Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tea, Sweets, and other edible Treats
Lets see, where did we leave off? The Fashion Show...
Once the Fashion Show was over we were treated to a delicious tea that included Raisin Scones, Clotted Cream (one of my favorite Tea treats...yum!), mini Cheese Cakes, Cucumber Sandwiches, fresh Fruit, and many other delightful edibles.
The tea was very casual and people just sat where ever they could find a seat. Donna and I found a wonderful spot under a cool shade tree to enjoy our tea while watching the comings and goings of all the other guests. The models from the show mingled with the guests and that's how we met Cookie. She was a darling woman and rekindled my desire to get involved and guess what? When I got home I told hubby that I wanted to attend Costume College and he said, "great! You always let me do the ridiculous things I do, so why not!" I did after all allow him to buy two motorcycles ...LOL!
This is the Hale House one of eight structures on the property grounds. Don't you just love all the colors and gingerbread? Aren't you glad you don't have to paint it or pay someone else to paint it for you? I can't even begin to imagine how time consuming it must be, but it sure is purdy to look at and to dream...
Hey Becky, I can see us sitting on the porch enjoying a hot cup of tea and sweet conversation...what fun!!
The Queen Anne exterior is painted in four shades of green, three shades of red, with a combination of yellow and Victorian black. Above the front porch is a shield painted to look like the American Flag. During the restoration process the colors were uncovered and then reproduced from paint chips.
Some of the distinguishing qualities of a Queen Anne building are the fish scale shingles, the iron grill work that forms the railing on the second floor balcony, the corner turret, and the dentil work just below the roof line.
Take a closer look at the beautiful detail work and the whimsical finials atop the turret.
They just don't make them like they used to, do they? It's so sad.
You can usually tour the inside of several homes, but on this day they were closed except for my favorite house which I'll show you next time, however there are no interior shots as one of the women had her Vintage Gowns on display and flash photography causes the fabric to deteriorate quicker.
So, that was just a small look at one of the houses and I'm still playing with pictures so there will be more to come.
We're still painting our cupboard and I've had very little time to post so hopefully I'll be able to continue the tour on Friday since tomorrow is Thursday and I'll be having coffee in bloggyland with the girls from "ABC's through the Word" hosted by Pam from Grey like Snuffie...of course you could join us if you'd like!