Saturday, 20 June 2009

Moments with Sara Pt.4

Seen here on the Saturday before Sara and CT embarked on their wonderful tour of England and Wales. Jane and family came over for the day as Jane being a blogger too, she and Sara wanted to meet.


Deep in conversation while 6 week old Rebekah gets a cuddle from Sara

Grandma makes a Daisy chain for Oliver

With family gone Sara and I were relaxing after a long day when at about 9.0 pm on the evening before Sara left I realised that we did not have a photo of the two of us together. Every minute of our time had been taken up with getting to know each other, chatting and visiting the area that we almost missed this opportunity.
So, at a time of night when the last thing we wanted was to have a photo taken, we came up with this, one and only, taken in the pale evening light.
Sara will be posting many pictures of her visit to England over the coming weeks and has aleady posted a little taster.



As afternoon tea features a lot in our life in England, this was the Buttercream and Vanilla sponge that graced our last afternoon together in my home.





On the Friday afternoon (the previous day) I had the opportunity to take Sara out to Pilgrims Hall for a tour of the house and grounds and to meet the members of team that were on duty at the time. I did not take my camera (although I did take a picture of Sara in the grounds with her camera)
A couple of days later I was out there myself (with my camera this time) and took some random photos of areas of the grounds that I had not previously shown you amongst the numerous pictures that you can see by clicking on "Pilgrims Hall" in the sidebar.
So do come and walk around with me and we will then have afternoon tea in the dining room. This is a new venture we have just started - running an English tearoom and coffee shop (open to the public) on Tuesdays and Fridays.




































Into the house for tea now. One has the choice of sitting outside, or sitting in the flower filled conservatory or as here in the dining room. This was the first day and over 50 people came for tea or a light lunch b ut it is almost closing time now. The cakes are all home made on the premises and are delicious.






19 comments:

Willow said...

Lovely tour! Looking forward to hearing more about Sara and CT's visit!

Elizabethd said...

I've been reading Sara's account too, what a lovely time you had.
Afternoon tea sounds wonderful, makes me quite homesick for English traditions.

Mike said...

Pilgrim hall looks a lovely place. The cake looks pretty good too! Enjoy the weekend Barbara. was in Chingford today, nearer to you I think :)

Susan said...

How fun, working in the tea room!! I would enjoy that.
Susan

Queenmothermamaw said...

Oh what a fun thing. In the tea room. I am so happy the two of you got to meet and know each other. England is a favorite destination of a lot of folks. I can see why.
Blessings
QMM

Sue said...

Barbara,
I so enjoy it when you take us on a walking tour of your lovely countryside. Could you post a picture of the conservatory? I wuld love to see that before I decide where to have tea...

Sara said...

You got some lovely photos of Pilgrim's Hall! And I recognize "that man" in the last one. The dining room looks lovely set for tea. I can see it all in my mind's eye from our visit there too.

Vee said...

It doesn't matter about the pale evening lighting...the picture of the two of you is perfect. Phew! I'm so glad that you got at least one. I'm also glad that Janie had the chance to check in.

Thank you for the link to Sara's; I will check it out. And, as always, thank you for the lovely garden and tearoom tour.

Melanie said...

What a lovely walk in the grounds of Pilgrim Hall.

The honeysuckle is really enjoying this Summer.

How special to have met up with a feloow blogger friend.

Sharon said...

What a lovely, lovely blog you have ~ which I came across on the Dorset cereals website!
I will make sure to visit regularly and have added a link on my blog.
Sharon

Betty said...

Such a peaceful and serene place...I'm so glad you and Sara were able to meet face to face...

Can't believe it's been over a year since Marion and John were in our home....

Betty

RoyalTLady said...

What is your secret in keeping such a "young look"?

Beautiful shots. Have fun.

I get to meet only blogger from my own country regularly... how I envy you with Susan's visit... it must be so wonderful and exciting to have her around.

Bishop Stone said...

I just love your photos. I like to just stop and wander through the gardens, ahhh were would we be without such beautiful places to take time out and relax. Food for the soul.

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful photos, Barbara. I am sure that Sara enjoyed the visit as much as you did and that you were able to give her many pointers as to where to visit.

Barbara Jacksier said...

What a lovely visit. You're an A-1 tour guide... and friend.

Jammmie said...

You truly have a gift of hospitality and serving. how great to see this photo of you and Sara too. What dream trip for her. Right, I want to be next in line. If only...


Enjoy.

a woman who is said...

Thanks for the info on the thatched roof. I had no idea.

And what a cook you are. That salmon on Sara's blog looks very impressive!

So fun going back and forth between blogs to get both perspectives.

And Sara got to meet Janie and baby Rebekah...so special.

Elizabeth said...

Lovely to see you and Sara
together.

Mary said...

More lovely pics - and those are of you and Sara!! The ones of the countryside are so fabulous too - it's difficult to describe the English countryside to people who've never been.............it's beauty found around each corner, even when things are old (that's the best part perhaps), is so unique and picturesque. I miss it so much!