Just a few minutes for afternoon tea

September 10, 2013

Ever have one of those days when the day just gets away from you and before you know it it’s over?

Yeah, I feel like I hit the ground running. That was me today.

By the time I decided I really needed a cup of tea it was already after 4pm and I had to run out again in an hour.

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But I did sit down for 30 minutes with my cup of tea and some vintage magazines.

Recently I found several absolutely brilliant 1964 to 1966 Mechanix Illustrated and Popular Mechanics magazines. Inside are directions for all sorts of projects.

I’m intrigued with this self feeder. I want to build it and bring partridges and quails and pheasants to my garden. Wouldn’t that be a glorious sight in the winter snow? (maybe not so much in Vancouver though 🙁 )

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Yesterday I brought in some garden asters in white, pink and purple colours. I love asters and wish I had some better success with them. At the moment, there is some sort of something living in them which is eating them. I think it’s a caterpillar because there is frass underneath.

My father’s brother is one of the foremost lepidopterists in England and has published several things including a definite book on British moths. I remember my father telling me stories of David walking outside and examining the front hedge, coming back inside, picking up his father’s walking stick, walking back outside and trashing the hedge to collect a few chrysalis and leaving the hedge completely decimated, while his father looked on in complete shock. Lol.

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The little cup I chose for myself is this happy Ainsley cup with pink asters on it.

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I sipped my Earl Gray and examined the green monster racer that I can build after I build the bird feeder.

These mags are great!

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Next I explored the possibility of a two man sub. Wonder if I could build one of those? Wouldn’t that be so cool? I could just say, “I’ll be underwater if anyone wants me.” Talk about peace at last. 🙂

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This next article was something. This is a way to make logs burn with colourful flames by submerging them in all sorts of different chemicals. Whoa Nellie, I don’t think so.

My vintage gardening magazines and books are even worse. Do you know the pesticide spray guns used to be commonly called widow makers?

Amazing the things we used to do without thinking about how many ways those things would kill us.

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So no coloured flames for me this autumn, but it’s still lovely and warm outside and I’m having a little break with my asters and tea and thinking that, if the weather is this lovely tomorrow, I’ll go for a swim in the ocean one last time this summer.

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And I’ve got the perfect thing for that…lol!

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Linking ever so late with Teri and Martha and Sandi and Bernideen.

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  • Reply vastlycurious.com September 10, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    OKAY ! This is a fantastically creative blog. I have other ways to produce flotation . Brea told me how to produce the colored fonts responses but I lost it. Please do share??? ?

    Might have to re-blog this ….

    • Reply Veronica September 11, 2013 at 5:05 am

      Anything you want Kathryn. You’re welcome to copy any image any time and put it up on your blog. (You don’t have to say where it came from, I don’t care at all and am always happy to share.) 🙂

      Colour font is in the WP dashboard, under visual when writing a post. Not text – that hides the colour option. The pulled down menu is under the capital A with a line under it. 🙂

  • Reply Bill September 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    That’s the great thing about woodworking … after spending thousands of dollars on tools a person can easily build a $25. bird feeder.

    • Reply Veronica September 11, 2013 at 5:00 am

      You’re telling me Bill…lol I’m the person who spent $100-something for a hammer drill to fix one side of a fallen baseboard. (One screw into a concrete wall.) Must find something else to drill!

  • Reply Sophie September 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    elle est vraiment très belle cette tasse et donne envie de déguster un bon thé avec une délicieuse pâtisserie

    • Reply Veronica September 11, 2013 at 4:58 am

      I know Sophie! I wished I had a pastry yesterday. Maybe today I’ll bake some madeleines or biscotti. 🙂 Bises. 🙂

  • Reply Lavender Cottage September 11, 2013 at 1:39 am

    I haven’t looked at either of those magazines for eons. The bird feeder looks like a good project, the flotation method is hilarious.

    • Reply Veronica September 11, 2013 at 4:56 am

      I know Judith! I couldn’t believe it when I came to that page. But I love the beautiful illustration and old photos. Amazing how intact these mags are. I don’t think anyone really read them before. 🙂

  • Reply Christie September 11, 2013 at 3:27 am

    Thanks for sharing all those vintage articles and for the huge laugh I got with the last one! It is amazing all the things we used to do that could have killed us. “Widow maker” indeed! I wonder what things we do now that people will look back on in 50 years and just shake their heads.

    • Reply Veronica September 11, 2013 at 4:55 am

      Oh Christie, don’t get me started! The obvious is Monsanto GM corn. A corn carrying its own pesticide in every cell which is designed to rupture the stomach of any insect that eats it and carries it’s own herbicide resistance so broad spectrum herbicides can be sprayed all over it to kill off weeds without harming the crop, this corn is in everything we consume from batteries and plastics to baby diapers, make-up, toothpastes and soaps. Not to mention it’s in virtually every sweet product on the market and every thickened product form children’s cereals to baby foods and formulas. And especially don’t get me started on how Monsanto now owns the soy genome and can legally squeeze all other non GM seeds into oblivion so there’s only ONE type of soy being traded, grown, processed and stuffed into every aspect of our lives. Virtually all today’s corn and soy is proven to be toxic and cancer inducing and there’s no getting away form it. 🙁

      Funny story: the other day C and I were stuck in traffic and C said, “what we need is a Zombie Apocalypse to thin out the world’s population.” And I said, “Not to worry, we have Monsanto.” Fifty years from now we’ll be shaking our heads.

  • Reply Daryl September 11, 2013 at 3:39 am

    oh that pneu-kini rocks, its hard to believe it didnt get a strong following ….

    • Reply Veronica September 11, 2013 at 4:45 am

      I know! I so want double D floating bazookas at the beach! 😀

  • Reply Sandi September 11, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Hi Veronica,
    What a lovely teacup and I like the image of the light shining through it, so pretty! One of those feeders would work really well here in the wintertime but unfortunately, I didn’t inherit my father’s carpentery skills. And Hubby isn’t gifted that way either. Some of the articles are hilarious. Thank you for coming to tea this week.


    • Reply Veronica September 11, 2013 at 5:39 am

      Thank you for hosting Sandi. I think we need to build this in England because Vancouver doesn’t have flocks of partridges. But then our cat Theo will have afield day with those birds. 🙂

  • Reply Judy September 11, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Hi Veronica. I could use one of those and not for floating either!! Fun magazines. What were they thinking back then?? Love the asters and the teacup..Happy Wednesday..Judy

    • Reply Veronica September 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Lol Judy. We could both be beach babes! 🙂

  • Reply Nancy September 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    That swimming top is too funny! Your teacup is so pretty and so perfect for this time of year. I love bird houses, too! It looks like a fun project.

    • Reply Veronica September 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Thank you so much Nancy. 🙂

  • Reply Bernideen's Tea Time Blog September 12, 2013 at 5:51 am

    You have brought laughter to all of us – especially the inflatable bikini! Very fun post!

    • Reply Veronica September 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you Bernideen. Thank you for hosting. 🙂

  • Reply Terri September 13, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Veronica, you make me laugh! lol! I enjoyed your post very much. I too know how fast a day can go. And, I remember looking at those books as a child as they would have been new then. I Love the bird feeder, but don’t think I want to go in a sub or burn chemical soaked logs! lol! We really didn’t know what we were doing then.
    The bathing suit that blows up is absolutely hilarious! Thank you so much for sharing! I am glad you did get a chance for a cup of tea and a good read.

    • Reply Veronica September 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      I’m so glad Terri. Thank you for hosting; I love visiting with you on Tuesdays and missed you over the summer. 🙂

  • Reply michele@hellolovelyinc September 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    omg that bikini top is over the top awesome. wow wow wow. need me one and must search eBay frantically. thanks for popping by. i’m doing very well and keeping busy which is always an antidote for the blues! hope this finds you well.



    • Reply Veronica September 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Michelle, I’m fine and the jet-lag is over now. I’m so happy to hear that you’re well too. That bikini top is by Rip Curl. 🙂

  • Reply Martha September 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I vote for the that bikini top! I think they could also save your life if you fell over a boat! 🙂 Hugs, Martha

    • Reply Veronica September 16, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Lol Martha, so many people love it I wonder if we shouldn’t go into full scale production. 🙂

  • Reply Janice MacLeod September 16, 2013 at 12:06 am

    That tea cup takes a 4 pm break to a high art form. Lovely lovely lovely!

    • Reply Veronica September 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Aw, thank you Janice. 🙂

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