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And then, she found herself at last in the beautiful garden, among the bright flower beds and cool fountains….

Land is special. There is great emphasis on the form and substance of housing, especially in suburbia, but the true worth of such investment is the land. After all, it is the land that will remain even after all siding, interior decor, automatic garage doors, and mailboxes have gone the way of the Dodo.

"In that case," said the Dodo solemnly, rising to its feet, "I move that the meeting adjourn, for the immediate adoption of more energetic remedies

"In that case," said the Dodo solemnly, rising to its feet, "I move that the meeting adjourn, for the immediate adoption of more energetic remedies

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Let us adopt more energetic remedies and  journey to a very magical part of our land.

The Unflorist’s Shop. (You may wish to tilt your head to the left.)

Sideways

Sideways

City statues require that our lawns be a certain height and shaved at regular intervals. But at the edge of our domain, away from regulatory eyes, there is a patch of lawn that we have left to nature. Seeing what is rarely allowed on suburban lands, we wonder why we have never let the horticulturalist-of-all design our gardens before…

Sideways

Sideways

flowers

strawberry

Isn’t she doing a lovely job? We may have to enlist her talents to designUnfloral arrangments for our Tea Party.

We are every so hopeful that these will bloom in time.

DSC00671The long grass rustled at her feet as the white rabbit hurried by… she could hear the rattle of the teacups…

A hatter-made (show the tailor to the door!) dessert for a tea party and a superlative gift for a lover of cherries.

A Cherry Extravaganza Trifle

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Usher ceremoniously into one place:

  • 1 Jar Homemade Maraschino cherries (make at least 2 so one can be gifted! Because A wee imp was going to consume this delight, we kept ours booze free and used lemonade in its place and a tsp of rosewater because we are mad!!! )
  • 1 Batch Vegan Lemon Curd (scroll to bottom for recipe, seriously…amazing…easy…curd)
  • 1 Cake Product for slicing and layering (a vegan treat can usually be had at whole foods, or make it
  • Handfuls of fresh, pitted cherries

With  this marvelous assemblage of ingredients at hand you may now proceed to Trifle Creation…

In this creative moment let the fates guide you and the muses reign your hand, so that, in the order dictated by inspiration, your ingredients find stratification in a glass container. Far be it from us to interfere in your moment of parto artistico, but I often begin with a foundational cake layer, spatula on some curd, billow a mass of cream atop that and then sprinkle with fresh and maraschino cherries.

Repeat the piling until such time as you have exhausted either your energies, your ingredients, or space in your serveware.

BRILLIANT

It had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry tart, custard, pineapple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast...

It had, in fact, a sort of mixed flavour of cherry tart, custard, pineapple, roast turkey, toffee, and hot buttered toast...

Original Upload by Wallyg

Party Prep is so thrilling!  And so is using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Grazie Mille to the hostesses!

Late!Late!Late!

Down We go

Down We go

Tea, please.

A TEA PARTY!

A TEA PARTY!

Escape

Sometimes I need to escape. History is a good place, art is too. The internet is seems just about right at the moment.
I see the airport every day and hear the sound of people escaping into the sky.
Today though, I think need a Tea Party. Or to start planning participation in one.
Thus this blog.