Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ordinary Days

It's been some time since I posted. Life has been busy... too busy to write blog posts. Today is no exception. I have to drive my daughter to the airport. She is off to New Zealand. She will be meeting up with a Canadian friend. She is going snowboarding in Queenstown and visiting her grandparents in the North Island. She loves to travel.
For two weeks we will have just 5 children at home. Our son moved out of home in March. He has a fantastic position with an IT company in a city about 2 and a half hours from here. I miss hearing his Christian music blasting down our hall! That is probably the most stark reminder that he doesn't live here anymore... my hallway is so quiet! We speak on the phone often. In fact we probably have more conversations than when he lived just down the hallway!

So much more I could share but this home sweet home and my family require my attention. So this post is ordinary... no creative makeover projects, no inspirational pieces, no useful homemaking or homeschooling advice.... isn't there a tonne of that already out there on the net? Just one photo to share of a corner of my home.  My tea tray which sits on my huge kitchen dresser... I might show you more of that one day. I now have three dressers and one buffet which are overflowing with china and tableware. I waited over 20 years to see my dream of having a kitchen dresser and lots of pretty tea cups to sip tea from. Now I have dressers and teacups in abundance! They make my home seem so homely. 

And so to my photo. I have quite a selection of boutique teas. They are certified organic and blended here in Australia by a naturopath. I sell them at the markets together with the cake stands that I make from vintage china plates. English Breakfast is my default tea but I also adore French Earl Grey. For something more delicate I sip white rose and goji. The tea in the sachet envelope is saskatoon berry brought home for me by my daughter when she visited Canada. My other teenage daughter often makes a pot of tea late in the afternoon. We sit together at the dining table in our family room and share pins and discuss vintage decorating and table setting ideas. She is my vintage girl. The one who loves to dress smart and wear dresses and sometimes hats. She gets stopped on the street by strangers.... both men and women who tell her how lovely she looks! 

So time to post not knowing if this will even appear in your reading list. The synopsis of the blogs I read when I do have time have all disappeared from my reading list apart from the top one. So not expecting many comments. .. especially for an 'ordinary' blog post. But needed to let you know I am still here. Still working out what I should share about at this blog. If I just share about our ordinary days would you still read? Okay, I have to go now. Leaving for the airport shortly! Hope you are enjoying your ordinary days!


Camille said...

Yaay, posted about the *everyday* and it is lovely. I enjoyed learning about your teas and the visits you have with your young miss over a cup. Yes, I will still read if you post about the ordinary know I will. Hugs to you! Camille XO

tylasnan said...

Lovely to see a post from you Ann!
Reading about ordinary days is my favourite kind of post.
Cheers, Karen near Gympie

living from glory to glory said...

Dearest Ann, These are very busy days, but we must remember these are ordinary days in extraordinary times! I so enjoyed reading this post and seeing in my mind's eye of your life and days! I am on vacation and enjoying my family! Blessings to you and may God continue to bless and keep you strong!
Yours! Roxy
And I think it is wonderful that your daughter is taking joy in dressing like a lovely lady!

Tina said...


Yes, I will still read your post even if you posted about ordinary things. I have a very plan blog. It is nothing like yours. I blog to keep in touch with family and friends. I really am not out to attract anyone. Thanks for blogging.

I love sipping tea and having a selection of loose tea. I have a collection of teacups and saucers. I dream is to someday to open my own teashop. Where people come in for a cup of tea and fellowship. My daughter and I actually go to different tea houses to experience this. I actually belonged to a tea group at one time.


Tina said...


I will still read your blog even if you posted about ordinary things. I have a simple blog that does not attract anyone. I basically blog to keep in touch with family and friends. I am a simple person that is in her 40's that does not use Facebook.

I love sipping tea from teacups. I have different flavors of loose teas as well as in envelopes. I enjoy earl grey tea too.


A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Love hearing about the ordinary! The real! As truly that is my life too! I am not even managing posting! But I am still reading a few fav blogs,commenting rarely but reading!...I love thinking of your daughter travelling and seeing and doing things rather than just dreaming of doing such things....I'm still lamenting that I missed a quick catch up with you whilst in Melbourne...But the very same thing that stops me blogging became part of the reason we didn't manage it...I look forward to the day we do! xx

Joolz said...

Hi Ann

You popped up on my blog list this morning so you are 'still there'!

I love your gentle posts and your pictures. I love the tea tray, the blue china and the lovely teas.

I am partial to peppermint tea at the moment and bought some Twinings yesterday.

I think Twinings Chai is my default tea, I love it with milk and sugar.

Cheers - Joolz xx

Pam said...

How lovely it is to have a nice catch up with you. I feel on the verge of going downstairs to get myself a cup of tea and enjoy it and this post in leisure. Your tea tray is cozy and delightful. I love that you enjoy tea and pins with your daughter, and appreciate her love for vintage, as my daughters and I share the same sorts of things. Some of my happiest moments have been tea with my girls; it is a ritual we still do when ever we are together. I can imagine how you are missing your son… as I have missed mine very much when they left home..I miss them all. Our oldest son is here visiting at the moment and will be here another week. That has been the most wonderful treat, especially since we haven't had a chance to really fill up on him alone in many years.

We have been very busy catching up since we returned from My Mom's funeral in Nevada. I am just now beginning to feel as if I have caught my breath and can think again. Thank you so much for you kind comments and prayers Ann, they mean very much. Have a lovely week.
Love and Blessings,

Lucy@heart and hearth said...

So nice to find you..looks interesting here. I'll come back soon:)


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