Wednesday, October 31, 2012



While visiting me, the little plum traveling teapot will have a bit of a different twist and will be steeping some interesting teas, tisanes and botanicals for virtual tea times to share with each of you.
Please join me often to see what special tea the little plum pot might be steeping.  Pour yourself a cup and settle in for some fun.   

I hope that you’ll enjoy the little surprises along the way as we explore beautiful Orange County.    I really want to share its natural beauty as well as some of the other fun things that living here offers.

Orange County’s greatest strength is its chameleonlike nature.  Just when you think you have it figured out, you stumble across a vision of So. Ca. that is nothing like what you imagined.
We begin your virtual visit to The OC with a cream tea to welcome you.

 So pick a trio from my favorites, fork a scone, spoon on some real English clotted cream and some jam and let the little plum teapot pour you a cup.  

 Today it is steeping a caffeine free botanical blend of organic and fair trade Chamomile, Lavender, Roses,  Rose hips and Pink Peppercorns called *Welcome*--- a floral cup with a thin liquor and a sweet and spicy character by the Art of Tea.
This picture has hung in the guest rooms of my family for three generations and now welcomes guests to my home.  It is an old fashioned sentiment and I want to welcome you with it today.


Rosemary said...

Thank you, Martha, for such a warm and wonderful welcome to Orange County. The scones, and the beautiful serving blossoms for the toppings are gorgeous. The tisane you selected is comforting. Lovely!

La Tea Dah said...

What a warm and lovely welcome! Your tea choice today sounds superb and the tea table so pretty.

Marilyn said...

Oh Martha, this visit is beautiful and so special. I feel like I am sitting there right with you in Orange County. The jam and cream in rose petals is beautiful. The tea sounds divine. I just love the welcome you have hanging in your guest room too. Thank you for the lovely welcome here.

relevanttealeaf said...

What a beautiful poem with such special significance to welcome us to your home, as well as southern California.
Your three tier table is such an elegant way to serve a cream tea. I'm picking that beautiful chintz trio as I join you for tea today.
Love the elegant silver serving piece that you've chosen to place your scones in, and only you, Martha, would think of putting clotted cream and jam in organic rose blossoms. What a beautiful presentation!
The caffeine free botanical blend sounds fabulous, and won't keep me awake tonight! ;-) [It's going on 5:00 o'clock in Michigan - past the time I consume caffeine!]
Thank you for hosting such a wonderful cream tea with the traveling tea pot. I can tell it's going to be a great month!

Gwen said...

What a lovely presentation! The scones look delicious and the tea sounds wonderful.

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Oh Martha, how sweet...your cream tea is so pretty and looks so delicious! I liked how you incorporated the blossoms with the cream...and as I am very sentimental...I especially enjoyed your welcome sign...the words are so precious and to think it's been in your generation for years, quite touching. The gift of hospitality has definitely been handed down! Thanks for sharing!

samovar said...

what a great idea to sharing OC with us and teas also!
Simply superbe as the French would say!

amherstrose said...

Hello Martha,

Thank you for your kind invitation. Such a beautiful presentation. I am honored to be your guest again. Your hospitality is appreciated and I am loving my cup of "Welcome" tea.

Mary Jane

Karen's Place said...

Oh What a lucky Plum Teapot to be is such good company. I love the Welcoming poem. As always your teatime offerings are so special Martha.