Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bourbon Black Tea and More

While Glenn and I were out and about yesterday,
we stopped at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas in Danville,
located about 45 minutes west of our home. 
I purchased the new Bourbon Black Tea,
a new tea blend designed by master tea blender Bruce Richardson,
a long-time favorite,  Kentucky Blend Black Tea, and a Scone Mix. 
The Bourbon Tea is a blend of black tea
with the aroma of fine Kentucky Bourbon. 
Bruce says,
 "This is not your grandmother's cup of tea. 
Unless your granny was from Kentucky!"
Did you know 95% of the world's bourbon is made in Kentucky? 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Austin In Japan

Austin tells us he is having a "blast" in Japan,
and it is the most beautiful place he has ever been. 
The group is in the Hokuto City area in the
Yamanshi Prefecture where Mt. Fuji is located. 
This is the same area Glenn and I have visited
several times with our sister city delegation.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Austin's Travel to Japan

 Austin departed on Saturday morning, July 26
with the Madison County Homestay students and chaperones
for a one-week stay at Hokuto City, Japan.
This visit is a part of our sister-city program.
Glenn and I have been active in the program for many years,
and have visited the Hokuto City area of Japan several times.
Lexington to Minneapolis, to Narita/Tokyo
then a bus ride to meet their host families. 
Austin's host student Kotaro visited us last summer
when the Japanese students were here for a week.  
The Madison County group arrived safely
in Japan, and Austin is having a "blast"
with his friend Kotaro. 
Austin's first text informed us he enjoyed a
cup of green tea and a "sweet of some kind"
upon arrival at Kotaro's home.

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Series - A Teapot Collector Mystery

While shopping at Barnes and Nobel on Tuesday,
I found a new book, just released in June,
the first in A Teapot Collector Mystery Series, 
"Tempest in a Teapot"
by Amanda Cooper. 
I couldn't resist purchasing this paperback mystery. 
According to the back cover, 
"the story is set in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York
in the charming town of Gracious Grove."
I look forward to reading this book
in my "spare time."
You can see several mystery series by the author at:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Afternoon Tea at The Cottage

The Cottage, Café,  Bakery and Tea Room is located in
historic Bluffton, SC. 
After several jellyfish stings (Austin) everyone wanted a day off the beach.
We called for reservations for afternoon tea.

The menu below shows the
afternoon tea menu options and the list of
loose leaf teas. 
I have discovered in my many years of travel to different tea rooms,
every one is unique and very often reflects the personality of the owner.
I would describe the The Cottage as being a funky casual
café and bakery with a nice selection of loose leaf teas. 
It reminds me a lot of Alice's Teacup in NYC. 
The Cottage is located in a historic house with various
rooms and porches used as dining rooms.  It is
decorated with teapots and tea cups and the displayed art is for sale. 

Everyone was hungry and ready to eat when our food arrived.
Sandwiches were chicken salad, pimento cheese, and ham and cheese.
Fresh fruit, mixed nuts, and scones were on the 2nd tier, with the sweets on top.  
My gluten free version was served on its own plate. 
I forgot to take photos of Peyton's Children's tea
with PNB, banana and Nutella sandwiches,
and an extra large cup of hot chocolate.
A piece of artwork came home with Glenn!
It is a print which reminds him of a Cotswold Cottage.
We all enjoyed the food, tea, and respite from the beach.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Family Fun At Hilton Head Island

On Sunday, July 6th we drove from TN to our family's favorite beach
vacation venue at the Marriott Grande Ocean Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC.

Peyton, the picky eater in the family, surprised us all
by eating shrimp and hushpuppies at Crazy Crab
and all his breakfast at Skillet's Café.
I took photos to demonstrate his improved eating habits
to his mom, who was back home. 
Grandpa knows how to have fun with the kids.
We went on a sunset dolphin cruise with
the best view of the Shelter Cove fireworks.
Sno-cones for all! 
And, we found the best gluten free
fried seafood at Roastfish and Cornbread! 
These are just a few of our fun activities during our
Hilton Head visit. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Making Memories With Family and Friends

 After being home for only 3 days (enough to wash laundry and repack), 
we took our first 8-day road trip with ALL three kids!
It was Peyton's first "long" road trip with Austin, Kaitlyn, Grandpa and Grandma. 
 Our first stop was a 3-night stay in Pigeon Forge, TN.
We arrived July 3rd for the holiday weekend. 
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Restaurant 
(and hotel still under construction)
in the new Pigeon Forge Island is a great addition
to the family fun activities in the area.  
 On to The Track, our favorite Pigeon Forge family entertainment center. 
I just love the look on Peyton's face below as he rides with Grandpa.  
 Austin bungee jumping...
 arcade games for all
  bungee jumping for Kaitlyn.  
That is her flip-flop (shoe) in the air
tossed off after she jumped.  
Best of all, we met up with our Pennsylvania friends, 
the Reppert and Brill Family for great Tennessee fun, 
including the delightful dinner show at Dolly Partin's 
Dixie Stampede on the evening of July 3rd.  

On July 4th we spent the day at Dollywood theme park 
where the kids of all ages enjoyed rides and attractions.

Friday, July 5th was a day of more fun at MagiQuest
Nancy, riding the Wild Woody at The Track everyone's favorite go-cart ride. 
 We all visited the Titanic Museum
 More fun at Magiquest
Nancy and I became online tea friends several years ago. 
We met in person in 2007 as roommates on the Tea in London Tour. 
Austin, Glenn and I have visited Nancy and family
at Sweet Remembrances and the Rosemary House
and Hershey Park the last 2 summers. 
Nancy visited KY in March of this year and soon after we planned this 
fun Tennessee meet-up to follow their family North Carolina summer travels. 
These are only a few of the many photos and memories
of this fun July 4th Weekend adventure in Pigeon Forge, TN. 
It was a fun time for all! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Vintage Sadler Teapot

 This pretty 2-cup floral pattern 
English made Sadler teapot was the 
second of the two teapots I purchased at Mary's auction. 
I brew two cups of tea every morning. 
It has become a nice change from my every day Brown Betty. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ukuleles in Hawaii

 Some of you know Austin loves to play the Ukulele.
He was in "hog heaven" or should I say "Uke Heaven" in Hawaii. 
There were ukulele shops everywhere
and people were buying them like crazy! 
 While strolling along Waikiki Beach, Austin and Glenn
spied this travel ukulele.  It is thinner than the normal uke.
The salesman threw in a case and away they went. 
Yep, he played on the beach and on the deck and our balcony of the ship. 
 Austin bought a CD by Israel Kamokawiwo'ole, 
the well-known ukulele artist, 
and taught himself how to play Over the Rainbow by listening to it. 

 Austin taught the bus driver below how to play Over the Rainbow. 
What fun! 
 Another dream come true for Austin,  
playing the ukulele in Hawaii. 


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