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.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Real English Tea

Reading a new British mystery series (by Elizabeth Duncan) and also reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society have made me reminisce about our spring in England.      We ate often at our home, Blue Row, and one day we invited Mary who we met at a church charity tea to tea in the garden at Blue Row.      First published in May 2011.

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 Thursday and I'm sharing my English tea in the garden of Blue Row with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


LORY said...

Stunning and so authentic looking! Love the linen against rustic table and of course the floral centerpiece. Lovely dishes and scrumptious looking bites!!


Rosie M. said...

Love this post!! Your table is so inviting: the setting, plates and food fare!! A lovely tea time was had by all, I am sure.....thanks for sharing! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Rosemary said...

What a lovely step back in time! The contrast of the lacey cloth and the rustic table is striking.

Susan Freeman said...

Lovely tea in a beautiful setting! I wish I had one of those cucumber sandwiches right now.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Michelle said...

I love this post! Beautiful photos! What else does one need in life sitting in that garden with a cup of tea and treats?!!