Tea Parties, Mud Puddles, and Spring

Tea Parties, Puddles, and Spring

These little ladies went to their first real tea party at a tea house.  It was the only thing Miss E talked about the week leading up to the tea party.  ”Is today the day we go to have tea Momma?”  Tea Parties, Mud Puddles, and Spring

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.Inanorchard

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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.

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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!

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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…

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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.

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Back at home, the fresh rain made for the perfect opportunity to give the cutting garden a good cleaning.

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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)

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Does your bed look like this on Mondays?  Mine always does.

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The house became Valentine’s Day central this past week as the kids worked hard making cards and gifts for their classmates and teachers

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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!

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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.

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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…

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It never turns out that way.  Besides funny is way more memorable right?!

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Thank you for stopping by and visiting this space, for saying hello, your presence here brings a smile to my face!   Gratefully yours, April

 

5 thoughts on “Tea Parties, Mud Puddles, and Spring

  1. Jenn

    I loved this post. Tea on a rainy day is the best! It is so cozy. We are still praying for more rain, but we too are enjoying Spring. White pear blossoms, first freesias and sweet peas, white blossoms on the strawberry plants, and lots of green grass and yellow mustard and sour grass.

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    1. April Post author

      Yes, we are praying for rain too. Too little for far too long. The weather has been amazing but I can’t help but think of what the summer will be like if we don’t get more rain…

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  2. Shannon

    Ohhh, so much lovely. The tea party is so cute. It’s fun to have tea with grown ups, but when the little girls go along I think it is so much fun to watch them revel in the wonder of it all. :)

    Spring… Spring? When I got up this morning and saw the temp was -9 I could have cried hot, fat tears for Spring. Thankfully I got a peek of yours and that might keep me sane until ours appears in a few months! It is truly a sight to behold, those flowers.

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    1. April Post author

      I was so fun to watch the girlies :) They loved every little thing about the tea. -9!!? This California girl cannot even fathom those kind of temperatures!

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  3. Clarita

    I always love your posts! Just so much beauty, and joy, and contentment. I feel rich when I visit.
    The picture of you and little Pearl… so beautiful!! Love the springtime pictures of your orchards – incredible!

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