Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, May 20, 2011

An English Garden Tea

It's been unusually cool and dry here in our part of England. But Thursday the sun came out and it warmed up a bit.

On Sunday, at the tea at the church at The Great Tews we met Mary, who lives in our village. "At the bottom of the hill and up a lane, I live in Hilltop" she said. She's a dear and so we found Hilltop and invited her to Blue Row for afternoon tea.

And with the warmer weather and a bit of sun, we decided to have tea in the garden!

Our table is rustic but the cloth is delicate and lacy -- a remembrance of England and one that's been used while I'm here!

Flowers, a proper tea pot and matching cups, saucers and tea plates set the table.

In the back garden which looks is behind Blue Row.

Flowers, of course, these doing double duty -- for our tea table and then for the dresser in Daughter Sarah and her Andy's room as a warming welcome when they arrive.

And the menu -- a proper Afternoon Tea

Cucumber sandwiches made the traditional British Way -- with butter, sliced cucumber, salt and pepper -- no mayonnaise and no cream cheese! Mary pronounced them "brilliant"!

And after sandwiches . . .

Scones with cream and jam. Real clotted cream. Would there be anything else here in England? It is truly addictive!!!

And for the sweets . . .

Lemon drizzle cake that reminds me of my lemon yogurt cake. Not made by me but made by Jane of Grange Farm up the way a bit. It was very good!

And for a treat . . .

Bakewell tarts that we bought in Stow that morning -- they are as tasty to eat as they are to look at!!!

The birds didn't seem to mind us being in their garden and we got to know Mary better. She's a lovely lady and it was fun to chat with her.

It's Saturday and finally warm enough for a garden tea so I'm joining Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Time for Saturday Tea in the Garden . . . in the garden! Join Bernideen for other tea parties this Saturday!


Unknown said...

What a lovely moment.. , I would like some tea, please! :D
Yummy... everything seems so delicious!

Bookie said...

Here in the Midwest it has been contant rain with today being esp. heavy and dreary. I so wish I could be at this tea! Such lovely things and inviting setting. I would love to taste your cucumber sandwiches too!

From the Kitchen said...

I am enjoying every beautiful and delicious minute of "our" visit to England!! Can't wait to see what you will be up to once daughter Sarah and her Andy join the ranks!


Bernideen said...

I so love those Bakewell Tarts. What a wonderful post you have made here and even the "ground" is pretty around the table setting! Lovely

afternoon tea said...

I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying your trip to England. What is in the Bakewell Tarts? They look heavenly.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

the lemon cake looks sooooo good, looks like a beautiful day

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

What a pleasure to share these delicious highlights of your time in England. Thank you, Martha!

Southerncook said...


What a lovely afternoon tea in England. How fabulous and you make friends where ever you travel. BTW, LOVED the pic of the tray. Oh how I wish I could share with you your exploring of antique shops while you are in England. Love the tablecloth too.


Pondside said...

I love that you make friends on a holiday, Martha. It is so North American and it's why I love our new world attitude - your holiday is so much richer for your seizing the experience.
Over here it's Victoria Day and, as usual for a long weekend, it's raining.

sally said...

If you want a recipe for Bakewell Tart, let me know; I must have some/one in my English cookbooks.
But then you are probably buying those while you are there...look at Delia Smith's books; very good and very Ina.

Linda Jennings said...

A perfect cream tea!!

benilhalk said...

Oh wow, this English garden bash was super adorable. This party food looks mouthwatering. My parent’s anniversary is coming and I want to host DIY bash at one of their favorite event venues in San Francisco. I would like to add these foods in my menu.