When my friend Janice's November birthday arrived, I wanted her to get to go to an
Afternoon Tea. Here's the birthday girl:
We found the London tea room to
be in a charming old building in St. Louis. With an Afternoon Tea Tray you eat from the bottom up so first there
were 3 savories. Lower plate: a chicken salad croissant, cucumber sandwich and salmon sandwich. The scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam from England were on the middle plate and the top held 4 desserts: chocolate mousse cup, treacle tart, a macaroon and an orange madeleine.
I have given Afternoon Teas myself so I appreciate all the work that goes into this variety of finger foods. I was dressed a bit silly and fun for the occasion.
We were seated in a large lovely room in the back and the front is reserved for walk-ins who order pastries, tea and there is a gift shop area.
I hope you will take time to check your
area and see if someone serves Afternoon
Tea. Yes, at first you might think it is more expensive but when you understand how special and unique the experience is - it can't be compared to lunch in a restaurant. (do I get an Amen from the tea room owners?)
I was surprised to find some flowers still in the garden - at least enough for this bouquet.
I recently noticed this Game Series Spode set was used in the humble hearth kitchen of the Drew family (Tim and Margie) who were tenant farmers as part of Downton Abbey.
Some people dread cold weather but
I do appreciate the 4 completely different
seasons here in Missouri. This week our temperatures are going into the 40's.
I chose some fall tea wares to
I have my Downton Abbey cookbook out and looked for a recipe for Potato Leek Soup although I wouldn't do it cold as suggested by Arsene Avignon, the Sous Chef at the Ritz. Remember during the class with Alfred he asked the students what the name was changed to and Alfred did not know the answer (Vichyssoise).
Our butterfly bushes were loaded with action today. They have continued to bloom because I deadheaded them all summer.
putting in the rest of the flower garden. I look at these photos and can't believe it took me several days of digging this out. Now we need 30 more of those cement decorative blocks to put around the edges and bark.
I extended this area away from the pussy willow. It was only 40 degrees outside today so I am glad to get this done. Of course now I must go get the cement border pieces and the mulch. The real work was picking out the BERMUDA grass the neighbor planted which has come into our yard. That grass is horrible and I don't like it!
Isn't it easy to put things off? I sat on
myself this week as I find every year now
physical things become harder. So, it was
do it now as next year it will just be harder.
I am thrilled to get this digging done. I could
have never done it if I hadn't been walking
an hour each day for the last year. I left the center open so my husband can drive his mower through easily.
Three weeks ago a naughty man drove up
in the truck and parked in front of
our house at 4:33 am. In the dark, he stole
my grey wheel barrel which I now realize
I should not of left outside the garage.
The neighbors video camera across the street
caught him from several angles but then -
there must be a million trucks like his in
this town. So we had to buy new wheel barrel which is easier to push really with two wheels.
By the front door walk:
I have 2 butterfly bushes still blooming only because I deadheaded them this summer.