I have been feeling that it was time for a tea party....a lily-of-the-valley tea party to be precise, but then my plan went well awry when only two pink lily-of-the-valley flowers showed up & NO white ones. Who knows how that happened! Anyway, since I have been feeling so poorly over the last few weeks, life, in general, has been reduced to small bites & one day at a time, which is a most peculiar state of affairs that's for sure. Sunday was so bright & shiny beautiful so we decided to go for a wee Sunday drive & headed to a little place about half an hour away called Otane. I had heard that there was a local market there each week. It was nice & so were the people & the wonderful fresh veges. On our way home we stopped in at The Paper Mulberry for a cup of tea. The little orange fellow was our table marker.
We found a spot in the garden with a delightful rural outlook
And in true country style a little laundry.
At the end of the drive & just across the way is a beautiful old Chapel belonging to Te Aute boys College.
Now, I am feeling immensely grateful to my darling for his infinitely steady & tender care in these past weeks so when I heard about a virtual tea party going on, hosted by (none other than) Mum from Mum's Simply Living Blog, I decided I'd love to join in, that way, I could finally get around to making our date square recipe for the kitchen blog & reward Rob in a manner he would truly appreciate (please do not ever consider losing your appetite for long periods I assure you it is a most dreary past time!)
In fact you could....
One of my SARK cards.
So I have invited Rob : )
I'll be the adventure!
Do you like my flowery circle?
I decided lily-of-the-valley would do splendidly after all.
And by the way, the sugar bowl's name is Norman...it's stamped on his bottom : )
Earl Gray Superior tea today.
It was so nice to do something lovely today.
There are so many beautiful flowers in the garden.
The date square is scrummy you can find the recipe in our kitchen blog right here.
If you'd like to visit with others for tea do pop over here to find the links at Mum's.
Lovely to see you.
and a silence in which another voice may speak” Mary Oliver, Thirst
"The spell was broken. My uncle learned to laugh, and I learned to cry. The secret garden is always open now. Open, and awake, and alive. If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden."
Fairies I have met!
wouldn't it be wonderful to find this book
The glories of spring
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