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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tea Garden ~ In my friend's backyard

Well ok, it's not exactly in her backyard but literally across the road from her backyard. Our Stowe,Vermont trip had many wonderful discoveries, but I thought let's start the memory roll back with the most adorable outside Tea Garden.

The whimsical name lets you know right from the start that you are in for an enchanted adventure. Along with the outside summer Tea Garden, this delightful 145 year old cottage is a B&B and can also be rented in its entirety. But there is much more ... pour yourself a cup of tea, something cold or perhaps a cup of coffee and lets take a walk around the magical grounds, shall we ...

The gardens are filled with amazing surprises ...

and are tenderly and loving cared for by our hostess. Along with the beautiful flower gardens, she nurtures a vegetable garden whose bounty is used in the making/baking of the items for the Tea Garden menu.

On the grounds, you will come across the Moscow Co-op, where neighbours contribute organically grown vegetables, flowers, herbs, along with wonderful delights created from their harvest. Our hostess was the founder of the Co-op and volunteers her time and the location, so the community has a central place to gather and exchange the bounty of their harvest. Payment for goods purchased is done via the honour system.

Our hostess is a wonderful soul and most talented! Continuing along our walk we come across this enchanting mini cottage...
Don't you just love the whimsy look of it?

Let's take a peak inside....

WOW!!! what a delight for the eyes... inside you will discover original art work created from the imagination and by the creative hands of our hostess. Here is a small sampling of her work.. (original Art Photos via Inky Dinky Oinkink website)

WHO IS this fabulous, talented , creative and nurturing soul ... you are asking ... well let's walk over to the Tea Garden, where we can have a seat, enjoy the view of this enchanted place along with some freshly made tea delights. Looks like our hostess is waiting for us....

I would like you to meet Liz Le Serviget ...
Upon being introduced to Liz, you automatically feel like you have arrived at the home of your Auntie, with her inviting smile and warm welcome. She has been up with the roosters preparing the day's menu, everything is prepared fresh daily on site. Let's have a seat and look over today's offering....

After literally salivating over the day's selections, we decided on the dessert tea. Miss V. (my dear friend who treated me to this magical afternoon) decided on hot tea with a hint of almond, while I went for the lavender iced-tea.

Miss V. pouring her tea, from a wonderful whimsical tea pot hand painted by our hostess. Liz's hand painted tea pots are available for purchase in her shop. Liz also does commissioned work, so you could have her create something special and original for a gift, or for yourself.

The iced tea was refreshing and much welcomed on the warm Stowe afternoon. Our dessert plate was a colourful creation for the eyes, rivalled only by the heavenly taste experienced by our taste buds. Made fresh on this day; a flour-less chocolate cake, green tea ice-cream, home made cream topping sat proudly on top of freshly picked strawberries, capped off by black berries. The plate was completed with extra squirts of chocolate sauce and an edible flower.

Attention to detail is most important to our hostess, a small tea cup with flowers cut fresh from the garden, even the ice-cubes are not over-looked ... for more details on the TEA GARDEN, click here.

Guests from the B&B had checked out, so I had the honour of getting a tour of the rooms. All I can say is, if you are planning a trip to Stowe, Vermont this would be the perfect setting. The rooms and bath have been lovingly designed with the comforts of home - away- from home. You can see photos and get complete details by visiting the Inky Dinky Oinkink website.

I hope you have enjoyed the first roll back look at our Stowe, Vermont vacation. I'll be sharing more discoveries in days/weeks to come. Till then I'll leave with this view from the Inky Dinky Oinkink B&B cottage.

I would love for you to share a wonderful Tea Garden/Room you may have discovered on your travels ...

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  1. Wow! This is picture-postcard stuff; a place where us Europeans dream of spending our summer. You are very lucky :-)
    (website of B&B duly noted!)

  2. This is utterly charming-in fact it is picture perfect. I am more determined than ever to come over now and visit your fabulous country.

  3. Utterly charming. There's a tea house in our garden. So quaint. Happy Sunday;-)

  4. Dearest Celia,

    Wow, that must have been quite a treet! Also a very colorful event. Liz seems to be quite talented for even handpainting those teapots. Hats off to those ladies for their hard work!
    Love to you,


  5. Looks like a fun visit, what a great little place!

    I read your comment to Sandy, we'd love to come back and visit you both in the Fall!


  6. How charming is that? Love that she can just walk across the street for some tea!! How could one ever be stressed in that location. The mountains are so serene. xo

  7. Celia, it looks like you had a wonderful trip to Vermont! LOVE that whimsical teapot!

  8. Wow....I love this tea garden! It's so special and lovely! And thanks for your sweet comment. I loved that your husband looked at my post :)I hope you get the chance to go soon!! I looove 'under the Tuscan sun' too, so much atmosphere!!! Hope you have a lovely day, my friend!!!

    Love, Kristin

  9. This is delightful in many ways. I so look forward to what you post. I appreicate you sharing the posts w/ Tea Party Tuesday! On another note, I have read your amazing story and was moved to tears. You are an angel from heaven meant to do good things! Hugs from a friend!

  10. Mmm, I like the sound of a dessert tea! Lovely place and yummy food.

  11. What a lovely blog! I found you from Nicole at Destination Unknown. When I saw the red high heel, I knew I HAD to follow you!

  12. Hi Celia,
    What a wonderful spot for a cup of tea! I love the whimsical feel! The surroundings are beautiful and I just know your hostess was a darling! I think I would like a dessert tea myself. Lovely post; thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.


  13. What a great place and fun. I love the sorroundings and the beautiful photography! Wonderful spot for a cup of tea in a beautiful tea cup. Thanks for your lovely visit and sweet comment. Hugs, FABBY

  14. Absolutely delightful... I loved reading about this teatime adventure and could feel the magic and excitement... I want to meet Liz now and drink lavendar tea.( ha ha) Thank you for sharing this whimsical spot.....Hugs

  15. Hello Celia,
    tht sounds like a great fun. Such a cozy place to enjoy tea. Love all the photos. Thank you for taking us with you on tour.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  16. Oh my Celia!

    What fabulous photos of your friends tea garden!.., So delightful, inviting, yummy and pretty!

    Happy Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland!

    Please feel most welcome to visit me for my 98th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two' and also for the '69th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'.~ YOU ARE ALWAYS MOST WELCOME TO PARTAKE!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  17. Thanks for sharing such an enchanting place!
    Happy tea,

  18. Ahhhh, so relaxing, charming AND delicious! The lavender iced tea sounds fabulous~ WOnderful photos of your relaxing visit with a dear friend. Thanks for also visiting my blog. Have a great week~

  19. Thank you for sharing this delightful place - precious! I feel like elves and fairies will pop out at anytime, giggling and hiding behind flowers! Great pictures and commentary!

  20. What a beautiful quaint place to visit and stay. All those finer details make such a more welcoming visit and memory of this special place.Great photo's.

  21. Hey High Heeled,

    That lavender tea sounds so luscious! I've tried lavender cookies before and they were beautiful, although a tad unusual!

    My favourite tea room is a place called BTS cupcakes in my city, Adelaide. It has "Sex and the City" cupcakes -- Carrie is vanilla and Mr Big is chocolate, plus a fine selection of teas. How could I not love it?


  22. Omigosh Celia, what a wonderful tea room! Now that would be a dream tea room for me, serve tea and have a huge outdoor garden rooms for all my guests to admire. This sure is an inspiring post. Thanks for sharing your vaca photos with us.

  23. I am actually planning a trip to Vermont. This might have to be one of my stops.

  24. It looks so charming and fun there! I hope you are recuperating from your travels,
    xo, Nathalie

  25. Sounds and looks like a marvelous adventure. Thanks for taking us along. Cherry Kay

  26. Fantastic post! What a stunning place!Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  27. What a wonderful adventure, to bad that dot flew by just as you were enjoying your tea~

  28. Hi: That a wonderful place. I love it all. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Blessings, Martha

  29. There is nothing like enjoying a repast under the skies of Vermont!


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