Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tea in the Garden

                                       Painting by Dorothy Mundell...her own farm flower garden.

Two of the best things in life are tea and friends. This morning was a perfect example of an exquisite morning with both. It might be farfetched to call my deck a garden, but it is a garden to me. Years ago we had a vegetable garden for a while but never flowers. I grew up in a household where my dad was a tyrant about having any flowers or ornaments in the yard! Grass was meant for cutting, should  be evenly trimmed, and needed no interruptions to the mower.  When I had my own yard, I was busy rearing boys instead of raising blooms. I did keep pots on the deck though out of the way of soccer balls, imaginary wars with guns and hostlers, Tonka dozers through sand pits, and tree house traffic.
The weather is flawless this week for being outside. I took the chance to have a little tea party. Oh, the joy of sharing tea and good weather! Tastes were equally divided between hot tea and iced tea, but there was something for everyone. There was cinnamon orange, tropical, chocolate, and plain tea. Snacks were little cheesecakes, a breakfast cookie, chocolate chip, and a raspberry bar. But the real sweetness of the morning was seeing people relax, laugh, and enjoy themselves.

In the afternoon a couple brought burgers and we added chips, cookies, and of course, more tea. We caught up on their news. After lunch and a near naptime, they left and the day wound down. Tea and friends, all day long…ideal assets for a May day.


Rebecca said...

Oh, that sounds delightful (and looks beautiful, too)!

I'd like to think that if I lived nearer, I could have wrangled an invitation.

I'll bet there'll be another tea in your near future. Am I right?

Linda O'Connell said...

Claudia, how fun this must have been! Nothing I enjoy more than being outdoors. Your deck and garden looks inviting.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Claudia,
It sounds like you have had a perfect day with tea and friends! The painting is lovely and adds a nice touch to the tea table. Enjoy the rest of your week.


Pearl said...

How lovely, Claudia!


Susan said...

Oh wow,Claudia, that deck tea party sounded great. So happy you did that. Thanks so much for sharing. Oh, the painting by your mother-in-law is so beautiful. You know what? That would make a great header for your blog. Seriously. You should consider it.

Thanks for all your faithful visits to my beloved blog. I SO appreciate your presence. Thanks for all your comments, too.

Take care and have a terrific Thursday. Susan

Martha said...

A lovely tea in the garden!

Donna Volkenannt said...

You are right about the weather lately being flawless. What a wonderful way to spend a gorgeous spring day outside with friends and tea.
And the painting from your mother-in-law is lovely.