Friday, February 1, 2008

Can you believe it is already February?

This morning I turned the page in my COLLECTIBLE TEAPOT & TEA CALENDAR 2008 to the month of February. This month the beautiful teapot in the photo is an 1805 Miles Mason oval decorated with black and gold. The February page also tells a little about the history of sugar and sugar tongs. This calendar by Joni Miller with photography by Martin Brigdale is more than a calendar with beautiful photos of teapots. It is also a resource of tea information and tea quotes. In addition, twelve bonus postcards are included in the package. The 2008 calendar is special to me because it is a gift from Linda B., a Kentucky lady, who lives in Washington, DC.

From the back cover:

"Tea is mankind's oldest established most loved beverage because a cup of tea is good to the taste and because it makes life more pleasant by the feeling of well-being that is gives to mind and body."
~ Gervus Huxley, TALKING OF TEA, 1956

Lunch with Mary

I had a fun day today! I met my friend Mary at one of our favorite places for lunch, The Garden Café at Flag Fork Herb Farm in Lexington. The café and shop are located in an historic cottage built circa 1800. In 2007, Southern Living named Flag Fork one of the top 200 places to shop in the south. The Garden Café features homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

Today we were seated in the Sun Room overlooking the butterfly/flower garden. We watched the birds and squirrels on the many bird feeders as we enjoyed lunch and visited. Mary and I had the soup, side and sandwich plate. I had a cup of Kentucky burgoo, a chicken salad sandwich and the penne pasta salad with asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, grated Parmesan cheese, fresh basil and olive oil. Mary’s sandwich choice was Kentucky country ham. Mary drank sassafras tea and I drank Bigelow English Breakfast (yes, a tea bag). The homemade desserts are a must have! Mary chose black walnut chocolate pie and I chose buttermilk lemon pie. The Garden Café is a very popular place for ladies (and a few men) to have lunch.

After lunch we drove to a favorite consignment home furnishings store. We didn’t find anything we couldn’t live without today, but we have purchased a few "treasures" there in the past. Next, we went to Barnes and Noble for a little book browsing and another cup of tea (Harney this time). We sat in the café, sipping tea with our calendars open, scheduling future fun outings.

Mary is a very special friend and an extended family member. She and my first cousin were married on the same day and my husband and I. (That is another great story!) The past few years Mary and I been an informal support group to each other as we have been caregivers and only daughters of mother’s with Alzheimer’s. Mary is one of my best tea buddies. She is the only person I know willing to drive three hours (one way) with me to try a new tea room!

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