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April 30, 2007

Afternoon Tea

Filed under: Travel,Travel in Canada — Heligypsy @ 9:42 am

Today’s post is by Special Guest writer Pat Williams (or as we call her…Mom).

Keith and Paula picked me up at the Victoria Airport on Thursday, in the rain. Relaxed all day on Friday, watching the rain. Saturday’s plan was to explore the World Famous Butchart Gardens, hoping not to do so in the rain. Luck was on our side, the weather cooperated fully with sunshine, and mild temperatures. We oooohhhh’d and awwwww’d throughout the entire garden, in pure amazement at what nature (with the help of man’s hands) can produce in near perfection.



For lunch we experienced Hi Tea. The picture is only the tip of the iceberg, the tea room with windows looking out on the private garden and glass ceiling providing perfect lighting for all the orchids. We enjoyed the sandwiches and pastries to the last crumb. Missing was the Victorian dress code. It was so relaxing.

**I have replied in the comments about the menu for this High Tea – what a wonderful day







  1. Glad you actually got to enjoy some of our rare sunshine!(smile) Nothing like spring gardens and Hi-Tea to chase the last of winter away.
    Safe Journeys

    Comment by webfey — April 30, 2007 @ 10:00 am | Reply

  2. So good to hear from you Pat! Loved the picture too.
    Butchart Gardens, what memories. Paula and I had a wonderful time there together.

    Comment by Debbe — April 30, 2007 @ 11:00 am | Reply

  3. I’m so glad to hear that you made it up there Pat! Looks like you all had a good time – BC is on my dream list of things to do, and I’ve enjoyed high tea myself, some english culinary tradition that defies the commonly held theory of english cooking being miserable.
    Hey…Debbe – I remember her 🙂

    Comment by Patti — April 30, 2007 @ 11:03 am | Reply

  4. So glad that you had the opportunity to be together with your Mom, and what a beautiful setting!

    Always enjoy your entries!

    Comment by RaVonne — April 30, 2007 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

  5. However did you eat all those treats on that tray?!


    Comment by Laura — April 30, 2007 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  6. However did we eat all those treats? It’s a good question for sure. My guess is a combination of things. The first being the exploring of 55-acres of pure splendor, working up a bit of an appetite. And then, oh – then they set this tier of treats in front of us, each one better than the last.

    To start we were each served a fruit cup, drizzled with a yogurt sorbet. Next the girl brings the refreshments, and asks if we want the full run down on whats served, “Of Course!”

    The selection of tea sandwiches were

    Cucumber and ginger cream cheese
    Smoked Ham and grainy mustard
    Egg salad with watercress
    Salmon with maple dijon
    Mango-Curry Chicken with toasted cashews

    The traditional delicacies were
    Homemade Sausage roll with imported mustard
    Shrimp and Gruyere quiche

    And now for sweets (we’d slowed down a bit by this time)
    Orange Apricot loaf, Chocolate Brandy Napoleon slice, fresh fruit tart, shortbread cookie.

    Whew, and now, we were darn full – it was really difficult to finish the ginger scone and black current scone with whipped cream and strawberry jam – but somehow we managed! All this and two pots of tea, as well.

    It was as special a meal as I can remember, yes, it was too much, but we all had so much fun 🙂

    Comment by borderlinegypsies — May 1, 2007 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  7. THANK YOU for the absolutely breath-taking flower show of the B. Gardens! I have always wanted to go there myself and now I feel as tho I have been! Now I can’t wait to get there and get pictures of my own. You did sooo good on the pics! It was interesting how ‘the nuts’ kept showing up in pictures along the way!! You guys look terrific…life on the road is agreeing with you both! Still miss you alot but it was great to see your famous smile! Thanks for sharing! Keep having fun!
    Jealous Bonnie from Freddie’s 😉

    Comment by Bonnie ;-) — May 6, 2007 @ 7:51 am | Reply

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