Welcome, Welcome to Beautiful Ideas…

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The teapot’s at the ready, and there’s a cozy armchair waiting just for you with your name on it.

I hope you enjoy your time here and that you find something that interests you and makes your heart glad.  

This is my blog’s main or static page. Current and past posts are archived under title and can be found to the right in the sidebar.       

You are welcome to drop by for a visit at any time and to invite your friends to share.  I hope that you will return again and again and that we will get to know one another a little better.

Oh, and be sure to leave a comment to let me know that you were here!  I would love to hear what makes your heart sing…Happy Summer!

Wishing you a beautiful day,



~Catherine Douzel

I hope you enJOY this collection of photos of my home and garden here on my blog’s main or static page.  Please do not use them without permission.  You can find recent and older posts in the sidebar.  Simply scroll down the sidebar past the photos on the right.  The most popular posts in the past day are featured in a photo grid to the right.  Hold your cursor over the photo to see the post title and click on the photo to take you directly there.  I’d LOVE to hear from you. Please leave your beautiful footprint to let me know you were here and so I can visit you.

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  1. Eric White
    2011/03/30 at 10:41 pm

    Linda, did you have a hand in those beautiful teacup cookies that appear in the first photo?! They are exquisite.

    • 2011/05/04 at 11:01 pm

      Eric, I wish I could claim these as my work – aren’t they absolutely amazing?! Maria Clarke of Polka Dot Cookies did these for me in celebration of my mom’s birthday awhile back – of course, it was a ‘birthday tea’…how appropriate?!

  2. Joanne
    2011/04/02 at 11:11 am

    Oh, Linda, I just love the beauty of the gorgeous flowers…can’t wait to get my hands back in the earth. Thanks for the inspiration – I needed it today!! Have a fantastic day!

    • 2011/05/04 at 11:02 pm

      You are most welcome to visit ‘the garden’ at any time…Fingers crossed this is the best bloomin’ year yet!!! :-)

  3. Lois
    2011/04/03 at 10:06 am

    I love those shortbread tea cups…
    We are officially open at the Inn and the dining room is looking gorgeous with its new linens. All the rooms have new bedding and beautiful Roman blinds.
    Keep the pictures coming and hope to see you soon.

  4. Mickie
    2011/04/04 at 7:49 pm

    Oh, my! Linda,
    My mouth is watering as I look at this picture. One of my favorite treats is raisin buns, and these look DELICIOUS!!! I have to say, the wine seems to be calling to me as well. Thank you for inviting me to your beautiful table. You are in my thoughts.

    • 2011/05/04 at 11:07 pm

      Be assured, Mickie, I’ll be posting my ‘best ol’ buns’ recipes soon. This photo is actually of Rita Williams (Bread and Cheese Inn) and her sister enjoying an afternoon tea fundraiser at the incredible ‘Tea Garden’ in Holyrood, which will be re-opening for the season around Father’s Day…Can’t wait!

  5. Tina
    2011/04/05 at 8:23 pm

    WOW, Linda!
    What an amazing job you’ve done on this blog! The pictures are absolutely beautiful. I’m sure I could find myself getting lost for hours on here. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • 2011/05/04 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to have a browse, Tina! I’m honoured that you choose to spend your time on my blog. I hope you’ll visit often and, by all means, share with whomever friends you wish.

  6. Barb
    2011/04/06 at 11:01 pm

    Linda, the flowers are beautful. You have no idea of how enjoyable seeing the garden is. I have so many plans for my own garden and can’t wait to see more. Thank you!!

    • 2011/05/04 at 11:09 pm

      Hi there, Barb! I hope that we are fortunate enough to have the weather we need to get our gardens growing. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers that a warm sun shines on us this spring…And, thanks so much for taking the time to read the blog. All the best, Linda :-)

  7. Sharon
    2011/04/10 at 8:14 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

    • 2011/05/04 at 10:51 pm

      Greetings, Sharon! I remember your telling me that you enjoyed spending evening time exploring the blog! I can’t tell you how much it means to know that you are enjoying it so much. Thanks for everything! Linda

  8. Connie Hayward
    2011/04/12 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Linda,
    I love your web site!!!! It is a beautiful place to visit when the winter seems endless. Thank you for spreading such joy.

    • 2011/05/04 at 10:50 pm

      Hi, Connie! I feel exactly the same whenever I walk into your breathtaking store and am greeted by you! Oh, and, of course, Buddy! Thanks so much. Wishing you a beautiful day, Linda

  9. Joanne G
    2011/04/21 at 9:09 am

    I love it, love it.

  10. goaltalk
    2011/04/29 at 4:16 pm

    Gorgeous photos my lady! If you don’t mind me asking, what sort of camera are you using to take these photos. Each and every photo really speaks to the reader!

    • 2011/05/04 at 8:44 am

      All the photos on the blog thus far were shot with an inexpensive Canon Power Shot A720 IS, 8.0 Mega Pixels, 6x Optical Zoom – a sweet little ‘starter’ digital camera. I’ve been using this camera for a number of years now and obtained it for free, simply by using my Shoppers Drug Mart Optimum card points! Lol My husband gifted me a “grown-up” Nikon for Christmas, which I have yet to learn to use, and so I imagine the photos taken with it will be wonderful once I master it. Stay tuned….I’m so glad you’re enjoying the photos. :-)

  11. Christine Care
    2011/05/03 at 11:31 am

    Beautiful site. I look forward to having more time to peruse. So glad my daughter told me about it.

    • 2011/05/04 at 8:46 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Christine! Please drop by again and again, and feel free to share with others…

  12. Donna
    2011/05/07 at 10:01 am

    Absolutely beautiful Linda !!! Just like you ! Thanks for sharing your site with me.

    • 2011/05/07 at 12:31 pm

      Ahhh, thank you, Donna, for the gift of your beautiful comment! You all keep me motivated.

  13. 2011/05/08 at 10:50 pm

    Those are all beautiful photos of some of my favorite things!

    Take care,

  14. 2011/06/07 at 12:03 pm

    Dear Linda,

    Sanya and I received your email yesterday and wish you well on your journey to recovery…Thank you for the lovely comments on my oil painting. I painted it about ten years ago and, like you, I am a romantic. I paint what I love and what brings me great joy. We do like similar things. My home and garden reflect this. There is no print of the painting but please keep me posted on your blog and if I can get a direct link or email address to you I will send you pictures of some of my latest work…all still very romantic. It might be nice to keep up our correspondence this way. I love your blog, the high quality of it, and your exquisite taste. I’m glad you like my work, it’s a compliment.

    Sincerely, Bette

    P.S. Are you living in England? I’m in Southern California. One of our family names is Ryan…maybe we’re long lost relations….

  15. 2011/06/14 at 10:13 pm

    I felt like I’ve been in a garden wedding! Thanks for sharing & for your blog visit!



  16. 2011/06/17 at 6:09 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely adorable! Such grace and love….
    I have enjoyed my visit to your blog and I`m looking forward to explore it further more!
    Take care!
    Best regards,
    Ninni :-)

  17. 2011/06/18 at 8:21 pm

    Those were some lovely images! Thank you for sharing them….very pretty indeed! Vanna

  18. Peggy Head
    2011/06/23 at 7:45 pm

    Linda, looove this blog. It is so uplifting. Full of “Beautiful Ideas”, places I haven’t been, didn’t know about, but now I do! Thanks so much for your positive attitude and your cheery outlook on all things. I have added your blog to the Pat’s Plants & Gardens Facebook page.

    See you soon

  19. Sharon Miller
    2011/07/12 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Linda. I have enjoyed browsing your site today. It lifts my spirits just to know that I can escape the realities of life but for a little while.

  20. Tammy Fry
    2011/07/17 at 9:20 am

    You sounded amazing on the radio, Linda – a great job! I had planned to visit Pat’s plants yesterday, but unfortunately felt a little under the weather in the afternoon. I may get out there this morning if I can swing things that way. I’m going to a friend’s for brunch around noon and, after that, I have a bridal shower to attend, so hopefully I’ll get out to Bay Bulls this morning! Again, congratulations on a job well done. I look forward to seeing your posts about this weekend.

    Loves and Hugs!

  21. janet from tizzard's in gander
    2011/07/17 at 11:49 am

    Absolutely beautiful photography! Nice to see you again this summer :)

  22. Eleanor Teschendorff
    2011/07/24 at 9:47 am

    Hi Linda,

    Your blog is great. Your pictures are beautiful and your garden is amazing, and I am so glad I am now part of all of it. But none of it compares to meeting you. You are an amazing woman, beautiful, special amazing and all the wonderful words one can think of. You are an inspiration to all you meet and you probably have no idea of all the people you touch. I am so very glad I met you.

    Eleanor at Garden Visions

    • 2011/07/24 at 9:55 am

      Welcome, Eleanor!

      Thanking you for dropping by my blog! I’m so glad you and Roxanne found me! Thank you so much for your lovely compliment – now you’ve got me bawling – hubs just ran to get the tissues! Lol I cannot wait for Garden Visions to help me with my garden maintenance. I am so looking forward to enjoying my garden again, I cannot begin to tell you! It’s a gift that you and Roxanne give. We’ll have tea in the garden before too long…. Stay tuned as I took some sweet garden pics yesterday and will be sharing them soon.


  23. 2011/07/26 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Linda, We are looking forward to working in your garden very soon! Thanks so much for everything. Roxanne

  24. 2011/07/27 at 3:32 pm

    Hello Linda,
    Just found your beautiful blog. Love everything about it…especially your beautiful cat Monza! I’ll be back often to see what you are up to.

  25. Amy at Rose Hill
    2011/07/28 at 1:53 pm

    Dear Linda,

    I “stumbled” across your simply blissful blog from Jo-Anne Coletti’s blog…you had left her a comment on June 5th, and your sharing of your health situation so touched my heart and soul! I am reaching out to you with a big hug and to tell you how simply gorgeous your own blog is – the photos are sweet and restful, so serene.

    My own beloved husband is battling stage IV colon cancer…and only in his late 40’s. It has been quite a journey and test of courage and grace for our entire family. So, when I spotted your comment, I immediately said a prayer for you dear lady and wishing you great peace in your healing and recovery. What a beautiful soul you are. I will be back to enjoy your blog many times now!

    God works in such wonderful ways and thanks, too, to sweet Jo-Anne for “connecting” so many kindred souls through her vehicles of beauty and generous spirit. I do not have a blog myself—I am a busy working social worker professionally but SOME DAY hope to be able to truly “stop and smell the roses” and delight in all of these beautiful moments! Thank you for this amazing site with such wonderful and beautiful ideas and photos! I take my hat off to you!

    Big hugs to you and blessings!

    Amy Henrich in Iowa

    • 2011/07/28 at 2:13 pm

      Hi, Amy in Iowa!

      Thank you for your beautiful words – YOU, my dear, touched my heart today! I am a newbie to the blogging world and it never ceases to amaze me how far-reaching it can be.

      I must tell you that I only found the time to start my blog some months ago, since I am currently on medical leave from my job recovering from chemotherapy treatments – I hope to return in the fall. Blogging has turned out to be “happy therapy” for me – I never would have imagined it. I am learning new things about it every day!

      I look forward to your visits, and I truly appreciate your taking valuable time out of your busy day to visit ‘Beautiful Ideas’ – it is the ultimate compliment. You and your husband are in my prayers, and I, likewise, wish the very best for you both. Please keep in touch and keep the faith…


  26. Alana Barnes
    2011/07/31 at 1:41 pm

    This is the most beautiful site that I have ever seen…Thanks XO

  27. 2011/07/31 at 9:20 pm

    One of my readers sent me over to visit your blog, as she knows how much I cherish photography. And I’ve got to say, she was right. Yours are spectacular!

  28. 2011/08/08 at 12:24 am

    Hi Linda,

    What a lovely blog you have! My friend Carolyn of Aiken House and Gardens mentioned your blog to me and I’m so glad she did. We have many of the same quotes on our sidebar and I feel like I’ve just met another kindred spirit. Thank you for sharing such beauty. I hope you will stop by sometime and say hello.


  29. Judith Rypstra
    2011/08/14 at 1:10 pm

    Greetings to you! Love your blog, the pictures are wonderful. It’s like you can smell the scent of the flowers straight off of the pictures. Your gardens are delightful! Keep up the wonderful work. Your blog makes one feel like all will be well with my soul.
    Thank you!

  30. 2011/08/19 at 5:15 pm

    What a lovely blog…. enjoyed my time here! Love beautiful things and finding ways to make our lives more beautiful. Your photography is wonderful… and I see you also love Victoria magazine and kitty cats.

    So it’s a pleasure to ‘happen’ upon another gracious kindred spirit! I look forward to future visits!

  31. 2011/08/19 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Linda, I am visiting you from Carolyn’s blog Aiken House and Garden. Your photos are just beautiful. I’m glad you got to meet Carolyn. I hope I will some day as well tour her beautiful gardens. I live in New Brunswick and would love for you to visit my blog. I enjoyed my visit here. Blessings to you! Pamela

  32. 2011/08/31 at 7:26 pm

    Your garden is amazing Linda!!!!! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!!
    I am so glad you came over to my blog and left your lovely comment so I could meet you!

  33. bj
    2011/09/03 at 11:02 pm

    Beautiful post..loved everything in it.
    xo bj

  34. 2011/09/17 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Thank you so much for coming by and leaving a message for me. Your garden is beautiful. It is my passion as well.
    You have such a lovely site.

  35. 2011/10/02 at 6:31 pm

    Linda…truly a beautiful blog-home. I’m so happy to meet you! Are you headed back to work any time soon? Just stopping in to give you a hug~
    All Things Heart and Home

  36. 2011/10/02 at 11:15 pm

    You take such gorgeous photos, so inspiring. You really know how to ‘snap’ those glimpses of heaven….

  37. 2011/10/08 at 12:13 am


    I visited your blog today. Your photos are so lovely. I was scrolling down and I noticed the sunflowers..how pretty and cheerful.

    I love your tea cups and saucers. I have been taking time out each day to have a cup of tea. It can be very soothing after a hectic day. Your tea cup cookies are adorable.

    Me and my daughters started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would really enjoy coming back to visit with you. Your blog is so charming, and I am leaving here today with a smile. I hope to hear from you, and have a lovely evening.

    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  38. 2011/10/15 at 5:59 pm

    Your images are absolutely gorgeous!
    I LOVE the garden in front of the garage. What a great idea!!!

  39. 2011/10/16 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by my Pink blog….. it was a delight to come and see your lovely site!

    Seems we share a similar passion for beauty in all its facets.

  40. 2011/10/18 at 10:53 pm

    So sweet…you’ve really expressed autumn!
    I really appreciate your sympathy on the loss of my Belle.


  41. 2011/10/23 at 10:46 pm

    What a beautiful blog filled with gorgeous photos! So much warmth and coziness! Thank you for your visit to my blog and leaving such an uplifting message. I am glad to hear you are back at work even half time and seem to be doing well! Good luck in your journey- we will have to keep in touch with each other!

  42. 2011/10/28 at 2:52 pm

    Dear Linda,

    Thank you very much for your kind comment! I enjoyed scrolling through your photo’s. Your garden looks amazing. All those flowers and your beautiful garden house…it’s just the way I want my garden to be.

    Have a lovely weekend!


    • 2011/10/28 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Madelief!

      I’m glad that you enjoyed the blog! I hope you are having a lovely day.

      Do you remember the turban that you shared on your December 2010 blog post? You blogged that you make this wonderful nut and chocolate-filled cake on the day before Christmas…and the photos you posted were glorious! I will be hosting “A Christmas Tea for Lucas” on December 11th at my home for my good friend Carolyn Aiken in support of her 6-year old grandson Lucas who has muscular dystrophy. Lucas will be travelling from Prince Edward Island to Montreal with his mom (Carolyn’s daughter Jen) once a week for 52 weeks to participate in drug trials. I just know that my Tea guests would looove your awesome cake! And, I think I would enjoy making it! It looks so pretty and delicious. Would you kindly share the recipe?!


  43. 2011/10/29 at 10:00 pm

    Beautiful pics! Thanks for coming by and your sweet comments!

  44. Joanne
    2011/10/31 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Linda

    I just love the autumn pictures…how festive for this Halloween night…Thanks for all your inspiring photos and phrases…it keeps me going girl!

    Happy Halloween!

  45. Mona Thompson
    2011/11/06 at 9:19 pm


    These are, indeed, all beautiful ideas.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m so glad to have found yours.


  46. 2011/11/07 at 2:31 pm

    Dear Linda,

    Just read your comment on my blog. I didn’t realize you had a give-away. Lucky me to have won a prize :- )! I look forward to it very much.

    I just read your reply to my comment on your blog. Such a good idea to organize a tea party for Carolyn. I hope the drug treatment will help and Lucas will get better.

    I would love to send you the recipe, but I can’t find your email address. Would you mind mailing me? You can find my email button on my blog in the sidebar on the right.

    Have a lovely week!


  47. 2011/11/08 at 4:46 am

    So much beauty here, Linda! I was also captivated by the teacup cookies – those are so memorable! And that particular issue of Victoria happens to be one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing so much delight and beauty!

  48. 2011/11/11 at 7:00 pm

    Such a profusion of loveliness here! SO nice for you to visit and leave feedback! I’m glad you got some ideas you could use! Have a great weekend!

  49. Wanda
    2011/11/13 at 7:34 pm

    Hello Linda,

    What a lovely post.. I love all the beautiful flowers and china patterns.
    Thank you for visiting me today and leaving your comments. Have a wonderful week.


  50. 2011/11/16 at 10:50 am

    Hi Linda ,

    I finally got a chance to have a look at your blog, WOW! I am so impressed, but then again noticing your energy and enthusiasm I am not surprised. You have inspired me to get started on Christmas. I am very excited on visiting your home for the Tea for Lucas. I may take mom along as well. Your photos and decor are awesome, can’t wait.


  51. 2011/11/19 at 9:36 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking photos! Love the cookies, the flowers and of course the Victoria magazines – thoroughly enjoyed this post,

  52. mo
    2012/02/06 at 9:23 am

    Your page is a feast for my eyes. WOW!
    Thank you.

  53. 2012/02/14 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Linda,

    I am late as always leaving a comment :-)! What a beautiful post. So much colour!!! I enjoyed every bit of it! Your garden looks amazing and has exactly the sort of plants that I love. The peonies, the roses….it’s all so pretty. Your china is lovely too!

    I hope you and your husband will have a lovely Valentine’s day! Is your husband feeling better?

    Veel lieve groetjes, Madelief x

  54. 2012/02/23 at 9:53 pm

    Hello Linda,
    Thank you so much for the lovely comment about my gardens. The climbing rose is named Willian Baffin. It is Canadian Explorer Rose (so would work for you). Zone 3 and up. It blooms like the picture every year for a full flush and then has some blooms for the rest of summer and fall. It is hardly touched by insects, wish I would have planted more of them when I had room.
    Your post is just beautiful and I’m enjoying taking my time to view it.

  55. 2012/02/27 at 10:40 am

    Hello dear Linda,
    Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I always enjoy your lovely comments. Yes, we have many wonderful Inns and B&Bs, Hotels and Motels here on the Island. The Great George has been here forever but the one that Paul McCartney actually stayed in was The Delta. It is a newer one built in the 80’s down on lower Queen Street. Paul, no doubt, caused a little excitement when he stayed there! Have a beautiful day, my friend.

  56. 2012/02/28 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Linda,
    I recall you kindly visiting my little space late summer and I am so happy to have dropped in tonight. Such exquisite pictures of the sort of things which make my heart sing. Those coloured cookies are absolutely divine.
    I will be back now I have found you again.
    P.S. I am having a little giveaway if you are interested maybe…I think it’s in your beautiful style.

  57. 2012/02/28 at 6:16 pm

    Oh, so much beauty in all these photos!!

  58. 2012/02/28 at 9:07 pm

    Hello Linda!

    I have just had a most delightful time visiting with you and taking in all of the beauty here on your gorgeous blog! I can hardly believe how lovely everything is. So nice stopping by to meet you!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  59. 2012/02/29 at 7:28 pm

    Dear Linda and Monza,

    We love all of your photos of beautiful flowers, teacups and teacup cookies! It is so much beauty – we really like it here! Thank you for visiting and leaving comment for Buster. We are following your blog now – it’s always nice to make new blogging friends. You’re very beautiful kitty, Monza!

    Purrs and hugs from,
    Buster, Rudy, Sam and Mom Cindy

  60. 2012/03/06 at 11:53 pm

    Your flowers are beautiful! Now I am really in the mood for spring!

  61. 2012/04/14 at 10:38 pm

    Linda, what GORGEOUS photos you shared!! I wish I had your green thumb! Thank you so much for visiting our Baby cat. I’m glad she brought a smile to you! … Donna

  62. Tammy
    2012/04/19 at 8:32 am

    Hey there Linda Lou, Lou…talking to Joanne on Tuesday, she told me about your rib…ouch! Please take it easy and take care of yourself!

  63. 2012/04/21 at 10:48 am

    Oh, what a beautiful job and such lovely photos! I could just get lost in everyone of them.
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  64. 2012/04/21 at 12:49 pm

    Linda, thanks so much for visiting my blog! Your photos are exquisite! I can smell those beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing all these lovelies~
    Happy Pink Saturday~

  65. Lorraine Rideout
    2012/04/28 at 5:50 pm

    This is such a beautiful blog. Just had a quick look but looking forward to exploring further with a cup of tea, of course! Great to see you both today…take care…Lorraine

  66. 2012/05/06 at 7:18 pm

    What beautiful pictures of the flowers and all the teacups. I like that cake!

  67. 2012/05/14 at 1:23 am

    Thank you, my dear friend, for visiting my blog and commenting, too. Hope your day was terrific. Susan

  68. 2012/05/19 at 11:47 am

    Beautiful images..It is Saturday morning here -a beautiful long weekend gardening morning, so I am soon out the door. I will be back to look through your posts and get to know you more. I understand from the little I have read that you are healing – as are others. I wish you well. I will return…
    Have a lovely day, so many things to see here to soothe the mind:)

  69. 2012/06/13 at 10:36 am

    Good morning.
    I could just linger here…there’s so much for the eye to behold – lovely garden scenery, tea sets – all photographed beautifully.
    I hope you have a blessed day,

  70. 2012/07/10 at 11:36 am

    This is too beautiful for words! Your garden is lovely!

  71. 2012/08/12 at 10:55 am

    What a beautiful site :-) I believe it is a nice place to sit back with your cup of tea and enjoy! The pictures and stories are very warm, inviting and interesting. Appreciate you making my day brighter by doing this, I will be sure to share with my friends.
    Have a wonderful day,

  72. 2012/08/21 at 9:54 pm

    Hello Linda,

    I am just stopping by to say Hello. Hope all is well with you and that you are having a lovely Summer. You really do have a beautiful blog and I miss your postings. Hope you’re back soon. Take care.


    • 2012/08/21 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Sandi,

      It’s so wonderful to hear from you! And, yes, I will be back VERY SOON to my blog. I do miss it and all my blogging friends! I’ve had a busy, busy, busy summer and spent these past months ‘Growing’ my pet project ‘PinK Days In Bloom’ FUNdRaisers at local garden centres here on my island of Newfoundland in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Region. It was a beautiful success and over $28,000.00 has been raised so far to help fund breast cancer research, programs and equipment throughout Atlantic Canada. I am just ecstatic that CBCF-Atlantic has adopted PinK Days In Bloom as a Signature Summer FUNdRaiser and will be promoting the initiative in other Atlantic province using the Newfoundland success as a model!

      And, more beautiful news…I just got word that the Canadian National Landscape Association (CNLA) and Garden Centres Canada (GCC), at a meeting of its Board yesterday in Europe (where members are attending an international industry conference), voted unanimously to promote Pink Days In Bloom to its members in the Atlantic Canada and other provinces across the country! They even have a new Garden Centre of the Year Award that references Pink Days In Bloom in its criterion *GROWING ENVIRONMENTS: “Significant contribution to the community and your environment, either through a special project, or through store policies and operations – i.e. “Pink Days in Bloom” fundraiser, Arbor Day Tree Plantings (judged upon submitted explanation).” Whoo hoo! I hope that your garden centres on glorious Prince Edward Island will host Pink Days In Bloom FUNRaisers next gardening season in support! That would be a dream come true…

      Thanks for your kind words and for checking in!!! XO

      Linda :-)

  73. 2012/10/25 at 7:12 am

    Good morning, had a lovely time looking over your beautiful blog tonight. Loved the music on the Christmas review video. Just breathtaking decor. Simply adored my visit and looking forward to following your blog this year and into future. Thanks so much.
    Carole Marcum

    • 2012/10/25 at 7:27 am

      Good morning to you, Carole!
      Thank you so much for all your beautiful words! I am very appreciative that you take precious time out of your day to visit here. :-) I have been MIA on my blog these past months, busy with a bunch of projects, but I will be getting back to it very soon!
      Wishing you a beautiful day,

  74. 2012/10/25 at 4:32 pm

    Olá Linda!
    Seu blog é maravilhoso, fotos de tirar o folêgo. Adoro porcelanas e fiquei encantada com tanta beleza.

    Hello Linda!
    Your blog is marvelous, something about your photos. I love the china and was thrilled with all the beauty.

  75. 2012/11/08 at 8:17 am

    “The Man in the Red Suit” brought you to my door last night! I know I will enjoy that book and share it with many friends. We met for only a few moments but I felt so inspired by you and your “Pink Days in Bloom” story. Our meeting has brought me to this incredible blog! What a peaceful and beautiful place to visit. You are amazing! I feel so privileged to have met you and I wish you all the very best in your health and your Garden Journey. I will be following and will be back to have tea with you, for sure. Thank you so much.

  76. 2013/03/10 at 7:17 pm

    Beautiful series of photos .. the blooms are gorgeous and the tea things are lovely.

  77. 2013/03/11 at 3:15 pm

    What a gorgeous collection of flowers! Very relaxing and real treat to the eyes. Thanks for your lovely comment dear….

  78. 2013/03/12 at 2:51 am

    Linda thank you for visiting my garden blog (joaniesgardens) and leaving a comment. I am always interested in what other people are interested in so I I decided to visit your world and I see we have another passion in common… beautiful antique tea sets. I have a collection of my own that I add to when I find something that moves me. You have some stunning pieces that are a real treat to see… It was a very pleasant trip to your beautiful world! Thank you

  79. 2013/03/12 at 2:54 am

    Hello Linda!

    Thank you so much for leaving a comment and telling me my blog was helpful to you on your trip to NYC! I’m so glad you had a good time during your visit and I do hope you have many chances to return. I do miss some things about my native city but being close to my children and grandchildren have made up for that. I also am enjoying the beauty and serenity of where I now live. Sometimes, however, I think I’ll ‘wake up’ and be back in Brooklyn. I guess the reality of our move has not fully sunk in as yet. I will visit NY often in the future as dear friends and family members still live there, but I’m very happy to now be out west in Colorado!

    I enjoyed looking at all your beautiful photos! I’ll be back to read more!

  80. 2013/03/12 at 11:21 pm

    Linda, I was just gobsmacked by all the beauty featured here in this post!
    Your gardens are just an oasis, I could live happily there among the flowers.
    Thanks for sharing tea with me, it was truly a pleasure.

  81. 2013/03/25 at 10:32 pm

    I enjoyed all the flowers you’ve shared, so many pink ones that I have and love too. The teacup cookies are nicely decorated, having a similar cutter I know how much work was done to them.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  82. 2013/03/29 at 10:57 pm

    What beautiful snaps! Thanks so much for popping in to see me and Happy Easter to you.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  83. 2013/03/30 at 10:20 am

    Hello my friend,
    Oh, your photos are sooo pretty and makes one feel like Summer is here. Love the teacup cookies, tea things, and posies! Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a beautiful Easter weekend.


  84. Katherines Corner
    2013/04/03 at 12:42 am

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So many beautiful things in this wonderful post. XO

  85. 2013/04/04 at 9:44 pm

    Such beautiful pictures! Life to the full!

  86. 2013/04/05 at 2:02 pm

    Wanted to come by to say hello…it’s so very exciting to see garden posts again, winter has lasted way too long! Just wanted to let you know Fishtail Cottage’s Garden Party will be starting up again in May (Thursday May 2nd) Would love to have you come over and link up again and again! Hope you have a great weekend!
    XOXOXO, Tracie

  87. 2013/04/07 at 9:06 pm

    Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous post! Filled with eye candy and amazing photography!

  88. 2014/02/04 at 12:49 am

    I am so wowed by your photos. The colors are just striking!

  89. 2014/02/15 at 11:47 pm

    Loved your gorgeous post. So many beautiful images, thanks so much for sharing them with us. It’s always a pleasure.
    Big hugs,

  90. Helena
    2014/02/18 at 5:17 pm

    Monza looks so regal!!! And those Faerie ornaments….I love them!!!!

  91. 2014/02/23 at 11:39 am

    Linda, A lovely posting with tea and Victoria magazine as its theme.

    Congratulations on having your piece published in the most recent (Mar/Apr 2014) issue of Victoria magazine. It was a delight to find your name nestled underneath the title on the Chimes page.

    Wishing you a beautiful day…

    • 2014/02/23 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you, Brenda! I love that you enjoyed it.

      I am certain that my real-life garden faeries could never have imagined that their kind-hearted deed a few summers ago, when they tended to my garden and my heart, together with a very special plant ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ hydrangea, would inspire the breast cancer FUNdRaiser “Pink Days In Bloom”. I will be sharing more about that in my next post soon (please be sure to check the sidebar as this is my blog’s static or cover page).

      Isn’t it amazing how sometimes what we may think to ourselves to be on the surface a small kindness that we do for someone else, can grow and blossom into something so hugely beautiful and branch out unto the universe in all directions…

      In Hope and Love,

  92. 2014/04/18 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you for stopping by, Linda. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you. Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Easter.


  93. 2014/05/11 at 8:43 pm

    Linda, your garden is just stunning! I don’t think I have seen it before! Happy Mother’s Day to you too!

  94. 2014/05/11 at 9:43 pm

    Wow, Linda! Talk about all “good things and beauty” as I am oft quoting – your blog is all that and more! Your heart must burst with joy at so many gracious lovelies to capture in images and share in Blogland! Thanks so much for visiting me at The Writer’s Reverie – so glad I found you. I hope you’ll note the last Monday of every month and come link up at my place with my All Things Bright and Beautiful Link-up where folks can link the best of their past month’s posts – a sort of “encore performance” – illustrating a line from the hymn’s verse. I just started it in March and love collecting so much loveliness in one place as a recap of our blogging month. Here’s the link to the instruction page – this month it opens on Monday, May 26: http://www.thewritersreverie.com/all-things-bright-beautiful-link-up

    Hope to see you there!

  95. 2014/06/06 at 6:35 am

    What beauty it is! My God my heart is filled with overjoy and happiness :) Every single picture has more than a thousand words to narrate. I am completely awestruck and special reference to those teapots. I can probably spend hours..days,.year..or my entire life in such a place. I owe a Thank you Madam. This is bliss :)

  96. 2014/08/30 at 3:15 am

    Dear Linda,

    Such a beautiful place to stay, here, with your beautiful ideas.
    Thanks and have a great inspiration time.

    I wish you a great day,

  97. 2014/09/04 at 1:23 am

    Oh, Linda, your blog is so lovely! Your garden looks like a romantic fairy tale garden and all your photos are magazine worthy! I relished each and every one! Thank you for such eye candy to delight in.

  98. Elaine Hickey
    2014/09/08 at 11:34 am

    A simply beautiful job! Very professional.

  99. 2014/09/08 at 4:32 pm

    Dear Linda,

    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog! Sorry I did not pop over sooner, but it has been a busy summer. Hope you and your husband are well? I enjoy your beautiful posts of your garden and porcelain!

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

  100. 2014/09/09 at 6:00 pm

    Linda, What a gorgeous blog! Your garden is just stunning and your photos are, too!!

  101. 2014/09/17 at 2:06 am

    Wonderful pictures! I love the details and the decoration in your garden very much. Great time for your garden.

  102. 2014/09/18 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Linda! Your garden is beautiful! I am so happy to walk through other peoples beautiful gardens and feel there personalities in them. So lovely!
    Thank you so much for your visit to mine!

  103. 2014/10/16 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Linda, I’ve been thinking about you and hoping you are enjoying a beautiful autumn.
    I always enjoy when you stop by and leave your ‘footprint’ in my comment box. You are a delight!

    Wishing you a lovely day…

  104. 2014/10/19 at 11:05 am

    Wow, what a beautiful place here! Thank you!

  105. Jann Olson
    2015/02/20 at 11:43 am

    Your photos are always such a delight! I smile as I view each and everyone! I recently found a basket similar to your welcome one. It’s hanging in my craft room with dried Hydrangeas, but hoping to use it on the front door for Spring.

  106. 2015/02/25 at 11:16 pm

    Hi Linda! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog–I followed your blogger profile here and got to see all your amazing pictures! Wow, so beautiful (especially since it is the middle of winter and I feel like I have stepped into spring).

  107. 2015/03/15 at 11:23 am

    I just read your wonderful story of the transformation of your Mom’s room on Nancy’s Living Large in Small Spaces. It is simply gorgeous and inviting and warm. How blessed your Mom is! I fear having to go to a place like that because of the blandness of the surroundings and the sterile environment. Something you said in your post really hit home with me…..that the elderly still want beauty and nice things in their life.

  108. 2015/03/17 at 12:42 pm

    This is so gorgeous Linda! I always love your tea posts!

  109. Des
    2015/03/18 at 1:35 pm

    Beautiful inspiration pics….the garden house is so fabulous!!!!

  110. 2015/07/01 at 12:08 pm

    What an incredible garden! It’s like something out of a period drama!

  111. 2015/08/25 at 8:30 pm

    Such a wonderful and inspiring collection of photos, I enjoyed going through them! My home and garden desperately need some refreshing when it comes to decorations, and I love some of the ideas on these photos. I love your teapot decorated with flowers, I’ve been looking for a tea set like this, it reminds me of my childhood!

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