A moose wandered into my yard today. No, I did not move to the boreal forests of Canada nor did I impulsively purchase a dacha in the taiga. Did I forget to mention this moose is staying within the confines of a forest themed miniature garden? I think this moose was enticed by the cover of pine trees and the lush undergrowth of baby tears surrounding a small pond. Moose are solitary animals that prefer their own company to traveling in herds. These huge creatures roam the forest foraging their vegetarian diet and even dip into a lake or pond for some aquatic plant nourishment. I hope this moose enjoys my miniature garden but I suspect he will be heading for cooler weather soon. Southern California is no place for moose. But then anything is possible in my magical garden.
As season four of “Downton Abbey” commences, I was inspired to serve tea. Grandma’s silver and spode came out of hiding to lend a touch of elegance to the table. Since I don’t have a Mrs. Patmore in the kitchen I had to bake my own cookies. I thought shortbread infused with Earl Grey tea and drizzled with an orange glaze would be an appropriate confection.
Treat yourself to a bit of loveliness some afternoon and feel like the Lady of the Manor, even if you did bake those cookies yourself and polished the silver too. Now if we only had a little rain to darken these California skies I might be able to better imagine that I am sipping tea with Lady Mary while white capped maids strain to hear our gossip.
I’m not sure if Lady Violet would approve of my tea standards, but the cookies are disappearing at an alarming rate, so I will call it successful.