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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Winter Blues!

The Highwayman~ by Alfred Noyes

Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I'll come to thee by moonlight:
 The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees: 
 The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas:
 The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door:
Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark inn-yard,
And he tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred;
He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there:
 But the landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord's daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.
And dark in the dark old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked
Where Tim the ostler listened; his face was white and peaked;
His eyes were hollows of madness, his hair like mouldy hay,
But he loved the landlord's daughter,
The landlord's red-lipped daughter,
Dumb as a dog he listened, and he heard the robber say—
 'One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I'm after a prize to-night,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I'll come to thee by moonlight.'

He did not come in the dawning; he did not come at noon;
And out o' the tawny sunset, before the rise o' the moon,
When the road was a gypsy's ribbon, looping the purple moor,
A red-coat troop came marching—
King George's men came matching, up to the old inn-door.
 How Bess, the landlord's daughter,
The landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Had watched for her love in the moonlight:

 And still of a winter's night, they say, when the wind is in the trees,
When the moon is a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
A highwayman comes riding—
A highwayman comes riding, up to the old inn-door:
 Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet notes. My apologies to all my readers for taking such a long hiatus. But life has a way of interrupting my blog love. I truly missed visiting all your inspiring posts and have lot of catching up to do. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Hi long time sweet lady.
    I see you have done a Beautiful Tablescape in red and white my Favorite colors together. your China is Gorgeous with this lovely Centerpiece. You did a lovely job putting this all together sweet lady.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  2. Poppy your table is beautiful! I love your red transferware! It is so beautiful. Some day I will have some too! ;0) Thank you so much for visiting Take Six!

  3. What a fun and colorful table! Love your red dishes!! Your centerpiece is fabulous and does make a great statement! Love it all! I'm your newest follower. your family room too!
    Miss Bloomers

  4. Ooh lala !!! - the china, the roses, the candle centre piece - what a lovely romantic table setting and enjoyed reading through the wonderful text.

  5. What a beautiful table - so moving!!!

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  6. Beautiful table! Love every feature! Thanks for sharing! ~Zuni

  7. What a gorgeous table. I bet everyone loved it!

  8. Gorgeous table! I love the blue candle centerpieces with the red china, so perfectly gorgeous!

  9. Poppy , thank you for joining me today for tea... and your sweet comment.

    I'm swooning over your table setting... the centre piece with the submerged roses and candle is so lovely! and the strawberries and blue berries ..yum... beautiful post. xo HHL

  10. Beautiful! Love your colors! Thanks for sharing JoAnn

  11. Gorgeous table!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)


  12. Your pictures are beautiful. Such a lovely tablescape. I love the blue and red combination, and using the roses in the candles and with the napkins, what a clever and lovely idea. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  13. I am in LOVE with the roses in the glasses under the floating candles! That is awesome!

  14. Ahh, a nice punch of color! We need color in this "white" time of year (at least here we do)! I had to checc this out since I saw a picture of red transferware! Your blue filled vases with roses and a candle look awesome! That's a versatile idea!

  15. Love your tablescape. I have the same red and white transferware, but I sometimes lack inspiration on how to use it. I love how you paired it with blue. Such a strong color statement! And I am fascinated with the roses in the centerpiece containers under the candles. What a different idea. I've never seen that before. Very cool. Thank you for sharing.

    Eldarose from

  16. Had to memorize that poem many years ago - what fun to see it pop up again!

  17. Hi Poppy! I just love that piece of literature and I love your beautiful table! Love your pretty red plates and glasses! The roses in your candles are so pretty.
    Thanks for popping ( lol ) in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. What a cute idea to put roses in those cylinders with water and top it with a floating candle. Very unique.

  19. Hi Poppy, Absolutely beautiful! I love red transferware and the way you layered it on the red plates. The rose theme is so romantic with the floating candles with the rose stems, the rose napkin rings and the gorgeous color. I'm sure your guest loved this tablescape.

    The French Hutch

  20. great literature, beautiful table setting...this looks pretty good! your place settings are really beautifull!!
    I am your newest follower//pls follow back if you can.

  21. Hi Poppy,
    Your table is stunning as always. I adore the red plates! Whenever I hear or read the Highway Man, I always think of Anne in Anne of Green Gables when she gave her performance wearing her puffed sleeves. Wonderful post!


  22. Hi Poppy,

    Nice to have you back! This is truly an inspired table! I love your Royal Stafford plates and your crystal sherbets with berries. The candles are awesome; they really make a statement. Everything coordinates beautifully; this looks so cozy for a cold winter's evening. I had forgotten about that poem; it's fun to see it again.

    Thanks for your visit and your sweet comments, Poppy. Hope you have a great weekend!


  23. I'm back. :) Forgot to mention I LOVE your shots of the winter moon. Those are perfect for the poem.


  24. So beautiful! I love the candle glow and the colors used...Christine

  25. I love blue. How lovely your table looks. I'm a happy new follower from Wow Us Wednesdays.

  26. I've always thought that during his day, Noyes' poem must have been viewed as pretty darn racy. I love the blue light cast by your trail of candle holders against the red and white transferware. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  27. Very pretty, young lady!!!! I love the napkin fold! That is really cool!!! There is nothing like the drama of candlelight repeated down the center of a table! SO pretty! Well done!!!

  28. How lovely! I especially like the flatware - red is my fav color!

  29. "The Highway Man" always makes me think of Anne of Green Gables. Love the tablescape. You had me at a red toile plate :)

  30. Beautiful tablescape! Thank you for visiting Chateau Chic. I'm happy to be your newest follower, Mary Alice

  31. So creative centerpiece!
    Big Hugs

  32. Gorgeous hiway of blue dancing down the center of the table. Your red plates are soo pretty.. Great job.. xo marlis

  33. Thank you for sharing your wonderful table at Potpourri Friday! It is beautiful!

  34. Very the plates. Cool centerpiece!

  35. Beautiful table!! Those transferware plates are especially beautiful. Have you heard this poem set to music my Loreena McKennitt? It's a beautiful piece...

  36. Hi Poppy,

    Love your table setting! I recognize those lovely plates too - I have the same ones in that color and also in blue! :)


  37. So gorgeous! Lovely enchanting tablescape! And the poem! Fantastic - made me think of Anne of Green Gables! Perfectly done! thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  38. Truly an inspirational Dash of Color! The roses in the blue light and the cylinder candler holders are brillant. The red plates and goblets are beautiful with the blue hour photos as a background! Great Photgraphy. Happy Tablescaping! Pam


Thanks for stopping by and for your loving thoughts. They make me smile!Hugs~Poppy