Thursday, April 19, 2018

Birthday Afternoon Tea

 Afternoon Tea today for my March birthday. 
We are just a little late celebrating :-)  
Left to right:  Melissa, Kaitlyn (granddaughter) and my life-long friend Patty.
We are at Four Sisters Soap and Tea Emporium in Richmond, KY.
Melissa and I were thrilled to learn they could provide gluten free afternoon tea!

 Below is Patty's "non-gluten free" tea. 
Everything was delicious, and we enjoyed visiting! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Book of Afternoon Tea

The National Trust Book of Afternoon Tea 
is the latest tea book on my bookshelf.  
The back cover reads "Afternoon tea is a national pastime.  
A cup of tea with dainty sandwiches, scones and scrumptious cakes
magically makes any day special.  With over 80 classic
 and modern (English) recipes - not to mention a quirky look at 
how afternoon tea was taken in the past - this is the 
perfect guide to a quintessentially British ritual."
I began my journey with Afternoon Tea in 1993
at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas in Perryville, Kentucky, a lovely 
historic inn owned and operated at that time by Bruce and Shelley Richardson. 
My first visit to an English tea room was in the village of Broadway
in the beautiful Cotswolds area in July 1995. 

My tea journey continues.
 Unfortunately it's little slower these days, 
because I must eat gluten free for health reasons. 
Bruce, Shelley and son Ben operate a tea shop in Danville, KY
with an active online business.  
My friend Ellen's 90-something year old mother always says,
"life is about making adjustments."
I believe a lot of us can agree with that statement, 
but I still enjoy my multiple cups of tea daily. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

KSDAR State Conference

 The Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution
State Conference was March 22 - 25, 2018
In Lexington, KY. 
 The chapters in District 3 and 4 were hosts this year. 
The Friday morning session began with the hosting chapter
regents and chapter flag bearers with chapter flags. 
Jennifer Price carried the Berea-Laurel Ridges Chapter flag, and I followed her.
Our chapter was recognized for our contributions 
and service to Veterans. 
The hosting chapters were in charge of making different table decorations
for the lunches, banquet dinners and Sunday brunch. 
Below:  I am with Karen Adams of the Rockcastle Chapter. 

The theme was Patriotism, focusing on the USA WWI
Centennial Commemoration
Below: The Sunday Youth Awards Brunch centerpieces Jennifer and I made. 

Karen Adams presents her book about Rockcastle County WWI Veterans 
to Heather French Henry, Miss Kentucky 1999
and Miss America 2000, and currently 
Deputy Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans. 
She is currently working on the
DAR members are helping make poppies for this event.
7,861 poppies were presented to Mrs. Henry on Saturday.

Above: Left to Right
President General Ann Turner Dillon, Heather French Henry, Marjorie Shelton,
Kentucky State Regent Leslie Miller.
Above: Left to Right
Jennifer Price, me and Laura Frantz
I was presented a certificate for 100% Chapter Participation in the President General's Project
at the Saturday night banquet by President General Dillon.
The conference was most enjoyable! 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring Break 2018

We flew to Tampa on Sunday, March 11th.
We stayed in Sarasota for three nights, and with 
our good friend and Berea neighbor, Marie, for two nights.
We promised Austin we would not schedule his entire first college spring break. :-) 
The photo above is the view from our hotel room balcony. 
We enjoyed delicious seafood and sunshine while we visited
friends and family in the area. 

We enjoyed this wonderful break while our area of Kentucky received an
unusual 10" deep March snow, an 18 hour power outage. and broken tree limbs. 

I'm ready for another spring break. Most public schools in KY
have their spring break the first week of April.  

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Biltmore Estate Visit

We recently visited the Biltmore Estate for an overnight at The Inn
and a tour of the house to see the Titanic movie costumes.
 It was sixteen year-old Kaitlyn's first visit to the Estate.
She loves the movie and enjoyed seeing the amazing house and grounds
 and, of course, the beautiful costumes.
 We enjoyed a lovely dinner and overnight.
Next time we hope to stay a little longer and take time for afternoon tea.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

London's Afternoon Teas Guide Book

Do you have travel plans to London, and wish to enjoy afternoon tea?
Or, do you just want to enjoy photos and facts about afternoon teas in London? 
The newly published book by Susan Cohen,
 "London's Afternoon Teas, A Guide to the Most Exquisite Tea Venues in London"
is for you!  
This is an updated and expanded guide with more than 50 lovely places
to enjoy afternoon tea in and around London
with an excellent map. 

The photography is outstanding. 

I have a 2003 version of a similar book by this author and loved using it
to plan tea venues to visit in London.  
This new book makes me want to pack my bags for London!

Please Note:  I received an advance copy of this book, however
the review is my own opinion. 

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