Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lakeside, Ohio - Part II

After our tea, a shuttle [driver with a deluxe golf cart] took us on a tour of the campgrounds.

~ Lake Erie ~

~ Hotel porch that overlooks the lake ~

In the evening we went to a concert in Hoover Auditorium by the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra.

Bright and early the next morning [Saturday] we got up, dressed, and had breakfast at The Patio Restaurant, and then we made our way over to the antique show.  The vendors began selling at 9:30 a.m.  I made my major purchase at the very first booth I visited - a hanging leaded glass piece for my living room.  It will hang in the C-shape wall cut-out.  I was sooo happy to find it.

~ A Chintz candy dish ~

~ A blue and white cow creamer from Germany ~

He's already found his spot on my living room shelves.

~ An ivory sugar cube tray with numbered markings ~

We split up to do our shopping, and when we met for lunch Linda purchased two blue and white porcelain pieces for me, and said if I didn't like them to just pass them along to someone else. Well, I like them and have already found a spot for them on my shelves.  ;-)

~ A Spode Tray ~

~ A Milk Jug ~

We left for home Sunday morning after breakfast.  What a fun two days, and I'm already looking forward to next year!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Visiting Lakeside, Ohio

Last Friday morning four friends and I drove to Ohio for a two-night stay at Lakeside Chautauqua, located about 51 miles east of Toledo on the shores of Lake Erie. The one-square mile historic, private community was formed in 1873 by members of the Methodist Church, and remains a church-affiliated vacation resort [inclusive of all faiths] today. Chautauqua means a retreat or resort blending the summer season with religious observation, education, recreation, and cultural enrichment. It's open from the end of May through Labor Day.

The beautiful, quaint, gated-community is one of Ohio's hidden jewels! Though not an island, it reminds me of Michigan's Mackinac Island, or Martha's Vineyard.

~ It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places ~

Our purpose for going was to attend the 55th annual antique show.  [Tomorrow's post will be about my acquisitions.]

~ Below is the cottage where we stayed ~

~ On the corner of Fourth and Maple ~

There's a tea room at Chautauqua [Tea by the Sea], and we had reservations for 1:00 o'clock. 

[Bottom Row: Barb and Me.  Top Row:  Louise, Linda, Sandy]

~ The beautiful gladiolas are from the flower show held the day before ~

Our tea began with Swedish Crumpets and two teas - Peach Oolong, and Honey Pear [black tea] from Golden Moon Teas.

Savories:  Egg Salad, Ham and Cheese Pinwheel, Chicken Salad in a deep fried Wonton Wrap.

Herbs de Provence Cucumber and Cream Cheese, and Pimento Cheese.

~ Fresh Fruit Cup ~

Desserts [Lemon topped Cheesecake and Apple Strudel] served with Coconut Pouchong Green Tea. 

~ Chocolate Truffle ~

~ Scoop of Toft's ice cream ~

to be continued...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lunch and a Fairy Garden Viewing

My friend, Linda, recently invited the owner of The Rendezvous With Tea, Naszreen Gibson, and me to lunch.  Linda is a fabulous cook, so an invitation to her house for lunch is always a treat. I've blogged about tea tastings at Naszreen's shop several times.

~ Linda and Naszreen ~

Lunch began with Watermelon Gazpacho - So good and refreshing!

~ Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Salad.  Cucumber Water accompanied our meal. ~

~ Scottish Scones with Lemon Curd and Clotted Cream ~

~ Chicken Strudel with Carrots and Snap Peas [cooked in Earl Grey tea] ~

Naszreen brought the desserts which included 'Love' cake made with ground cashews, which she brought back from her recent trip to Sri Lanka.  Hot tea was served with the dessert.

Linda recently made a fairy garden in her back yard that I had fun seeing and photographing.  Her yard is heavily wooded, so it's the perfect place for a fairy garden.  I don't know who enjoys it more - Linda or her grandchildren! ;-)