Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Signs of Tea

One of the things I do when traveling in England is to take photos of signs advertising tea.
This is The Old Tea House in Winchombe.

I have been scanning pre-digital camera photos of English tea memories.
I will be sharing a few here and there....

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Our Wedding Anniversary Celebration

We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary today with a road trip to Cumberland Falls State Park.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch buffet at the DuPont Lodge and a walk to the falls.
You may have noticed I took "the sling" off for the photo above, and I didn't walk down the 90+ steps to the best view of the falls, as in the bottom photo of AJ and KJ. 
We enjoyed the beautiful day in the place where we spent our short honeymoon
way back when we were just-married young college students.   

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tea Time Magazine Fall Issue

Tea Time, published by Hoffman Media, LLC,  is my favorite tea magazine.
I love the photography of beautiful tea tables and tea foods. 
I especially appreciate the issues where the food items are simple to prepare.   
I have kept every issue and often browse through them for inspiration when planning an afternoon tea. 
I have said before and will repeat, in the first several issues I didn't agree with the tea facts and some of the photos.
But, I am very pleased to see the current editor, Lorna Reeves, is participating in tea education events and is traveling to experience various tea venues. 

If you are not familiar with this magazine, check it out at TeaTimeMagazine.com
You can purchase back issues and their  beautiful books from the website. 

This month Miss Spenser's Special-Teas is featured in an article, but I will let Spenser and Donna at Miss Spenser's Blog tell you about that when they choose to. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Teacup Thursday — A Crown Trent

This pretty floral Crown Trent was another $6.95 bargain. 
Gotta love English teacup bargains!

Visit Miss Spenser's Blog to see more pretty teacups featured for Teacup Thursday.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tea in the Morning and Afternoon

It has been FIVE weeks with my right arm in a sling.
But, who's counting?  Me, that's who!!

My one-armed morning shortcut tea routine is to brew Harney Queen Catherine loose tea in sachets in my Danish thermal pot. 
This way, I can have several cups of tea throughout the morning and use the remaining for iced tea in the afternoon.

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do
to make it easy on you!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Men and TEA

The Summer 2011 iss ue of TEA a Magazine contains a very intersting article entitled
"The Men of Tea" written by Pearl Dexter,
highlighting many of the "movers and shakers" in the tea industry.

Ben Richardson, pictured below with his father, Bruce Richardson, is an example of a member of the younger generation following in his father's footsteps in the tea industry at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
We have watched Ben grow up here in Kentucky since he was a little boy, and develop into a fine young man.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Teacup Thursday — A Royal Albert Apple Blossom

This pretty Royal Albert teacup is from the Blossom Time Series and is "Apple Blossom."
I like the shape of the cup, the pink handle, and the pink apple blossom pattern.

Visit Miss Spenser's Blog to see more pretty teacups featured today.  

Monday, August 15, 2011

English Cottage Memories

Our first visit to England was in 1995. 
We helped chaperone our #2 daughter's teenage folk dance group for 17 days as the group of 48 traveled by bus through England, Wales, Scotland and back to London.
During that trip GJ and I stayed in homes with host families, in a Bed and Breakfast, in a Holiday Flat,  and in a London college dorm.
It's not the type of trip I would choose to repeat at my current age, but it was a wonderful experience, and just enough in each location to make us want to go back to Britain.  Especially to the Cotswolds, the location of our first home stay, and our first ever English Cream Tea. (a pot of tea with scones served with clotted cream and jam) 

We returned to the Cotswolds in September 1998 and stayed for a week in Grove View Cottage in the tiny village of Calcot.  (Photos above and below.)
That was GJ's first time to drive on "the other side of the road."  We rented a car at Gatwick and off we went!
He was the driver and I was the navigator.  And, that's the way it's been on all our trips to Britain since then. 
Every morning he started out on the "right" side of the road, but quickly switched to the left. 
Fortunately, the tiny village only had one very short street! 
The cottage description:  "Grove View Cottage is situated in a very peaceful setting within a small row of similar properties and has beautiful views across farmland to the River Coln.  There are plenty of excellent walks from the cottage and this delightful 18th century cottage has plenty of beams and an inglenook fireplace.  There is a small secure garden with lovely views."   We enjoyed our week here and laughed every time GJ hit his head on the low beams, and when he  and I maneuvered our luggage up and down the "steep staircase."

We returned to the Cotswolds in May 2002 and stayed a week in Pump Cottage in the village of Ebrington, near Chipping Campden. (below)  AJ celebrated his 3rd birthday on this trip.

The photo below is of AJ playing in the back garden of Pump Cottage. 
I was warned the Brits might not appreciate a little boy tagging along, but who could resist this little cutie?!?
He was a hit everywhere he went!
The cottage description: "Pump Cottage is located in the heart of the village, with the old water pump in the front garden.  Ebrington is a delightful village with its thatched roofs, village green and public house.  It is ideally situated for visiting many beautiful and historic areas in and around the Cotswolds.  Chipping Campden is two miles away, and a short drive will take you to Broadway and its tower with panoramic views of the countryside." 

After Ebrington, we moved to the village of Frittenden in Kent where we stayed for the second week of our May 2002 visit  in an Oast house.
An Oast House or hops kiln was for drying hops.  Most have now been converted into homes.
The cottage description: "Nestling in the grounds of the owner's home, Weversden Oast is a charming conversion of a typical Kentish single roundel Oast brick kiln topped by a cowl and a white weather boarded barn. Located on the edge of this typical Kentish village of Frittenden with its pretty church, traditional pub and village store/post office providing all your everyday needs including delicious local bread!  Surrounded by picturesque farmland the village is quiet and peaceful, with a relaxing atmosphere, the ideal place for guests to enjoy a rural atmosphere whilst being accessible to Blue Flag beaches, quaint market towns, ancient churches and countless other visitor experiences."

In September 2003, AJ was four years old when we stayed one week at Styche Cottage in Winchcombe. 
The description:  "Styche Cottage is a 17th Century terraced cottage situated on the edge of the delightful town of Winchcombe and walking distance from good shops, pubs and restaurants and Sudeley Castle, with its beautiful gardens, Cheltenham, Chipping Campden, Stratford-upon-Avon and Stow-on-the-Wold are within easy driving distance.  The cottage may have been used for stitching gloves for a local industry many years ago hence the name, which is pronounced stitch.'.  The accommodation is on three floors with two sitting rooms.  There is a delightful secluded garden about 50 yards from the rear of the cottage approached via a private pathway." 
 We enjoyed our stay in this cottage.  It was spacious and within walking distance of grocery stores and tea rooms.
The local church had a "table-top" sale while we were there. (similar to a church bazaar here)
AJ carried his bunny named Daffodil to and from England.  Here he is in the back garden. 
Daffodil currently resides in the playroom downstairs. 

The second week of our September 2003 stay in the Cotswolds was in a house on a farm near Shipton-Under-Wychwood. 
Thecottage  description: "Shepherd's Cottage is situated at the end of a lane and surrounded by farm fields.  It has wonderful views across the Evenlode Valley and offers peace and tranquillity for those who wish to 'get away from it all'.  There is a secluded garden at the rear of the property with garden furniture.  Nearest shop and pub is about one mile away."
The "boys" loved being on the farm. They roamed around and played in the fields.
 It was very quiet after being on the main road in Winchcombe for the week before!

In May 2008, we wanted to show AJ more of Britain than during previous trips.  We stayed three nights in London, then traveled in Scotland staying four nights.  We returned to London and drove to Chipping Campden and stayed a week in Whistler's Corner Cottage.
The cottage description: "Whistler's Corner is a Victorian semi-detached cottage, principally constructed of Cotswold stone under a slate roof, and is two minutes walk from the High Street.  Chipping Campden is one of the most beautiful of all the historic Cotswold market towns, and is well known for its traditional Cotswold architecture, aspects of which date back to the Middle Ages.  There is a good range of shops that cater for most everyday needs, and also an abundance of continental/English restaurants and pubs."

Whistler's Corner in Chipping Campden is our favorite cottage and location of all our self-catering cottage experiences.
Duing the 2008 trip, we also stayed in fancy hotels, small inns, bed and breakfasts, and a "coaching house" in Devon.
We were making memories with AJ as we traveled across England, Scotland and Wales.   

We all look forward to our next visit to England!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Afternoon

KJ (top) and AJ enjoyed successful fishing at the farm this afternoon.
Several fish were caught and thrown back in awaiting the next visit of our 6 year old PJ.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Day to Remember

 These are photos I took of AJ in June 2010 while we were traveling in Austin, TX.

it was a memorable day in the life of boy from Kentucky.

Today's political announcement brought back memories for our family.
This blog does not make political endorsements.

Friday, August 12, 2011

My Mishap in Los Angeles in a Cartoon!

Thursday was the first day of school for AJ. 
The assignment in art class was to draw a cartoon about something that happened during summer vacation.
I found this drawing of our Los Angeles trip/experience in his backpack. 
He didn't intend to show it to me, but I love it! I thought it was just too funny!   
(and very accurate)

Update from my orthopedic appointment yesterday:
The sling stays on for at least 4 more weeks.
I go back for x-rays and they will determine at that time if I need surgery.
Not what I wanted to hear!
The moral of the story is:  Pay attention to where you are walking and not your phone
OR - don't fall and break your shoulder!

By the way, I always take AJ's photo the first day of school.
Today he told me whatever I do, not to put it on Facebook.
He didn't say I couldn't post it on my blog!   *smile*

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Teacup Thursday — A Vintage Gladstone

This is a yellow and white rose Gladstone Bone China teacup made in Staffordshire, England. 
This teacup was a bargain at $6.95.

Visit Miss Spenser's Blog to see participants in Teacup Thursday. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Help — Movie and Tea

 The Republic of Tea has a new Caramel Cake Black Tea inspired by the caramel cakes in the book, The Help.
The movie will be in theaters on August 10, 2011.

My friends and I enjoyed the book, and look forward to seeing the movie together. 
I am not a fan of flavored teas, but in honor of the movie, I will give this one a try.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thank You to Family, Friends and Neighbors!

Thank you to friends, family and neighbors for the beautiful flowers, cards, books, TEA,

library books, homegrown vegetables and delicious homemade food. 

Everyone has been so kind and helpful as I learn to deal with my broken right shoulder,
including my three special helpers below who know sometimes it's important for the patient to have quiet time.
They have also been great at carrying things, opening doors, helping me in and out of the recliner and more! 

The good news is my pain is improving! 
The doctor told me the first three weeks would be the most painful.
It will be three weeks on Monday. 

But, you can't keep this Tea Lady down for long -- I am planning to travel again in October!   

By the way, the photo above is of our good neighbor Gin's yummy homemade pizza bread.
She also brought a loaf of sourdough bread a few days later. 
She knows I love her bread, and she baked it in this awful, hot, humid summer weather for me.
Thanks, Gin!  

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Teacup Thursday — A Royal Patrician Anastasia Trio

This is one of several different Royal Patrician Teacup Trios
I purchased several years ago before they were going out of business.

I can't find the name of this pattern at the moment.
I have a list "someplace". 
Honestly, with my broken shoulder, keeping up with my blog posts has been a challenge. 
Perhaps Bernideen or Ruth can help me with this pattern name.
Note added later:
I'm still looking for my list, but I believe this pattern is Anastasia. 
Anyone agree or disagree?

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