The apples at Willowbrook are getting ripe and ready for my apple cake recipe that makes for a deliciously moist treat. For those of you who may not know, I open my doors to the public for English Tea only four times a year and Harvest Tea is the time that I showcase some of the farm's produce. It is always the first two Fridays and Saturdays in October and tea-lovers start getting their reservations in as soon as I post the event. Harvest Tea is a wonderful way to say goodbye to summer and hello to the cozy comfort of being inside as the days get cooler.
My sweet potato, carrot, apple soup that everyone raves about is back this year as well as the pumpkin cheesecake muffins.
You will want to join those who make Harvest Tea an Autumn tradition with friends and family!
Glamour Camping at Willowbrook is expanding to include Cottage Camp! This project is SO MUCH FUN! I'm like a kid building a fort. Can't wait to get it all finished!
I have been gathering some great furniture, rugs and linens and can hardly wait to start setting it up. (But I tell myself I cant furnish it until I get everything in the camp finished) Watch for the next issue when I transform this canvas hunting tent into a luxurious glamour camp site that you will just have to come and visit!
Holiday Tea ~
I went to Costco yesterday and grimaced when I saw all of the holiday merchandise already out. (I'm just barely recuperated from Labor Day) So forgive this blurb on Holiday Tea. I have had people asking about reserving a tea time so I thought I would let you know that reservations are open if you would like to book your table in advance. The season gets busy, and we fill up fast. (And it is such a wonderful experience.)
Gift Giving ~
I know I complain about Costco doing their Christmas marketing early. Truth is, I am already getting my holiday gift purchases done. If you are too, here is a great idea of a gift that gives the delight of tea with each changing of the season. The Willowbrook Tea Club membership features four tea packages, one for each season and also provides discounts on all tours and teas at Willowbrook. Just an idea for the person who has everything, or the person who has nothing, and everyone in between.
When I put out my newsletter with a call for people to share their favorite tea cup, I wondered if anyone would reply. On August 5th I received my first response with an email from Ellen and I was so excited to have her share! Here is her favorite cup along with her story.
If you have a favorite tea cup and story, please share it with us!
"I loved your story about searching for a vacuum and ending up with teacups that had been hand carried from England... I hand carried my aunt’s tea service from Northern Ireland after she died at 97 years of age. It’s Royal Albert Old Country Rose that she purchased when it first came out. Most of the pieces had never been used. I feel like I am honoring her memory every time I have a tea party at my home."