The Royal Wedding

by Suzy Nielsen on April 29, 2011

We realize, of course, that there will be 100′s of posts about the royal wedding today. I just thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite things, and maybe hear what you enjoyed most, as well.


The Dress

I mean come on, lets be real; this is what all the women are waiting to see. Right? Personally, I think it was perfect, and so very Kate. Elegant and fashionable and she didn’t absolutely swim in it. Thank goodness (Poor Diana). Also, a lovely nod to Grace Kelley’s dress. And who doesn’t think Grace Kelley wasn’t the epitome of fashion.

The Flowers

Again one can’t help but notice the similarities to Grace Kelley’s bouquet. But how sweet. I like that it wasn’t so large it overshadowed the dress. Anything more and I think it would have been too much. Also The symbolism of the Lily Of The Valley is very sweet. It is a symbol of humility and the return of happiness.

And then the Abbey. It was meant to look as a spring garden. No mean feat for a rather austere building, and it was beautifully done, don’t you think?

The Groom

A real Prince Charming! . . . . sigh

I could go on and on and on. Don’t worry I won’t, because I would love to hear from you. What did you love most about the wedding?

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like . . . Spring??

by Suzy Nielsen on April 13, 2011

I offer the title of this post with a little tongue and cheek; a wink and a nod.

The truth is that winter has kept it’s firm grip on us, up here in the north, until just recently. The first week of April, by my reckoning, and the giant snow pile in the front yard.

But even that can’t last and surely the snow too will melt, and Spring, not to be suppressed, will find its way to us despite the snow that’s left.


So until full bloom is upon us I thought I’d ponder some of our favorite Spring things.

Tulips! Coming soon to a vase near you!

Tulips! Coming soon to a vase near you!

Seedlings: The promise of a Garden

Seedlings: The promise of a Garden

The first planting of the season

The first planting of the season feels so good!


Rose Arbour Scones . . . Always in season!

Cream of Asparagus Soup

For the Cream of Asparagus Soup recipe see my post

Spring Time Soup

Spring Showers


What are your favorite Spring thing?


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It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas!

December 8, 2010

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Scottish Christmas Tea

November 13, 2010

We are taking reservations now for our Scottish Christmas Teas. Jon us for this
festive celebration of the season!

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Cream of Pumpkin Soup

October 1, 2010

Autumn is in full swing here at Rose Arbour. The leaves have begun to turn and we finally got some much needed rain. The last couple of days have been perfect days for a cup of tea or hot spiced cider, or perhaps a bowl of Cream of Pumpkin Soup.

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Ready, Set, Fall

September 10, 2010

Fall foliage hasn’t arrived yet, but it’s on it’s way. The days are becoming cooler, and a few of the trees have started to blush. September is a beautiful month here in Vermont. There is a hush that happens in September. The kids are back in school, the air is drying out, and I actually smelled the first fire of the season. I love the smell of chimney smoke, don’t you?

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Food For Friends

August 25, 2010

We got a new shipment of books into the shop, yesterday. I Love books to begin with, but cooking books are just divine. Don’t you think? I like to just peruse the books we get in just to familiarize myself with what were selling, but also to sneak a peek of some of the recipes. So today’s pick is “Food For Friends” by Fran Warde.

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