On this last day of 2012, I'm looking back and sharing my favorite posts. Mostly tea ones and often company ones for we love to have company at Linderhof -- to share food and fun over a cup (or pot) of tea!
A friend from Nevada came to share her mother's blue and white china with me. Of course, where there's blue and white china -- there's tea! We spent a wonderful time visiting as we sipped tea and shared our love of dishes.
It's Lent and the French lamb molds are on the table as are some paperwhites. Blue and White for breakfast, of course. It's a partial set of Mother's. Winter Saturday breakfasts tend to be more leisurely -- summer ones not so much.
Friend Joyce came over to enjoy scones and quilt cookies as we stitched and sipped. The cookies are blue and white as is the tea ware -- Spode's Blue Italian all around!
Carrot food (muffins, breads or cookies) often finds it way to the tea table during Easter week. This is a wonderful carrot and poppyseed bread that goes so well with afternoon tea. Friend Carol joined me as she gifted me with the tea cozy. Spode Famille Rose on the table and my latest acquisition -- a wee myrtle topiary (which I still have and which is much bigger!)
It's never too hot in May to work in the garden. And garden chores abound. But in the afternoon, at half past three, one can always take the time to stop -- not to smell the roses but to have a cup of tea and tea cake and some locally grown strawberries.
It was a nice afternoon and the garden was tidy and so I invited three garden friends to share tea with me in the garden. A tea treat (strawberry tarts) made just for the occasion. We sipped, we visited, it was an enjoyable afternoon.
Alas, the heat wave in July found us taking tea inside rather than out -- in the living room which seemed cooler than other parts of the house. Still tea (only iced) and madeleines which are a good nosh with tea whether hot or iced!
A rainy Sunday afternoon found me in the Master Bedroom, with a book and a tea tray. On the chaise -- bought just for such afternoons! And did I nap? I'll never tell!
A bad storm left us electricless. Once power was restored, we baked up some Donna Morgan's English Ice Box Tea Muffins, brewed a wee pot of tea and enjoyed what we usually take for granted.
With cooler weather, the garden became lush again. We enjoyed the fall garden as much as the spring one. Garden chores are made easier when one stops for tea and cookies -- white chocolate chip, hazel nut and dried cherry ones.
Alas, not chocolate in the tea but chocolate with the tea. Chocolate cake and tea for friend Sally who was leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Not for tea but for sherry (Harvey's Bristol Cream, of course) served with thin slices of Friend Francie's grandmother's brazil nut cake. Just one of the afternoon, when we had Christmas Company. It's always fun to have company when the house is so festive.
I've enjoyed this look back at afternoon teas (and a breakfast) at Linderhof during 2012. And I look forward to sharing more pots of teas with friends in 2013.