Tuesday, June 13, 2017

T stands for Tea...with Susan Branch and Fi

Susan Branch....yay! she signed them for us!
Before we went to Ireland, Fi and I attended a Love of Literature luncheon hosted by South Shore Stars.  It is their annual fundraiser for RISE... Reading is so Exciting.  For me, this couldn't be more accurate. As my local librarian recently told my daughter, " I love your mom, she is open to anything." So true, but being a cautious person, my adventures are limited to between the pages of a book.   Still, I would say it's a great way to experience adventures, get a taste of other cultures,  gain a different perspective, be entertained while learning, and expand your world. If you haven't picked up on it, I am a life long lover of books.  And sometimes, I have had the chance to meet an amazing, interesting, kind, heartwarming author/artist.
Tea with Susan Branch.
I love Susan's style and whimsical illustrations, recipes and books, so I was excited to attend this tea.  Even though Susan said she is really not a public speaker, her warmth radiated through her talk. What you see on her blog www.susanbranch.com is beautiful and thoughtful, and shows a special effort and attention to detail. Her writing is so engaging you feel you must read...just one more chapter.   Check out A Fine Romance, a charming journal about the English countryside filled with her illustrations. As Susan advises, "Fill your heart with beauty."
and add some tea and scones!
And if you ever have the chance to visit Susan, run don't walk. At the very least check out her blog, you will be both delighted and inspired.
Spread sunshine.




27 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful meeting, and the lovely tea you had looks great, too. Happy T Day, Valerie

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  2. It looks like you had a wonderful afternoon tea 😀. How lovely to meet this delightful and inspiring author, I checked out the link to her blog and it's full of happiness - thanks for sharing! Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊

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    1. I meant to say that Susan's current post has one of those spoons with a saying engraved on it, like the ones from Bungalow 26 that are pictured on the lovely Bluebeard and Elizabeth's post today ... how spooky is that ... lol! 😀 J x

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    2. Absolutely! I thought so too! I get so many great ideas from Elizabeth, Susan, and you too! Have a great t day!

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  3. what a thrill to meet a favorite author! thank you for sharing her blog and that wonderful looking tea. Happy T day!
    Off to check Susan Branch's blog:)

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    1. Thank you Linda. I know you will love her blog. Have a happy t day!

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  4. It is certainly wonderful that you and your daughter had this experience with Susan Branch. Those books look wonderful and autographed, too. How awesome is that?

    I really enjoyed the photo of the afternoon tea and scones. I just wish there was a place like that in Wichita, but the tea room we had was gone before it got started.

    Thanks for sharing this time with Susan and your lovely tea and scones with us for T this Tuesday. Such a beautiful way to show off the afternoon tea, too.

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I love to meet authors, and see if the connection I feel from the writing is there in real life. Susan was just the best! It was a fun day, glad you enjoyed reading about it.

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  5. I went to Susan Branch's blog and realized our friend Erika has been reading her books for awhile. She even mentioned Martha's Vineyard in one of her posts this past year. I can't wait for her to see this T post. She will be SO jealous!

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  6. So cool to meet a favorite author. Ill have to go check out her website. You always have great recommendations for books. Happy T Day

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    1. Thanks CJ. You will love her website. Just reading it puts me in a happy, homey state of mind. Hope to Skype next week. Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. It must have been wonderful to meet up with the author of books you enjoyed reading. Your afternoon tea looked delicious.
    happy T day
    Yvonne

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    1. Yes it was! And she was as nice in person as she seems on her blog. With traffic, it took us 2-1/2 hours to make a one hour trip. So worth it, I would do it again in a heartbeat. Have a happy weekend!

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  8. I love the way that table is decorated for the tea. Cute!

    Happy T Tuesday :)

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    1. Yes, and they gave me the centerpieces! Have a happy weekend!

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  9. How cool to meet Susan Branch. I loved her England book and her autobiographies too. Cool that you got to meet her! Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Erica, she was the nicest! If you ever get the chance to meet her, take it. She was great!

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  10. What a great treat that must have been! I will check out the blog tomorrow! Definitely my bedtime now! Happy t Day! Chrisx

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    1. Hope you had sweet dreams and had a chance to check out her blog. Happy weekend!

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  11. wow what fun to meet Susan Branch years and years ago I had run into her books and picked up a couple cookbooks at that time I always enjoyed her art work too. I will check out her site thanks
    enjoy your day Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy, love her style, recipes, and upbeat attitude. Wishing you a happy weekend!

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    2. Thanks Kathy, love her style, recipes, and upbeat attitude. Wishing you a happy weekend!

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  12. What a lovely tribute to Susan Branch, Nan, as well as to reading in general. That's a lovely picture of the three of you.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

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  14. Thanks so much Eileen, so happy to have a photo to remember the day! Very happy to share the experience too. Have a happy weekend.

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