Monday, January 2, 2012

Donkey Dreams

Welcome friends for tea, our first gathering of 2012.  I've thought about the posts I've done in the past couple of years for Tea Time Tuesday, and from time restrictions I'm often just showing a pretty teacup or something I've baked.  But we all know that when friends sit down to tea, they have wonderful conversations too.  So, I've decided that although showing tea things is nice, sharing something else with you each time would be just as important.
I received a new book before Christmas and am sitting down with a cup of tea and some Scottish shortbread to browse through it.
 The daffodils are starting to fade, but with the snow we've been getting today, they are a welcome sight.
The book is from Hoffman Media and there are so many new ways to make scones.
My dear friend Ruth who will be 92 this year is a firm believer in supporting the arts and favourite charities. One that she has a soft spot for is the Donkey Sanctuary near Guelph Ontario where over 60 donkeys, mules and hinnies live on 100 acres of pastureland.
Two donkey friends look up into a cold winter night sky and dream of running free and playing forever.
Ruth sent me this card for Christmas and it's entitled 'Donkey Dreams', made from an original painting by Valerie Graves.  Ruth has visited the sanctuary herself and was amazed at the TLC these animals receive.
Check the website at to see some cute faces.
I'm linking with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage, Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog and Trisha at Sweetology.  Please visit my hosts and their guests.


  1. A Donkey Sanctuary - how lovely. I narrowly escaped being given a donkey as a gift. When I told the gift-giver just how long donkeys live, and that I'd need to come up with a succession plan for after my death (in very old age!) there was a change of plan!

  2. Love this...We dream of owning (and spoiling) a donkey of our own...It would get to live with our goat herd.

    Blessings Kelsie

  3. Donkeys are such cute creatures, aren't they? The fact that Mary rode on one for 80 miles to Bethlehem makes them ever so dear. Your Scottish shortbread looks yummy! Thank you, Judith, for joining me once again for tea. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year.


  4. Happy New Year Judith! Your book on scones looks brilliant .. hope you'll share a recipe or two from it at future Tuesday tea parties.

    Animals are such wonderful creatures, and to know that people are doing what they can to ensure they have happy and healthy lives is a truly wonderful thing. I did not know about the Sanctuary and will go check out their website.

    Thank you for tea! xo Blessings, HHL

  5. I enjoyed this style of tea time, like a good conversation. I actually found frozen scone dough at the store--chocolate chip. It can't be that good but I got it to try in a pinch.

  6. That's a fabulous cause indeed! Thanks for sharing about it. The book is wonderful, isn't it? Thanks for your neat post.

  7. Greetings Ruth ...
    Happy New Year..Delightful informative post ..I love scones, so will have to search for that teatime book...and the donkey book is adorable..perfect for my grandchildren... Thanks for sharing .. HUGS

  8. Happy New year...and thanks for sharing your tea! I love scones, too and your book looks like one I would enjoy, too! ♥

  9. Just walked my friends out the door in the dark after our tea and chatter this afternoon. We are all teachers and will be back to work tomorrow and Wednesday. Will check out the donkeys now.♥♫

  10. I like how you included "topics of conversation" with your tea and shortbread, Judith!

  11. Hi Judith, That books very interesting, must let me know if there are any good recipes in it. Take care, Jen.

  12. A lovely post. Nice to meet you I'm Pat. Happy New Year!

  13. Hi,Judith.
    Thank you for sharing your fabulous tea party and that interesting book!

    Our sons and grand child came back,staying with us during New Year Holidays. They returned to their houses today. I made lots of Japanese traditional meals for the celebration. I should have baked scones for them too!
    Wish you and your family a very happy and joyful New Year.


  14. Judith, That is a lovely card. It is great how your friend supports charities and the arts. This year we gave several donations to charities in lieu of gifts. Happy Tuesday!
    Hugs, Beth

  15. Lovely tea, Judith. Your new book will keep you busy trying new recipes! I think it is wonderful that there is a Donkey Sanctuary. They need love, too! Happy Tea Day and Happy New Year!

  16. I am so excited that you have a book on making more delicious scones. If you need a tester call me. You know where I am. :)V

  17. Sitting down with tea and a book, how delightful.

  18. Happy New Year Judith!

    Thanks for stopping by to visit with me. I'm taking your advice and will leave my sweet little pine and berry garland in place for the winter.

    Thanks for sharing the Scones and Tea book and do let us know when you try out a recipe.


  19. A wonderful book and a beautiful cause...Your friend has a very good heart. Can't wait to see what scones you make next. Your tea time was delightful today.
    Down Memory La La Lane

  20. Well - HEEEE Haaaa! I love this book and the recipes. The picture is so cute with the stars!

  21. That card is so, so charming – I never knew of such a sanctuary but seems like such a wonderful activity. And I will have to investigate the scone book! – g


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