Taking A Holiday Break – Tea Time
One of the things we have to remember, in the midst of all of the holiday hoopla, is to schedule in time for a little respite from the decorating, shopping, baking, shopping, wrapping, more shopping . . . well, I’m sure you can relate. It doesn’t have to be like flying away to a tropical island, although, that might be pretty nice with our recent weather chill!
I look for places, within an hour’s drive, and where there might be a special activity to share some one-on-one time with a friend. It’s easy to let the holidays overtake our schedules, but I treasure the gift of companionship, more so than having a pile of gifts under the tree.
Today, I met my friend, Davetta, for an afternoon holiday tea at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, in Belmont, NC. (Belmont is home to Belmont Abbey College and the Belmont Abbey, which has housed Benedictine Monks since the late 1800’s.) The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a 450-acre world-class garden located southwest of Belmont. Daniel J. Stowe, a retired textile executive, set aside the property and established a foundation to develop the garden. The first gardens opened to the public in 1999.
I’ll delightfully take you on a photo tour of my afternoon. It was a great escape and the tea was wonderful, too!
I wish I had brought a better camera but I wanted to travel light for the tea. All of these were taken with my Droid phone’s camera, with the exception of the top photo.
A couple of side rooms held more treasures. We had a few minutes before our tea was served so we took a sneak peek!
My photo is a little fuzzy. The flocking on the tree reminded me of stories my husband would tell me about how he and his father and brothers would head to the tree lot, each year, and wait while the “snow” was added to a large spruce tree. In the south, it’s rare to have snow at Christmas, so this was the next best thing!
And then there was the tea! Four different kinds! Vanilla Chai Spice, Berry Fruit Cocktail, Chocolate Rooibos, and Sugar Plum. The ladies from Savannah’s Room certainly know their tea and shared a lovely tutorial. The tea sandwiches were delicious and the scones were absolutely delectable with lemon curd and clotted cream. I swooned!
Although not a part of our tea, I just had to photograph these fun Rudolph cupcakes being sold at another part of the venue. They were from Brenda’s Cake Gallery and they looked mouth-watering. (The exception being that I was still sated from the tea treats!)After the tea, Davetta and I toured the orchid conservatory. Since the temperature was in the low forties, the warmth was most welcome. A veritable tropical get-a-way! (Almost like that island idea, I previously mentioned.)
~But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."~
Merry, Merry! ~ Wanda
20 Days and Counting! ~ All my best! ~ Wanda