Sunday, February 20, 2011

"The Thorn Birds" Tablescape

One of my all time favourite love stories done superbly in both paperback and TV mini-series, was the love triangle between Father Ralph de Bricassart, Meggie Cleary and God.

I dedicate this weeks table scape to that tragic love.....

Father Ralph de Bricassart telling the legend of the thorn bird to Meggie 

"There's a story... a legend, about a bird that sings just once in its life. From the moment it leaves its nest, it searches for a thorn tree... and never rests until it's found one. And then it sings... more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. And singing, it impales itself on the longest, sharpest thorn. But, as it dies, it rises above its own agony, to outsing the lark and the nightingale. The thorn bird pays its life for just one song, but the whole world stills to listen, and God in his heaven smiles."

Meggie Cleary
"Oh, go away! I can't bare to look at you anymore! And there's one thing you've forgotten about your precious roses, Ralph, they've got nasty thorns!"

 "As for Ralph, he'll never know Dane's his, unless you tell him. And if you do, I warn you, I'll be as merciful to you, as you've always been to me"

Meggie Cleary
"That dear and gentle God who has taken from me everyone that I've loved most in the world. One by one. Frank, and Hal... and Stuie... and my father. And you, of course. Always you. If God is merciful... left me no one else to grieve" 

"The Thorn Birds" TV mini-series, has to be one of the best of the 80's!

On My Table
10" dinner plates used as chargers - "Medallion Wreath" Walmart
 soup, bread & butter and 9" dinner plates - thrift store find
gold wheat glasses - I've had for a while
table runner - Dollar Store
centre piece bird - thrift store find

Be sure to join myself,
Father Ralph de Bricassart and  Meggie Cleary 
over at Susan's at Between Naps On The Porch
 for Tablescape Thursday!

On Sunday, we will also be together at Chari's over 
at Happy To Design

Don't miss next's BBC " North and South" Tablescaping


  1. Hi Diane...

    Welcome to the Sunday Favorites repost party, my friend! I'm just tickled pink to have you! And...what a wonderful post to revisit...a tablescape done in honor of the Thornbirds! Ohhh yes...I loved the movie and the series! I never read the book but I'm sure I would love it. Your table is beautiful, Diane...and you sooo perfectly depicted The Thornbird theme through your table centerpiece. What a creative and talented lady you are! Love that pretty bird and cyrstal pedestal cake plate! Ohhh...and your place settings are gorgeous! This is the first time that I've seen that dish it!

    Well dear lady, thank you so much for sharing your lovely table with us for Sunday Favorites! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  2. That was a great book and tv series! Your plates and glasswear are very pretty. I'm liking the frosted glasses with gold leaves and the bird sitting on the compote. Have a great week! Blessings, Pam

  3. Two of my favorites books and series. I wish they would repeat the series. I would certainly watch and I know others would!

    Beautiful and creative tablescape!

  4. A woman after my own heart! How I LOVED reading the book The Thorn Birds and then was totally enthralled with the TV mini-series which I have watched over and over! Your quotes have brought back so many special memories...I want to see it again! Love that you did a tablescape themed around The Thorn Birds - it is lovely! I also enjoyed reading and seeing North & South years ago - can't wait to see what you do for that one!


  5. I loved that tv series and do watch bits as it makes its reappearance. Love your table inspired by this show. the dishes are lovely.

  6. Wow...I had completely forgotten about "The Thorn Birds" and what a great miniseries that was back in the 70s. I remember being glued to the television set! Thanks for such a wonderful memory! You paid a nice tribute with your table!

  7. I've read and watched the Thornbirds so many times, but not in a number of years. I need to pull out the novel again. Such a magnificent saga! Never have liked Brian Brown...he played his role too well. Thank you for sharing the memories of magic literary moments. Cherry Kay

  8. Beautiful spring table. I love the glassware, brings back good memories...