Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Vintage Aynsley Teacup Trio

When Mary was in Florida recently she found this Aynsley English Bone China Teacup Trio set with eight teacup trio sets and the matching serving (cake) plate.  She called me to and ask if I wanted her to purchase it for me.  The price marked was $139.  I asked her to take a photo and email it to me. I showed the photo to G.J. and he quickly agreed with me, I couldn't pass it up at that price.  I've paid more for teacup trios after digging in the bargain basements of antique shops in English villages and have never found a matching service for eight. As it turned out, with a discount due to other purchases,  the price dropped to $115. It was charged to my credit card, carefully packed and delivered by Mary.  
The set washed up beautifully and is ready for afternoon tea.  

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Texas Wildflowers

We enjoyed visiting the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center near Austin, Texas. 
A.J. is checking out the butterflies in the butterfly garden. 
Each species of plants is labeled in detail.
This concludes the photos of our trip to Texas. 
I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of the Texas Hill Country. 

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Visit to the Tea Embassy in Austin, TX

A visit Austin for a tea connoisseur must include a stop at the Tea Embassy

This shop has one of the best selections of loose leaf tea and teawares from around the world I have seen in an American tea shop.  
Carol Sims turned her tea hobby into an online tea business, Tea Treasures, then expanded into the Tea Embassy, a family tea business,  located in a historic home in downtown Austin. 
The Tea Embassy  is not a tea room serving afternoon tea, but you may enjoy a cup of tea here. 
The boys, AJ and GJ, patiently sat in the parlor while I shopped.  I bought several items including their #1 selling tea, the C.S. Lewis Tea Blend, an Irish Breakfast tea blend from India's Assam region. 
The Sims family were not there the day we visited, but staff member Katherine was very helpful and Very knowledgeable about tea.   

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy July 4th

I debated on whether or not to post this photo and decided to do it somewhat discreetly. I have more photos, but won't post them.  
This photo was taken in our hotel in Austin, TX. 
I will not identify the gentleman who stopped by GJ's meeting to speak briefly with the group. 
In the photo above, he is talking politics (upcoming elections) with GJ.   If you do a search on the name on AJ's autograph, you'll figure out who he is.  Security was tight as you can see. 
 Talking with this nice gentleman was a highlight of AJ's trip to Texas. 
God Bless Texas
God Bless the USA

Friday, July 2, 2010

Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons - Austin, Texas

I did a lot of research and made several phone calls to try to locate tea rooms in and near Austin.  After driving all day on Sunday to Fredericksburg, Luckenbach and the Hill Country and GJ's meeting schedule, I made afternoon tea reservations at the lovely Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin for Monday.  Afternoon Tea is served in The Lobby Lounge.
This was the guys first experience of using a "tea press" which in my opinion, looked more like a French coffee press than the traditional teapot shaped tea press. 
The delicious afternoon tea was served on a traditional three tier server.  See the link or the photo of the menu above to read the descriptions of the menu items.
Texas wildflowers were used in this lovely arrangement in the lobby of the Austin Four Seasons. 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, Texas

The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, TX is more than a restaurant — it is a destination.
We stop here every time we are in this area of Texas.  Driftwood is a tiny community east of Austin and south of Dripping Springs, TX.   It is not on your way to or from anyplace.  GJ and I discovered The Salt Lick several years before AJ was born.  Eating at The Salt Lick  is a must for our family when we travel to this area of Texas! 

The place looked different this time.  The parking lot is bigger and a sheriff's deputy was directing traffic into the lot.  From the crowd, we thought we would have a long wait.  Not so!  The Salt Lick has expanded by adding another building with a second BBQ pit to accommodate the huge crowds and private parties. 
We ordered the Family Style meal of brisket, sausage, pork ribs, potato salad, cole slaw, beans, bread, pickles and onions.  Oh my!  Plan to loosen your belt and enjoy!
Don't expect anything fancy here.  Everyone is seated at picnic tables (inside).  You can expect great food, excellent service and plenty of Texas hospitality.   
The Salt Lick has an outdoor waiting area complete with fresh squeezed lemonade ($2), snacks
and a gift shop.

Ya'll know I am an avid tea drinker, but did you know I absolutely can not pass up fresh squeezed lemonade?  (especially on a hot sunny day)


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