|My grandchildren came to visit this summer.|
They love to read and have discovered
Peter Rabbit and his friends this year.
|One night after dinner, I told them there was something for them|
in the mailbox in The Woodland Garden.
|So, off we all trooped through the arbor into|
The Woodland Garden to check the old mailbox.
|Here is little Katherine bringing up the rear.|
|The old mailbox belonged to my parents and was hand painted by my sister in law. We couldn't part with it and so it sits in our garden. In the background is The Playhouse my husband built.|
It is a two story Victorian and a treasure to all of us.
|Will said, "This is real mail."|
|Here they are with Pop. Sometimes he is Mr. McGregor. He speaks in his best Scottish accent and tells the children he is looking for fat little rabbits for his stew. Somehow, they believe he is none other than Mr. McGregor when he speaks that way.|
|Nate loves Peter Rabbit and he and the others|
are very excited for the tea tomorrow.
|As the invitation read:|
Please come to a
Peter Rabbit Tea
July 18, 2013
under the tree behind The Playhouse
when the cuckoo clock strikes 12
Here they are watching the clock.
|They swam all morning at the beach and then|
got dressed for tea with great anticipation.
|The clock does all sorts of fun things.|
All children who come to visit, wait to watch
the clock on the hours.
|Time to set out for tea-past The Cottage...|
|...down the driveway past The Pump House...|
|Arriving at the entrance to The Playhouse,|
greeted by the bunnies.
|There is the giant 'ole tree behind The Playhouse.|
It is like a secret outdoor room under the boughs.
|The table is set and ready...|
|There was a rabbit salad made from a pear half,|
carrot eyes, a cherry nose and a marshmallow tail.
Carrot and celery sticks and round tea sandwiches too.
|I had fun making this for the tree to help set the stage with all of|
our favorite characters.
|Hydrangeas from the garden|
|Here they are discovering everything.|
|Nate enjoying his Peter Rabbit tail.|
He was so cute~he thought he was going to
get to meet Peter himself.
|Katherine enjoying her "tea".|
Since it was over 90 degrees, we had vegetable/fruit juice
in the teapot.
|Beautiful Caroline in her pearls|
|They were so precious.|
|I was so amazed and touched by this.|
I had the books there as part of the tablescape.
I didn't expect Caroline and the others to pick up the books
and read them. I was so delighted.
|Cupcakes to complete our|
Peter Rabbit tea
|Here are the good and sweet children.|
They could not have been any cuter about it.
Suffice it to say, their Gammie enjoyed it every bit as much
as they did.