Finally the day did arrive. Miss E wore her new dress and tights proudly. It was raining that day which might have put a damper on the whole trip, but really it only made it more special and memorable. We were seated in the sun-room at the tea house and the rain pattered on the roof and windows. We were cozy inside with our warm tea and delicious food.
The tiny stirring spoons were a big hit with the little girls! Being able to add your own sugar and cream to a real cup of tea was a rare treat.
Did I mention that the food was amazing? It was. There wasn’t a thing set before us that wasn’t absolutely delicious. The name of the tea house is Columbia Kate’s and if you are ever in the foothills near Sonora/Columbia CA, you must stop in and have tea! Do not leave without trying the macaroons. That’s an order!
After tea we set out to explore the town and the shops
Even little girls who go to tea and wear fancy dresses can’t resist a good mud puddle…
We wandered through Historic Columbia (a small mining town in the foothills that has been preserved), we bought candy at Nelson’s Candy store, visited the antique stores, and ended the day with a good cup of coffee and a scone for the road.
Back at home, the fresh rain made for the perfect opportunity to give the cutting garden a good cleaning.
I turned over the beds, weeded, and admired the daffodils and sweet peas that were coming up. I also finalized and ordered all my seeds for the summer (but more on that later)
Does your bed look like this on Mondays? Mine always does.
The house became Valentine’s Day central this past week as the kids worked hard making cards and gifts for their classmates and teachers
These were the Valentines the boys and Miss E made to give out at their class parties. I should mention that the children all have very small class sizes, otherwise we would have picked much simpler projects!
I know that right now much of the country is covered in snow and ice, but here in our little corner of the world, it’s spring… and it is breath-taking.
We spent a Sunday afternoon walking around in the almond blossoms. I wanted to get a sweet picture of the kids in the orchard. In my head I imagined a scene with smiling children huddled together under a bower of blossoms…
It never turns out that way. Besides funny is way more memorable right?!
Thank you for stopping by and visiting this space, for saying hello, your presence here brings a smile to my face! Gratefully yours, April