Linda and I have not gotten to spend much time together this past year because our schedules have not allowed it even though we live about 25 minutes from one another. We have a great deal in common and enjoy each others company. We both enjoy visiting historical homes, eating wonderful meals and having an afternoon cup of tea. You see, years ago when I was in England, I scoured the countryside for tea rooms with my husband's British sister-n-law and this is where I learned about the art of tea.
Before we sat down to eat, Linda said she wished she had brought her camera because people just wouldn't believe that she was eating at such an elegant home and wanted a photo of the event. I told her to wait just a minute as I brought my camera out and snapped a few photos. While we chatted today, she mentioned her internet friend Pauline who lives in Broadstairs, England. She had told me about Pauline before because some day we might actually meet Pauline in person as she toys with the idea of visiting Linda stateside. However, Pauline thinks she will have to bring her own tea when she comes because the British tend to like their tea loose and not bagged. Pauline, I just want you to know that even some Americans know how to prepare tea properly. My favorite British tea is Fortnum and Mason's Royal blend and if you look closely, you will see a tea strainer on the tea tray. Come on Pauline, we are ready for you and you don't need to bring your own tea!
This photo of our parlor shows a print of Warwick Castle on the fireplace mantle. The founder of our city came from a British family and many of the street names reflect that fact as you meander the early streets with names such as Gloucester, Exeter and Chichester. A photo of our home was used in a brochure (1890) to entice the folks across the pond to come over and settle in the this city. Pauline come across the pond and get back to your roots! Hope to see you soon for a spot of tea and I can even roll out a scone or two.