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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A quiet Fall afternoon

Let me preface this post by saying that a quiet afternoon is rare. Rarer than rare ~ they practically never happen. So, when the stars align perfectly and the family is out somewhere else (who cares where) it is a treat and a half to say the least.

My favorite thing to do when my big old house is quiet, is hide in the front living room. Its formal in a welcoming way. Rich dark reds, overstuffed camelback sofas and lots of books and mirrors. I use this room about as often as I get a quiet afternoon. Anyway, I make a big pot of Earl Grey tea (Harney's Winter White of course) and settle down with my latest magazine or a fun ghost story. Seriously, I love ghost stories all year round. Good, classic ghost stories, not the cheesy slasher types. I listen to the wind rustle the leaves outside and slowly savor the moment.  This will last about 20 minutes...tops...before the phone inevitably rings. Unless I am smart enough to remember to take it off the hook. Even Calvin & Hobbes are about as happy as 2 cats can get ~ Chesca, my sweet girl has slunk away upstairs to nuzzle under the blankets to enjoy her own quiet time.

A lovely ruffled rose teapot & creamer ~

This teacup set is perfect and simple ~

As long as Im treating myself like a Queen  ~ I should go all the way don't you think?

oops~ Almost forgot ~ there is still time to partake in the FBV Halloween Sale at the store. I just can't get enough of vintage Halloween decorating. Shop link @ sidebar.

Enjoy a perfectly lovely White Wednesday and try and grab some quiet time for yourself ~
Linking to Faded Charm ~ and

Debra @ The Common ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday 

also the lovely Cielo for Show off your Cottage Monday

Links @ The sidebar

Dee XO


  1. I am glad you enjoyed your quite afternoon. They are rare. I too love an old fashion ghost story. Wonderful whites!

  2. Calvin and Hobbs sure found themselves a sweet sunny spot!
    ¸.*´¸.**´¨) ¸.**´¨)
    (¸.*´ (¸.*´* LORI LYNN *

  3. Is that paper of fabric? The document pattern on the table? Where did you get it?

  4. Your animals are precious-wish we could enjoy the simple pleasures like they do!

  5. Yeah for getting in some quiet time!!! It's amazing how our furbabies like participating in quiet time too!! Wishing you many more..HHL

  6. Love quiet moments! They're coming more often here now that the nest is emptying!
    Love the rose teapot and the print/fabric on your tabletop! Very attractive! And! The hydrangeas - a favorite--

  7. Now that sounds like the perfect way to relax!

  8. What lovely calm your animals to. Your blog has calmed me down after a mad day and now I'm going to run a bath and chill! Thank you.

  9. that teapot is so pretty!!
    glad you stole a few moments-tell Mr Vintage to take the kids on a weekend trip to see his know what I'm thinking...

  10. Love the cats and the dog. Quiet is s blessing when found. I finally after all these years have it most days as my child is now in college and I stay at home. I am smitten with the teapot. ♥O

  11. Wow even the dog is white! Did you paint him for WW?
    Having a little quiet time should always be on the list but I know it can't always happen.
    Love your teaset with those gorgeous flowers.
    I'm sure it makes the tea even taste better!

  12. I was tucked away on the porch myself this morning, but without the quiet. Big thunderstorms. Still so very restful. Glad you were able to have a private tea party.

    Rebuilds our energy for the not so quiet days.

    "So, when the stars align perfectly and the family is out somewhere else (who cares where)"

    loud chuckle right here!!



  13. Quiet moments are the best, great photos Dee.
    Sending you hugs from Cali. Happy fall to you


  14. Oh enjoy the quiet while you can get it ... I know how rare it is! Also love the tea set with those sweet roses on it, gorgeous.

  15. sounds and looks like a perfect way to spend a day. Gorgeous surroundings Earl grey tea, pets...
    thanks for coming by the homestead...


  16. It sounds like a wonderful day! Your little furballs look as content as can be, too! :)
    Lovely white tea set!
    Have a great day!
    ~ Jo :)

  17. Gorgeous white dog, and dinnerware!

  18. Nothing better than an afternoon alone to putz about! Love your post,so glad I found your blog! All the best,Chrissy

  19. That's a very pretty teapot, so delicate. Thanks for stopping by to see us. Jane F.

  20. Calvin & Hobbes do look like they are enjoying the peace and quite! Love all the pretty whites you have shown today, especially that sweet white dog!!! Blessings~~~ Daphne

  21. Sounds (and looks) like the perfect afternoon! Your fur babies are adorable. Nice to meet you!

  22. I absolutely love that teapot -- soo pretty!
    Thanks for coming by and especially for following :)
    I am so excited to now be following you
    Have a great night

  23. OMG Is that a white German Sheperd? What a great looking dog and those cats are adorable. Your quiet time sounds wonderful. And what a perfect way to spend it:)
    ~Debra XXX
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  24. Dee, what a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Love the teapot and cakestand, just beautiful, as are all your furry kids!
    Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!!

  25. Looks like you've got quiet time down to an art!
    Lovely photos!


  26. Oh, everything looks wonderful.... But, the kiddos are so cute and they look soooo comfortable!
    Thank you for sharing!


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