Saturday, September 23, 2006

Saturday Afternoon Tea

This afternoon we were invited out for English Tea. A friend of ours lives way out in the country down a dirt road and down a long driveway to the large log house he built himself. The house itself has a Great Room which is about 30x20 with 16 foot ceilings and a large picture window that overlooks the Carp Escarpment, the Gatineau Hills and the Ottawa River. There was an amazing view and it was amazingly quiet and peaceful.

The home contained artifacts, pottery and furniture from all over the world. I looked and one plate was filled with ancient coins (and I don’t just mean old. I think some of the coins were a couple thousand years old).

In addition to tea (after all it was a tea) we had a cake made with dates, a cake made with mandarin oranges, a gingerbread made with Lyles Golden Syrup from England, and for dessert(!) fresh raspberries picked last night with ice cream.

But as wonderful as the meal was, the best part was just having the chance to chat with some friends. My mother-in-law looked after the children for us and so we were able to just spend a couple of hours in very pleasant company and very pleasant conversation.


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