Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Bloggers' Tea with Poppy View, Lavender Cottage and A Garden of Threads

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About a week and a half ago, Poppy ( Poppy View) shared an open invitation to join her for tea at The Old Curiosity Tea Shop, not far from Toronto. I wasn't going to turn down the chance to meet her; I get so much pleasure reading about this transplanted Canadian's life in Greece and seeing the gorgeous colours of her home, the countryside and the sea.

Judith, Yours Truly, Poppy and Jen
Thank you to the waiter for taking this photo.
Having now spent a few hours in her company, I would say that Poppy's heart is as warm as her smile.

It was also a great pleasure to finally meet Judith (Lavender Cottage). She was very kind to me when I began blogging, giving bits of advice and encouragement. I enjoy reading her posts and seeing her appreciation for nature, gardens, and tea parties. If I knew five percent of what this generous Master Gardener knows about plants, I would know a great deal more than I do now.

Her friend, Jen (A Garden of Threads) is also a Master Gardener. I will now be visiting Jen's blog regularly; her photographs are remarkably beautiful and have a delicate, ethereal quality to them. Photography, I learned, is clearly a passion for her.

Our first course, followed by more than enough sweets.
Along with plenty of conversation, there were pots of tea, tiny sandwiches and a staggering number of dainties for dessert.

I'm very glad to have met these women and found that my sense of community grew through this experience. (They were certainly gracious when, having zigged where I should have zagged, I arrived late.)

Should you have the opportunity to meet other bloggers, I suggest you take advantage of it. All it takes is a special someone to get the ball rolling.

Doing what bloggers do; keep those cameras handy!

Thank you, Poppy, for bringing us together.

If you are not yet acquainted with these bloggers, please pay them a visit:

Judith at Lavender Cottage
Poppy at Poppy View

Wishing you a lovely day,


  1. Hello Karen,
    What a lovely time you ladies must have had! If I didn't live so far away, I would love to have joined you. {I live on PEI}
    The Tea Room is lovely and your teacups and treats looked wonderful. I know you must have all taken home some wonderful memories {and photos} of your time together. Thank you for sharing with us and yes, Judith, Jen, Poppy and I are all blogger friends although we have never met in person yet. Have a beautiful day.


  2. Visited all three blogs and following them all now! :) Thanks for the links. It's lovely that you all got to meet in person and talk and have tea!!

    Mersad Donko Photography

  3. It really was fun to get together and meet for the first time. I'm reliving the beauty of the day after reading first, Poppy's post and now yours. You know mine will appear for the weekly tea gathering next week! Thank you again for the lovely hand knit kitchen cloth and bookmark, you will be with me in spirit for many more cups of tea.
    Hugs to you my friend.

  4. so glad to hear that your visit went well...I am going to visit their blogs now...still wishing that I lived a bit closer and could have joined you!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  5. What beautiful ladies! I am a bit jealous that you got to meet each other as I follow all your blogs and enjoy each one of them so much. It's nice to put your lovely faces to your blogs too! The tea room and all the food sure looks wonderful! I can't wait to read Poppy's, Judith's and Jen's 'reports' on your meeting. I have met 2 bloggers in BC and Maine and it was a wonderful experience. I'm so glad that Poppy set it up for you. Hugs. Pam

  6. Oh, that looks like so much fun. The only one I don't know is Jen so I will be off to visit right now.

  7. Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful time.. What a great thing to be able to meet and visit with bloggers that have the same interest as you.. Love your pictures too.

  8. Good Evening Karen, How wonderful to meet Poppy and to enjoy afternoon tea with Poppy, Judith and Jen. I love visiting Poppy's blog and I so enjoy seeing her photographs. I do read Judith's blog but I am unfamiliar with Jen, so I am going to pay her a visit.
    You all look so happy and I can see that you all had a wonderful time.... and it is so lovely to see your smiling face.
    Best Wishes to you.

  9. Karen, you are so lucky! I would have loved to have been there. The tea house looks wonderful and the tea sandwiches look delicious. I visited Jen's blog and you are right, it's wonderful. I am following her now (I am already Judith's and Poppy's follower).

  10. Karen, what fun! So nice to see 4 of my favorite blogging buddies together in one spot! I just know you had a wonderful time.

  11. Sounds like a wonderful day. Looks like you all had a great time :)

  12. wonderful pictures!!!! Im going to visit all your blogs

  13. What a delightful time, this must have been!!!! :-)

    And how nice to put a face to the lady who has been Foster Mommma, to sweet Claire.


  14. What a great post. Love seeing all these bloggers' faces - I read all four of the blogs. Bloggers are the nicest people!

  15. What a delightful opportunity. Thank you for sharing with us! I'm off to visit the others.

  16. Wow, that was a fantastic post Karen. It was exciting to meet you and Poppy in person and I had a marvellous afternoon chatting, nippling on dainty sandwiches and drinking pots of tea. Jen

  17. Hi Karen,

    Your photos have truly captured the warm and lovely atmosphere of our gathering! I love them! The pics of us playing with our cameras and the close up of the goodies is pure magic!

    With your arrival, our little group was complete, as we settled down for a wonderful 'meet and greet'! I was not surprised to discover that your delightful personality matched the charming character of your writer's voice.

    Thanks for recording this amazing adventure for us in such a fun and fabulous way!

    Kisses to the fair Clair!


  18. It must have been lots of fun and as the tea flowed I am sure conversation did too!
    I love going out for an afternoon tea and meeting bloggers over tea is a great way to spend a delightful afternoon.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  19. How fun for you all , Glad you all got to meet . Looks and sounds like a wonderful place . We have a tea house near us in the small town of Sparta Ontario it is a lovey place to ! Wonderful photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

  20. How lovely to meet up with the other bloggers at such a lovely tea room. I'm sure you all took lots of photos and have lots of wonderful memories to remember the meeting.

  21. It's fun to meet up with bloggers and over tea in a nice tea room is a real bonus...

  22. What great fun and a darling tea room to meet at - loved seeing all of you together!

  23. Oh you girls all look lovely - what a fun tea party, made possible by Poppy's trip home!
    As you say Karen it just takes one to get the ball rolling.
    The perfect venue for those of us who love tea parties - I just wish I could have been there - I can imagine lots and lots of chatter!
    Gorgeous photos, I'm off to visit the others and read their posts too!

  24. Thank you for your visit on my blog! What a lovely meeting you had - I love the porcellain, the room is beautiful.


  25. une bien jolie rencontre entre filles
    beaucoup de papotage j'en suis sur autour d'une table bien garnie
    je vais aller faire une petite visite sur ces nouveaux blogs
    découvertes ♥♥♥♥
    edith (iris) France

  26. How fun to meet blogger friends! Nice to see a photo of you. I am familiar with Judith blog but not the others. Going over to visit them now.
    Have a great weekend.

  27. It looks like you all had a great time! And what a nice place for your meet-up! I agree about meeting other bloggers. It's so much fun to connect with people you have been reading about and sharing stories with via your blogs.

  28. How lovely that you all got together and had such a great time together. I haven't met any bloggers in person as yet, perhaps one day! xx

  29. It's been so much fun to read about this get-together at your various blogs! :)

  30. That looks like such a lovely tea party with your blog friends, Karen! What a nice idea....and what a delicious tea with such pretty china :)
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  31. Hi,Karen!
    Wow, This post really surprised me! What a wonderful opportunity for you all! You are all so beautiful together. It must be a fun time. Now I remember when I first read your lovely post through Lavender cottage. It was almost three years ago. How fast time flies! I appreciate your friend ship, Karen.
    Have a good new week!

  32. I've had such fun seeing your photos on each other's blogs! And there's the food....AND the cameras! What fun! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

  33. This looks like such a fun time. Thought of you today. It was a glorious sunlit Sunday in New York.

  34. What fun! I enjoyed seeing the four of you at the tea room. :)



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