Monday, 23 September 2019

T sTands for Trees and a Trip to a pumpkin farm

Hi Everybody!

The weekend has started off cool and autumnal, and I like it! We had a warm and sunny weekend, so I walked lots and yesterday drove with Nathalie to Holland, where we had a fun day shopping and looking at the town, but I will tell you about it another time....

On Tuesday we are starting a new challenge at Tag Tuesday, and this time our lovely Joan  is hosting, and has chosen trees as her theme - a great theme for this time of year, so hope to see lots of people joining in. Joan has made 2 lovely, inspirational tree-tags which you will be able to see when the post goes live on Monday evening.
I made a hybrid tag to start off. The background was hand-painted, the tag cut from painted and stenciled card, the face is from Gecko Galz and the trees and other elements from Serif, all layered digitally:



It's also time for Elizabeth's T stands for Tuesday weekly gathering, so here a warm welcome to all of the lovely ladies of the T Gang who visit. I was out and about nearly all day every day, so needed to eat and drink to keep my strength up. Sorry, I had to take a bite before the photo was taken:


On the day I got this cappuccino I had walked all the way into Düsseldorf, good 10 kilometer, and badly needed sustenance:


I saw these signs outside a cafe on my way:



And this was the cappuccino served in Holland, with an extra portion of cream - which I didn't eat!


Water is sometimes good, too:


And here is a selection of the cups etc in our little thrift shop here:









Last week we visited a pumpkin farm in Mettmann, and had fun admiring the decorations:



Nathalie telephoning with a gourd:


And there is a cafe at the farm, so it would have been rude not to try their homemade cake - so yummy:





Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!


49 comments:

  1. What a great time you had, Valerie. I am amazed that you are still so slim and lovely! It must be great to be able to visit another country so easily.

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    1. Thanks! The photo shows a young friend, so I will pass the compliment onto her!

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  2. Hi Valerie omg what a beautiful tag i love the orange colour,well done my friend.
    Boy 10km thats awesome and wow so many pumpkins,great pics,hope your day is a good one Valerie xx

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    1. And another 10 kilometers back home afterwards!

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  3. Beautiful autumn tag. It is almost time to get my pumpkin! What a fun time you had with Nathalie.

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  4. Gorgeous tag! I love that beautiful cup from your first photo-and that is way too much cream for sure. I have not been to a pumpkin farm in ages-always so much fun to choose a pumpkin. and a great looking shop too Happy T hugs Kathy

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  5. Lovely tag, Valerie. Really beautiful. And I love the theme for Tag Tuesday.
    I enjoyed the photos of your coffee and cake. And of course the photos of the pumpkin farm. I have never been in such a farm! Kisses!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Mia! It's always fun seeing the pumpkin decorations and choosing pumpkins!

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  6. Beautiful pumpkins! Beautiful art, as always, the coffee and food makes me hungry!

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  7. You had a great time with your friends. I love homemade cake and coffee, especially after a long walk :) I wish you a nice week :)

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  8. I have a feeling that if I visited your thrift shop, I would have a very hard time packing for the journey home. All the photos are lovely -- I especially love that very pretty mug of cappuccino and the wonderful pumpkin photos!

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  9. I love the autumnal colors in your post. I'd definitely want one of the cups in that thrift shop to bring home as a souvenir :) or maybe that hat ;) The cake is making my mouth water. It looks delicious! Happy T Day!



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  10. OMG!!! Your tag is beyond gorgeousness!!! I absolutely love it!!!
    Your photos are always s beautiful and I always enjoy that you share their beauty with us. Thank you Valerie!!!

    Hugs 🍁❤🍂

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  11. Fabulous photos and your tag is gorgeous Valerie!
    We are in Germany, just arrived in the beautiful Black Forest and looking forward to exploring tomorrow :-)
    Alison xx

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  12. A cool tag, yummy cake and a great thrift shop, what could be better for late September? I love the tag Valerie. Nice new theme. And I also love picking through thrift shops and looking for bargains. There is all kinds of treasure to be found. Happy T day and as of now, Happy fall. Hugs-Erika

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  13. A super post Valerie, you have had a full week, with your trips out and a visit into Holland as well as all the walks you have been doing. I think you deserved the delicious food and coffee you shared photos of, you must have been hungry after all the miles you completed.
    I would have been into the thrift shop and probably come out with a few items, it looked very inviting.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  14. Your tag is beautiful and ethereal, Valerie. I love it!

    I wouldn't have drunk the cappuccino, but I would have eaten the extra portion of cream.😉 Nathalie is lovely - and lovely to let you share her photos. I love seeing the abundance of gourds at the farm. We don't have that here in the tropics, but it reminds me of my years up north in Wisconsin and New Jersey.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx

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  15. Wonderful array of pumpkins … and that cake looks delicious.

    All the best Jan

    PS I do like your tag!

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  16. The cappuccinos look so good! Beautiful pumpkins for our first day of Fall here. Happy T Day!

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  17. This tag is awesome. I have a LaBlanche silicone tree stamp someone by the name of VALERIE sent me one year. I MUST get it out and use it this fortnight. Hopefully I won't wait till the last minute like I did this time. Yours is fabulous and so well done, too.

    I fell in LOVE with the pumpkin patch. I already purchased a pumpkin, so I have mine for the year. I love those gourdes, though. And Nathalie with those twin pumpkins had me laughing!!!! Talk about funny.

    Your trip to the thrift store was amazing. I was so impressed. I loved several of the pieces. I was impressed with the "swan?" ladles, too. Of course the teapots held my interest just because they were so varied and unique.

    I would have not only eaten the extra whipped cream, I would have licked the glass (joking, but still). Thanks for sharing your lovely tag, your trips to the thrift store and the pumpkin farm, and your various coffees and cappuccinos with us for T this Tuesday. You had a VERY full week, dear friend.

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    1. Thanks! I am not a fan of whipped cream, I prefer my cappuccino with milk foam, yummy!

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    2. I think the 'swan' ladles actually are meant to represent the Loch Ness monster, affectionately called Nessie.

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    3. Yes, they are, and they followed me home and are now residing in my kitchen - Collani Nessies!

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  18. I love all the pumpkins. So pretty and festive. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. So many mugs and cups at the thrift store!

    Your tag is fantastic. Love the fall colors. I do enjoy this time of year and the colors it brings with it. :)
    ~Jess

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  19. So many pumpkins!!! The photos of the op shop are interesting, lots of goodies there. 😁 your tag is beautiful. Love that mug in the second photo, I probably would have eaten the cream!! But them cream does not go with peppermint tea!!

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  20. A beautiful tag full of fall colors. That mug your cappuccino is in is beautiful! I would have gone straight for that extra cup of cream.
    I always love seeing all the pictures of your stores. It looks like they have a lot of dishes to choose from.
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  21. You know I'm not a fan of any other season except Summer, but that Autumn tag is just gorgeous! Fabulous chalkboard signs! So many pretty plates and cups. I haven't seen many pumpkins out yet. I'm dying for a piece of that raspberry cheesecake and a cup of tea! Happy T Day

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    1. That raspberry cake was the best ever, oh my! Lucky I can't get there on foot!

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  22. Oh my! I could spend hours browsing in that shop!

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  23. Gorgeous tag and lovely autumnal colors! I love the silhouette of the tree! And how fun to see a sign in English! Unless that's common - I remember very little in English in our town :) Beautiful pumpkin farm and photos! How do they get them up and down from that big frame - unless it's decoration! :) Cheers!

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    1. There are lots of English signs here, it's fashionable! And the pumpkins are all real, they go to great trouble to make fantastic displays! I love to visit different farms and see the fun!

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  24. Beautiful artwork and weee... I like the bite taken - only this way you can see the inside ;-)

    The dinos!! Spoons? Very cool.

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  25. Beautiful art work. Lovely colours. Also I love Coffee...so great to see those delicious looking coffees.

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  26. wow this is one pumpkin farm, never seen one like that over here, wowzer...love the gorgeous post and magnificent photos and colours.xx

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  27. First of all I need that cake right now Valerie!(lol) While I'm not a fan of pumpkins, it's still lovely to see so many of them together. Yes, yes to cappuccino, frappuccino and lattes, please. You give such yummy pictures, and I'm in love with the pics of those coffee cups. A few are quite colorful. Hope your day is going well! Hugs, RO

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  28. Those cappuccinos look beautiful! And delicious!

    I love all of the pumpkins. It's still really warm here, so we haven't quite shifted over to all things pumpkin yet.

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  29. What an amazing post! You have captured autumn beautifully on your tag and wow, I would be in heaven looking at all those pumpkins and eating that delicious looking cake - so yummy 😉. Such great T Day photos too! Wishing you a very happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

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  30. I love your tag Valerie - it's gorgeous!!
    Isn't fall fun; it's my favorite season! You have so many wonderful places to visit and eat at!!

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    1. Thanks Joan - it's a great theme and Autumn is my absolute fave season.

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  31. I like the Autumn colors you used in your tag. Great photos from your walks. Your cappuccino always looks delicious. I like that pumpkin farm.

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  32. I love the tag, so beautiful. Your photos are also so lovely. You go on such wonderful adventures!

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  33. A lovely tag, Valerie. Bang on theme.
    I was amazed at the pumpkin farm. I have never seen one apart from the one Elizabeth showed us one year and that looked very different. I smiled at Nathalie joking about with the pumpkins.
    The thrift shop is fantastic! I would have spent a lot of time in there and be oh so tempted to buy lots of things. But I can imagine if you are on a 10 km walk, you don't want extra baggage...
    The raspberry cheesecake looks divine! And I would have left the whipped cream too. I am not a fan of cream.
    I'm sorry I am late in commenting. We've been away camping on the coast and there was no wifi on the campsite.
    Happy belated T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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    1. Better late than never, it's always good to hear from you!

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  34. What a so so wonderful tag Valerie !! It´s Gorgeous, I love the so beautiful background you have created, and I love the colours, and the digital design. I ´m sure you had a very nice T-day, and I like very much this cappuchino, the cups are beautiful. Well, the shop is fantastic, with so many things to see, and what can I say about your tartes ? they are.... so so yummy ! Great photographs from the pumpkin farm, thanks so much for sharing with us. And a big Thank you big big for your treasures I´ve received, I loooove all Valerie, ♥ Loove your tag book, it´s really Gorgeous in my hands!
    I wish you a very nice Friday, and send you biiiig hugs,
    Caty

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    1. Thanks Caty, you are very, very welcome! Glad you like your little book!

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  35. If the number of drinks (and a big ooh! to the orange mug!) is anything to go by you've had a great week! I laughed to see your friend with the pumkins being held in just the same way I stood in front of a class of young teens when one of the boys yelled out 'Miss, you can't do that!!!!'The thrift shop looks a great place! I love the tree tag - hoping to join in again! Have a great weekend! Chrisx

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  36. Beautiful art, food, drinks, a great post!!! Love your photos!!! Big Hugs!

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  37. Fabulous tag Valerie..love the tree in your blog header photo, just stunning..x

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