Sunday, July 25, 2010

A trip to the Springs

Last week, the kids and I drove to Colorado Springs to spend a couple of days. There's so much to see and do there. We spent the night at a hotel with an outdoor pool -- not so easy to find these days, have you noticed? -- and went to a Sky Sox baseball game, a minor league team where some of our favorite Rockies players are temporarily assigned. It's a small ballpark, filled with enthusiastic fans, and the action is right up close.

My personal goal on our trip was to see Bernideen's Store in Old Colorado City. If you read Bernideen's Tea Time Blog (and if you don't, you really must! If you like tea, you will love it!) you would love her store! Walking into the store is Bernideen's Blog, come alive. The smells of tea and cookies and lavender fill the air. Beautiful teapots and teacups abound, along with gifts and linens and dried florals, gourmet tea foods and children's tea sets, and anything you can think of for a tea party.
Bernideen is perfectly lovely. She's been in business for over 20 years, the past 16 in Colorado City. Friends and customers alike frequent her store and are greeted warmly, and offered peach tea and lemon tarts, while browsing through the shop. I felt as though I was reacquainting with a friend, since Bernideen and I have visited one another's blogs and have mutual blogging friends as well. Blogging is a neighborly community unto itself and I continue to meet the nicest, loveliest people. Of course, I couldn't leave the store empty handed ;) When I walked in, I immediately spotted this little teacup stand. I have a collection of bone china teacups, and Bernideen's has an assortment of teacup racks -- either wall hanging or freestanding. I love this one, with the little birds on top. I filled it with my purple and lavender themed teacups. What do you think?

Won't you join me for a cuppa tea?

19 comments:

Judy said...

Beautiful!

I don't much like tea, but how could it not be perfect in such a perfect setting.

Joanne said...

What a charming place, and tea cup stand too. It's such a unique accent piece. Love the birds on top! I'll definitely join you for a cup and conversation :)

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
I AM SO HAPPY YOU GOT TO VISIT BERNIDEEN IN HER TEA SHOP. HOW NICE, PEACH TEA, AND LEMON TARTS. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, YOUR TEA CUP RACK. IT IS PRECIOUS AND THE BIRDS
ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. IT LOOKS LOVELY ON YOUR TABLE. YOUR PHOTO OF BERNIDEEN IS SO NICE.
HAVE A NICE DAY.
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Bernideen said...

Thank you for such lovely comments and soing this post! It was lovely meeting you and your children were amazing!

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Hi Karen, I just love that little tea cup holder and would love to have that cuppa tea with you! How nice that you were able to meet a blogging friend - you're right about the connections and friendships - bloggers are so generous with their time and assistance!!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment - the recipe for the zucchini cannelloni is really pretty basic - let me know if you get to try it out. You know how big those zucchini grow in in NJ!

Oh, and your dad stopped by my blog and left a nice comment. Give him a hug for me please - what a sweetheart!!

Ciao, bella!

Bee Jay said...

Oh I'd love to visit in that shop - it looks wonderful - and yes I'll join you in tea - but I much prefer English Breakfast thanks! (LOL) Blessings!

Renna said...

The tea stand is adorable! I love anything with birds on it. I have some antique tea cups packed away in a cabinet. I never thought about displaying them in that way.

My daughter is living in England right now, but will likely (hopefully) be moving to Colorado Springs in the fall. If so, I'll certainly check out that darling shop when I visit her! ;-)

Susanne said...

It's adorable. I didn't know there was such a thing as a teacup stand.

Linda J. said...

I enjoyed visiting Bernideen's via your blog post. I'll happily join you for a cuppa tea!

Country Dreaming said...

Yes, I'd love a spot of tea--please.
Colorado Springs is one of my favorite place to visit--lots of fun things to do.
Glad you had a good time and could meet a blogging friend.

Have a great Monday.

Melinda

Joyce said...

I just LOVE Bernideen and her sweet little store and all of her creativity! I wish I lived closer so I could get up there and visit her!
I am so excited and GLAD that you were able to go and see her and have Tea at her shop.
She's a lovely lady.
We haven't been to Colorado Springs in a few years and haven't any plans to go to Colorado in the future even. :~(
But when and if we get back up there...we will be sure to see her little shop!
Thanks for sharing!

Country Dreaming said...

Me again--Thanks for joining the
"following!"

Happy Monday.

Melinda

Angela McRae said...

I'm a longtime reader of Bernideen's blog, so I was happy to find out about your blog from hers! Thanks for sharing your visit with those of us who haven't quite it made it to Colorado yet!

Sherri said...

Karen, what a really cute shop! So many nice things! I'm a tea drinker and I'll have to follow her blog! Thanks for sharing!

Donnetta said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Would so enjoy joining you for a cup of tea! :-)

Paula said...

Hi Karen, Your visit to the tea shop sounds so interesting. Like your new header pictures too.

Bill said...

Sounds like a fun trip, and how cool that you got to visit a fellow blogger in her charming shop!

Marilyn said...

Hi, It's always fun for me to find a Colorado blog friend. I've been to Bernideen's and found her shop to be as lovely as she is. Glad you enjoyed your visit, too.

My home is on the northeastern plains and I'd love to have you stop by for a visit. ♥♫

fruitfulwords said...

I wish I had read this 2 weeks ago. I just came back from a trip to the Springs. Next time I'll take a friend or two to this tea shop.