Friday, January 31, 2014

Copyright Infringement and getting sued - it happened to her

I read a thought-provoking article on BlogHer recently. The blogger talked about her experience of being sued for using a random photo from Google images.

If you ever post images from the internet without getting the owner's permission, it can happen to you too. After reading the article, I went through every one of my blog posts and removed any images that were not mine - even going so far as to remove a "Maxine" cartoon and photos that had been widely circulated in e-mails.

Here's the link to the article.

I read another very good article on copyright infringement: what it is, and how to avoid it; interestingly enough, this article pointed out there are bots out there looking for copyrighted images 24/7/365. You see, there is potential big money in copyright infringement lawsuits for (you guessed it) - the attorneys. Here's the link. This image comes from this story, and Kari DePhillips has granted permission to use it.

^ Image copywrong: Kari DePhillips. Others are free to steal or "borrow" this graphic, not that anyone should want to. ^ (used with permission)

I am not an attorney, so rather than me answering questions in the comments, I'll just refer you to an attorney. Certainly, there is a lot of information about this issue on the internet too.

I'll just say this: better safe than sorry! Feel free to share your concerns or stories about this issue.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This is why I garden


It's not just the process, but also the result. Especially the result. That's what keeps me out in the garden on even the hottest summer days, moving about the garden, looking, critiquing, weeding, watering...

 Blackberries from our garden
We also grow red, black, and gold raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and rhubarb.
And, of course, vegetables and herbs
Lots of good things to eat here!

Lots of eye candy too:

 I am constantly trying soil amendments to get those gorgeous blue hydrangeas. Mine are more purple than blue, though. Pretty too, but I won't quit trying!

 I adore daylilies! One of my favorite flowers for sure.
Hemerocallis 'Inner Destiny'

 'Janice Brown'

 'Strawberry Candy'

 'Black-eyed Susan'


 Cranesbill Geranium (I've forgotten the specific cultivar)

 This is the David Austin rose 'Bishop's Castle.'

 I love this picture. It was taken in someone else's garden, and I used this for my blog header at one time.

There's nothing quite like a daylily in my book. Beautiful!

THIS is why I garden!
Spring cannot come soon enough for this midwestern gardener!

Linking to Fertilizer Friday and HOME and Home and Garden Thursday

Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentine's Tea #2


Tea time gives one a great respite from the stresses and busyness of a typical day, and provide a bit of warmth in the cold winter. Dressing the tea table up and playing with my dishes for holidays make it even more of a pleasure!

 Tea for three with Old Country Roses
There are two teapots on the table for my guests.

 A heart-shaped box of candy graces each place setting.

 A two-tiered tray of goodies

 I made heart-shaped butterscotch scones. The recipe can be found here; I omitted the ginger.

 I served the scones with strawberry jelly and butter in vintage glass dishes.

 Mini cherry cheesecakes - a vanilla wafer on the bottom - a cream cheese/sugar/cool whip mixture in the middle and a little cherry pie filling on top - the recipe can be found here.

 Several teas to choose from -

I'm closing with a close-up of my Old Country Roses teapot. This is different from the OCR teapot one usually sees. I rather like it.

Linking to Tea Time TuesdayFriends Sharing Tea, and A Return to Loveliness

Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog Party with giveaway

Today I am participating in the Grow Your Blog Party sponsored by Vicki at 2 Bags Full. Thanks, Vicki, for doing this. I thoroughly enjoyed the party last year and am excited about this year's party as well.

About Me:

Hi, I'm Beth, and I've been blogging at Beyond The Garden Gate for four years. I'm retired and love that I have free time to pursue my interests of gardening, travel, baking, reading, volunteering, and caring for my pets. I'm a Christian. I live in Iowa and retired from a nursing career three years ago. I have two grown children and two precious grandsons.

 Several years ago, we posed on our front porch.

Good friends and the husband and I on an autumn excursion - I'm wearing the pink and white sweaters

About my blog:

My tag line is "My Garden, My Table, My Life" - and I blog about gardening, tea, cooking, travel, and my pets. I often blog about tea on Mondays and gardening on Thursdays - but this isn't written in stone. In the winter, it's less about gardening than in spring, summer, and fall as I live in a climate where we do not garden outside in December, January, and February - too cold and snowy!

Beth's garden:

We have a 1/2 acre suburban lot. Most of the backyard is garden (cuts down on the mowing and gives me room to try new plants every year). 

 I am in love with coneflowers!

 Early spring brings daffodils - I have hundreds of them in my gardens.

 I grow nigella...

 ...and lupines.

 Pale pink hollyhocks

 I grow lilies (these are Stargazers),

 as well as daylilies.
'Janice Brown,' pictured above, is a favorite.

 I adore Clematis 'Josephine.'

I like roses too.

Beth likes tea:

 Here I am at Shay's Tea Room. Two photos below, the food and drink at Shay's.

 Tea at my house, using 'Rose Chintz' by Johnson Brothers

 Cooking: Beth's Cakes:

A decorated cake - wrap it up!

 I took a cake decorating class a couple of years ago. These are some of my beginning efforts.

Fondant, pretty in pink

Beth's travels:

 Australia - trip of a lifetime!

 Las Vegas - great fun with a great friend!

Mackinac Island, a truly amazing place

 Rocky Mountain National Park - Estes Park, Colorado

 More RMNP

 I love flowers! Here I am at Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa.

Sunset on the prairie, Kansas

I enjoy showing off pretty pictures, and telling you all about my adventures in gardening, tea, and travel.

Looking for more of what this blog is about?

Click here and here to see my 2013 year in review (pets, tea rooms, my garden, etc).

Or, to view a garden post entitled, "The Day 500 People Walked through my Garden," click here.

Or, to view a recent tea post, "Tea As Art," click here.


I'll be giving away a $15 Starbucks gift card. Here are the giveaway rules: Simply leave a comment on this post. A winner will be selected on February 15th using The winner will have 10 days to respond with an address for me to mail the gift card to; if no response within 10 days, another winner will be selected.

Good luck, and thanks so much for visiting my blog! Be sure to visit party host Vicki at 2 Bags Full, where you can enjoy her posts as well as find many other blogs to visit and maybe even sign up to follow. 

If you like what you've seen here, I'd appreciate you becoming a new follower through Google Friends Connect, Linky Followers, or signing up for post delivery through e-mail.


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