Our dear knitting mentor,Betty (center), expressively shares a story with the ladies. Betty is an incredibly talented knitter who’s been knitting since she was four! We are incredibly blessed that she has shared her talent with us and others in the community.
This afternoon we took time to celebrate and fellowship with our longtime knitting mentor (of nearly 20 years) who’s 84 years young.
Jordanne & I threw small tea party in the garden complete with our own grandmother’s and our friends grandmother’s tea cups and set. There was no excuses this year – perfect weather, no construction, or piles of concrete or dirt everywhere. So it was high time we got around to hosting a tea party in the garden! With recent sudden deaths of a friend’s father and another’s grandmother last month we realized that there’s no “too busy, let do it another year.”
Jordanne set a lovely table and we both made some simple egg salad (with our very own eggs) sandwiches, herb-fruit ice tea and homegrown strawberries for the ladies to enjoy. Working at a local English tea shop for the last 5 years, we’ve picked up a few tips here and there.
You wouldn’t think (from the photos) but only 2 feet away from the table was our 400 sq ft animal enclosure filled with our menagerie of citified farm animals. If these ladies hadn’t been to the urban homestead many times before no one would have realized that we had farm animals – no smell, no flies. The juxtaposition between a tea party being thrown within feet of farm animals is quite a contrast — like Laura Ingalls meets Jane Austen.
While dressing up in our second-hand posh frocks we gals felt a kinship with Barbara Good! And you know you are successful in keeping citified farm animals when you can host a posh tea party with a bunch of outspoken, tell-it-like-it-is-ladies with no complaints – just happy, smiling faces.
All in all it was a splendid and successful tea party and we are already planning on hosting another (have to plan a going-away party for a gal friend who is moving to Lodi) Perhaps, this time around with homegrown cucumber and tomato sandwiches and homegrown, homemade strawberry bars.
Yep, really should do this more often… afternoon tea at the urban homestead!