Yes, and Yes! And it was also a perfect excuse to use the new tray I bought. No, I didn’t buy it while we were in York last month, but if I had seen one in a store I WOULD have! Love this tray with its lovely Union Jack flag.
Yesterday was the first day of Summer, the Summer Solstice…the longest day of the year. It was a beautiful, glorious, sunny summer day as well, but I wasn’t able to really enjoy it until I got home from work and grocery shopping. I did my best with dinner outside on the deck, then a drink with my hubby when he got home on the deck, and a small fire in the fire pit on the deck to bring in the darkness…and the bugs.
So, my plan was to have a nice tea outside on the deck today. Of course, no sun to speak of today, but it’s warm and quiet with no wind and I had fresh strawberries!
This new tray speaks for itself, so a simple setting was required with simple white plates and a white teapot. I also pulled out a lovely, simple teacup and saucer with a delicate blue pattern that matched the delightful, blue embroidery on the linen napkin.
I used a silver jam jar a friend bought me for Christmas to display three lovely peonies I cut from my garden and since I cannot seem to find any Pimms here in the states, I opted for a tall glass of Pinot Grigio from Smoking Loon, which was appropriate considering the loon video I posted from earlier today.
The tea of choice had to be Yorkshire Tea to go with the flag on the tray! The tea was a lovely choice for the carrot cake and market-fresh strawberries.
Then, for me, no tea would be complete without reading the latest issue of Tea Time Magazine. So I grabbed the May/June issue and devoured it as I devoured the juicy strawberries, delectable carrot cake, and the refreshing tea out on the deck.
With a view of the garden on one side and a view of the stream on the other, here’s hoping for many more delightful teas out on the deck this summer!