Friday, December 27, 2013

Longwood Beauty and a Bit More....

Real red and green apples form this mosaic.
When they are not needed here any longer they will be 
used as cow feed at a local farm.

 Orchid Chandeliers 
are so elegant...

 Tea anyone?

While no one will actually be drinking tea here 
it is quite inspirational.

What lovely vignettes.

And from the tea room we stepped out into the open conservatory
to find some brilliant uses of color.

Very fun and pretty use of Spanish Moss and 
Dried Fruit.

Pineapples growing.....

So stunning!

Daddy and Daughter....
Love them!!

And then we were off to the cafe for lunch.
I love their chili.
Chelsea enjoyed a salad while Warren chose a sandwich.

After that we left the gardens and headed to 
Kennett Square proper.

We were on a mission to restock our tea supply
at Mrs. Robinson's tea shoppe.

There is no rational reason why this shoppe should
make us so happy.
And yet, it does.

We each chose a flavor
to purchase and left to go around the corner 
to a new coffee shop/cafe.

I did make a tactical error in ordering a 
cappuccino since this is the real deal and 
therefore is not sweet in the least 
and is very strong.
However, it was so pretty that I enjoyed taking
photos of it and even had a couple of sips 
before adding sugar and then surrendering it to Warren.

 We will visit this cafe again!
We really enjoyed it and the owner who you can see
hard at work in this picture.

 Check out the menu board.
Is this not the cutest way to let people 
know what is available?

 So...if you are in Kennett Square and you want to 
get a genuine cup of coffee, Mrs. Robinson's Tea or
probably hot chocolate....I forgot to look....
I recommend Philter.

Finally it was time to head home.....
I found it classic that we followed a 
mushroom truck down the highway.
We were in the mushroom capital of the world
after all.


JD/ Jill said...

What lovely photos...Mine look nothing like yours...(I'm sure not the photographer that you are). Thank you for posting what they were going to do with all those apples. We were wondering...but kind of thought that something like that might be the case. We went down last Saturday and it was so crowded! I guess it was because of all the snowy weekends. the day we went down it was like a spring day. Just lovely as always...but much too crowded for me indoors. I can't imagine all the planning that goes into those displays...we are never disappointed. Thanks for sharing.
Hope you have a great New Years!

JD/ Jill said...

Almost forgot...also thank you for letting me know that you received your card, and thank you for all the nice comments you have left on my blog.

Mrs.Rabe said...

So beautiful! Longwood is always stunning. Maybe I'll ask for a yearly pass for Mother's Day! Until then I will enjoy your photos. I must check out Mrs. Robinson's. I love knowing where the good tea places are!


Vee said...

What a lovely day! The tea tablescapes reminded me of Downton Abbey. Too bad that no one will be having tea there. It seems to be a natural...Tea at Longwood Gardens. All the Gardens in the UK have tea shops.

What fun to have such a nice establishment for tea and treats. We finally have one in town and I can't wait to try it.

Theresa said...

Breathtakingly GORGEOUS! Loved looking at all of those pretty things thru your eyes! Enjoy the rest of 2013 and have a blessed and HAPPY New Year! BIG HUGS!