Eight Years Ago in May we were in England
living in a cottage called "Blue Row"
in the Cotswold village of Swerford
It was an old cottage compared to what is in Kansas
for it was built in 1802
But to the Brits, it's rather a "new build"!
It started life out as 4 cottages and now is two
We had this half!
Which had a lovely little garden
And we loved to take tea in the garden if we were home
A linen cloth
(bought as a souvenir and used while we were there)
And the tea ware that came with the cottage
We raided the garden for flowers
And bought our scones, our cream and our jam!
Scones served properly with cream and jam!
Having been used to the price of Clotted Cream here, I was surprised to
find that it was only 90p (or $1.35 there)
And we always had a container in the fridge.
We didn't have tea in Blue Row's garden every afternoon
But if we were home, we did.
Sometimes more simply
A tray brought everything to the garden
the pot of tea, two scones, cream and jam!
Boughten again. I never did bake a scone in England!
And on rainy days
We have our tea inside.
If tea was at Blue Row, it was usually a cream tea
of store bought scones (sometimes fruit, sometimes plain), cream and jam
When I was up in the city, I stopped by World Market
and brought home a jar
It's good. But not as good as that we bought in England
And it cost way more than $1.35.
Like $8 plus tax!
Needless to say, we don't have it that often at Linderhof!
But today, with real clotted cream, homemade strawberry jam, freshly baked scones
(because you can't get a good scone in Fort Scott)
and a beautiful day
(the storms of yesterday have left)
we had tea in the garden
I got out the Spode. It seems a Spode kind of tea.
Blue Italian. The "cake" plate (upon which the scones are plated) were found
by dear friend (and Andy's Aunt) Jo
They are a treasure!
I brought out a cloth (but alas, not the same one I used in England)
because tea in the garden warrants a nice cloth I think
We're of the cream first, then the jam school
And we take a little milk in our tea
There is nothing better than a real scone (I used an English recipe), with real clotted (or Devonshire) cream, and homemade strawberry jam!
It was a nice respite in the garden this afternoon
And if talk turned to our time in England, it was great to remember that special
Spring when we lived in Blue Row.