I set a cream soup tray for one since I was dining by myself:
I absolutely loved the shape of the cream soup bowl. The handles make me want to sit up a little straighter and mind my table manners a little better. Here, the cream soup bowl is sitting on a cream soup stand, which in turn sits on a salad plate, which in turn sits on a silverplate filigree tea tray for a layered effect:
Of course, with a pattern like Lady Carlyle that exudes the beauty of an English garden, we have to have some kind of rose accent! I am sorry I only have blossoms from my one and only Jude rose bush to impress myself and you. It would have been nice to have a St. Cecelia, or Queen of Sweded to match that cupped rose in the center of the soup bowl. But for now, my Jude would have to do:
Some accessories to go with the tablescape – a Florentine glass goblet, Lady Carlyle salt and pepper shakers, and Lady Carlyle napkin. I had bought the Lady Carlyle fabric in my pre-quilting days. Now, I wish I had bought more of the fabric to make a quilt:
Of course, when I eat alone, I have to have something to read… in this rosy setting, what can be more apt than the David Austin rose catalog?
Just to set the record straight, I rarely set the table when I eat alone (or Vicki would surely prohibit me from ever joining her Craft Week, hehe. I am just giving Vicki a hard time). But once in a blue moon when the mood strikes…. I do indulge and make myself feel extra-special by setting the table just for ME!
Thank you for stopping by. I wish you a wonderful day!
My Jude is reveling in the cool early June weather we have had. I happened to stumble upon a few rose blossoms that were in the process of stretching their petals and unraveling their beauty:
Pretty soon, my Jude will not enjoy the warmer weather that keeps on getting warmer as much. The blooms will be smaller, and won’t look as perky. So, I am glad I was able to capture the shots I just showed you.
I hope your day goes well for you. I should have some quilting pictures to show you tomorrow. Meanwhile, today is the last day for you to help me name this quilt. These are what I have so far to give away to the one who came up with the “winning”name. I am sure I will have a couple more things to add to the stash:
… in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”
(2 Peter 3:18)
I took this picture when I finally had a chance to work in my pitiful looking flower bed. I had feared that the ice storm we experienced earlier this year had killed my Jude the Obscure (my one and only David Austtin), but to my absolute delight, it is growing quite well and budding profusely:
I hope these babies continue to grow, and will give me some of these in a few weeks:
Then, I will be a very happy girl! Have a marvelous weekend, everyone. I am always glad you choose to stop by. Do drop me a line so that I can visit you back.
I am by no means a rose gardening expert. In fact, this is my very first year attempting to keep just ONE rose bush alive through the growing season. So far, my David Austin Jude the Obscure has done beyond my expectations. I am absolutely delighted that it has flowered non-stop since we brought it home in the spring, and what has really thrilled me has been the individuality of each rose bloom. Each is ever so slightly different in shape and shade from the others. Here are some shots I was able to capture whenever I am out and about working in my flower bed:
And the latest from this morning:
I can promise you NO Photoshop operations have been performed to alter the colors of these blooms! I am reminded that God has made and gifted each of His children with individual beauty, just like these rose blooms. Isn’t that a wonderful thing?
Have a wonderful wonderful (and perhaps even rosy) weekend, my bloggy friends! Just be assured that each of you are special in your own way!
My one and only David Austin rose bush, Jude the Obscure, has so far brought much delight into my life. I love the apricot colored blossoms that would soon fade into a lighter and much softer shade.
These darling blooms have done great things to my confidence as a novice gardener. However, I do have a slight problem… my groundcover roses that are supposed to be blooming from spring to fall are NOT doing anything as far as blooming goes. They seem to be content only in being photosynthesis factories — anyone has any idea as to why that is? This novice gardener is getting a bit concerned.:(
Have a pretty weekend, everyone. I will see you again on Monday!