The pups were enjoying the sunshine as well
No sooner had Michael and I started to carry out tables, lay the clothes and set out the chairs, than the pups tried to join in. Many a tug-of-war while I rescued my Tanzanian Christmas tablecloths
While Mary filled and boiled two kettles (I borrowed Johan's from his cottage next door), Regina, Michael and I set out the two tea-sets, cake plates, coffee, tea and sugar on one table. I brought out the eats and arranged them on the next table.
At 9.30 Michael opened the gate and in came Louise, with her 80-year-old mother-in-law, Joey who's visiting here; Louise' daughter, Henricke who's also visiting; and young Wessie, our child on camp. Jo-Anne, also came with Louise.
Shortly after Nsia, Amanda and Debbie arrived. Then Carolyn, in whose honor I held this tea, arrived from the Guest House. Next my neighbor, Rhoda, a sister at the hospital arrived from just down the road. Then Linda drove in. Finally Margaret, headmistress of Mwadui Primary School and Gertrude, proprietress of a large store here in town, drove into the yard.
From left: Sr Rhoda, Carolyn, Debbie, Amanda, Henricke, Jo-Anne, Nsia, Wessie, Louise and Joey
Linda third from left arrived shortly after the first guests
Stunning weather for a garden tea
Gertrude at the end of the row and others watch as Debbie describes something
Joey asked her granddaughter, Henricke to take a photo of her with me!
The ladies help themselves
Joey helps herself to cake. Some readers may remember my tea-set from when I had Linda's birthday party here at my home in September
The weather warmed up so considerably that the ladies moved around following the shade! They sat and chatted, later enjoying bottled water which I had on offer.
I filled my basket with my wrapped gifts and handed them out
At 11.40, Louise was the first to take her leave. She asked me to bring my camera as "granny Joey" had decided to go home with Wessie on the Quad Bike.
Louise helps Joey onto the bike while Michael waits to open the gate
Then Wessie announced that he'd flooded the engine and would have to come back in an hour to collect the Quad. No problem to Louise and Henricke: they offered to push the quad around my large garden until the engine "took" and sputtered into life
Louise and Henricke's perseverance paid off; the engine spluttered once, fired and Wessie and Gran Joey was off through the gate and up the street. Great laughter followed!
Believe it or not, just after lunch I walked outside and the weather had closed in completely. I just had to take a photo to show how blessed I was to have such beautiful weather while my ladies tea was on the go.
Can you believe the difference? Was we blessed that morning or what?
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