One of our girls (the older one – by 14 minutes 😉 ) thought of treating her grandmother to High Tea. Her first idea was a place in Kansas City she knew of that served tea, but when it turned out that they no longer do it, Plan B was to wing it and have it at home, which turned out very nicely. She looked up recipes and ideas, and we adapted from there. The final menu was egg salad and tuna salad sandwiches (in nice triangles), scones, cookies, a couple of kinds of fruit bread, at least 3 kinds of tea, including blooming jasmine, and dragon pearl jasmine teas, and we substituted lightly sweetened whipped cream for the more traditional (and not easily obtainable) Devonshire (clotted) cream. It was a very nice 4-generation Girls’ Event, the kids (9, 11 & 9) put on dresses, and the guys got some cookies and wandered off.
We also had a gathering the day before with my brother and his family. It was great to see them, and again much food was consumed. I thought it was a hoot when we all pulled out our cell phones, first to compare models, and then to make sure we had current numbers for everyone. (The red heap in the very near foreground is the knitting I had to set down to take part. L to R: nephew, sister-in-law, nephew-in-law, Himself in the background, and niece)
In spite of all the activity, there were a few quiet moments:
And blue skies (with lots of geese – there were flocks going practically every direction!) when we left for home.
PS. If by any chance you’ve missed Franklin Habit’s Panopticon cartoons, “Lurching Toward Epiphany,” click on over and see what Dolores has been up to 😉