Welcome to Friendship Tea, a blog about the daily happenings in the life of Linda, a tea enthusiast, who enjoys travel and trip planning, and is passionate about family, friends, life in Kentucky, and all things TEA.
Aunt Ida quietly passed away today at the Terrace Nursing and Rehab Facility while I was with her. She was my dad's sister, was like a second mother to me and a grandmother to my children. She lost her only son in 1957 and her husband in 1967. She was a very strong lady who loved to laugh. She was an avid sports fan, and an excellent golfer.
Aunt Ida gave me my first etiquette book when I was 16 years old, and she started me on my teacup collecting journey when she gave me these beautiful teacups many years ago.
Aunt Ida celebrated her 95th birthday last December. We will miss her, but we have many happy memories of special times together.
This is a photo from my files of one of the beautiful host-decorated tables at Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry, the 2008 fund raiser tea.
My computer and office furniture are in storage along with most everything in the house. We are living in two bedrooms and the family room downstairs while the work on the house continues.
Last week we traveled to cool temperatures and low humidity in the mountains of North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee to celebrate GJ's birthday, and to be out of the house while the new wood floors were finished and the old ones were refinished. We arrived home to beautiful floors and tons of sanding dust. (not as bad as the drywall dust, however!)
I have photos to share from our trip, but I'm having difficulty accessing them on the computer in AJ's bedroom. So, please bear with me for a few days as GJ promises my computer will be back up and running in a couple of days.
By the way, we did include a visit to a lovely tea room in our travel itinerary.
This summer I am continuing to read the Turnham Malpas series of books about modern life in an English village by Rebecca Shaw. I learned about these books in January from a fellow blogger at Ramblings From An English Garden. Each book centers around the daily lives of the residents of the village and their social lives and the comings and goings at the church, the school, the store/post office, the pub and many cups of tea.
GJ, AJ and I love to travel in England. We especially enjoy staying in self-catering cottages in small towns and villages and visiting tea rooms. This summer we are unable to take an extended trip to Britain due to supervising the work on our house. I am so glad I can continue my British travels through reading British books and magazines, and visiting lovely British blogs and tea-based blogs.
When the world is all at odds And the mind is all at sea Then cease the useless tedium And brew a cup of tea. There is magic in its' fragrance, There is solace in its' taste; And then laden moments vanish Somehow into space. And the world becomes a lovely thing! There's beauty as you'll see; All because you briefly stopped To brew a cup of tea. ~ Source unknown
"Friendship Tea Recipe" ~~ 1/2 cup instant tea, 1 cup sweetened lemonade mix, 1 cup Tang, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a an airtight container. To serve, put 2 to 3 tsp. mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Adjust amount of mix to taste. Enjoy!