Welcome friends for tea this week. I've been writing a gardening column for our local newspaper for almost 12 years now and back in 2007 when the publisher decided to produce a coffee table style magazine, I was invited to write a gardening article for each issue. 'Footprints' immediately became a hit with the community, and the editor knowing I'm a tea granny had me write 3 articles about tea over the years. The most recent one in the Christmas issue that just came out involved decorating with things from the garden for a winter tea. I had fun describing how to use dried seed heads, grasses, red twigs evergreen boughs and many other useful found objects to create wreaths, centrepieces and other decor.
I think what I enjoyed most was telling how to collect rose hips, especially from rosa rugosa and make rose hip tea.
I also shared the recipe I used last year for Christmas pudding seen here with warmed Devonshire cream drizzled over.
Just as the women in blogland enjoy seeing tea treats, so did my readers and some glazed scones, pink cream cheese snowflake sandwiches along with shortbread and Christmas cake fit the bill.
The newspaper was bought by another publisher 2 years ago and some hard decisions have had to be made I'm sure. Sadly, they have decided this would be the last issue of Footprints published and wish to put all their time and money into the newspaper.
When I was stuck for photos for my past tea articles, a couple of Canadian blogging friends came to the rescue. Carolyn at Aiken House and Gardens permitted me to use a photo of her and a friend dressed for tea in her gazebo. Thank you Carolyn.
And Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage allowed me to use this fabulous photo of her when I included a section in an article on how flowers seduce the senses. Thank you Sandi.
I'll miss writing for Footprints but there is a saying that when one door closes, another may open.
Please make yourself a cup of tea and visit my hosts and their guests.
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