Rose Tea Cottage

Where tea is served at half past four




Longing for spring

Awake, thou wintry earth
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!

~Thomas Blackburn

I am feeling so low today with no inclination to do anything. I am dreading my annual check-up later this afternoon and truth be told, I am tired of this cold weather. I keep looking for signs of spring, I have seen a small movement in the daffodil borders and have heard low chirping of birds outside of my cottage, other then that nothing...just cold icy weather. I miss the delicious scent of hyacinths and the yellow, blue, green, pink colours of spring. Daffs, snowdrops, tulips, pansies, hyacinths, I miss you all so much. These gorgeous photos cheered me up somewhat. I hope they brighten your day my darlings.



74 comments:

My Passport to Style said...

Hi Duches,adore this floral post it is fabulous!So happy, I can just picture the lambs bounding right now!Sharon xx

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Sweet Duchess...
Such a beautiful box for flower planting. It says "SPRING" for sure. I love it.

I am missing my tea and biscuits this morning. You must really be sad for Spring, you never forget the tea and biscuits. I am sending you so many rays of sunshine through my screen, can you feel them? Here is one of my roses from my garden, can you smell the fragrance? A little patch of grass from my yard for you to walk upon, can you feel the softness beneath your feet? How about my hummingbird flittering around you, can you hear the buzz of her wings?
I hope I have cheered you up a little dear friend. I so hate to think of you sad.

Have a beautiful day and know that Spring is coming. Winter will not last forever.

Country hugs sweetie and so much love...Sherry

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Your photos are uplifting, so pretty!
I too long for spring, we've had so little sun over the past few months. My garden looks sad and is in need or colour! We all feel so much better when spring is on it's way, it brings hope and fresh new beginnings.

Good luck this afternoon, all will be well.

Take care
Warm wishes
Isabelle x

The Curious Cat said...

Hey Duchess, thanks for dropping by! I enjoyed your comment and I love this picture of the chest of draws. So sorry to hear you are low - I know the feeling. This weather is awful for the mood. I hope the spring hurries up and arrives soon - I can see small signs so just a little longer xxx

Rose said...

How amazing that chest of drawers is! Such happy colours and gorgeous flowers. I miss spring too, and to be quite honest im sick of summer and 40 degree days ;) if only the only seasons were spring and autumn I would be so happy.

Rose

Rachana Kothari said...

Darling Duchess, the photos are beautiful and have sure brighten up my dull day:)
Take Care!

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Oh,my dear Duchess...

Thank you SO much for those wonderful colors!!!
The are great,the are springs and really,really LOVE colors!-)***

Here in Holland also cold,little bit bori... and not plasure wether!-(

With love,

***Violetta***

Jolie Rosie said...

Precious Duchess you have outdone yourself. I can not believe my eyes. This chest is so fabulous. I give you A+ for this post.

kisses

Catherine said...

Such wonderful photos!

Let us hope February moves on quickly bringing us a little closer to spring.

Sunshine and flowers ~ sigh...

The Hausfrau said...

I know what you mean. We're actually seeing the sun here today, so that's a good thing! Thank you for a beautiful flowery post.

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Duchess,
Don't worry my dear Spring will soon be sprung and all the icy snow a distant memory. We all have those days - perhaps a little tea to help see things diffrently.

Hope your Dad is still doing well. Good luck this afternoon, that is never fun but that too will be over soon.

I'm heading back to have another look at that pink dresser overflowing with flowers.

Take care

Hetty Summers said...

Duchess hang in there spring is right around the corner. I hope everything goes well for you this afternoon.

Hetty xxx

bekimarie said...

Beautiful pictures!
Don't worry, Spring will soon be here (that's what I keep telling myself anyway), at least February is a short montm.

Warm and sunny wishes to you

((hugs))
Beki xxx

Vintage Crown said...

Good evening Duchess

Saw the the photo and just had to come and comment on it and let you know that the dresser is fabulous, very unique. Is it yours Duchess?

RosieP said...

Wonderful pictures, spring will soon be here and we'll all feel better. Hope your spirits lift my dear.

Hugs RosieP x

Junk Evolution said...

Dear Duchess,

I live in the midwest, today there is a 2 hour delay for the school, and the wind and drifting is just getting started. Your post pulls at my heart stings! And just gave me a great lift. Have a beautiful day.
char

Vintage Crown said...

Duchess I also wanted to comment about the blue vase on the dresser, it is so pretty, do you know the name of the manufacturer?
Please post a reply for me here on your blog.

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Your Grace and DOD,

Thank you very much for stepping down the Lane earlier, so sorry I missed you!

I am very pleased I have got my pots looking nice as I don't like to disappoint when callers arrive!

I do believe spring will win this latest weather battle Duchess, but I shall wish especially hard that it arrives at Rose Cottage very soon indeed,

Sarah x

Maggi said...

I am wishing for Spring as well. I sure hope the Winter Blues pass you by soon! Good luck with your check up!

Maggie said...

Ah Duchess thanks for the beautiful glimpses of spring. I too am cloistered in with this dreadful snow, about 15 inches. Terrible. But spring will happen, maybe later than sooner, but it will. we just have to be patient, darn it!

All things nice... said...

Duchess,

Sorry your feeling a bit down, today the sun is shining in Ireland so I was out for the morning. I know there are little signs of spring yet but at least we have it to look forward to, with the longer days. Love the pretty images of the flowers. Thanks for sharing. Go have a cup of tea and think of the longer sunny days to come soon :)

All things nice...

Michela said...

My dearest Duchess, sorry to hear you're bit under the weather, I wish I could send you some sunshine, but it's pouring down here today..we've only to be patient and enjoy your cheerful pictures in the mean time!
Thank you for the very kind comment you left me this morning!
xxx

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Aaaahhh, The Hope and Beauty of Spring!
Yesterday we got nine, fresh inches of snow! So, today is a school day, and kids everywhere are celebrating, but I'm with you, I am Longing for Spring!!!
The pink dresser is so charming. I love it!

Butterfly Works said...

I know what you mean about being down; I think everyone is longing for spring and the glorious color and smells it brings....until it comes we have your beautiful picture to keep in our minds to bring us joy...Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Butterfly

koralee said...

How amazingly lovely is that today...I so would love to do that outside in my garden..oh yes Spring has sprung here!!! Our bushes and trees are blossoming. Record highs...I am not complaining but all our Olympic snow is melting.

Hope your day is filled with sweetness. xoxoxoxo

Smitten by Britain said...

I'm so with you on this one Duchess. Yesterday I had a massive bout of cabin fever. But your post has put a smile on my face. And I do know that Spring is coming because my allergies have started. ;) I dread going to the doc all the time so I hope your appt. goes well.

Michael Rivers said...

I am SO ready for spring. It's been such a long winter.

Jules said...

That is beautiful! I want one. I might have to copy that idea once spring comes. If it ever comes.

Madelief said...

Hi Dutchess,

It's only a few more weeks to go
:-)!!! I wish I had that little pink drawer with plants in my garden!

Take care!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Sweet Old Vintage said...

You have many of us sharing your thoughts...

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

I"m ready for spring too! I thought of you while making the pretty shaped sugars for my blog tutorial. They seemed like things you'd like. I wish you a good day. Spring is almost here! ; )
~Michele

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh I am so looking forward to Spring too, we have had snow & hailstones today!!
Normally by this time of year there is a hint of Spring in the air isn't there but not this year!
Love
Alison
x
P.S I'm having a *PINK GIVEAWAY* over on my blog if you want to pop along & join in.

Bluebell said...

Hell Duchess, I love your post the pictures are just lovely and the quotes too are very appropriate I think we are all longing for spring. Sorry you are feeling a bit low, this time of year does that to you, keep your chin up and goodluck for this afternoon.
Love and Hugs Jillxx

Margaret said...

Dear Duchess!!

first time visiting i was feeling down today but your beautiful blog has lifted my spirits.

thanks
margaret

Inspiration in Italy said...

I saw some small flowers yesterday while walking around Rome and I had an instant craving for more! Then I realized that I too very much miss Spring, and these photos definitely inspired me, so stunning!

xx
Rachel

Deanna said...

Dearest Duchess,
May you have a very sweet and blessed Valentine's Day!

Your beautiful pics did lift my spirits. Thank you for sharing them. We are one day closer to Spring.

Said a prayer for you that you'd be blessed with your doctor's appointment. May it go well.

I'm preparing for the birth of a new grandbaby. Coming anytime now. Better run,
d

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

yes, looking at these photos really does brighten ones day! thanks for sharing them, cheer up...spring is around the corner...and positive thinking will get you through anything..
smile sweet lady...

ciao

silk purse said...

Hello there lovely lady, our adored sweet Duchess! I too am longing for spring! I trust that all will go well with your annual checkup; I know how 'nerve jostling' that can be!..,

I simply was delighted and honored to have you visit for afternoon tea darling!~ Those pictures in this post are rosey, sweet and cheerfullly speak of spring to come!~( Our daffodils won't arrive until May, so there's always the consolation in the realization that if yours in the area are peeking up, even perhaps a wee little bit now, you're doubly blessed my dear)!..,

As always, I can literally hardly wait to see what you'll post next!

~ Your 'ears must have been burning', in the best sense of the phrase; if you could have heard my dear friend and I discussing with enthusiastic, 'oohs and aahs' of delight your fabulous blog! ~ (As we were enjoying our weekly long distance 'actual', Tuesday Tea For Two, 2-3 hour tete-a-tete, we delighted in your lovely and exceptional blog my dear friend!!..,

Have a marvelous remainder of the day darling; may this in some small way cheer you!..,

Cheers, hugs and blessings from Wanda Lee @ Silken Purse (and @ The Plumed Pen)

Elise said...

Darling Duchess, I can't bear to think of you being so low. Your post is as adorable as ever, it has certainly cheered me up after a long day.

I hope so much that things perk up for you soon. I know what you mean about Spring. I felt last winter keenly and then we had such a miserable summer, I think this one is even harder to bear. But fingers crossed we will all feel the sun on our faces soon....

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

These pictures are adorable! Spring, we are ready, do pop in!! x Saskia

Kissed by an Angel said...

Hello dear Duchess, I hope you are well!! Thank you for the lovely comments you have left for me!! I absolutely love these beautiful floral photographs!! I cannot wait for the spring!! Thank you!
xxxx

Jeanne said...

They are beautiful and I hope you felt as inspired when you hit the POST button as I have just looking at them. I hope all is well... it has been one of those days and to have a doctor appointment on top of it can not be helpful. Wishing tomorrow is a better one for you...
Jeanne :)

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

I too am anxiously awaiting Spring's official arrival... beautiful flowers Duchess... good luck at your checkup... Bisous... Lady Julie Marie

Rizzi said...

HELLO MY DEAR DUCHESS,
WE JUST HAD ANOTHER FOOT OF SNOW TODAY, AND IT IS STILL SNOWING. I AM SO TIRED OF THE COLD, WET, SNOW! YOUR POST HIT THE SPOT, IT MADE ME FEEL WARM, AND HAPPY. HOW I WISH FOR SPRING. CHEER UP MY DUCHESS, SPRING IS COMING, AND I CAN HARDLY WAIT LIKE YOU.
THIS CALLS FOR A NICE CUP OF TEA, TEA BISCUITS, MARMALADE, AND FLOWERS, TO BRING IN THE SPRING. I YEARN FOR THE OCEAN, HOW I LOVE THE SMELL OF THE SEA, AND THE BEAUTIFUL SHELLS. TAKE CARE MY DEAR DUCHESS, GOOD LUCK ON YOUR APPOINTMENT AT THE DOCTOR'S. RIZZI

Claudia said...

Thank you for the lovely pictures! I know how you feel - gray skies and snow can't get a person down in the dumps! We are getting a big snow storm here today and the prettiness has long since worn off. Hang in there, Duchess!

xo
Claudia

OceanDreams said...

I hope you feel better soon Duchess, I feel much the same way if it makes you feel better. Sorry I haven't been by in a while, I hope you are doing well and I hope spring comes very quickly!

Beach Vintage said...

Duchess these photos are truly spectacular and have brighten my day. Thank-you.

Mandy Higgs said...

i love your blog!!!! a breath of fresh air!!!!!
Xo
Mandy

debi said...

I'm sorry to hear that you're feeling so low today, but I hear you, I can't wait for spring either. I'm tired of the cold and the snow.
Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. We can look at them and dream.

Mimi said...

HI Duchess!!!!
Praying that your annual Physical will all come out Perfect!!
You are so sweet and so precious to all of us!!! We want all good things coming your way!!! Including Spring!!!
hugs,
jamie

Dragonfly said...

Spring will make your heart sing!! Hopefully it comes soon for you :-)

Jermaine said...

Yes, yes full of cheer, my dear Duchess. Thank you for brightening a rainy California day. Stop by for a little Valentine story about the Queen of Hearts @French Kissed. I hope it cheers you. ~jermaine

zurin said...

I pray that your annual physical will be A O K. im sure you'll be fine and chirping again when you come back. Take care XXX zurin

Gail said...

I know how you feel Duchess, but every day we get closer to seeing the bulbs in flower. Such beautiful pictures on your blog!

♥zoe♥ said...

Oh Duches are you alright? How are you lately sorry i have been absent for so long and just back on track to blogland:) It's so nice for me come and visit your loving blog again, you always have the most romantic beautiful picture for us to enjoy. Thank you so much my friend.
Stay in your confort zone and fab sweet week for you:)
xoxo
♥zoe♥

North West London Girl said...

Dearest Duchess,

You always brighten my day. I know exactly how you are feeling, we need warmth, spring smells, spring flowers. We have all had enough. I'm quite sure it won't be much longer. Do hope the check up is all OK
xxx

Madeline's Album said...

I too am ready for spring to come. This I believe has been the coldest winter I know of. Have a blessed day and think thoughts of spring. Madeline

LuLu Kellogg said...

This posting is so lovely with all the beautiful flowers. I too am longing for spring. We have over 3 feet of snow right now and there is definitely no sign of any greenery anywhere!

Sending you lovely thoughts for a speedy check up with positive results ♥

Bisous,
LuLu~*xoxo ♥

Vicki said...

Hello dear Duchess,
I am longing for spring, too, and your beautiful pictures did brighten this cold rainy day in Central Texas. Thank you! Stay warm and cozy and hopefully, spring will soon arrive! Vicki

Deb said...

OK, that's just downright pretty and gives me some fresh ideas for my spring garden this year!

la cabeza de maria antonieta said...

Absolutly divine!!!

Marilyn said...

Yes, I am so ready for spring. My daffodils are starting to show hope of springs arrival. January and February are the two most difficult months for me. Love the pink drawers.

paperbutterfly said...

Lovely post my dear Dushess.
Your pictures and words were so uplifting. I think we all yearn for the waarmth and colours of Spring. Don't dispare...to everything there is a season

Blessings,
Pam

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Your Grace, so pleased I popped in--it's always spring on your lovely blog. No daffodils here, only snow, endless snow. Starting to see the appeal of Sunshine State...

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dearest Duchess,
I do hope all is well with you and that the happiness that you have shared with us in your beautiful spring pictures has come back to you twenty-fold!

Wishing you a happier tomorrow (it's one day closer to spring, you know!)

xo,

Betty

Debbie said...

How beautiful - we are in summer - everything is so dry at the moment - looking forward to seeing pretty flowers again.

Emma said...

Wow what a fab idea, love the pink!
Hope the sun is shinning where you are today.. Emma x

Deborah said...

What a delightful idea...a pink dresser in the garden! I must get one. Sending love and prayers for a healthy outcome. **blows kisses** Deb

parTea lady said...

Thanks for the lovely burst of spring in those photos, they are lovely.

School has been cancelled today, as we are expecting snow (very unusual in GA). I too am longing for Spring.

Donna Rose Houchen said...

I'm here in sunny LA but I am blue as well!! After seeing your wonderful website, I have perked up!! Thank you dear Duchess--I wish I could share a cup of tea with you. England is where my heart is after living there for years in grad school at Oxford and Leicester. I love the rain! I visit often and want to go to Betty's, The Jane Austen Festival and The Lake District. You have created a BEAUTIFUL website and obviously you have such a good heart. Thank You.

Nunu of Classically Cool said...

that's a gorgeous dresses, darling. i love. =)

Mandy Higgs said...

Awwww,,thanks Duchess!!! I'm so excited to have you part of my group of followers!!!! Huge compliment!!
Well, my night was full of roses and candle light and the olympics!:D lol
Hope you have a amazing week hun,,,i'll have a cup of tea for ya:D
Cheers,
Mandy

Serena said...

Those photos certainly are cheerful! I hope all went well with your check up.

a woman who is said...

Duchess, I kid you not. If you are craving the scent of spring you must have one of these candles. It smells like all those scents you love combined. I am not a big candle person scent wise. This, this is not your normal scented candle. This is spring!

http://www.amazon.com/Trapp-Candle-No-13-Flower-Shoppe/dp/B000V7SENC

The scent is called Bobs Flower Shop. Honestly reminds me of the Seattle Flower and Garden Show. Heaven on earth in the middle of winter.

I adore the pink chest of herbs and flowers :)

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