A year ago, I ventured north to the city to take a class on Cooking With Herbs. Although I often teach the same type of class, it is always interesting to see how someone else covers the same subject. And at the class, I met two lovely ladies. From the city!
We exchanged cards and numbers but we soon were off to England and because of our being away all Spring, we never made contact, but last week, one of them, Regina, called and told me that she and Suzette were coming down to Fort Scott on Saturday, would I be home, and if so, could I join them for lunch.
Of course, I would be!!! But I also invited them to come back after lunch for tea.
I got up early to make scones (which I stored in the fridge unbaked until it was tea time) and also made a small batch of strawberry jam for I was out and scones have to be served with strawberry -- blueberry or raspberry just won't do!
And set the table . . . .
For tea for three. I had decided to do a traditional English Cream Tea instead of a dessert and tea.
A lace tablecloth, my Spode Blue Room blue and white -- the cream and jam (and also some lemon curd although not traditional it is just so darn good) in some Victorian glass bowls. A porcelain Blue Willow cream and open sugar (for I've not got a Blue Room cream and sugar!)
Once back from lunch, I brushed the top of the scones with egg glaze and sprinkled with sugar and popped them in the oven (I had turned the oven on when we left so that it would be preheated when we got back!)
The scones served on a Blue Italian plate with a mother-of-pearl "toast" fork for serving.
Not just plain scones, but fruit ones (and in England fruit means either raisins or currants or both).
Two each (which is what they usually serve in England) plus two for the plate.
Regina and Suzette had never had a cream tea. I poured cups and cups of tea, we chatted (for both of them love antiques) and ate our scones and cream and jam. All too soon, it was time for them to go -- they had not gotten to every store downtown and wanted to do so before they headed north!
I always love the table after everyone is gone! The rule at Linderhof is . . . no one helps with dishes -- they are guests and guests aren't supposed to work!
It was balmy today -- almost 70. And on this 12th day of March, it was a red-letter day at Linderhof --
We brought in the first bouquet of 2012 from the garden! Daffodils and japonica! They make me smile!
t's Tuesday and I'm sharing tea with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and I'm sharing my flowers with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. She's having a cloche party, but alas, all of my cloches are out in the garden!