Thursday, March 5, 2009

Afternoon tea with scones under my old apple tree

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I was inspired last week by a lovely lady in Bowral, the country town where I live to set up this afternoon tea setting under my old apple tree in my garden. (which is currently being enjoyed by these little birds who are feasting on the last of my apples). Late last week one of my husbands client's baked some amazing scones and gave them to Andrew to bring home.

The story goes: Andrew visited his client to pick up some furniture to be restored, apparently he eyed a cake in her house, (my poor husband doesn't get much cake at our home) and the very next minute she had wrapped up the cake, a container of beautiful freshly picked raspberries and a bowl of whipped cream and gave all to Andrew to bring home. This cake is featured here on the black cake stand, we ate all the raspberries.

Anyway, I contacted her to say thank you and the very next day Andrew came home with another huge plate of beautiful home baked scones. I just had to do a quick photo shoot before they were eaten up by my family. Thank you to our lovely client, not only did your cake and scones look amazing they were also delicious and enjoyed by all.

My love of everything black and white flows through my home, my sofa is upholstered in black and white toile with black and white gingham cushions. (I borrowed a few from my sofa to throw on the cane chairs) I found these lovely butterfly place mats at David Jones (a department store in Australia) a few years ago, they really are very pretty.

I just love silver with black and white, this little dish was a gift, look at the little pumpkin handle on the lid, a perfect little dish for the whipped cream. Also one of my favourite teapots, passed down through Andrew's family, we were quite lucky to receive it and it always sits so proudly both indoors and out.

Old linen, some bone handled cutlery and delicate white tea cups.

It is starting to get quite chilly here in Australia, in a little while all the leaves will be off this old apple tree and my garden will be totally bare for six months or so, most of the trees in my garden are deciduous, as much as winter is beautiful, I do love having leaves on my trees.

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  1. you have no idea how much you delight my senses~

  2. Absolutely stunning -- the setting and the photography! And I hope you don't mind, but I am lusting after your beautiful silver and bone-handled cutlery! :)

  3. You take lovely pictures!!
    What kind of camera do you use?
    I wish I could style like you. Can't you have a styling school!? ;)


  4. Hi,
    I truly...truly enjoyed your blog... its lovely ... you are inspirational and for an Indian... a tea setting post is absolute wow ... come any season we are complete tea freaks...:)

  5. Just lovely! I love all of it, I don't need to say more.

  6. Linda/ "Mom..."Friday, March 06, 2009

    ***** I'm with everyone else ~~~ ABSOLUTELY STUNNING in EVERY WAY!!! What a TREAT, and I THANK YOU! Warmly, Linda

  7. A beautiful table as always! You make everything look delicious! :O)

  8. Your posts are always such a treat.. so full of inspriration.. hugs ~lynne~

  9. Love a garden party. Absolutely gorgeous! Hope you stop by and see my 'not so elegant' garden table.(from a party in 2000) I can only imagine what I would have done after seeing all these beauties from blogland.
    Bloom Beautiful! Candy

  10. Beautiful table... love your photos....

  11. Coty, you have set the gold standard as I have told you before -- the rest of us are just wannabees!


  12. Coty~ ~ ~What an eye you have and what wonderful style. Your photographs are amazing! I am so glad to have found your blog. Thanks for sharing. It's so nice to meet you.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  13. Fabulous and Fantastic! That black and white toile coupled with the outdoors is one amazing concept. You're truly talented!
    -marie @ mariesmarche

  14. Doesn't everyone have tea parties with silver under the apple tree :) ? You are so very good at what you do--an artist! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Your tables are always so unbelievably gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Absolutely wonderful post in every way!!

  17. Dear Coty - your styling skills are just extraordinary! This setting is just exquisite, so beautifully done. And yes, we are getting a slight chill in the air here in the Adelaide Hills too.
    Millie ^_^

  18. Perfect, just so perfect. Kathy.

  19. Oh Coty, unreal all your photos are breathtaking.. I haven't blog too much but am trying to catch up...So glad I stopped by gave me the lift I needed!!!! xoxoxo Laura

  20. Coty, how lovely this is! Just when our spring is slowly starting, your fall is underway. Glorious. Wishing you a most lovely weekend!
    xo Lidy


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