It’s so beautiful out on the patio overlooking the shade garden.
That part of the garden is under the canopy of my two beautiful maples and their leaves have been falling everywhere.
I have a leaf carpet and tablecloth. What could be lovelier.
I decided to try to tempt Chloe out for a cup of tea but she feels nervous and a bit out of sorts because she has to write her last midterm this afternoon.
So I’ve set the table with this lovely Delphine rose hip cup for me. You can’t feel it thru the computer but the paint raises the rose hips in a relief. It’s really pretty. I love art deco type designs.
And with this little modern cup for C. It’s by Burton and Burton and features playful monkeys…which was C’s nickname when she was little.
But in the end, the soft sunshine, the hot tea and a little personal pumpkin pie won out and she grabbed the blanket from the living room and came out for a little lunch.
We only shared a few minutes out on the patio but long enough to relax a little and talk out some pesky business management questions. (C wants to know why she needs to take business management and learn to think like a project manager for her CMNS degree.)
As usual, being the girly girl, Morgan wanted to be part of the tea, but more to the point, she wanted a piece of apple and a piece of cheese. This chocolate box cat loves fruit. I dropped a piece of mango on the floor and she pounced on it and now is crazy for any fruit, especially avocados.
We had the loveliest few minutes and now C is off to write her test. She’ll be feeling loads better after.
Sharing with Teri and Martha and Sandi and Kathy, and sending much love and sympathy to my friend Bernideen who needs her family right now.
Fabulous seasonal pictures and such fun to enjoy tea on a carpet of maple leaves…Thanks for sharing
Hi Roslind. I’ve been waiting to get out there for a little lunch. It’s too beautiful. It’s supposed to start raining though, so probably have to sweep all the leaves up. 🙁 Thanks for coming to visit me. 🙂
Now isn’t that the most lovely tea in your carpet of Fall leaves??!! I’m sure Chloe felt much better after sipping some tea from her pretty cup.
Hi Kitty, it’s now after her last midterm and she said, “That’s it, I’m off to the climbing gym.” Probably the best thing for her…lol. I’m sure the sugar and fruit and cheese helped though. Those kinds of foods always settle the nerves. 🙂
Paul B. Taubman, II
What beautiful colors – how can that not enhance the flavor of the tea? And I bet the companionship was even better!
Hi Paul, thank you so much. 🙂 It is lovely out there just now. I hate to have to sweep it up, but the rain is coming. 🙁
Julie Jordan Scott (@juliejordanscot)
This is absolutely lovely. Oh, what a wonder it would be to sit at such a festive table. I have only begun collecting tea cups because of my daughters – ages 21 and 16. Now we’re getting pretty close to living in the eclectic cottage style… but not many trees around with colored leaves. Central California does not have many. Enjoy them… and more… I can see you revel in each moment. Brava! Glad I found you via the Ultimate Blog Challenge today!
Hi Julie, I’m glad you found me too and now we can be friends and I can come visit you. 🙂
Veronica – what a grand teatime outside with all those festive leaves! I would never think to deck the tablescape with them – but I actually FELT the whole crispness of your teatime – and the sunshine at just the right time of day for your photos. Bravo! That pumpkin pie looked the thing, too! Best to your lovely girl on her test.
Hi Kathryn. Believe it or not, that’s the way the table ended up looking and I didn’t have to deck it at all. Aren’t I lucky? Thank you so much for the kind wishes for C; she feels good about the test so that’s good news. 🙂
Just wonderful! Kathryn X2 🙂
Thanks Kathryn. Those leaves are so spectacular right now! I don’t want it to start raining.
Well…you got your photo op : )
I sent your post to my daughter too. Maybe she will look . Sooooooooooo creative and tactile !
Oh good! 🙂 If I ever get C to post a post on her website that I started and am paying for (ahem) we can get the girls to meet!
That would be wonderful.
Your tea sounds lovely. I would have liked to have been there in person.
Your tidbit about Morgan gave me a chuckle, too.
Abrianna, if you ever come to Vancouver, or Oxfordshire, you are very welcome to come for tea. 🙂
Veronica, I love your tea cups and the lunch looks wonderful, especially the pie! I’m glad Miss C came out for a change from nose in the books. That should be helpful for her. I love the fallen leaves around and think it’s a crime to clean them up too soon, much different from my husband’s way of thinking..Happy Tuesday..Judy
Hi Judy. I understand your husband’s way of thinking, but really, they have to stay there till the very last possible moment for the sake of art…lol.
magnifiques couleurs d’automne !
Thank you Sophie, 🙂
Well, you’ve certainly given new meaning to ‘tea leaves’! Your naturally set table shines with the season’s splendour of fiery foliage, softly fallen and laid out for your feast! How I wish I could have joined you in this most cozy gathering!
Hi Poppy, I guess it’s slightly warmer in Crete with fewer maple leaves falling down. But some days I wish I was there…lol. What are we like? 🙂
What a lovely moment with your daughter – thank you for sharing it, as well as the lovely tea scape. I’m a little verklempt, with memories of that time and place in my Miss Chris’s life. It is a special time and goes so fast!
Thank you Susan. I know my days with C are probably numbered now that she’s completing her degree, so I’m treasuring her company at home. 🙂
Good morning Veronica,
What a lovely tea time amidst the beautiful fallen leaves! That monkey teacup is adorable. I could go for a personal pumpkin pie about now too with a hot cuppa tea. Very pretty setting! As always, it’s a pleasure to have you join me for tea. Enjoy your week.
Hi Sandi, The rain is coming and I have to clear away all those leaves today, so I was so happy to be able to photograph the table. 🙂
ahhh lovely … i had some divine loose tea yesterday … a roobios with ginger and chocolate …. perfect for helping to ease my stuffed up head/chest …
What an exceptionally lovely idea!! I especially love the plates and the creamer and sugar set–they look so pretty! Nothing like enjoying beautiful leaves to their fullest 🙂
Thank you Sara. I took the glass plates out so the leaves could be seen thru them, and I love this hobnail glass to the max. I don’t know why I don’t photograph it more.
Your fall table is inspired! The best part is the luring of C out to take a few minutes rest. Good for her! I have a daughter in university as well, and she works too. Learning all about the adult world amidst challenging classes is worthy of a good cup of tea to restore and renew.
Your tea cups are wonderful too : )
That’s funny Terri, when C finished her third year and signed up for her fourth, she said, “I’ll be graduating next year…and have to get a big girl job…I don;t want a big girl job!” But she does have a part time job too; which helps keep her in hairdressers and pantyhose…lol. (actually, in C’s case it’s chalk and climbing gear) 🙂
Hi Veronica: Running a little late, but love the table. Your daughter is so beautiful. Have a great week. Sending hugs. Martha
Hi Martha, no problem, I love seeing your name in my comments and I know you read it even if you don’t have time to leave a comment. Thank you ever so much. 🙂
Gorgeous leaf table cloth and teacups. Oh, and pumpkin pie!
Mmm, I know Michelle…and I’m on a diet!!!
Such a beautiful setting. Love how the shadows play on your table.
Me too Jocelyn. I had a hard time sweeping the leaves up today before the rain. Wish I keep the leaves there beautifully dry and colourful all thru the fall. 🙂
Enchanting tea, Veronica – lovely setting with all the colorful leaves – everything is just gorgeous -I appreciate you sharing your lovely post with A Return to Loveliness,