A Heart's Longing...Tea & Poetry


Hello my friends! I'm so happy that you came by for a visit today!!!
When I woke up on Sunday...looked out the window...this was what I saw! Ohhh yes...snow and more snow!!! I took this photo from my dining room window....brrr...it was too cold to go out for the picture! Hehe! I really do love winter, the beautiful snow, and the peaceful solice that it brings...
enough is ENOUGH!!!
By the end of February, I begin to long for Spring!!!
I long for warmer days...
I long for the trees to be clothed in their luscious greens...
I long for the sight and scent of flowers...
I know that it must be near, but until that day...what is a girl to do?
Well...I threw another log on the fire and made a cup of hot tea!
Tea & Poetry....

A special treat...tea in a pretty china tea cup!
This pretty tea cup is from my late mother-in-law's set of china. The pattern is called Roselet and it's manufactured by Harmony House. I just love the delicate pink roses and pretty silver bands!
Ahhhh...roses! Pretty pink, spring time, roses!!!

I went in search of a good book to read while enjoying my cup of hot tea and found this lovely book, "The Country Flowers of a Victorian Lady" written by Fanny Robinson.

It is one of the most lovely books that I've ever seen...page after page of Victorian flowers and prose. Ohhh yes...this is exactly what I needed to dispell the cold and dreariness of the day!!!

Oooh...just look at these beautiful pink roses!!!
I found this sweet book while blog hopping one day. I do apologize for not remembering the sweet lady who shared this lovely book. As soon as I saw the fabulous artwork...I began my search. I found several copies at Amazon.com. This was a "delicately used" copy and cost only .27 cents! What a treasure find!!!

The Country Flowers of a Victorian Lady

A bit of information about this book from Amazon.com:

With its wealth of charming watercolors, poems, and notes on the language of flowers, The Country Flowers of a Victorian Lady is destined to be a coffee-table fixture in the home of any lover of old-fashioned flowers. Kept as a private family keepsake for several generations, this gorgeous book was originally created by Fanny Robinson, who lived a quiet English country life in the last half of the 19th century. The rich, creamy paper provides a perfect backdrop for Robinson's drawings, and for those who have difficulty reading ornate penmanship, her fanciful poetry is copied onto each painting's facing page in an easily readable typeface.
Fanny's exceptional book combines elegant watercolors with evocative poetry that is finely illuminated in the manner of a medieval Book of Hours. Using the symbolic Language of Flowers, she invests each flower grouping with subtle and often highly romantic meanings -- indeed, it is thought that the volume was intended as a lasting tribute to a lost lover.
Ohhhh...how romantic!!!

This book is a fabulous read! Fanny Robinson's watercolor florals and calligraphy is exceptionally beautiful and the poetry...exquisite!!! It was just what the day called for!
I enjoyed sipping my hot tea from this lovely china tea cup and while reading this exquisite book of poetry and flowers...

I crossed through that "day dream door" into Spring!!!

I am joining a dear friend for tea today! Wanda from The Plumed Pen hosts a lovely tea every Tuesday and Wednesday! If you haven't ever met Wanda or visited her delightful blog...my friend, you are missing out on a real treat! Wanda is also an artist who has had many of her art pieces published. Like Fanny Robinson, Wanda's masterpieces also have that exquisite Victorian flair!Please go by and meet this lovely lady and see what delightful delicacies that she has for us today! Thank you, Wanda...for hosting this fabulous tea and for being such a gracious hostess!!!


I am also joining in with "2nd Time Around Tuesday". Diane over at A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words...hosts a fabulous Tuesday blog party where we can share our "2nd time around" treasures! It's been a little while since I've participated so I'm really excited! Please go by and see what fabulous finds that Diane has for us and while you're there you can check out all of the other participants! Thank you, Diane for hosting this fun filled Tuesday event!!!

I am also joining in with the Tuesday Tabletops, Vignettes, and Favorite Accessories party today. Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life has so graciously taken on this fun filled Tuesday meme! Thank you, Marty! Please go by and see what Marty has for us today and you can also check out all of the other party participants!

I am also joining in with a new Tuesday meme (or at least it is new to me) called, "Tuesday Trivia". This fun Tuesday event is hosted by one of my newest blogging friends...Troy of I Refuse to Recede! Troy has a very interesting tie that he is showcasing, along with some awesome golf trivia...you won't want to miss it! Thank you, Troy...for the gracious invitation to come and participate in Tuesday Trivia!!!


Well my friends, thank you so much for coming by for a visit today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!


Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi Chari,

What a beautiful snowy view outside your door! I'm always so enchanted by snowy landscapes, since it's something I rarely see, but I can understand your being ready for some warm sunny weather! Wish you were here, it's a beautiful sunny day today!

But I hope you enjoy your tea and beautiful poetry book by your new fireplace today. Love the books beautiful watercolor illustrations!

Stay warm my friend,

Allie and Pattie said...

It's so grey here today. Your pink roses, lovely book and gorgeous tea set were a day brightener-thank you!
xoxo Pattie

Beth said...

Lovely! I love the book and your pretty teacups! How I would love to hop on over and have a cup of hot tea with you. Alas, we are 1200 miles away so will just have to smile at your tablescape and your writing and make my own pot of tea.

p.s. I agree (re winter) Enough is enough!!!!

xinex said...

Hi Chari! I cannot believe it is still snowing there. It looks lovely but looks very cold. Florida's just got the perfect weather right now. It's sunny and feels like in the low
70's. What a beautiful tea party vignette you got there. I love those cups and the silver set, so pretty! And of course you have a way of putting them together so nicely...Christine

Carol said...

What a pretty post!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a pretty, pretty very cozy post...and as with many out there...your patience with Winter is waning. Understandable.
Here I am watching my tree's for first signs of Spring and yet the grass is growing like crazy, flowers are blooming and there are daffodils blooming in the back yard and even tons of petunia's from last SUMMER! NOT A BIT OF SNOW except on the distance mountains. I want snow..you want blooming flowers and green leaves.
:) Aren't we a pair?

Debbiedoos said...

Hi Chari, first off thanks for stopping by my home tour that I linked up to you, second thank you for becoming a recent follower, and third thank you for the lovely tea and poetry! Your silver tea set is so pretty!~ I linked up too, hope to see you again real soon:) Debbie

Theresa said...

What a lovely picture! We only had the snow for two days and I couldn't have handled much more. I get cabin fever really quick:) Love all of your pictures and that book is beautiful along with the cup! Have a blessed day!

Cindy said...

You take such pretty photos! Everyone of them is a masterpiece. Sounds like a delightful little book, I love books like that, too. Your snow is lovely, but disappointing when you are yearning for Spring, I know. I'm not even thinking about it, yet. My oldest daughter lives in North western Washington, she sent me photos today of her beautiful old weeping willow that is already showing sweet little green buds! So it is just right around the corner, my dear!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post. Thank you for that marvelous poem. Yes, I too, long for spring, but when it springs comes, there is so much to do -- How will I continue my regular blogging schedule?

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Cheri,

This is post is so 'utterly beautiful, poignant and deeply touching', really on so many levels, that I am truly "misty eyed" dear, sweet friend!..,

You always grace us with such beauty and artistry, that even I am at a loss for adequate words, to express the depth of the beauty that you regularly bestow on us dearest Cheri!~(And I guess for me, that's really saying something, as I'm seldom at 'a loss for words)!!.., He he..,

My that exquisite book, illustrated magnificently by Fannie; yes we all should own one, (and perhaps not surprisingly, I happily do)!..,

The lighting,the oh-so-artistically composed photo styling and the silver teapot along side the teacup is masterful Cheri! Even setting the mood ,juxtaposed alongside the dreaded; dare I say it "w" word of the snow outside the window, with 'Winter' still imposing it's presence on us! .., Yes it's indeed time for Spring isn't it!?

I hope that appointment went well today my dear!~ My oh my, the things we'd rather not do!~ (Especially we women)!~Oh well!..,

I have had a particualry trying tim e with all things computer as of late, yet surprisingl;y iI fell most joyful, full of thanks giving and incredibly thankful to the lord ` really!!..,

I wonder my dear if you would know how to rectify the dilemsa of Mr. Linky's Magical Widgets NOT recognizing and email,(MY EMAIL ADDRESS TO BE PRECISE), yet saying also that, The Plumed Pen account is taken, when I try in vain to set iup a new one?? I have put in an urgent "ticket/ request form help; I'll see if they can hopefully assist me. (That is exactly why my dear, I have not 'smartened up', so to speak, long ago and joined the rest of you intelligent fellow bloggers with the obvious use of Mr' Linky)!.., In essence because, heretofore,at least not for now, there is/ has been a; (no doubt simple), yet oh-so- frustrating technical glitch that I seemingly to date cannot override!..,

Any ideas? (I must admitt it is quite discouraging and exhausting on the one hand), yet I do remain thankful and hopeful overall!..,

Have a marvelous remainder of the day darling!..,

I'm off to post some lovely pictures after struggling all day!~ I'll then rest and brew some tea, play some uplifting instumental music, light a candle, get cosy by the fire and wish you could join me my dear friend!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

My Dear friend...now girl I'm not liking that snow but what a fun day to stay in your old sweats and read that great book and have a cup of tea from that beautiful China...Girl your photos are just beautiful as always...
I have been in my old sweats all day and did I tell you I love doing that ha ha!! Me and you will get along so well in Vegas girl and I'm counting the days until then ha ha!Did you get your new jeans yet??? I wore my new ones to town last week and felt real stylist for a change ha ha!! Hope all is well in your world my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles to you girl...Gl♥ria

Unknown said...

What a beautiful silver tea/coffee set! I just love your little rose vignette!

Really Rainey

Diann @ the thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari!

that book has such lovely illustrations! They are just so beautiful! And your teacup and saucer is very simple and elegant!

have a wonderful day!

Troy said...

OK, I'm a sucker for silver and that is absolutely the coolest tea service.

It almost makes you wish for snow, just so you have an excuse to use it.

And your post is entertaining and educational. Exactly the type of post that I am hoping to see at my Tuesday Trivia Tie-in. I'd love for you to link up.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH Chari,.
JUST STUNNING! You truly are an artist my dear. This is so beautiful! You have an amazing eye for detail and photography. I love the silver tea set, the beautiful tea cups and the lacey napkins. The crowning glory, is the charming poetry book you found. And what a deal too! Well, I'm off to AZ. today. I'll try to check in, talk to you soon. Hugs, Cindy

Barbara said...

Chari, I knew when I saw your blog listed it would be a great post, and
you didn't let me down. The poem is beautiful and I think I will get up and have a"spot of tea". See you soon.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Chari, I just love your tea setting. YOur book is just amazing. What a great find. Such beautiful pictures of such lovely flowers and the poetry is wonderful too. Now I really want a cup of tea. Thanks so much for joining today. Hugs, Marty

The Victorian Parlor said...


Your blog is fabulous!!! I just love your tea and poetry:). I want to thank you for your gracious comment on my blog-you have warmed my heart and made me smile. I am always so thankful for my friends in blogland-new and old. I would love to see more of your lovely home as the pictures in this post look amazing. I will come back later and peruse some of your previous posts. Until then I count you as one of my new Victorian blogland friends! Stay warm and enjoy the tea (I'm at work right now sipping an Apricot Mango blend:).



Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Chari, such a pretty table setting. I love that tea service. Everything is so pretty with the tea cup and that beautiful book.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Hi Chari, I wanted to thank you for your visit and your sweet comment. I love your pretty teacup and book. Such lovely pictures of roses..sigh..is it spring yet?

Linda @ A La Carte

Beth said...

Hi Chari, I just wanted to follow up on a couple of questions. You asked if I'd had afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress - no, I have not - I have been to the hotel and walked around...it's lovely. Also, regarding eating lavender: I grow it and I've experimented making lemon bars with lavender. I've also eaten baked goods with lavender when I had high tea in Charleston, SC, with Laura Wichman Hipp. Her photo in front of her lovely cottage is posted on an earlier blog entry of mine. She is a true Southern lady! Have a wonderful week, Chari!

Anonymous said...

Hi Chari! Oh, how lovely! Your beautiful tea set and that gorgeous cup. The book is so lovely and the pages with the writing looks hand done.
Stay warm,
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Charm of Home said...

Love that book. While roses are beautiful, I fell for the daffodils and pansies!:) I love that cake stand! It is so tall.

Gail said...

Everything about this blog post is absolutely beautiful. I love your blog.

alice said...

It just makes me want to swoon! Really so sweet.
smiles, alice

The Muse said...

of course you know my heart has been swept away by that precious book!

Wanda Lee said...

Well hello there once again dearest Chari!

My, oh my, and then once more..,Oooh My!!

What a rediculous and exhausting day yesterday was for me Cheri!~I just have to go forth , have a giggle and thank God for the perspective of life's many blessings though, dear friend!

Thanks you so much my dear, sweet friend for visiting me at my blog a delightful, 'three times' in the past two days!~

Yes, we could have a marvelous time girl, if you ever do visit Nova Scotia; lots of laughs, sightseeing and good old fashioned, "chin wagging", (not to mention coffee and tea in the garden with lots of extra yummy treats)!~ He he!..,

I do hope your not too tired Cheri after a bout of insomnia!~Believe me, I do know what that's like!!.., {Perhaps some more freshly brewed coffee would help!!

~ (Believe it or not, I do enjoy coffee as much as I do tea)!..,In fact hubby and I go out for coffee,(and some tea occasionally), all the time!..,

Wow, that sleeplessness can be tough can't it? Especially if the old 'fibro aches' are kickin in!!..,

At long last, I have triumphed and have successfully been able to utilize the Mr. Linky widget!


I'd love to have you partake, if it's not too late Cheri;I'm not really sure how that is supposed to work though, because you alresdy have taken part!?..,Hehe,

~Oh well;I'll get the hang of it sooner or later!

I'll also re-post your lovely photo and link anyway!.., I'd love to have you as you mentioned, health and energy permitting, take part more often my friend!

I will also partake in Sunday favorite; can't wait!

I'm praying for your health sweetie, as I know all too well how chronic health difficulties can get any of us down sometimes!.., You are very cheerful though, I must say my dear!

God bless you and have a marvelous day!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

Ms. Bake-it said...

The book has such lovely illustrations. What a nice accompaniment to tea time.

~ Tracy

Betty said...

Your snow is beautiful!

Enjoy your cup of tea with that lovely book.

Brenda Pruitt said...

What a beautiful book! And so cheap. All of this is so pretty!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Just today, me and lace started planning a spring tea party. We want all the guest to wear hats ect. I can't wait for spring. Loved your book, great pictures.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Chari, that book looks beautiful! I could imagine just getting lost inside those beautiful drawings and poetry in that book. Your photograph of the snow does look beautiful though. This post showed the beauty of both seasons. laurie

Bunny Jean said...

What a lovely book and a good find to boot! Wow, I can't beleive that it was only 27 cents.

It makes a great addition to all the other pretty things on the table.

Also... I'm just letting all my followers (and you are one) know about my giveaway... nothing to do to enter.

You are already entered!

Just my way to say thanks!

Talk to you soon ;)
Bunny Jean

Troy @ I RTroy @ I Refuse to Recedeefuse to Recede said...


Thank you so much for linking up to the very first Tuesday Trivia Tie-in. I enjoyed your post, As I said, I love your silver and the book has such detailed illustrations, it looks like someone put their heart and soul into it. It looks like your copy will be read with the same depth of feeling.

I hope to see you join again.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love these books and I have something very similar that a friend just gave me! I'll post pics of it soon! Lovely photos! Enjoy! ♥

vignette design said...

This is so pretty Chari! I love that book and how you combined it with a tea party.

cherigrace said...

wow, so glad I found this blog! It is so lovely!!
Cheri (almost the same name!)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

How gorgeous and elegant this is! What a beautiful version of this book, I may have to try to find one of those!

Come on Spring.......!!1


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