Sunday, 31 May 2009


a self portrait. Well, It could be if you added a few inches to the girth of Moi.

First of all Rhondi, thanks for inviting us. I've been so looking forward to this. Happy birthday, I hope you have fun today. For your porch party last year I had to 'borrow' my sister's back porch as we didn't have anything that would do.

Well, we still dont't have a porch as such but Keith has been slaving away for a few months making us a nice place to sit in the back garden and I'm hoping lots of blog friends will call in for tea.

Just come round to the back of the house and through the gate to the left of the picture, by the blue pot.

There's a little table there to sit at - I can soon find more chairs. Or if you prefer......

........take a seat on the deck. Nte the strategically placed cordyline? It's foliage hides a basket of ironing in the conservatory that I forgot to move!

Now, THIS is a perpetually hungry guest who arrived on the wrong day (there's always one!). She is unbelievably camera shy but I thought I should use the picture seing as she let me take it.

OH NO! Blogger won't let me bring up any more pictures. That's so disappointing because you can really see that we do occasionally get beautiful weather in England. Rarely is the sky such a beautiful blue. Well I don't know if I'm being unusually clever or what - Quite out of character if I am - but I may well have discoveed how to put them at the side. 'Ma' does it. Maybe they don't look quite the same there but it's better than nothing eh?

I didn't really know what to wear today so I decided at last on a really bright yellow top with a not-quite-long skirt in this colour with a pattern of feathers on it. It's very colourful and just the right colour for a celebration. You're all looking very lovely. The croquet hoops and mallets are on the lawn. It's a lovely gentle game.

Tea, anyone?



Rhondi said...

Hi Angie
Thanks for joining the party. I'm adding you to the list right now. Sorry for the confusion :(
hugs, Rhondi

Blessings each day said...

I'm ready...I'm ready...can I come???
It looks so inviting...who needs a porch when you have that gorgeous deck and patio???
What kind of biscuits were those? They looked delicious...are they easy peasy to make (I want to steal 'easy peasy' and start using it or will I get arrested by some British agent?)?

Thank you for the lovely pictures and you are VERY clever!!

blessings and hugs,


podso said...

Lovely job Keith did there. It looks cozy and perfect for a cup of tea.

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so beautiful and inviting.


Pamela said...

What a lovely spot on your patio for a cup of tea and a chat. Are we having scones or fruit cake?

Beverly said...

What a treasure you have in your back garden, and thank you for inviting us to visit.

Your deck and terrace are just lovely, and you have just the perfect day for entertaining.

Great job on your photos, and a perfect solution.

My porch party is tomorrow. I hope you will have time to come by for a visit.

Eileen said...

Oh, your patio is like a little oasis! I love it!

'Wish I could join you!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'd love to be there at your porch party! I would love some goodies and a nice long chat with you for sure! Now I'll have to be thinking of a good porch party to have for you too. It looks beautiful and sunny there !

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Angie!
So nice to meet you. Any friend of Rhondi's is a friend of mine.

Your "porch" is lovely! I don't have a porch either. I posted about my deck too. Come visit if you have time.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

What a wonderful patio you have. The scenery around it is just plain lovely!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Your porch is beautiful and spells welcome. Everything looks lovely.


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Angie, What an incredibly welcoming back porch in your garden. The table is gorgeous. The perfect spot to spend a lot of time. I would love to play croquet.
So nice to meet you. Have a great week.
Celestina Marie

Jojo said...

We are ready to join you on the porch/patio and we don't care about the ironing! It can always wait until tomorrow!

bj said...

This looks SO inviting and it is just beautiful. Just gorgeous!!
Thanks so much for joining in and giving us a chance to see your hard work.
Pls. stop by my porch and I'll give you a little treat to eat. :O)
xo bj

Marie said...

Thanks for inviting us in Angie!! YOu have such a lovely home. I wish I could have a place like that to call my own! Sure I live in a lovely cottage now, but it's not ours and I know one day I'll have to move back into a poxy one bedroom council flat again! (hopefully not in a neighbourhood full of lagerheads and louts!) I love that you have offered us refreshments too! How wonderful it would be to be able to sit down and have a cuppa with you and a good old chin wag! When you come down this summer. I can't wait! love and hugs sweet friend! XXOO

joolzmac said...

Hi Angie

Sorry I missed the porch party - I bet it was a cracker! Those fruit scones look fantastic...and what a beautiful sunny day.

The blue hedge you have out the front of your place looks like a
Blue Pacific (proper name - ceanothus papillosus roweanus - I kid you not!). Also known as a Californium Lilac, it origins are from North America. So Marcy was right about it being a lilac.

All this information makes me look like a proper know-it-all but honestly I just googled Blue Pacific (we used to have one at my MumandDads) and up come the info and picture. Looooove the internet!

Cheers - Joolz

Chiki Cottage said...

How nice. Thank you for joining the porch party and sharing your perfectly relaxing space. It is perfect for my morning coffee while reading the paper. Thanks

Lucy said...

I love that house, porch, grounds, dog, ..... everything!! Next time I want to come. Do you suppose I could find a cheap fare between Phoenix and England? Without sitting on the wing?

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a nice little spot to sit and enjoy a pretty day. Very nice and your little furbaby is too!

Rhondi said...

I'm back! Last night I was in a hurry trying to get the link set up and I really didn't have time for much of a visit. So I'm back today, hoping you'll make a nice pot of tea. Hardly anyone here in America knows how to make tea. They drink it cols with lots of sugar!!!
Rhondi xo

Rue said...

I would love some tea! Especially if it was on your lovely patio, in England no less :)

The picture of your clothes on the line is beautiful!


Candy said...

Love to see clothes gently blowing in the breeze.
Tea in England...what could be better?


Joan said...

Your sky is so blue so ids oufrs at the moment this is the forth day in a row it must be a record. love your house and garden sooks so inviting. Love Joan

Stephanie said...

I would LOVE cuppa tea! And, such a wonderful relaxing setting. I think I might stay all afternoon!!

My Crafty Little Page said...

Loved my visit to England. Wish I had some of your cooler weather. Summer is not porch weather in Texas but the rest of the year actually is however that doesn't stop me from whining. Thanks for the tour - very lovely. :)Nancy

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I'm glad I was able to cross the pond and visit your patio. Everything looks very sunny today. Thanks for sharing.

Sandra said...

Hi Angie, Isn`t the weather beautiful at the minute? Long may it last too! can I come to the party and sit at your bistro table, I know that you are a smashing cook and I`m bound to be well! :o)

Love and Hugs

Sandra xxxx

Grammy Staffy said...

Dear Angie,
I am so glad that I got to come to your party. I LOVE your beautiful back yard. Your hubby did a great job. It looks so pretty.

I had a great time having tea and visiting with time I hope that you won't beat me playing croquet... I will practice before I come back.

It was a great party. Thanks again. Love, Lura

Saltydawg said...

Isn't the weather just fab at the moment? What happens if you move away from the cordiline? I hope we can't see yer smalls!
Gaz ;-)

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh how I'd love to be there with you Angie! Someday maybe....
blessings, marlene

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh how I'd love to be there with you Angie! Someday maybe....
blessings, marlene

Poppedijne said...

Hi from Belgium,
Love your house and the very nice porch/ terrace you have.
Those pastry's look really delicious.Please come and visit me too.

Anonymous said...

such a beautiful back yard and porch or patio area...I didn't see a thing I didn't like...even the basket of laundry looked to be in just the right place guys do fine work...enjoy it every day...hugs...Ora in KY

Joyce said...

Lovely and I see the sun came out just for the photos too. I do not have a porch on my home so I am just having fun viewing all the photos.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Looks so happy and inviting! Great job!!!

Anonymous said...

I would love to hop over and sit in this beautiful garden! It looks so relaxing!