A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

April Has Entered The Building...

Or at least here in rain soaked Washington State...finally...

It took them long enough this year! And the advent of April reminded me to check my favorite Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady...

Which I love to do each month. So, the other afternoon, cup of tea in hand, I sat down to visit the now vanished rural Warwickshire, England...where my and my family and my husband is from...of the Edwardian era...through the watercolour drawings of a talented lady...

This is a sepia photo of the author and artist Edith Holden. Due to the glossy dust jacket, it didn't photograph well...

Among the drawings are collections of poetry, folklore and interesting facts and observations that took her fancy...April was named for the Greek word meaning "opening"
"When daisies red and violets blue
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
And Ladie's Smocks all silver white
Do paint the meadows with delight"

April weather, rain and sunshine both together

When April blows his horn
'Tis good for hay and corn

With paintings of emerging butterflies , blossoms and plants...

I love the swallows here...

What a talented artist and observer. Especially precious as the things she saw as so familiar have largely disappeared. The book always seems to leave me with such a feeling of peace, with a little nostalgia for lost times thrown in.

And from a visit last year at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival...which opened yesterday here is the 2014 poster, and pictures I took before a storm hit....it is Washington State, after all...

I love this photo of the TulipTown shuttle tractor with the clouds and mountains in the background. An annual treat for us here by Seattle.

I am joining the following blog parties...including Pink Saturday, so here's my pink! Have a great weekend!

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  1. I have a copy of this delightful book as well. I think I'll follow your example, make myself a cup of tea and read a bit. '-)

  2. I love seeing all the pretty flowers, both live and in print!

  3. You shared some of the most beautiful things. Enjoyed it so much.

  4. Anything from the Edwardian Era is fascinating to me. The books and movies are my favorites to rent.

  5. That is a book I'd love to have. The drawings and verses are so beautiful and a reminder of a lovely way of life. The photos of the tulip festival are gorgeous. All that colour! Just glorious. Have a lovely day Ruth. Pam

  6. Your book is adorable with the sketches and drawings and the fields of tulips are pretty.

  7. Wow, what a treasure! The book is truly beautiful and shares a place in time that we can only imagine. Lovely!


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