Welcome friends for tea this week. When out working in the spring garden I've noticed bees buzzing about looking for sources of nectar. There's not a lot available for them yet other than the first daffodils that have opened. In honour of these wonderful pollinators, I decided to have a tea for them.
And now you ask in your heart,
"How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?"
Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower,
But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee.
For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life,
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,
And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
From Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
I'm using a 'Wetley Rose' pattern in black and gold from Old Royal china. The bee on the side is actually a tablecloth weight.
Rosebuds are hidden on the saucer under the teacup and surrounded by some gold scrolls.
I always add honey to sweeten my tea, so the honeypot is on the table too. Does anyone else use honey in their tea? I buy unpasteurized from one of the local bee keepers.
I'm using up the rhubarb in the freezer since the plants in the garden are up and forming leaves, and it won't be long before I can pick fresh stalks again. I have a German rhubarb coffee cake today that is delicious with tea and the recipe can be found on my recipe page at the top.
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