30 Minutes in the Life: June 2018

Growing up with an English grandmother living in our home, the ritual of tea drinking was a common place occurrence.  We did not drink coffee very often.  Moving to the USA, I quickly changed to drinking coffee but over the past few years I have reverted back to drinking tea.

Recently my immediate supervisor at work retired, and the ladies in her leadership team decided to take her to the Serenity Tea House for her farewell.  Nestled in among the old houses of West Palm Beach, Serenity Tea House is an interestingly charming place to visit.  Each room is made up of typically English style decor, with knick knacks and tea sets laid out among many rooms.

While everyone was chatting and waiting on the pre-ordered menu of high tea, I took the opportunity to go for a quick walk around the house.  Obviously there were other guests besides our group so I tried to not get people in the images or to disturb their experience at this beautiful tea house.

The high tea started out with a tomato bisque soup and then the tower of food.  We had two different pots of tea and I was able to order one of my favorites vanilla tea.  That reminded me of my dear friend Gavin who has now passed away.  I would go to visit and he would only share his vanilla tea with me.  Said I was one of the few who really appreciated.  I sure did.

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If you have not visited a traditional English tea house I would certainly encourage you to do so.  Pricier than a coffee shop, the experience is always worth the little extra you may pay.

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10 on 10: April 2018

We have had some pretty spectacular sunrises lately what I am seeing on my drive to work.  It’s a bummer because I am always on the highway and not able to stop.  So on my day off I decided to drag myself out of bed and head to the beach while it was still dark.  Deerfield Beach is one of my favorites because of the pier.  So I settled in to wait and watch the sun make it’s appearance once again, and to be grateful for a new day.

There was plenty of cloud cover and I was not sure I was going to get too much, but I loved how the sky changed color as the sun got higher.

Here is my morning on the beach watching the sun show it’s face.

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10 on 10: March 2018

The 10th snuck up on me really quickly.  I suddenly realized that today was the 9th and I still had not written my blog.

So last weekend Amy and I headed south to a Scottish Festival.  There is a wee bit of Scottish history in our family on my father’s side of the family.  They emigrated to Australia, and then story goes that my great grandmother was homesick and wanted to go back to Scotland.  So they boarded a boat to head home.  Halfway home she became very ill and they ended up docking in South Africa and never leaving.  My grandmother married my grandfather in South Africa.  He though was also of Australian decent.  So we claim that wee bit of Scottish blood running through our veins along with the Australian, South African and Irish blood.

The Scottish Festival was fun.  Lots of kilts, marching bands, bagpipes, dancing and pole tossing.  Actually, pole tossing aside, tossing rather large metal blocks and hessian bags filled with straw and various other things got tossed as well.  So we experienced our mini highland games.

The highlight for me was English food and I automatically gravitated and salivated over the English Sausage Roll.  My all time favorite and something I miss here in the US.  And of course, beer was plentiful.  It was a great day and added to that we stopped home at the South African shop and filled up on home goodies as well.  A day well spent.  So here are 10 images from the Scottish Festival.

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Overheard as we were walking by a group of men talking was the words of the famous song “The Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond”.  The song was written by a MacGregor of Glen Endrick

“Ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak the low road 
And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye”

Today we had our little taste of Scotland.  A first for Amy and a second for me.  I have visited and loved Scotland.

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