Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring & Easter Tea Times

It is springtime in Vermont, and that is marked with many subtle and not-so-subtle shifts in routine. Four o'clock is no longer dusk, and as such, our tea times feel lighter, and more refreshing...compelling us onward into the now-light evening. Tea has taken on a distinctly spring-like feel, filled with pastel chocolates, citrusy delights, and a table laden with fresh flowers. As if a riot of daffodils in Tasha's garden, and the perfectly clear blue skies aren't lovely enough, Easter and April birthdays make the time seem even more exciting. Here are few recent scenes...

 A beautiful Easter Sunday table-scape complete with lovely green antique transferware dishes, and Elizabeth Tudor (Ellie) helping with her little basket. And the pansies still in their plastic pots? Well, after a trip to a Tudor favorite greenhouse on opening day (Walker Farms) to purchase flowers for Nana's birthday, these pansies became Ellie's "pets." Mom Amy isn't allowed to plant them, because Ellie totes them from room to room like friends!

 Ever a Tudor at heart, Ellie had to give the chickens "hugs" on Easter Sunday!

This mama sheep and two lambs were in Ellie's Easter basket, as was the chocolate. She set up this little vignette to be sure they all had some Easter goodies, too! Unfortunately, it was Annie the dog who actually got one of the goodies (oops).

Nana Tudor (Marjorie) hid these beautiful old-fashioned German Easter eggs for Ellie (similar in style to the blown goose eggs we decorate every year). 

Flowers picked by Ellie Tudor. Miss Ellie absolutely adores going to her great-Granny's garden, and picking nearly every flower she can find. This is a daily occurrence, so the house is always filled with a bounty of blooms. This little girl loves flowers, dresses, and animals just as much as her great-Granny Tasha! Doesn't that just make you happy?

Hannah Tudor Wyman (Jen's daughter) had a birthday this week that propelled her into double-digits! We can hardly believe how all of the children are growing! This is Hannah helping Natalie check guests in for the 2007 summer garden tours.

Lemon-chocolate bars for tea on a Canton plate.

Another almost-gone tea treat, made by Winslow.

Seth's work shoes by the door at tea time. For some reason, I find quietude in this photo. Shoes kicked off in anticipation of afternoon tea following a morning's work seems to embody the Tudor lifestyle: demanding, but enjoyable work followed by a moment's respite and easy company at afternoon tea. 

Best Springtime Tidings from Vermont!


  1. Just love it all! Your blog is such a pleasure to read.

  2. As always, I loved this! Sally Daniel

  3. Hi Natalie,

    Happy, happy spring. It looks like it was lovely there. Just want to say that I definitely want to attend one of your garden tours this year. Can't wait. And tea...YES!

    Sending warm wishes across the miles,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

    1. Hi Sharon! I've been trying to reply to you for ages, but my work computer has "fits" and refuses to let me comment on our blog as of late! We are so pleased to have connected (we have several little ones who LOVE to read your books & dream about the garden, most especially Sophia and her mommy, too!). We would love to have you for tea, and will be in touch soon. Be well!

  4. Kids sure add to all the fun....thanks for sharing.

  5. Happy Spring!!! Oh, thank you, so much for sharing the Easter pictures. I LOVE it that Ellie likes the same things Tasha did:) The picture of her "hugging" the chicken was my favorite but they were all nice to see. Joyce M.

    1. Wasn't that too fun? Just like her great-Granny, she has to include all of the animals (real and "pretend") in the festivities! Love that little girl's heart.

  6. Thank you for the sweet comments. I hope you all have a beautiful spring. Please forgive me for not responding sooner, or on other posts, but my computer has been unwilling to allow me! As usual, I am hoping to blog more, soon!

  7. Dear Natalie,
    I love your writing, and I'm thankful for tea time, to be able to read this beautiful post, before I get back to tying ribbons 'round everything;) I have a line of greeting cards, note cards, and Eliza recipe card sets that look so pretty with little presents...
    My books arrive from the printers this evening, and it feels like Christmas with all the anticipation! I can't wait for you to see them...if you could send me an address, I'll pop them in the mail as my gift to the Tudor/rookery family;)
    Blessings and hugs, my dear kindred,

  8. Dear Natalie,
    Thank you for posting such lovely photographs. Would you please share the recipe for the Lemon-Chocolate bars? They look delicious.

    Another lover of Tasha Tudor,