However, going through my archives, I found two images of my all-time favorite beverage which I enjoyed while on holiday in May (our autumn/winter) Rina and I met up with an old friend of mine and we had tea at the local Bistro. I always drink rooibos tea (pronounced roybos) which is a bush tea cultivated in South Africa. Please click on the link for more information. (It's interesting, I promise)
Rooibos tea with my health breakfast at The Bistro, Mtubatuba
Later that week, Rina and I stopped for tea after a day on the beach in St Lucia. She ordered Cuppa-chino and I, well I ordered rooibos tea.
Rooibos tea at Thyme Square, a quaint but upmarket tea garden
At home this week, we've been bombarded (literally) with ripe mulberries. John, the gardener picked two large bucketfuls. Rina cleaned them; I weighed the fruit, placed into two large pots/saucepans, added equal amounts of white sugar and we made jam!
I always use wooden spoons for cooking and jam making
The mulberry jam bubbling away on the stove - wooden spoon at the ready
I added the finished product for effect!
The (seasonal) mulberries on the tree at the corner of our house
The fallen mulberries are a little messy but the season should be over soon
MY OUTFIT TODAY
Rina celebrated a birthday last Sunday
That day I didn't tell her I'd invited a dozen or so friends to join us for tea on Tuesday. Of course I had to tell her on Monday; she bakes a beautiful chocolate cake and milk tart. I made savory sandwiches and bacon cheese puffs.
Part of my outfit showing beyond the set party table
We Marquard ladies have a tradition. Instead of buying separate gifts, one friend will send out text messages saying she is collecting [cash] for the birthday girl. Then that person will take the birthday girl (after the party) to buy an ornament, household gadget or jewelry. Well, Rina doesn't wear bling (that's my vice) and our house is so full, she cannot have anymore ornaments or gadgets. Instead she opened her birthday card and the cash was stashed inside, I suggested she buys a set of new inertia seat belts for her 1964 Toyota which has just had a make-over. She was thrilled!
Of course, the view from my office is onto the lawn and the perennials against the wall
I love the restful shadows playing across the garden
And then: a photo from my East African archives. Way back in 2011, when we lived in a remote valley within the Great Rift Valley, Kenya, I was low down photographing some little white flowers on a school sports field. I wanted to capture the dainty blooms with the majestic mountains in the background. My friend, Sue, was photographing birds (something we did on a daily basis together); she turned around, saw me and snapped!
MY VIEW - tongue in cheek!
I'm linking my post to Scavenger Hunt Sunday here
Happy Sunday to you all!