Idyll #505 Tea in the Garden
I'm thrilled there will still be an IU8 this year and can't wait to catch up in person with all the chat I've missed here on the Idylls;0)
My latest project is coming up very soon, in fact a week from Saturday. Knowing I'd be working hard on my gardens this year anticipating IU8 I allowed myself to be talked into being on our town's garden tour. Thinking about how the Brits do this I volunteered to serve tea as a fund raiser for the Civic Garden Center. So in 9 days time I will be baking, making cucumber sandwhiches and brewing tea for 300 visitors - YIKES!!
Actually everything is under control and it's the sort of crazy project I love doing just once. Tickets are being sold for each hour and I've been able to borrow tables, bone china and silver serving platters. It's going to be very proper:0) I will be making little cucumber sandwiches, Scottish Shortbread, English Flapjacks (an oat cookie), lemon drizzle cake and mini Fairy Cakes (the English form of cupcakes). I have next week planned out for batch baking and have volunteers booked to serve and wash up. I can already anticipate how welcome that evening glass of wine will be after the last table is cleared.
My biggest concern is heavy rain and as a back up I have almost emptied our garage and have borrowed oriental rugs and drapes ready to dress it as a tea room. I can't decide if it will be cute or kitchy but it has certainly given me an incentive to scrub the place up. Keep your fingers crossed for sun!