Every piece of furniture is taken off the porch and the whole porch is scrubbed from ceiling to floor, the railings and then the screens are washed with the hose.
It's a rite of Spring for from fall through the winter, the porch gets very very dirty!!!! Fall leaves seem to have gotten into the corners, Christmas evergreens are found in the corners as well. And a layer of dust!!!
Once the porch is clean, the furniture is brought back piece by piece and it, too, is washed, and the cushions are freshened. The table even gets a nice new tablecloth!
The bamboo chairs and the table with it's new clean tablecloth. Ready for afternoon tea with a friend.
A clean porch, after all, deserves a celebration!
And since it's spring . . .
Fresh plants definitely brighten the porch and soon, some inside plants, will make the front porch a green space!
The two wicker chairs and a wicker table. A great place to enjoy a glass of tea on a spring or summer day.
I invited friend Sally to come and have tea with me on the porch -- a clean porch should be celebrated!!!
A wicker tray holds the teapot, two teacups (for we both take tea black -- no need to bring out cream and sugar) and a plate of grandmother's tea cakes.
Which are wonderful soft sugar type cookies. My grandmother always had them whenever we visited and I can't eat them and not think of her.
It's Outdoor Wednesday and I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer --
GRANDMOTHER'S TEA CAKES
2 C. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. buttermilk
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 t. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl, sift flour, baking soda and baking powder together. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Dough should be soft. Roll dough out onto a floured surface until approximately 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough with glass or round cookie cutter (grandmother always used a glass -- one of those green "oatmeal" ones) and bake on a slightly greased baking sheet for 10 to 12 minutes.
NOTE: It is important that they be 1/4 inch thick when rolled out so that the inside is "cakey" -- they are, after all, tea cakes!