Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage: An Afternoon Tea

Sunday afternoon, I felt a slight suggestion of fall in the air at Chestnut Cottage.  Sadly, it was time for my friend Holli Morris to return to her primary residence in Tampa.  Afternoon tea to say goodbye seemed like a nice way to finish the weekend. I invited two more friends who also wanted to say farewell and spend a bit more time with Holli.

I love my antique French folding bistro table and chairs for a quick and portable tea table.

I laid this lovely little table with an antique cloth and napkins that I purchased in Dublin, Ireland, and added one of my favorite china patterns, “Charlotte” by Royal Worcester. 

Unfortunately this beautiful floral pattern has been discontinued , however, Replacements Ltd. always has a nice inventory of “Charlotte”.


Chestnut Cottage is blessed with an abundant supply of hydrangea at this time of year, so I made a simple arrangement for the tea table.  I added some white roses, delphinium, and ferns from the garden. 

As I passed by a window box on my way back to my kitchen, I smelled the sweet vanilla scent of heliotrope.  I couldn’t resist snipping a few sprigs to add to the bouquet. What a lovely scent to accompany afternoon tea!

After a warm rosemary scone, cucumber and watercress tea sandwiches, we enjoyed strawberries dipped in dark chocolate. We finished our tea ritual on the front porch of Chestnut Cottage, sipping a glass of champage and watching the sun slip behind the deep blue mountains.

Farewell and safe travels to Holli!

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One Response to Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage: An Afternoon Tea

  1. James Noble says:

    My dear Kathy,
    I am so happy for you on the publication of your beautiful book. I can’t wait to pour over every page. Since we met, so many years ago, this book has been your dream. Congratulations! A beautiful book created by a beautiful woman! God bless you in your design ministry.
    Jim (your other Minneapolis connection)

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