This lovely local tea shop Silk Road is currently offering curb side pick up
if you place an order you just indicate pick up instead of paying for delivery.
If you order $50 or more delivery is free.
The Royal Abkhazi tea is my favourite.
In the Spring and Summer taking tea in the Abkhazi Gardens is a real luxury.
It feels so civilized sitting on the sunny patio above the expansive lush garden
You can opt to take tea inside the tearoom
small sandwiches, scones with jam and sweet treats.
I love meeting up with friends
walking in the garden
looking at the beautiful flowers and foliage
sitting for a restorative cup of tea served in pretty fine bone china tea cups.
I will imagine sitting in that magical garden in the sunshine
dreaming of the days in the future when we can reconvene
meet up to savour one of the loveliest places where we can take tea.
The Sour Cherry blend is very refreshing.
I like this tea brewed hot or served over ice on a summer day.
We do not have a dog, but many locals who do,
take their pet to the off leash park at Dallas Road waterfront.
We spied this wee "stick library" for the dogs...
I love the wee paw print at the top right of the structure.
Thank you to the wonderfully creative and talented crafts person
who designed and built this dog friendly "library!"
Thank goodness we are still permitted to go out for our daily walks.
Self distancing is a requirement that we take very seriously on the paths.
The fresh air and exercise is such a tonic for us all.
Speaking of tonics...
Cheesy Pantry Pasta
We craved comfort food so I made a rich cheesy pasta casserole.
We had two small packages of dried macaroni and penne pastas
(about 3 cups)
I used them both and cooked in salted boiling water until al dente.
I made a simple roux with butter, flour and milk
and when it thickened I added about a cup and a half of grated cheese.
I added the cheesy sauce to the cooked drained pasta,
put it in an ovenproof casserole dish.
Grated a bit of cheese on top covered the dish with foil
popped it in the oven for an hour at 350 degrees.
How are you managing?
Have you found a soothing routine while you are directed to stay at home?
I'm finding that I stay in my nightgown much longer in the morning
as there is no need to hurry and get ready to go out.
I am missing going to the shops...
it is not that I buy a lot I just enjoy perusing the wares
chatting with the shop keepers.
missing the coffee shops
meeting up with friends
When this pandemic is controlled and we are permitted to go out to the shops
will there be a surge in shopping or will we have re-evaluated our priorities?
I know that we will want to support
local businesses, coffee shops
In the meantime...
It is a time for us to be patient and wait out this pandemic until it is deemed safe.
Our magnolia out front in The Humble Bungalow Garden is starting to bloom.
Snowdrops are still putting on a showing looking lovely...
taking these small snippets
admiring the bountiful and beautiful Spring flowers
appreciating the small Joys that grace these quiet days
Grateful to wake up each morning...
a symphony of birdsong
a pot of hot coffee
greeting another day with hope
faith in our medical experts and scientists
who are guiding us gently through this health emergency.
Take care of yourself
stay cozy as you cocoon in your home.
"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~