Saturday, April 6, 2013

Tea for Two and The Clench House

In celebration of the first day of Spring, my cousin Jess and I took a trip out to Niagara on the Lake and enjoyed tea for two at the historic Prince of Wales hotel.
A couple weeks later, we are still waiting for Spring to arrive.
As I sit here writing this, I can see the red tips of my Peonie plants pushing their way up through the dirt.

Signs of Spring were all over town.

The inside of the hotel is ornate and luxurious. Having afternoon tea here is a special treat.
Proper high tea is served. Complete with tea sandwiches, little pastries and the most delcious Jasmin-insfused raisin scones with clotted cream and Raspberry jam, it's the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

On our way home, we drove about looking at all of the qauint little cottages and grand historic homes around town. I wanted to share with you one of my favourites.
This is the Clench House.
 It's considered one of the most significant early 19th century homes in town, built by Ralfe Clench, a farmer, judge and political figure in Upper Canada. Currently it's under significant reconstruction and restoration.
Isn't it beautiful?
To the left of the home is a creek the runs alongside the house.
There are so many beautiful little parts to this home. Small buildings outside, additions, a greenhouse, a carriage house and what probably used to be servant's cottages.

This is the back of the house. The carriage house is attached to the main house with a glass house.

I mean really, how perfect!

We stumbled across a stand selling Pussy Willows on our way home. Perfectly Spring.
Have a lovely Saturday.

Friday, April 5, 2013

An Easter Dinner and A New Buffet

I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter weekend.
We had a wonderful time hosting dinner on Good Friday for both sides of our family.
Our family is a huge part of our lives. We're blessed to be so close, in both distance and relationship. It's something we are always thankful for.
But most importantly, we're thankful for the grace and love of a Saviour who bore our sins, died for us, defeated death and rose again so we can have eternal life.
The Lilies are still blooming and fill the whole house with the most beautiful aroma. I added a few Pussy Willow branches and some bits of Grape Vine to make the arrangement a little more natural and whimsical. It went well with the natural elements like the blown quail eggs and found nests from a previous post.

I picked up this gorgeous buffet from an auction a couple weekends ago. It's stunning. It's dark and in perfect condition. It's got beautiful carved details and adds warmth against the white walls.

My collection of ironstone pitchers has grown by a few pieces so I grouped them together on my china cabinet.



The boys enjoyed an Easter egg hunt... Though Willen was the only one old enough to actual find and eat the hidden treats. Luckily he had lots of help though!


Levi is getting so big. Getting a smile out of him is exhausting, but this look is just as cute!

The boys are getting so big. Hudson is crawling around, pulling himself up to explore and copying everything his big brother does.