It is sad to see my month with Irma come to an end.
I will say, my last day with her was absolutely delightful! I met Barbara, our September host, for tea midway between our towns at The Secret Garden tea room in Sumner, WA. We had never met before, and our only interaction up to this day was emails arranging this date to have tea and exchange the tardis. What a treat to meet a fellow tea lover, and a new friend :-) We chatted as if we've known one another for a long time...tea really does bring people together.
Here is the entrance to the garden
The Victorian mansion that houses The Secret Garden tea room is the historic Herber Williams House. Here is Barbara and I outside the tea room.
The ambiance of The Secret Garden is spacious, friendly, and warm. The gift shop is fabulous and the food is incredible!
We started with lemon-chicken soup (below right), followed by sorbet, scones, orzo pea salad (below left), then the 3-tiered tray of goodies!
The scones were served with cream, lemon curd, and jam
English cucumber sandwiches, dilled egg sandwiches, topical chicken sandwiches, artichoke spread with bread
Zesty peppadew with cream cheese filling, sundried tomato and basil short bread, gorgonzola and pear tart
Vanilla pannacotta with passionfruit boba
Orange creamsicle shortbread, fudge brownie with hazelnut topping, chocolate macaron, chai tea creampuff, vanilla cupcake with raspberry buttercream
Irma sat at the table with us while we had tea
The owner, Elizabeth is great! She is always so friendly and nice to talk with. We shared with her all about ATAA and the traveling teapot. She shared with us some of her exciting new tea tours she is leading through England and Canada.
The photo below is taken with Elizabeth holding Irma....I wonder what Barbara will name our Tardis next???