Monday, August 23, 2010


I have a collection of lace collars - all are very old....

I wonder who wore them - who was the lady who embellished her blouse or dress?  and who mastered this art of crochet and delicate lace work....

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Early in the morning is a restful time to just gaze out on the garden....a time of refreshment, prayers and pause....

One of our squirrel friends stopped by for a nice drink of water from a lidless brown betty....

Time began you know - in a garden!

My Beatrix Potter statuary are right at home here.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


It was still raining 30 minutes before my Garden Tea Party on had rained during the week and I was hoping the 20% chance of rain would go away but it didn't!  Thankfully it stopped just long enough to have my tea party and all the ladies pitched in to help! Since I was waiting to set the tables all the ladies that arrived early helped me set up!

A sign on the driveway pointed the ladies to go around to the back yard!

Each lady was welcomed to the tea.....

There were so many 3 tiered trays for fill
with goodies!

A recipe booklet was given sharing the recipes I used!  Some little favors awaited the ladies at each place card!  Some of the ladies were acquainted....some were not!

I had asked Ruth Douglas to tell us about the Family Support Initiative in Uganda....
There were two purposes for this Garden Tea was fellowship and a chance to relax and be refreshed.  The other purpose was to support The Family Support Initiative which  supports an orphanage and school in UGANDA.  Late note: The ladies donated $500.00 which was wonderful!

It had begun to sprinkle at the end of Ruth's speaking and I am so glad the ladies helped bring everything inside to clean kitchen table was loaded up with dishes they washed!  Sharon White and Jan Canipe were such a help!

We used 12 teapots, 24 cups and saucers, 24 dessert plates and 12 3 tiered Afternoon Tea Trays.

Here is what we ate:  Scones: I used the Lemon Cream Cheese Recipe on this blog under Recipes for Afternoon Tea but I left out the lemon zest and juice because one of the ladies is allergic to lemon.  We had lemon curd and real English Clotted Cream for the scones!  Then we had Ham Biscuits with Hot Pepper Peach Preserves, Chicken Salad Tarts and  Pinwheels.  Sweets: Cream Puffs,
strawberries and peppermint brownies. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Ruth Chandler gave me this recipe
book from her church and opened
my eyes to this delicious Bruschetta.

We have it often now: