Sept 30th 2019

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Terry's tales from Willowbrook Manor
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Story Time ~

I have to tell you about these two go-get'm ladies.  I still giggle when I think about Kathleen and Sandra galavanting off together to Ireland, renting a car and driving on 'the wrong side of the road' to visit family and see the sights there.  
Before they left, Kathleen messaged me and said she was going to Ireland, and did I want anything.  I smile when I remember getting her message and asked her to bring me back a tea cup from a thrift store there. 

This past week I enjoyed an afternoon of tea and laughter as they shared with me their adventures and misadventures traveling together.  They brought me not one teacup, but two!  The first was from a town called Nenagh, where they spotted a thrift store, with a parking spot right across the road!.  They thought it was heaven-sent until they tried to cross the busy street, canes in hand, to begin their search for a teacup.  They found a nice cup and saucer with fall colors and blue trim with 'Home Sweet Home' written on the bottom.  I thought this was a perfect symbol of their visit when I saw the pictures of Kathleen's great grandfather's cottage on the farmland where her grandfather was raised.  

The second teacup was purchased in Castlebar at a hospice thrift store.  The cup has delicate blue flowers with charcoal-gray leaves.  I appreciate the journey it made to my home and I especially appreciate the hospice care-givers and the volunteers who run the thrift store.  Kathleen and Sandra commented what a nice place it was to shop.

So I have two more tea cups added to my collection.  When I see them I think of these two ladies, their sense of adventure, a journey to family roots, wrong turns in a rental car, and the goodness of people in a beautiful country called Ireland.  Thank you Kathleen and Sandra for such a wonderful gift.




Harvest Tea is Here ~

Harvest Tea begins this Friday!  Don't miss this special occasion to cozy-up to Autumn with the simple pleasure of Tea.


Reserve your table for Harvest Tea

Willowbrook Chamber Music Series is back ~

We are excited to announce the return of the Willowbrook Chamber Music Series. Last year Sharyn Peterson embarked on a new adventure at Willowbrook with our first Chamber Music Dinner and Concert. She returns October 19th, along with Matt Rehfeldt for the first of six concerts (one each month until March) featuring different local artists.
Sharyn will be playing violin and viola, and Matt will be playing cello and acoustic guitar. The concert will be an hour long and explore a variety of styles including classical, contemporary, jazz, love songs, and even some movie themes. The evening begins with wine tasting at Eaglhaven winery just down the lane from Willowbrook  followed by a lovely harvest dinner in the atmosphere of the manor. It will be night to remember. Reservations are limited, so book your spot today on the Willowbrook website.

Book your table for October's Dinner Concert
Rad Power Bikes meets Tea and Tour!

Meet Kagen and Joe from Rad Power Bikes out of Seattle.  When I contacted them about Tea and Tour, they loaded up four of their electric bikes and drove up to show me how they work!

It wouldn't be right to do a bike tour without having tea!  This was Joe's first tea experience.  (He said he is coming back and will bring his mother.)

The day was beautiful and the e-bikes were absolutely AMAZING.  I loved hearing how this company started as a grass-roots project and has grown to be a top supplier, with a vision to revolutionize transportation here in the states.  Click HERE to see their website and notice Kagen on the home page driving the bike with a cute girl on the back.

I'm looking for input to see if there is enough interest to add e-bikes to Tea and Tour.  Click the button below to cast your vote.


Would you go on an e-bike tour?

Teacup Time ~

A special thank you to Jenny for sending in such a delightful teacup and story.  I would love to publish even more wonderful stories like this!  
"I love winged creatures and my mom knew that when she bought me the cup and saucer for my 50th birthday. I had seen other styles from the same artist displaying beautifully accompanying spoons.  It took me 8 years to finally locate one to match mine in Leavenworth, WA.  It's truly an unique set which I display in full view for own enjoyment and others. Thank you mom for the years of pleasure I have had from your loving gift to me."
~ Jenny  
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