Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tea on Thursday - February's Moments

I like to bake and so bring along a few things when we travel to Florida in February such as a set of measuring spoons, cups and heart shaped cutters.
 I baked heart shaped sugar cookies for Valentine's Day and scones several times.
The ruffled heart shaped dish from TJ Max was perfect to hold fresh strawberries and marshmallow hearts to float atop hot chocolate at night.
 Isn't this cute? Our visiting grandson found a heart shaped potato chip.
I celebrated my birthday on Monday and above is an adorable cookie present I received in the mail from tea friend Ingrid.
Hubby and I shared this yummy dessert when we went out for lunch on my special day.
I ordered some tea themed dish towels from blogging sister JoAnn that were delivered to a Canadian friend with a Florida home not far from us. (there are 7 in the set)
Here's another set as seen on JoAnn's blog. If you're interesting in ordering from her, have a look at this post where she features some of her work. Tell JoAnn I sent you.
The sunrises and sunsets have been incredible as our rented house backs on to a salt water canal. We've seen large fish jumping out of the water skipping across the surface in search of insects. 
As February comes to an end, I'll have fond memories of our time in Florida this year. I've already packed my teacup of hearts and few purchases as we prepare to head home this weekend.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mosaic Monday #29 - Sunny Florida

Growing up my family always came to Florida in February to break up the Ontario winter. My grandparents had a house in New Smyrna and my father's sister and family didn't live too far away. My husband and I have continued this tradition although we moved our visits from the Atlantic coast to the gulf side.
I enjoy the daily sunshine and as a hobby photographer, capturing the birds, blooms and other beautiful images of this state makes my trip gratifying. This week I'm sharing a few of these things.
It was exciting to find a whole sand dollar one year.
Due to travel next week Mosaic Monday will not be put up until early Monday morning EST. Will you let me know how this works out please as I've been thinking of changing the time of the party to then. You can leave your thoughts about the change this week and/or next week after we try it.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tea on Thursday - The Wisteria Tea Room

I like to use TeaMap to locate a tea room within driving distance to where we stay in Florida and this time a lovely place in Ft. Myers looked inviting.  Canadian friend Janet who has a home not far from us agreed we should try it out for lunch.
The Wisteria Tea Room as depicted on TeaMap.
The shopping area at the front of the building had lots tea themed items for sale, and many other things as well.
Janet ordered a sandwich which she said was very good but I opted for the afternoon tea curate, for how else can it be determined if the tea room is one to recommend?
Two tiers, the bottom had savouries and the top, sweets and a scone with devonshire cream.
The cucumber sandwich was heart shaped and the petite creme brûlée, a decadent treat. The savouries  on the curate didn't have as many sandwiches as other tea rooms I've visited but the amount was definitely enough and I was full - too much so that I had to take some sweets home in a box.
We shared an endless pot of Baroness Grey tea and if patrons wish to change the tea they're drinking, they need only tip the lid to signal this desire to their waitress. Isn't this a good idea!
 I bought a new tea warmer,
and a cup and saucer souvenir for my tea ornament hanger at home.
Anyone staying in this area of Florida and wanting to visit The Wisteria Tea Room can get the information from the front of my menu. I keep a journal of tea rooms I visit in Canada and the US and always give them a rating out of 10. The Wisteria Tea Room has earned a 10.
 I have a couple of new tea things I've picked up as well; The Twelve Teas of Inspiration is a Valentine's Day gift from hubby and purchased at Cracker Barrel,
and a couple of tea dish towels from a reduced rack. (I don't recall the store)
I'll leave you with this cute banner I found on Pinterest.
Linking with these tea gatherings:
Tea Time Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mosaic Monday #28 - The Butterfly Estates

On Valentine's Day when hubby asked me where I'd like to go I suggested we visit The Butterfly Estates in Ft. Myers, Florida. The 3600 square foot conservatory is home to all stages of the native butterflies of Florida and staffed by the non-profit Florida Native Butterfly Society members. The shops and cafe are in heritage homes, one the previous house of the first mayor of Ft. Myers.
A couple of interesting plants on the walkway to the conservatory entrance.
Just inside the door is a nursery of interest to adults and children alike. The 'castles' as the nursery cubes are called house eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises until the adults emerge and can be set free inside the warm and humid conservatory. Sit back and enjoy some of the butterflies we saw.
A staff member captured the elusive and rare malachite so we could see the wings closed. She showed us how to hold the insect carefully so as not to disturb the scales on the wings.
There are many host and nectar plants housed in the conservatory as certain butterflies require specific plants.
In another building there were a number of framed works of art constructed entirely of butterfly wings and this was by far the most impressive to share.
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