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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Afternoon Tea and Hammocks

So happy you stopped by for a visit today.

There is just something about enjoying a cup of tea surrounded by nature.

This masterpiece by Darien inspired this outdoor hammock setting last summer. Below are some photos from a lazy afternoon in the summer of 2011, which I shared over at my other blog, last summer.

This truly was a great place to lounge and read and write....

nibbling on fresh fruit and sipping iced-tea....

Can't wait for the champagne grapes to arrive at our local garden market, this year!!!

from the location of this hammock the gardens are not in view ... so I used a  Limoges teacup and saucer, topped the teacup with a matching butter dish insert to create a floral frog , added a lily from the garden - and voila ... instead garden treat!

As much as I have enjoyed this hammock setting ...

The extreme heat we have been experiencing this summer has me longing for a hammock near the water, like in this beautiful painting by Wiles. We don't have a large lake like in the painting... but we do have a stream! So I set about finding a place on the property that would be a perfect setting for view of the stream and provide a cool place.

Mr. G. is working on transforming the area between these trees as such a retreat. He has cleared the over grown area between the trees, and set up a temporary hammock (not properly secured yet) to give me an idea of what it will look like. I'm looking forward to the completed project and enjoying the lazy hot summer afternoons of August ... taking tea in nature and looking out to this.....

Thank you for visiting.

Sharing this post with:
Table Top Tuesday ~ Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea ~ Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea time Tuesday ~ Artful Affirmations and Martha's favorites for Teacup Tuesday  ~ A Return to Loveliness Tuesday ~  between naps on the front porch Thursday


  1. Dearest Celia,

    You found the perfect spot with a great view! What a romantic stream you have. That is very special. However romantic such a property is, there is an ongoing battle for 'maintaining' it, the way we like it! Enjoy your summer and dreams of improvements on-going. Have a soothing tea and nice read.
    Love to you both from your Georgia tea-friends.

  2. The river is in a lovely spot, very calming. I love your pics, and the paintings too, they sure convey a quality of peace and lazyness (in the good sense). :)

  3. Beautiful hammock art work you've shared with us. Looks like you have found the perfect spot for a hammock -- a beautiful view, lots of shade -- perfect for tea, too! Happy Tea Day!

  4. Hi Celia
    Wouldn't that be ideal, to lay on a hammock and view water - doesn't matter if it's a stream. My DH keeps saying he wants to string one up in the tea house beside the pond but I think not!

  5. Your hammock art works perfectly illustrate your own retreat. What a lovely, lazy, luxurious retreat! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  6. What a lovely spot - and a perfect place to relax!

  7. What a lovely post, Celia. Mr. G is so good to you! (And you deserve it!)
    Hugs, Beth

  8. What a lovely spot by the stream for a hammock! It is quite a hot Summer we are having here in the Maritimes too. I'm thankful we can get out to the beach on hot days such as we are supposed to have tomorrow. They are saying we could get up to 30 degrees.
    I like the lily in your teacup; very beautiful! Your artwork is a lovely touch today too. Thank you for sharing and coming by for tea.


  9. Such a relaxing post! I put up our hammock a few days ago and took some pictures, too. Also took a nice relaxing time reading some old Victoria magazines. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week.

  10. You have some great inspiration for your tea post today. The hammock will be perfect by the water. The photos are beautiful! Enjoy.

  11. What a great spot that is going to be to lie and look at your stream. Just beautiful, enjoy... thank you for sharing...

  12. not sure why I wasn't following you :).. lovely pics of the countryside that I will truly missed while hubby and I move to the concrete jungle of TO. I will make sure I visit the country when I have the chance.. have a great Tuesday!

  13. Oh my, this is gorgeous. Such a beautiful setting and your fabulous crystal tea server is wonderful. I just found one and I am so thrilled with it. Nice to see yours in such a lovely vignette. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  14. My hubby has wanted a hammock in the backyard for as long as I can remember. If it could look like what you created in your backyard, I'd do it in a heartbeat!

  15. I remember the original post. Because of that post, I made a point of finding a pitcher just like the one on your tea table. I absolutely love it, too! It is so vintage and beautiful. I must tell you, Miss C, that your posts have inspired my life, helped me make changes and made me - forced me - to slow down and truly enjoy each moment. Thank you.

  16. I've been transported! I think I forgot why I stopped by once I lost myself in the art here. Oh yes, you are an amazing support. And I love stopping by here, it's always just the moment I need in my day. Thank you!

  17. Hi Celia,
    What a fabulous outdoor table setting. Love your teacup and flowers. Your hammock looks like the perfect place to have an afternoon nap. Gorgeous paintings too! I love the stream and think it's the perfect place for your hammock. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week.

  18. ooh how exquisite and relaxing looking!! HOpe you enjoyed your outdoor tea escape.

  19. Ahhhh, tea out doors! Your hammock is so pretty, I am sure you had great moments there. Your new spot looks wonderful too! Can't wait to see it all set up! And I am sure you are eager for your new peaceful tea retreat.

  20. That looks like the most relaxing place in the world. I may need to escape once it's all set up and never leave.
    I don't eat much so you know. ;)

  21. Celia,

    What a wonderful spot! Your hammock and table look perfect and I love the figs! The French art is so pretty and looks as pretty as your property :)



  22. Hello Celia: This is a lovely locale for a perfect tea and creative dreaming session--I enjoyed seeing it all!

  23. Tea outside with a view, a wonderful blessing! Lovely.

  24. OMG.. it's just gets prettier and prettier!

  25. Hi Celia,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog again! Love your photos, would love
    to be lounging by the stream in that hammock! XO

  26. Hi Celia, a mutual friend, Carol Wyer sent me the link to your blog. She said you are interested in my book, Angelic Wisdom Trilogy, which is on free promo at the moment. It's my old work and does not reflect how I write today, but friends tell me it still has something to offer so I keep it out there. You are a very inspirational lady!!! Hope to learn more about you. I've followed you ontwitter (I'm @atmicsplendour). I'm sure you will inspire many to great things! Hope you are well on the way to mending! :-) Richard.

  27. Love it! wish I could come and stay for a while! Sorry I haven't been by so much - been working non stop on my book soon, very soon it will finally be out there!


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