Friday, May 30, 2008

It's been another beautiful day!.......







Charli and I are so happy it's spring! ............
The grass is green and beginning to look lush again. No more do we see slush and snow on the river. Everyone is out and about. People are busy getting their boats ready to travel and fun. Soon all of the small town festivals will begin. The flowers and trees are blooming. The days are warm and the nights still cool. It's been another beautiful day!...........

Thursday, May 29, 2008

BookingThrough Thursday.......



This weeks question was suggested by: This is not a book club http://community.livejournal.com/notabookclub/

What is reading, anyway? Novels, comics, graphic novels, manga, e-books, audiobooks --which of these is reading these days? Are they all reading? Only some of them? What are your personal qualifications for something to be reading--why? If something isn't reading, why not? Does it matter? Does it have impact on your desire to sample a source if you find out a premise you liked the sound of is in a format you don't consider to be reading? Share your personal definition of reading, and how you came to have that stance.
Oh my gosh! I can't believe I'm this late getting out my post! Charli and I have been having just to much fun outside enjoying our wonderful weather.......... I hope I'm not to late.........
I think that novels, comics, e-books, graphic novels, and to some extent audiobooks are all good sources for reading.
To me reading is a complex process that requires active participation and motivation. It requires motivation because it can be difficult depending on what your interested in or required to read. To read you need to look at the words, decipher the words, then put them into groups of sentences, and from there develop a thought.There has to be a certain fluency to the sentences in order to understand the full meaning or context. This is called comprehension. I came to this personal definition in my formative years in school. It was something that was reiterated to me as my children went through school.
I do believe audiobooks are a form of reading but much different than actually picking up a book. They are very beneficial for people with certain disabilities. Audiobooks are also good for people who like to, or must do, more than one thing at a time. For instance an audio book can be listened to while cooking, driving, bathing, exercising, etc. I think an audiobook is a form of reading because you are still able to use your imagination to create characters, places, and things. An advantage of an audiobook is the pronunciation of words. Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with a proper pronunciation when reading but it's done for you in an audiobook.
I usually don't read books on line because of eye strain.
I am always willing to try a new format but I think the old fashion way of reading is best. I feel sad that so many people have given up on reading. I have always made the time to pick up a book and I couldn't imagine my life any other way.
If you are interested in participating in Booking Through Thursday please go to http://www.btt2.wordpress.com/ for further information.

Dogs on Thursday........


Happy Thursday everyone!
Charli has had such an interesting and fun week! She went to two cookouts! The first one was at Mike and Anne's, where she had a ball playing with Michael, Ryan, and Aayden. She also loves to play with her little schnauzer pal Peeper. We noticed she and Peeper were hanging around the grill quite a bit. She was pretty tired from all her romping by the time we got home.
The second cookout was at Kurt and Rhondi's. She got to see all of the kids again and Khory too! She really likes going out on the docks. We were very surprised she would even attempt it because she is so afraid of everything. However the insentive was the kids who were fishing off the docks. She gets right in there with them and watches for fish to swim by. She also loves, loves, loves barking at all of the boats going up and down the river.
Charli has also enjoyed getting out in our yard and playing ball all week. We even got all of our flowers planted! Well I did the planting and Charli followed me all over the yard. We have been having lovely weather here. Now she's at the spa getting pampered yet again. She is one happy little schnauzer :>)
We hope all of you are having a nice day!.... Charli sends greetings to all of her little four legged friends at Dogs on Thursday www.dogsonthursday.blogspot.com/ ........ See you next week.......
With warmest regards, Charli and me

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ceiling mural in a new smoking area.......


CEILING MURAL IN A NEW SMOKING AREA........
It's true what they say.........
A picture is worth a thousand words..........

A book review..... The Gravedigger's Daughter......



The Gravedigger's Daughter, by Joyce Carol Oates..........


The Gravedigger's Daughter is a story about the human condition. It is centered around the Schwart family, who flee the horrors of Nazi Germany, and immigrate to a small town in upstate New York. It is a tale of loss dreams, disgrace and humiliation, disillusionment, paranoia, deceit, and prejudice. It is also a story about survival. Survival at any cost..........

Jacob Schwart, a highly respected school teacher, printer's assistant, and soccer coach moves his family from their uncertain home in Germany to upstate New York, where the only work he can find is that of a Gravedigger and cemetery grounds keeper. He learns the family can reside on the premises, in a stone cottage, rent free, for which he is grateful at the time. Jacob and his wife Anna have two son's, Herschel, and August. Their daughter Rebecca is born as the ship docks in the States.
The family is unable to acclimate and thrive in their new environment. At first Jacob thinks if he works hard enough he will gain recognition and respect in this new country. He thinks he might be able to carve out a future for himself, and his family, if he works rigorously and diligently, but he soon comes to realize it isn't possible. He tells his family, "In animal life the weak are quickly disposed of." He tells his daughter, "You. You are born here. They will not hurt you." As Jacob realizes the position he is in he becomes increasingly angry and depressed. He begins to take out his frustration on his family. He becomes emotionally and physically abusive at times. Anna, who is isolated in the stone cottage, in a new country, without friends, becomes paranoid and despondent. She believes seepage from the graves is getting into the water supply and poisoning them.
In the mist of all of this despair the Schwarts receive news that family is coming to stay with them. There is an unusual excitement in the air as they all pull together to fix the cottage up for their guests. They wait....but no one arrives.... They learn the ship has been turned away..... All of the people on the ship were sent to concentration camps and are now presumed dead..... The shock is to much. The emotional decline continues and conditions become intolerable. The two son's eventually run away. Then a tragedy occurs and Rebecca finds herself basically on her own.
The rest of the story, then becomes about Rebecca, how she claws out a life for herself, and eventually her son. In the beginning Rebecca runs from her life creating new identities for herself and her son. In the end she comes to realize, although she continues to keep secrets, that she is who she is because of her past.

The Grave Digger's Daughter is a riveting and compelling story. As with most of her books, Oates is able to captivate her readers right from the very beginning until the very end. It is a story filled with twists, turns, and one surprise after another. I enjoyed this book although it was sad at times. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in a good read.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A subtle hint........



Photos courtesy of Free Digital Photos at www.freedigitalphotos.net/
Our grandson Ryan has a birthday coming up the end of June. He hasn't said exactly what it is he would like for his birthday but this week the following sign has appeared on his bedroom door........
The sign reads "Hamsters Room"
Humm....... But there is no Hamster living in Ryan's room........... Do you think this could be a subtle hint of some kind?.......... When I asked Ryan about it he just giggled and walked away.....

A smile a day keeps the doctor away...........

Do you know what it would look like if men vacuumed?

Do you give up?........

Scroll down..............




Hee, Hee, Hee........ Can you just imagine?..........
Sorry guys.......... It's just a joke!..... Really!......... Hee, Hee......



Sunday, May 25, 2008

A lasting impression....... Memorial Day..........


"IN FLANDERS FIELDS"
"In Flanders Fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row by row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Shot days ago
We lived, fell down, saw sunset glow.
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe,
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields"
December 8 1915 John McGee
"WE SHALL KEEP THE FAITH"
"Oh! You who sleep in Flanders Fields,
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the faith
With all who died.
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valour led:
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
On the flowers that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.
And now the torch and poppy red
We wear in honour of our dead.
Fear not ye have died for naught:
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields"
Miss Moina Michael (1869-1944)
To find out more about the authors of these two poems, and the significance of the Poppy, please go to RSA - Remembrance - Significance of Poppy Day at http://www.rsa.org.nz/remem/poppy_sig.html

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Let's go Red Wings.......


LET'S GO RED WINGS!...
Photo courtesy of Webshots Sports
Photo of Octopus courtesy of http://www.discoveryschool.com/
Congratulations to the Detroit Red Wings for making it to the National Hockey League play offs........
Now let's bring the cup home!........
Let's go Red Wings..........

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Very Nice Surprise.........



I was so surprised when I got my mail the other day!..........

Just look what my cousin Pam sent me!.......

Pam and I have been e-mailing each other back and forth talking about tea. I never knew how much she enjoyed it and she never knew how much I did..... Do you know I found out she collects teapots from all over the world......
Well the next thing I knew I received this wonderful package in the mail! Just look at all the goodies! The little cup is sooo beautiful! It even has a tea infuser in it and I absolutely love the color! She also sent me all kinds of different teas to try. I have never had a flowering tea. As a matter of fact, I have never had loose tea, except for the few occasions, when I went to a tea room. Do you see the little figurines? Well they come in Red Rose tea and Pam says she has over two hundred of them. They are so delicate and cute! I will treasure them forever! Look at the beautiful card in the corner! In the card Pam explains how some of the tea came from china, which ones are her favorite, and a little history about the figurines.
Thank you again Pam for a truly wonderful, totally unexpected, and lovely surprise!.......

Dogs on Thursday........


I belong to a group called Dogs On Thursdays at www.dogsonthursday.blogspot.com/ where we get together on once a week to talk about our pets. If you are interested in joining our little group you can go to this site and link up with all of us.......
This is my dog charli. ...... People say love is a give and take situation and the best relations are built on the concept of compromise. I love Charli, and she loves me, but we have a problem. You see Charli got this toy as a gift for Christmas last year from our son Kurt. Why he bought her such a disgusting thing is beyond me but they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well Charli loves this toy more than anything in the world. In fact it is her favorite toy..... I on the other hand hate it..... It's ugly, pitiful, and scraggly. To be honest I'm not even sure what it's supposed to be.... I have tried everything to distract Charli from playing with the darn thing other than throwing it out. I know the guilt would overwhelm me and especially since Kurt knows how much Charli loves her little toy. When he comes over the first thing he says is, "Charli where's your baby?" Charli wags her tail and off she runs off as fast as she can to get it...... She has a whole basket full of cute little toys she can choose from, but for some reason she loves this one, and if I bury the darn thing at the bottom of her toy box she will dig and dig until she finds it and pulls it out. I find it on my carpets and I put it away....... Within minutes Charli will pull it back out again. It's the first thing she looks for in the morning and the last thing she gets at night. She carries it with her every where she goes through out the house. Up and down the stairs, in and out of the bathroom, and up and down the hall. She even tries to sneak it in and out of the house.........

I find it in the bedroom...... I pick it up and put it away. She drags it out again. I have tried explaining to her how I feel. I have tried to remain calm and I've tried to understand how she feels about the darn thing. I find it on my chair..... I put it away. She finds it and out it comes again. I guess the only thing we can do is agree to disagree.......











So you would think Charli would try to compromise. You would think she would try to come up with a solution that would make us both happy. You would think she would try to understand my point of view. You would think she would understand that love is a give and take situation. ....
BUT NO, not my Charli...... In her world everything is perfectly fine as long as it's all her way............ Sigh..... So I guess for now we will be keeping the darn toy............ It's OK Charli.... I still love you!........
Happy Thursday everyone!..... Charli and I hope all of you have a wonderful week........



Booking Through Thursday.......

The question this week posed at Booking Through Thursday www.btt2.wordpress.com/ is as follows:
Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what's the difference between a book and a movie?

I don't think there can be any comparison between reading a book and watching a movie. For me a book is much more emotional and personal than a movie. I am the producer, and the director, when I'm reading a book. I use my imagination to create and develop the characters in the way I perceive and want them to be. In a movie all of that is done for me. I then become a passive participant watching it all unfold.

When I crave solitude, yet want stimulation and knowledge, I read a book. I usually read in some small area of my home where it is peaceful and quiet. I become so wrapped up in the book that I actually miss it and the characters when it's finished. The book becomes a part of who I am. It becomes a part of my soul.

When I want to socialize and be entertained I see a movie. I usually watch a movie with someone else, where we comment on, and perhaps critique the characters as we go along, and most definitely when it's over.

I love to watch movies after I have read the book to see what the directors interpretation will be. Quite frankly though I am usually disappointed with the movie because so much information has to be crammed into such a short period of time.

One movie that comes to mind is, Interview with a Vampire, which was written by Anne Rice. In the series of books about the vampire Lestat, he was portrayed as a poor emotional wreck, who was disgusted with himself, and quite sensitive by nature. He even tried to commit suicide by laying in the sun. However, in the movie he was portrayed as an evil monster with no heart. My sister-in-law, who had also read the books about Lestat, and I, couldn't wait to see the movie when it came out but we both left the show very disappointed. Had we not already formed our own conclusions about Lestat, and his personality, which happened to be very similar to one another, we may have enjoyed the movie more.



Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gracious Hospitality-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon

May 18 - May 24
The Pouring Teapot

This week at Gracious Hospitality www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/ we are being asked to share information about out teapots. How many do we have? Which one do we use the most? Which one is our favorite? We are asked to tell our teapot story, give it's history, and explain what it means to us........

This was a difficult post for me because I have already shared my favorite teapot stories with all of you in the past so it seemed a bit repetitious. I decided, instead, to post a picture of my teapots. As you can see I don't have very many. Although I have several other collections, I never considered a teapot collection until I started the Tea Blog-Thon. It is something I definitely will keep in mind in the future. When I go into a little shop and see an adorable teapot from now on, I won't say to myself, "Oh come on. You don't really need that." I think instead, I will scoop it up, and bring it home, where I am sure I will find the perfect place to put it.
All of the teapots that I do have are special to me in some way. My favorite teapot is the little blue and white one with the flowers on it. It was given to me by my paternal grandmother and it symbolizes my first introduction to the tea experience. I don't use that one at all because it is just to fragile. All of the other ones I use and enjoy on a regular basis and especially since I've retired.
I just wanted to thank everyone again who has participated in the Tea Blog-a-Thon. I have learned so many wonderful things about tea, tea parties, and tea accessories. It's because of all of you. You are a lovely group of ladies and I have really enjoyed blogging with each and every one of you.

p.s. If you are interested in seeing my idea of a perfect tea house please see the post below.

Monday, May 19, 2008

My Dream Of A Perfect Tea House........ An Old Victorian Farm House........


For the past forty years I have passed by this old Victorian farm house on my way to, and from, just about every where I have wanted or needed to go. I've always envisioned myself living there and have fantasied about all the things I would do with it if only it were mine...... If only........ I am a romantic person by nature........ I've always seen this house as having so much potential even when it was in it's most dilapidated condition....... I used to wonder about the people who lived there... Who were they?..... What were they like?.... What was it like to live there in 1888?....... I always seemed to be day dreaming about this beautiful old house........
When my hubby and I first moved out here I used to beg him to buy me that house, but it was in such poor condition, that it would have taken thousands, and thousands of dollars worth of repairs just to get it back to code, not to mention the labor involved..... I used to drive by it every day thinking how sad it was that no one lived there any more.....
Then one day about twenty years ago an artist purchased it. I watched everyday as he restored that old farm house slowly and painstakingly back to it's former glory. He must have repaired every single board on that house! It was so exciting to watch it come back to life! I was so happy someone bought it and was taking care of it properly again. A lot of research has went into the landscaping and restoration of that old farm house. It is now recognized as an historical home. It is sooo beautiful! I don't think the pictures quite do it justice.......
The house itself is painted a mauve purple with cream and then a delicate green trim. If you click on the pictures you can see the ginger bread on the side near the roof and the intricate details over the windows. The house has a wonderful old wooden shingle roof. There are two ornate brick chimneys on the roof that add so much to it's charm and several lightening catchers that really stand out in their originality. The house is set back from the road on a substantial piece of property. It has a somewhat long and winding driveway. All of the side walks are made out of brick. There are three or four tall and authentic looking lamp posts on the grounds and near the bottom they indicate that the house was built in 1888. There is a trellis in the back of the house with a wooden picket fence that connects it to the garage. One side of the garage has three wooden panel doors and the other side looks like an additional little house in itself with windows, a door, and even a small porch. There are two small flower gardens near the house and garage. The house also has a beautiful covered front and back porch.
Well the house is now up for scale again........ There is no way we could ever buy it but if only we could......... My dream would be to turn it into a tea house.....
Wouldn't it make a fabulous and absolutely perfect tea house?....... Oh, I can see it all now...... The first thing I would do is build a gazebo and add additional flower beds. I would have fresh flowers all summer long for my tea tables, and that way my company would be able to enjoy sitting on wicker chairs on the porches, strolling the grounds, or listening to the violinist I would hire to play in the gazebo in the summer and fall. Of course we would also host weddings on the grounds. I have never seen the inside of the house, but my vision includes hardwood floors, with floral tapestries and floor coverings, lace curtains, and beautiful reproductions of old paintings in gilded frames by artists like DeVinci, Bruegel, Van Eyke, and Monet. Can you see the Christmas tree with its soft lights glowing beside the fireplace? The house would contain lots of books, and an area where people could come to read, or discuss the current events of the day, much like they did in Paris in the days of the salons. It would be nice to have poetry readings and I would definitely host a monthly book club. All of the food that I would serve would be simple, yet elegant, and baked on site so the wonderful aromas would continuously fill the house. Low, rich, classical music would resonate within the walls......... I could take Charli to work with me every day......... In fact she could be my official greeter.....
I would turn the garage into a gift shop, away from the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of the tea room, where I would sell teapots, cups and saucers, tea treats, lacy napkins and tablecloths, tea accessories, books, hats, parasols, and just about anything else that has to do with tea and the tea experience.................
Doesn't it all sound wonderful?......... I hope whom ever decides to buy the old farm house will be it's keepers and cherish it for many years to come........ Oh..... If only it could be me.......


















Sunday, May 18, 2008

How To Plant Your Garden..............



HOW TO PLANT YOUR GARDEN......
First, come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses........
FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING,
PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:




Peace of mind
Peace of heart
Peace of soul



PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:
Squash gossip
Squash indifference
Squash grumbling
Squash selfishness
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:






Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be patient
Lettuce really love one another
NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:
Turnip for meetings
Turnip for service
Turnip to help one another


TO CONCLUDE WE MUST HAVE THYME:
Thyme for one another
Thyme for family
Thyme for friends
WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. THERE WILL BE MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

Thank you Ron.........

Charli and I send best wishes to our blog land family and friends. We hope you are blessed with a truly wonderful day..............

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A smile a day keeps the doctor away...........



A blonde was weed-eating her yard and accidentally cut off the tail of her cat who was hiding in the grass.

She rushed her cat,

along with the tail over to WAL-MART!




Why WAL-MART????



Helloooooooooooooooooo!!



WALMART

is the largest retailer in the world!!!!!!





I know! I know! I'm bad, but I just couldn't resist! Charli and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dogs on Thursday........




MARMADUKE
"I can't believe I'm taping dog food commercials for you."
I love this cartoon! Do you ever wonder just who is running whom in a person-dog relationship? Charli certainly thinks she knows. She has taught us her schedule, her likes, and dislikes very well, and she lets us know when we don't get it quite right.........
Yesterday was not a good day. Charli had to go for her annual wellness exam. To begin with she was not happy at all to be in the doctor's office, but after the cat came in, everything went down hill. Charli has never seen a cat. She started to bark and growl. She was feeling pretty good about herself until the cat meowed. Then she went ballistic. She started to shake, to cry, and to get herself positioned behind me by scratching and clawing. By the time we actually got in to see the doctor she was in a full blown frantic state of anxiety. She was shaking so hard the doctor became concerned. He said in all his years as a vet he had never seen anything quite like it. Her ears were stuck straight up in the air. Her eyes were huge and her head was darting back and forth from side to side. Then came the drooling and finally she peed all over the exam table. I think Charli may be a little embarrassed about the whole incident today. She's acting a little shy, but she wants everyone to know she is doing well and is almost back to her old self.

Booking Through Thursday.......


This week at Booking Through Thursday www.btt2.wordpress.com/ we are being asked a follow up question to last weeks question about reading, writing, and grammar guides. The question is being expanded to include the following scenario:
You've just bought some complicated gadget home....do you read the accompanying documentation? Or not?
Do you ever read manuals?
How-to books?
Self-help guides?
Anything at all?
My answer is absolutely. Yes I do. I could never put a complicated gadget together with out reading the accompanying documentation. Even after reading the documentation I might continue to have a problem as I am not mechanically inclined. I might even have to go back and read the instructions more than once.
I read how-to books all the time. The first thing that comes to mind is a recipe book. I also love to read books on entertaining and how to do crafts. I just bought a book that I hope will help me learn how to embroidery. I love self help guides and books. I just finished reading You Staying Young, the Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty. I also love to read the reading guides that go along with books, and yes, even Cliff Notes if they are available.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I am so excited!...... Look what I found......

Look what I found at the store the other day................

I love making little bags of this, and that, to give to my family and friends who visit during holidays. It's a very inexpensive way to do something fun and nice for someone else.
Last Halloween our grandson Ryan and I made little bags of candy. Then we added orange and black glitter spiders and wrapped them with orange ribbons.
At Christmas we made crackers, that we filled with bottles of lotion, hair clips, after shave, cars, candy and any other small items we could find. We made the crackers out of a light cardboard, glued gold foiled wrapping paper to them, and wrapped them in green ribbon. Everybody sat down and opened them together. They had so much fun trading with one another until they got the perfect gift. The crackers were definitely a hit at our Christmas party.
Last week, as I checked the Blog-a-thon links at Gracious Hospitality, I came across Ceekays post, at www.thinkinofhome.blogspot.com/ , and noticed she had the most adorable teapot cookie on top of her strawberry shortcake dessert. I thought to myself what a great idea! I immediately set out to find a teapot cookie cutter. I found several at various sites but with shipping and handling it hardly seemed worth it to get one.
I love to make home made candy. It's very easy and quick to melt candy and pour it into molds. Last Christmas Ryan and I made reindeer suckers, bagged them, and wrapped them with green and red ribbon. They turned out so cute and looked so festive on our Christmas treat table.
Well I started to think, that if someone had come up with the idea of teapot cookie cutters, maybe someone had come up with the idea of teapot candy molds. I went to my local cake decorating store, and to my surprise and delight, I found everything I needed. I found it a couple of days before Mother's Day so I didn't have much time to be creative. I made teapot cookies and decorated them. When I finished them I wrapped them in individual bags and stapled them shut. Next time I think I might make gingerbread cookies and keep them plain. The possibilities are endless! Then I made chocolate teapot suckers. I mixed milk and dark chocolate together and they turned out sooo delicious. Next time I think I will make them out of white chocolate, or perhaps different colors like pink, yellow, or blue. Wouldn't those look cute on a tea table. I also wrapped my chocolate teapot suckers individually and tied them with a pink ribbon. Then I made little teacups and teapots. I wrapped a teapot, teacup and saucer together and stapled them shut. Next I went to the store and got little bottles of the originally Jergens hand lotion that I love so much. I also made tea bag holders and placed a vanilla caramel tea bag inside. I put everything into a bigger bag and wrapped it with ribbon. Everyone loved their little Mother's Day treat. I included pictures to show you what they looked like...........
I can't wait to make them again....... Maybe you would like to try them at your next party. If you do I hope you will post pictures...... Thank you so much Ceekay!









Gracious Hospitality-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon... Tea room ventures and venues......







May 11 - May 17


Tea Room ventures and venues..........
I actually have three favorite tea rooms that I have frequented......
The first place I have enjoyed having tea is the Townsend Hotel which is located in the town of Birmingham. This tea room is very up scale and is the most modern of the three. I have enclosed a picture of the outside and lobby of the hotel. I especially love the lobby as it is done in a very traditional decor. The tea is served in side rooms and the tables are dressed with white linens. The waitress comes around to your table with little platters of delicious pastries and sandwiches. You can then choose which ones you would like to sample. If you like a hotel atmosphere then this would be a very nice place to go for tea. This is also a nice tearoom to go to if you are in the mood to stay at the hotel, do a little shopping, or perhaps see a play. It is located near the center of the town so you are within walking distance of a variety of different things to see and do.


My second favorite tea room is called the Victorian Rose Restaurant and Tea House. It is located in the town of Rochester. This is the tea house that I frequent the most. It is very charming and lovely. As you can see by the picture I have included it is actually a little house. The foyer has become the reception area and the tea areas are located in the various rooms of the house. It is very Victorian with lace curtains, tablecloths, and an old vintage type fireplace. Tea is always served out of china tea pots. It is a very quaint little place and the food is delicious. They really go all out for the holidays and have the most spectacular Valentines Day, Mother's Day, and Christmas teas. I wish it had a gift shop but it doesn't. It is a very warm and friendly place to go for a cup of tea.


My third favorite place to have tea is at the Historic Holly Hotel. This can be a very fun experience because they always seem to have something going on in addition to serving tea. At Christmas time it is especially beautiful to go there. They have a theme every year that they call the Dickens Olde Fashioned Christmas and Dickens characters can be seen strolling all over the town as well as in the hotel. They also have Teacup teas where you are given a complementary tea cup and saucer to take home with you. I have never been there for mother's day but I hear it is very nice. I have enclosed the web site link which is www.hollyhotel.com/ If you have the time it is worth it to go to the site and see the various menus, and collection of the tea cups for the tea cup teas. You can also read about the history of the hotel, and under the link weddings, there are some very pretty pictures. I especially like the picture of the table that has been set up for a Christmas Wedding. The other thing about this hotel that makes it quite interesting and unique is that they say the it is haunted. Yes that's right! When you have tea there you may run into one of the ghosts that supposedly frequent the hotel. If you click on the link ghosts you can read more about the ghost type antics that go on at the hotel and then decide for yourself.

Gracious Hospitality-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon


The Gracious Hospitality-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon continues...........
May 11- May 17
Tearoom Ventures and Venues.......
This week at Gracious Hospitality, www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/, we are asked to share about our experiences at our favorite tea rooms. We can use descriptions and photos to tell about the service, ambiance, decor, and menus that makes the tearoom special to us. Does the tearoom have a gift shop? If so what kinds of treasures would we find there.......
Please go to Gracious Hospitality for further information and to provide a link to the site if you choose to participate......
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