My baby girl is home from college for the summer! Her arrival was a good reason to celebrate with a Mother/Daughter tea on the deck . . . under the PINK blossoms of one of our favorite trees.
Junior year abroad! How exciting! It started with a backpacking trip in Europe. Was I worried? Well, yes!! I never really know what is next! One year she backpacked through the wilderness of Alaska for a month, coming upon a grizzly bear momma and her cub. And then there was the whitewater rafting on the Colorado River, where it was so rough she was thrown from the raft. Woo-hoo–what fun! Ha! Then there was the phone call one day: “Hi Mommy! Guess what I just did!”
So, when her European travels finally landed her in Edinburgh where she was to attend school, I hopped over to see with my own mother eyes just how she was doing. And I can see that I need not have worried.
But I did. And I always will. It’s my job. You know how it is.
We explored every inch of that magnificent, amazingly beautiful city. The cobblestoned main street stretches for one mile from the Edinburgh Castle at the top of the hill,
straight down to the Palace of Holyrood House, once home to Mary, Queen of Scots and now the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II, at the bottom of the hill.
The Scots are extremely proud of their heritage. They are part of Great Britain and yet independent.
William Wallace still stands as the great Braveheart in front of the Castle, guarding the entrance with Robert the Bruce.
The Honours of Scotland, a crown, sceptre and sword, are the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles.
They are kept under heavy guard there, together with the Stone of Destiny (known to many as the Stone of Scone), recently returned to Edinburgh from Westminster Abbey.
Almost every monarch of Great Britain has been crowned upon this stone. And the Queen still travels to the Palace each year for the installation of new knights to the Order of the Thistle,
and for the Ceremony of the Keys, receiving keys to the city from the Lord Provost, and then returning them to him in a very formal and proper ceremony.
Of course, every wonderful castle or palace has a wonderful gift shop attached! I know because I always check. Another one of my jobs. The Holyrood Palace gift shop was especially enticing. I drooled over this china, wondering how I would carry it up the mile long cobblestone hill and then home to the USA. And what would the custom duties be??
But I couldn’t resist a few pieces.
If (when) I go back I will buy more. So many more! (See, this is why Mr. Fun is not allowed to read this. And neither is the male child because he will tell.)
The china was inspired by a set found in Clarence House, home of the beloved Queen Mother.
So at last we come to my table, which began with the Clarence House Chelsea Botanical china tea set we found on our adventure in Edinburgh.
The white Wedgwood Nantucket Basket is my everyday china. I love it with anything.
My flatware is Gorham Old French.
For the very girly side of my adventuress I added a touch of pink in the napkin rings and antique glasses.
We had a wonderful time catching up and planning our next trip.
My girl. Home sweet home.
A very happy day for me.
I hope you have enjoyed our tea.