I thought you might enjoy watching this short video that was filmed over several days in the life of different flowers. I found it fascinating to see how they appear to be waking up, stretching out their arms & yawning as they awaken from their long winter's nap.
Be sure to turn your sound up!
My flowers, both inside & outside the house are awake, too!
It is very early for such blooms here in Ohio,
but the recent very warm temperatures...
(record breaking 8o's last week)
have everything off schedule,
I like to cut a few stems of my hyacinths
to enjoy indoors, as their heady
fragrance can perfume an entire room.
like the daffodils & the crocus.
But the hyacinths are my favorites
at the moment.
I've got some displayed in my antique
French Haviland et Cie Limoges tea or coffee pot,
which I THOUGHT was a
chocolate pot at first.
Due to its diminutive size, though,
& the curve of the spout as well
as the little filtering holes inside,
the antique dealer from whom I bought it,
felt that it was truly a
tea or coffee pot instead.
Around the end of the XVIII century(1780 - 1800) ,
Europeans started preparing chocolate
with milk and sugar to create what we know
today as Hot Chocolate.
In fact the drink became so popular many of the leading
European porcelain manufactures such as Limoges in France began
making specialized pots and cups just to serve chocolate.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between
a coffee pot and a chocolate pot.
The two features to look at are the spout on the exterior of the pot
and the inside of the spout.
Coffee pot spouts are typically long &
A chocolate pot has a fairly short spout.
The inside of a coffee pot just before the spout
typically has a filter
(a small partition with holes)
that keeps grounds from getting into the cup.
A chocolate pot would not have the filter.
(mine has the holes)
I don't care...I fell in love with its delicate little
curvy handle & the pretty pink &
purple floral decorations on it.
Chocolate pots can be quite expensive.
Just do a google search on the subject &
you will be stunned at the prices
some of them are going for.
My paternal Grandmother owned one &
since it had the family's initial,
hand-painted in gold leaf on the front,
it was given to my brother.
SOMEWHERE on this computer
I have a photo of it, but I'll be darned
if I can find it right now.
I will edit this post when I do,
so you can see how pretty it is!
In the meantime, I guess you'll
just have to enjoy this one.
Thanks for visiting The Gazebo House today.
I'd gladly make you a cup of hot chocolate
or coffee or tea if you could stop by for real.
I'm joining Marty's party at