The day dawned bright and beautiful for our Tea Party yesterday. Actually it was a bit showery here and there, but we were going to be indoors so that was fine. Poor Lura, however, woke up feeling quite poorly with an upset tummy, etc. She spent the morning in bed trying to recover. I got the tea things set out (because the trooper that she is did not want to cancel.) I baked the Victoria Sponge, and went to the shops to get a few last minute bits and set everything up. Thankfully by noon she had started to feel a lot better. Whew!
Well, I am really moving out of my comfort zone this visit. Me, who hates having her photograph taken is being snapped and snapped! That is from left to right, Tina, Carolyn, Miriam, Moi and finishing off with Shirley. What a fun bunch! Lura was taking the photo here.
We talked and talked and talked and laughed and laughed and laughed. What a great bunch of ladies!
We really did have a great time and everyone got on like a house on fire. We talked and had a good laugh about the difference in English "English" and American "English," and all sorts. I don't think there was a subject we didn't sort out!
There was far too much food. (There always is.) We had scones, clotted cream and raspberry jam (of course), a Victoria Sponge filled with yet more clotted cream, raspberries and jam, carrot cake, a bakewell tart, small quiches, brownies, sandwiches, sausage rolls, French Fancies and macarons, oh and I put some potato chips out just because. I know they are not regular tea party fare, but people like them. It was all so good. We also had an assortment of beverages. They all laughed at my tea pot with the tea cosy I knitted for it. Especially since we are all Mormons and none of us drink real tea, lol. I told them I knit the cosy and then had to buy a tea pot to put it on, which is true.
What can I say?
I love tea cosies and
I love Teapots.
But then you all already know that! The macarons were so easy to make. Did you know you can buy not put together macaron bits? You can! I discovered them yesterday when I went to the shop. A box filled with macaron halves, lime, strawberry and lavendar ones. I put them together with bits of jam and buttercream. They worked out beautifully! I put lemon curd and the buttercream on the lime/green ones, strawberry jam and butter cream on the pink ones and blueberry jam and buttercream on the purple ones. Everyone loved.
And there was plenty leftover to feed the
guys with when they got home.
The most important thing was that we all had a lovely time and Lura got to meet and socialise with some of my good friends over here in the UK. Oddly enough she and Miriam are both flying over to SLC at the same time next week. Small world eh?
I am not sure what we are going to do today. It is quite overcast at the moment so I expect we won't be going very far, and of course a lot depends on how Lura and John are feeling. Todd and John spent the whole afternoon in town yesterday and walked their feet off taking in all the things there are to take in in Chester, the museum, the Groves, the park, the abbey ruins, roman garden, ampi-theatre, etc. We were all pretty zonked last night. I hope they slept well!
And that was Thursday!
Oh, I am so going to miss her
when they leave on