What better way is there to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee than with a tea party?
delightful country cottage.
The gardens are beautiful and the views are are rather special, with a dovecote just yards away.
Andy, of Belleau Cottage Blog has created a very English garden, with drifts of lupins, delphiniums, clouds of forget-me-nots and swathes of flowers I can't name.
It is my favourite kind of garden. Everything is soft, with gentle transitions, plenty of colour, beautiful flowers and foliage.
Dominic, of Belleau Kitchen made the special celebratory cake, which was featured in Lincolnshire Life Magazine.
The loaf cake which you can see is made to his mother's recipe - Banana Loaf - and was superb.
Andy constantly recharged our champagne glasses and we nibbled on dainty cucumber sandwiches and delicious tartlets with melt-in-the-mouth pastry and savoury fillings.
We all took along a baked contribution and soon the table was full. I had been asked to take some scones, which I was happy to do.
Conversation and laughter flowed as we met new friends and chatted with friends we don't see nearly as often as we would wish.
Dominic did come in for a little teasing about scones...a couple of years ago I happened to win first prize, in the Scone category at the village show. He had to settle for third..
I don't think he has quite forgiven me...so watch this blog in August, I'll let you know how we get on.
The kettles were put on the stove and pots of tea were made - beautiful china cups and saucers were filled and we all got our second breath as we sipped a very nice brew or two.
As the daylight began to fade we pulled on our boots and walked back home, our path took us right past the dovecote and through the farm yard, over the river and through the fields to Aby.
It was the perfect end to a very special day.
Thank you, Dominic and Andy, it was wonderful. xx