Merry and Happy Christmas in July to you!
Our niece stayed overnight last night - always such a pleasure.
The weather has been so perfect - temps, blue skies, nice breezes.....
that we decided to set up a pretty holiday tea table
in the garden and have ourselves a lovely garden tea to celebrate!
I grew up in a summer vacation lake town so celebrating
Christmas in July is a big deal....so many families that live together
in the summertime never see one another in winter....so it is a time
that many folks decorate their cottages and/or boats
and give out cards and gifts.
Years ago when I managed a clothing store up there
I talked Corporate in California into understanding how important it is in that area.....
And they allowed me to play Christmas music
and have special holiday signage with sales.
I did well at that store. : - D
We picked a pretty and shady spot under two trees
with pretty dappled light.
I've had three teas this week so had extra yummies leftover,
which made it super easy to do it this time.
Scones with clotted cream, lemon curd and ligonberry jam, yum.
We brewed blueberry tea for her, and I had coffee this time around,
I really needed a strong jolt after this non-stop week!
We had iced water in the goblets but hadn't filled them when I took this shot.
After teatime we played some games
in our covered porch in the background.
She learned Rummy, we played Skip Bo
(a family favorite for nearly 20 years), and also
Spot It and Banana Grams......all good for our brains.
If you are looking for good fun easy brain games
these are three of our very favorites.
(This pic is the way my game looks, it's "old school.")
Look what she did with the letters of that game
and took this picture for the blog!
I simply dolled it up Christmasy with PicMonkey.
I think she and I are both feeling quite festive today!
I wish for days like this to never end.....
but I know right around the corner
is the time
she won't want to do this with her Aunt Shell anymore.
But until then I shall savor every moment with my
sweet, pretty, fun and helpful teatime niece, Reagan.
Love that dimple!
July 25th, 2014
As always, thanks for your visit!
Merry "Christmas in July" to you and yours!