?

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day
And I believe in miracles."
 ~Audrey Hepburn




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Autumn in England... The Mosaic of All Seasons

One of the first questions we posed to Alan and Ilse was, “What is Fall like in England?” Being the proper English gentleman that Alan is, he carefully informed us that the English refer to this season as “Autumn”, not “Fall”… which does have a lovely ring to it, don’t you think? It’s much more poetic and enticing than just plain “Fall” So…we are working on changing our vocabulary around here! (smiles)

Much like the States, Autumn is a time when the land sheds it lush green shades and turns mosaic in nature. Although ‘Autumn’s colours’ in England may not be as dramatic as one would enjoy in “New England,” the striking shades of golds, yellows and reddy-browns provide a brilliant display to please the eye.



How long it lasts is weather dependent and varies from year to year, but it’s usually best when they have had a dry summer. October is the month when weather patterns shift and they start to receive the tail end of the depressions that cause hurricanes on the East Coast. It isn’t uncommon for leaves to remain on the Oak trees well into November until they get the strong winds or frosts.

The Ridgeways have a Bonsai Maple which is looking very pretty now with a nice mix of greens and reds and some lovely mature Horse-Chestnut trees out the front of their home. They tell us the leaves are already falling and are an orange-brown…a glorious last hurrah before winter sets in.

Until next time, Alan and Ilse send their Kind Regards and Best Wishes!
Alan and Ilse

 Photography Credit: Alan Ridgeway

Teacup Thursday: Teatime Thursdays

Teacup Thursday is not only a busy and fun day here on our blog but, it's also a busy and fun day here at the Tearoom! We're open on on Thursdays by Reservations. This group of ladies joined us last Thursday ~ looks like they're having a good time, doesn't it!?

Hope you'll bring your friends and join us for
Teatime someday soon!

Tea beckons us to enjoy quality time with friends and loved ones, and especially to rediscover the art of relaxed conversation.
~ Dorothea Johnson
 

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Teacup Thursdays: Simple Pleasures


Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds,
Exhilarate the spirit, and restore
The tone of languid nature.
~William Cowper


Oh, the Joys of the Country... it's times like these that I'm so glad that I live in the country. The fall leaves are beautiful! It's so wonderful to wake up to their brillance every morning! Knowing these days of Autumn are numbered, I hope that you all take time to savor these simple joys of Autumn! 



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Miss Spenser's Friends Across the Pond

Dear Tea Friends, please meet Miss Spenser’s Friends Across the Pond, Alan and Ilse Ridgeway of Horsham, England.

Last Fall, we received a note from Alan stating he’d like to visit our tearoom in 2011 while they were visiting family in the Des Moines area. He had filled out the contact form bearing an “English” address. Miss Spenser asked, “Is this guy for real?” (smiles) Well, we are happy to say, “Yes, these folks are for real!!”

This past June, we had the privilege of meeting Alan, his wife, Ilse, her sister, Erika, and her husband, Paul. Now, you can only imagine our concern when we realized that we would be hosting tea to ‘real’ English people!! Of course, we had done our research on English tearooms, but as you know, we hadn’t formally been there yet. We felt much like Mrs. Cratchit when she had her doubts about the flour concerning the plum pudding!! However, as soon as they arrived, they quickly put us at ease and Alan reassured us that we had the scones, “just right.” Whew!!
Alan & Ilse
From there, our friendship has continued to blossom and Alan and Ilse have agreed to share with Miss Spenser’s blogging friends ‘their’ England and ‘their’ life at least once a quarter. (We hope more often, but hate to impose too much!!) If there are things that you’d like to know about England, pass those questions on and we’ll see if we can get them addressed!

Be watching next week for our first entry: “Autumn in England.” You will not want to miss some gorgeous foliage!! Until then…warmly welcome our new blogging tea friends!!

Thank you Alan and Ilse for your willingness to share “a bit” of England with all of us here on Miss Spenser’s Blog!!

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