Monday, August 6, 2012

" QUEEN ANNE'S LACE "


WILDFLOWERS excite me ... especially when there's a whole field of beautiful " Queen Anne's Lace,  basking in  the heat of a midsummer's day. I just had to try to capture the natural beauty of God's garden.

 

Well, I shall have  to ponder this lovely visual  gift over a cup of tea with you.lovely Ladies.  Won't you please make yourselves comfortable, pick your favourite tea set and help yourself to  some  tasty dainties.


I thought you might enjoy  some of the pictures I took yesterday ... Please do enjoy .....  This delicate wildflower goes by so many  different names, such as Wild Carrot, Bishop's Lace and my favorite Queen Anne's Lace.


Which name do you prefer?   For now, please allow me  to fill your cup with tea, while I share todays  teaset with you. ((below)

It's an Ansley duo, that has my captured my attention, especially, since viewing the wildflowers under the canopy of the blue sky... The artist's  colours are so calm and relaxing.

Ansley has created millions of   beautiful china patterns. I always marvel at the uniqueness of each  tea set. This cup has an unusual armature with a squared top, which makes it a very comfortable thumb rest. It's a very friendly little handle, isn't it !!!
( Ha Ha) 


The decorative motif is a simple rose, in gold lustre partnered with a periwinkle blue leaf in the background, which I thought was very artistically clever, since the predominate shade is a light teal/aqua on  the cup and saucer. Who knows what is seen through the artist's eye ... That tiny whisper  of  periwinkle greatly enhances the lyrical tone of this teaset.



I did have to smile, when I saw the meandering floral theme complimenting the inside and outside of the cup ...  Sweetness plus !!!! ( ha ha)


As in nature, it's the little things that really endear your heart to remember, isn't it !!! I've always felt  pleasure in wildflowers and often remember family trips to the lake, where we would wander through the fields in search of blueberries. Most often, it was the  tiger lilies and woodland flowers that captured my attention ... although my clothes were often mysteriously stained in a delicious blue, like my teeth 
( hee hee )

 Little memories bring little gifts and treasures of nature ... Have you ever seen Queen Anne 's lace forming  it's intricate seed nest. Here's a picture.



 All the seeds drop inside the cradle and then are dispersed into the wind as the cycle of plant ends. Doesn't it remind you of a teacup and saucer ( ha ha) ... Whoa ... my imagination is on the run again!!!

Incidently, "How are you enjoy the " Buckingham Palace tea"?  I'm savouring the  richness of it's flavour especially with the honey spoons... smooth( yum, yum).

 I found them at " Winner's department store. They come in all sorts of flavours, cinnamon, maple, lemon, pomegranate and of course, wildflower. You can have one as a teatime gift if you like, Ladies.
( sip sip)



I almost forgot to give you a peek at the pretty saucer that goes with todays teacup ... I love the way the Ansley Artisan has mimicked  nature by molding it with flower petals to rest your teacup on ... Don't you agree that the gold fluted edges ( Ping, Ping ) are the perfect finishing touch.



Some days, I am filled with gratitude for the joyous teatime moments that I spend with you... Today is such a day, in which I am pausing and remembering this relaxing feeling .... " It's a beautiful world " and I am grateful for your kind company.


May every sip of tea be filled with gentle love and the simple appreciation of teatime friendship. 
May you move through your day with this awareness of gratitude  
and grace.



TEA TIME  sharing with:

Sandi  at " Rose Chintz Cottage" ..Tea Time Tuesday (http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.ca)

Terri 's ,Tea Cup Tuesday (http://artfulaffirmation.blogspot.com )

Ruth  at Tuesday Cuppa Tea (http://antiquesandteapots.blogspot.com )







33 comments:

GinaBVictorian said...

Your tea set is beautiful and how I do love Queen Ann's lace, and that name! The seed nest does look like a cup and saucer! So glad you pointed that out! How fun! Have a blessed day! Gina

Zaa said...

Thanks for your kind visit Gina...I'm on my way over for some tea...Stay Cool...Hugs

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Zaa,
What a darling teacup! I love the aqua and gold with the touch of periwinkle! It is quite sweet. I love the photos of QAL you have shared too. It is such a delicate flower and I refuse to call them weeds! The seed nest does indeed remind one of a teacup!
I'm glad you liked my Aynsley teacup from last week. I have named it Princess, which was one of the names I had chosen for it. When you mentioned the name, then I knew it was confirmation that was to be her name. Just thought you would like to know.
Thank you for joining me for tea and have a delightful week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Zaa said...

Thanks Sandi.." Princess" is a perfect name for that beautiful tea set... I've been quite remiss with my teatime posting with all my summer company and have missed some delightful teatimes with all you ladies...but I'm back ( Ha ha)...Try to stay cool, Sweet Lady !!! Hugs

Antiques And Teacups said...

I love your Aynsley teacup! What a lovely design! I have always loved QA's Lace, but here, in a big organic farming area (we have the US National Organic Farmer medal winner here...Nash Huber of Nash's) they are trying to eradicate it because of cross pollination problems with the carrots. As you have mentioned, they are a wild relative. Wierd, huh?
Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
Ruth

Zaa said...

Hey Ruth..

You're so right ..It can become a pest, if allowed ... but I do love it's intricate flower system. ENJOY the Olympics, Lucky girl !!!!...Hugs

Terri said...

Oh I do love Aynsley! And yours is gorgeous in gold! It has one of my favorite shaped handles as well.
Glad you are having relaxing moments of solitude.
Happy August!
Hugs,
Terri

Zaa said...

Yes Terri..The midsummer heat is allowing us all to sit and relax... and even sleep( ha ha)... I do love my teatime in the garden... Your sweet visits are so very welcomed...Hugs

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Hello..it's nice to meet and follow you on this fine TEA cup Tuesday morning!

I just had to click on your white and gold tea cup on the linky list ... I've given up my pretty colours to only carefully select white and gold or white and silver cups! Yours is stunning! I love it.


thanks for sharing.
stop by to have tea in the studio with me today, if you've the time!




ciao bella
creative carmelina

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your Queen An lace is gorgeous, so dainty and lovely. Gina, your cup and saucer is stunning, I simply love it! Your seed's nest does look like a teacup saucer, so cute! Enjoy the rest of your week.
FABBY

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I just realized I hadn't followed you Gina and I love your blog, my goodness, how stupid of me! Anyway, I fixed that..hope you like to do the same, but don't feel obliged.
FABBY

Zaa said...

Thanks Carmelina... I love new visitors.... So very nice to meet you ..I will stop over for a teatime chat at your blog shortly ...Ciao Bella ...Hugs

Zaa said...

Ha Ha ..Fabby ..Thanks for the sweet compliments... but are you meaning Gina's blog or mine
( Zaa)...Anyways..Please do continue to follow ...I love your teatime company,My Friend...Hugs

xinex said...

I love Queen Ann's lace. I wish we had some but I think it is too hot here for them to thrive. Your tea things are beautiful!...Christine

Linda said...

Beautiful tea set. Wild flowers are always so lovely and they grow freely. Queen Anne's Lace is pretty.
We don't have any around here, but I appreciate you sharing it.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Beautiful photos!

I ADORE your stained glass teapot, that is so NEAT!!!!!

Happy Tea Tuesday!

Michelle said...

What a gorgeous tea cup and saucer! The colors are amazing and I love the gold rose and periwinkle design. Lovely photos of Queen Anne's Lace. Have a sweet day! ~Michelle

Johanna said...

Hi Zaa,
you really know how to entertain your Te Time guests. Your tea cup is very sweet and beautiful shaped and decorated. Here Queen Anne Lace is simply called Wild Carrot and they see it as a weed. I learned from my American tea friends to see the grace of the plant. It looks really like doilies and I started to love it. Your contre-jour photo is spectacular. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and your charming thoughts and memories. I enjoyed them very much.
Best greetings, Johanna

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Zaa,
I've been having problems with the internet and I've already lost a comment here, but I had to insist... :)
Those white flowers are beautiful! I didn't know their name in English (as I don't know the name in Portuguese) but Queen Anne's Lace seems very suitable!
And the cup and saucer you share here for tea is equally charming so it all makes wonderful photos to delight us.
Thanks for the lovely tea.
Hugs

My Little Home and Garden said...

The cup and saucer are lovely and I see you have a romantic sensibility.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Such a sweet post! I enjoyed having tea with you this evening! So very relaxing starting with the beautiful Queen Anne's Lace and ending with the lovely teacup! Thank you so much for sharing.
Nancy

Aledia said...

Hello!
Thank You so much for stopping by and leaving me a sweet comment! I'm now your newest follower :)

I have seen a lot of the Queen Anne Lace in blogland this week....it is so beautiful!! I love your pretty cup & saucer set and how fabulous are those honey spoons!! I've seen chocolate spoons before but not honey.

Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful night!
(hugs)
Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Zaa said...

OMG Xinex..
What a delightful teatime with you ..Love your company, Dear Lady...XOXOXOX

Zaa said...

Dear Linda .. Thank You for taking the time out for tea...
Hugs

Zaa said...

Dear Michele ..You are so welcome my west lady ... Hugs

Zaa said...

Dear Johanna... You have impeccable taste....I'm so glad that you see the transition of the ' wildflowers' ... of course , who else would , Dear Friend...
Big Hugs
Roslind

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Love Queen Anne's Lace! It is so light and frothy - so very summery. Your teacup and saucer are quite lovely! I hope you have a blessed week,
Kathy

Brenda said...

Oh I do love all the Queen Anne's Lace! Your photos are wonderful! I do have to say that Anysley has become my very favorite brand of tea sets since I've joined for tea this past year. Your cup is delightful and I love the touch of blue and the very sweet handle.
Your tea party was splendid!
Brenda
Down Memory La La Lane

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I love the Queen Anne's Lace. Your Aynsley is amazing. I think the thumb rest on the cup is so cute. Thank you so much for sharing. Blessings, Martha

Mom Wald said...

So nice to meet you and your lovely Aynsely Tea Cup. Queen Anne's Lace is what I keep remembering to help me through the winter. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos.

Zaa said...

Thank You for your kind teatime visits, Sweet ladies... Hugs

Rosewalk Cottage said...

The Queen Anne's Lace is just beautiful and I love your pretty teacup. Thank you for the lovely teatime.
~Clara

Zaa said...

Greetings Clara...
I so enjoyed your teatime visit..Please do come again....Hugs