Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Backtracking 101

An invitation to tea! For me!

She included just about everything, including necessaries. 

Bird of Paradise! Oh, my! I wonder why.

This. This is the sweet I would choose if I were ever stranded on a deserted island. I fell hard for this. I searched for a supplier. It took over a week before I gave up. Houston has a thriving British community. There's a store that stocks everything an expat could long for. I wonder why they didn't have these? They're gently sweet; not too sweet, the way American goodies are. I meant to order a case. I know. Shame on me, but you should taste one before you think so poorly of me. Besides, it's not like I'd have one every day. Anna, you have created a convert. I know the story behind these. *wink* If memory serves me well, this treat began here. 

Sugar cubes?

The seal! So lovely.

I still have this!

And this!

My very own tea set! Invite me to tea and I will bring my own.

All the pretty pretties were wrapped so prettily.

See what I mean? First there was Tea in a Box. A tea in a box. She included everything imaginable that did not require baking or cooking, or freshness. Yes, there were delicious recipes for scones too. Only Anna could do this, and she did, and did it well. Of course I shed a quarter cup of tears. I made a joyful noise. I called my mother (who didn't understand a thing I said), and Erin, and even JC. Oh, Anna.

I had to backtrack so you would understand the importance of the Birthday Party. Just when you think you've gotten it all, she does it again. 

Wait until you see what I got to go with. Such fun! Thank you, Anna, for giving me some of the best memories ever. You are quite clever-clever!


P.S. Backtracking is often necessary to finish a good story.


  1. What a generous and awesome gift!! Lovely, lovely!

    1. I agree with you, Elle. Erin and I were going to have a real tea for my birthday but life had other plans. :) Tea together is simply one more thing to look forward to. :)

      I watered the embryonic Rose of Sharon this morning. :)

  2. Oh I agree such awesome goodies to receive yeah ....I loved everything you showed and yet you say there is more ? Oh my how much more can one get in a box ? goodness knows . take care and have fun with the tea and goodies and let me know how the tea is cause we both are tea fiends as you know . take care my dear and stay safe and be well .

    1. Yes ma'am. There are more photos. I have to resize them, so it takes me a long time to get them here.

      I'm slow but show. ;)

      We have a beautiful day! Hope you do too.

  3. Wow! That is absolutely the best gift I've seen in a while. The tea set is beautiful!

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    1. I tell you, goodness and joy comes in the mail! Try to imagine life with out it. *shudder* I've met some of the best people through the mail, and getting to know people this way is good medicine too.

      I learn new things. I get to experience new things, taste new teas, foods, traditions, and build lasting friendships. Treats? Indeed! :) You are a treat! I admire your creativity. Everyone's is different and enriching.