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Monday, March 11, 2013

Bittersweet Memories ~Fairy Tea-Party By The Pond (Tea Time Tuesday)


I am posting one of my favorite tea parties for this Tea Time Tuesday. My husband's parents enjoyed this tea party by our pond with us and 4 of our granddaughters. They had a wonderful time with the little girls, and the granddaughters loved their great-grandparents. My husband's parents both passed away in the last few months, his mother in November, his father just this January, making this post a bittersweet reminder of good times with loved ones we won't see this side of eternity.

Youngest Granddaughter, and youngest fairy at this tea-party.
The granddaughters requested a Fairy Tea-Party by the pond with their great-grandparents. They were very excited to wear wings and made sure great-grandmother had wings too.
Oldest and youngest granddaughters ( of 6) ready to flutter...
...come on, the tea-party is about to begin !
" I helped pick the food.Cheese and crackers and sandwiches."
Great-grandma Fairy and Great-grandpa visit with the little fairies. Lots of tea is sipped and the day is perfect for tea by the pond. Not too hot, not too cold, not too windy, no mosquitos or flies. Just a light pleasant breeze and dappled sunshine. Ducks swim by, granddaughters and grandparents laugh, a lot !
Dessert was of course the most popular part of the tea party.
Angel food cake with home grown raspberries and whipping cream, all the whipping cream any little or big fairy wanted to put on it.
Who needs anything else to eat when you can have this?
I caught this fairy mid bite to show you the teacup she chose for the tea party. She declared this was her favorite for the day.
The china teacup and saucer is White Trillium ~by Royal Albert.
This will be a perfect teacup in which to take tea come late spring when we have trilliums blooming all over our property, especially down by the pond.
The little fairies' Grandpa joins us. He is the oldest son of Great-grandparents. We have a wonderful time enjoying each others' company on such a pleasant day.
The day grows late and it is time for the great-grandparents to head for home. Great-grandma ( the oldest fairy at the tea-party) gets a little help from her oldest son, my husband.
I think she liked her wings.
The youngest fairy fell asleep in the swing by the pond.
Please visit these ladies for Teacup Tuesday and Tea time Tuesday. Martha*,Terri*,& .,Sandi *,  Bernideen *, Antiques & Teacups *. I have enjoyed these Tea Time Tuesdays very much and thank-you for joining us for tea today.

"The aspects of things that are most important to us are hidden because of their simplicity & familiarity." Ludwig Wittgenstein

39 comments:

Lavender Cottage said...

What a fabulous tea party and I love all the fairies that attended.
Thanks for sharing your outing by the pond.

Mildred said...

When I see your granddaughters smiling and thriving enjoying the simple pleasures of life surronded by loving, Christian grandparents and great grandparents, my heart is so thankful for answered prayers. What a perfect setting for tea and the raspberry short cake looks divine! Thank you for these sweet photos Kathy.

Karen said...

Just precious. Great memories and love shared!

Dawn said...

How delightful and what beautiful faires you all are/were lol I love the choice of TC&S so pretty and it looks like lots of fun was had even if it was all a bit tiring for all the lovely fairys ;0)

love Dawn xx

Dolores said...

Oh Kathy, this is the sweetest post and the fairy pictures are so precious!
Your grandchildren are so beautiful!
The memories you're planting in all your grandchildren and the great grandparents is priceless to everyone.

Beth said...

Kathy, This is a beautiful tea and your granddaughters are adorable! You made precious memories for them today.
Blessings, Beth

xinex said...

Oh I just love seeing great grandma with her fairy wings. So many beautiful fairies hanging around your yard. What a cute post and what a lovely tea party!...Christine

Virginia said...

This is a beautiful tea party and your granddaughters are adorable.
What fun!!!!!!
Sweet Blessings,
Virginia

Pondside said...

What a wonderful afternoon! You are an extraordinary grandmother - the memories those little girls will have will be treasures.

myletterstoemily said...

what an enchanting tea party.
i loved great grandma in her
wings and the precious little
fairy asleep in the swing.

Julie Harward said...

How sweet! I love times like this and they will always remember it too. My grandma used to make huge tents for me over her cloths line, then she would put pieces of her house furniture in it...we would play out there all day, having a tea party too...times never forgotten! :D

LindaSueBuhl said...

Oh Kathy - I have tears - and DH just got a big smile - the picture of the oldest Fairy with her walker and wings is just pure joy. I agree with Mildred - the thrill of being a tiny part of the prayer army is indescribable. The Fairy Tea Party is one of your very best possible.

Penny said...

What a very special Fairy Tea Party - a wonderful chance for all generations to share tea and love.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Hugs,
Penny

Deanna said...

Hi Kathy!
Love the wings on the girls...they look so cute!
The dessert with whipped cream aaawwweeee I want some! Grins. Whipped cream is one of those things that refreshes your taste buds...gonna have to get some this week and top off some strawberries.
God bless and may the rest of your week go well,
d

Snap said...

What a great fairy tea party and what wonderful memories you've made for everyone! Thanks for sharing with us.

Terri said...

That is a way cool fairy tea party!
I love your Trillium Royal Albert cup. (And I saw another beautiful cup in one of the photos).Thank you for sharing that for Tea Cup Tuesday.
Hugs,
Terri

Mary said...

I am almost speechless, with tears in my eyes. I keep thinking how special your family times are, especially the tea parties for the young ladies, and now a fairy tea party with even the most elderly in attendance. Such an honor.

Mary said...

I am almost speechless, with tears in my eyes. I keep thinking how special your family times are, especially the tea parties for the young ladies, and now a fairy tea party with even the most elderly in attendance. Such an honor.

Daisy said...

Oh my, what a magical day and a wonderful tea party. That raspberry dessert looks heavenly and quite fitting for such a sweet group of fairies. :)

GardenofDaisies said...

This is sooooooo sweet! I love that everyone wore their wings! Having tea with the little ones is special... we have a tea with my niece every year.

Vickie said...

Fairies? No - definitely angels!

Even Great Grandma looks like she's gonna take off at any moment! Bet she wishes she could and do away with the walker! Someday, she will!

As for the gopher count, I'm up to 6 now, and have a trap set for another. I have your total at 6 also, is that still right? Well, I guess 7 now, correct? I gotta make sure I have it posted right on my side-bar.

If it's seven, then I'm gonna have to step up my game!!!

Pipe fences are a big job. Posts set in concrete, all cross bars are welded. This is all done from oil well pipe. But it'll be there for a 100 years when it's done.

As to the plastic bags - not sure yet, but silver shiny CD's worked pretty good last year - aluminum pie pans work good, too! Good luck with your cherries!

Sandra said...

So, so beautiful! I loved visiting today and loved seeing the generations.
Thank you for being a woman after God's own heart and for raising generations to go thou and do likewise.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Kathy, what a lovely post!!

I have you down for the Rooster Party. I am so happy to have you joining us. Looking forward to seeing you.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Carol............. said...

What a magical tea party!

Nancy M. said...

How awesome that everyone was able to join in! I would loved to have worn some fairy wings and came to the party!

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

OHHHHH You are the best!!! Beautiful pictures! Love how you had everybody party!
YAY! The girls will remember this for ever!
Hugs
Frenchy

Flower said...

Ahhh...a very sweet day for the little and great fairies!

Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket said...

How very precious and sweet! Love the last photo! blessings, Kathleen

Antiques And Teacups said...

What a fabulous set of wonderful memories of a perfect day and family tea. I am so glad you shared your special time with us. I know the memories of the time together will always be treasured. Thanks so much for linking with Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
Ruth

Linda @ Friendship Tea said...

I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your husband's parents. What wonderful tea party memories to share with us!

Terri said...

Oh the sweetest Fairy tea! Yay!
Granddaughter fun is the best!
I am so glad you had such a fine time.
Your trillium tea cup is beautiful and the dessert looks so yummy!
Hugs,
Terri

April Dunlap said...

What a special time you had together! It's such a treasure for children to get to know and love and remember their great-grandparents.
Blessings,
April

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Kathy, that is a memory to be treasured. My children were lucky to know both their great grandmothers and I know how important and influential those wonderful women remain to them in their psyche. I’m so glad you were able to record this day for your granddaughter fairies. They will grow up with the memories of this magical day. :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Ah, precious times and memories by your wonderful pond, Kathy. I'm so happy the girls enjoyed their time with their loved ones. A lovely tea party. Your Trillium teacup is lovely. Thank you for sharing these special memories with us.

Blessings,
Sandi

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a treasure of memories you have. Your Granddaughters are so darling in their fairy wings and so special Great Grandma wore them too! This post is so special and thank you for sharing with us!
Nancy

Felicity W said...

Oh what a lovely post.
I love to see great-grandma wearing wings, lovely to see someone young at heart and the picture of little fairy sleeping peacefully is such a treasure. I think I am reading a book about fairies.

Thanks for sharing!

Your new follower,
Felicity

LindaSue said...

absolutely a treasured memory for all - totally love the picture of your beloved in laws exiting with wings on her and him right behind his life mate ready to help her if needed - what a picture of a life well lived for the Lord

Tea in Texas said...

What a priceless tea party! I hope your grandchildren will remember the fairy tea for a long time. Their great grandmother was wonderful wearing the fairy wings and the photos are so pretty. The setting was just gorgeous and the food was perfect for all the fairies.

Pam

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

How precious! Blizzard looks like a young brother or sister peeping over the bassinet of a new baby brought home! LOL. I cant wait to read more about Ella and Fella as they grow! You are a good gooslin mother!