Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner…I Meant To Say Tea?
At my house!
Here in SW Florida!
It’s the traveling teacup!
Yes, Miss Tessa Rose herself!
After I carefully unpacked this beautiful tea cup…she just sprang to life.
And the first thing she did was stop to sit awhile at the recent St. Patrick’s Day Table setting that I had set up!
In case you do not know the story of sweet Tessa Rose, I will fill you in.
You see this lovely traveling teacup and saucer originated with Barbara from Mantel and Table.
Barb had this brilliant idea to send Miss Tessa Rose around the world, literally…. and it is my pleasure and privilege to host her in my SW Florida home.
If you would like more details of Miss Tessa’s travels, you can check out this link… at The Exciting Beginnings of the Traveling Teacup.
As you can see from the above photo, Tessa Rose shared the table with my Belleek Tea Set! (I could tell she felt she was in good company and since it is so close to St. Patrick’s Day, a cup of tea was in order.)
Of course when she saw the pool, waterfall and spa through the sliders, she insisted on going out to the Lanai.
Once on the Lanai, she marveled at how private it was…with the 10 foot adobe wall and such.
I assured her that was one of the reasons for buying the house some 13 years ago…If I was going to be in a swimsuit again, (after all these years), I definitely wanted no one to see MY cellulite!
I think I heard Miss Tessa actually giggle at that one.
I showed her around the Lanai.
The Fire pit!
And I think she enjoyed the pink apple blossoms (even though they were faux) because they almost matched her pink flowers surrounding her cup and saucer.
From the Lanai, we entered the house again and from the dining room and through the french doors…visited ‘Kari’s Secret Garden’ .
Actually the Secret Garden is in need of some upkeep (much as its’ namesake), as it has been neglected during my illness of the last couple years.
But we are slowly beginning to bring it back to its original state.
As in the original Secret Garden, new life is bursting forth with the blooming of the bright yellow Plumaria tree and the blossom’s fragrance fills the area with its sweet perfume.
I was drawn to pluck a bloom and place it close to Miss Tessa.
These are the same blossoms that make up a Hawaiian Lei.
The next day after her arrival, I thought Miss Tessa would like to see the Gulf of Mexico, so we went to breakfast at Marker 92 Restaurant.
The fountain entrance is beautiful, but as with all things there is an upside and a downside to living in Paradise.
In an effort to ‘keeping it real’, you get to see what all that dampness and humidity does to items such as one of the lights around the fountain and the dolphin in the center.
A small price to pay for an average 78 degree temperature.
The Marina at Marker 92 Restaurant.
The yachts are amazing and beautiful as are the condos overlooking the Gulf.
Sailboats and small boats and canoes sit in the tranquil water as we have a leisurely breakfast….and a cuppa hot tea of course.
I believe Miss Tessa is satisfied with her visit to Cape Coral, Florida and anxious to get back on her travels.
So we say good-bye as she is packed up and on her way to yet another destination.
Have a Blessed and happy Day.