Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Prunella sealed the last of her very special invitations to teatime in her garden of fragrant sage, cilantro, lavender, and basil – growing dutifully in pots by the picket fence where Deliah Dovetails had made her nest this season.
What a delightful Bee and Honey Tea she had planned to mark the first day of summer!
All the sweet bumbles from the Wild Rose Hive had made a gift of a Bee Tea Service to her on her last birthday and with summer come upon them, what better way to say “Thank You” than a tea party using her little bits of lovely.
There were the tea mugs – with a wordy reminder to be sure to bring the honey . . .
With fanciful wild roses and busy bees decorating the outside of the mug, wasn’t it an added delight to see a bit of a floral spray on the inside rim – set off by the tiny china spoon with which the honey might be stirred into the brew!
And, where to get the honey? Why, from her own china hive, of course – complete with Beezer-Bee whose job it was to measure out just the right portion of honey per cup when swirled about on the wooden honey stick.
Now! What to serve?
“Blueberries, of course,” giggles Prunella. “I’ve a new recipe for cake, you know!”
Squirrel Nutkin – having received his invitation at the first, would not be the last in line when it came time for cake to be spread about! Blueberry cake was his favorite and how ready he was to dig right in!
“Tut, tut,” scolds Prunella. “All our guests haven’t arrived as yet!”
Thankfully, One Pot Ladybug arrived right on time.
She was always ready to pour out just one cup of tea at a time through her blue tulip spout. To be sure – blueberry cake was much anticipated on her part!
“Oh! Don’t forget us,” chorused Max and Matilda – the calico creamer and sugar that live down the lane. “We’re great blueberry fans!”
Prunella was delighted to see them. “Oh! I hope you’ve brought plenty of cream Max – and Matilda, so glad you’ve brought some extra sugar. I have my doubts about the amount of sugar the recipe called for – we may need a pinch or two more sprinkled on top!”
Squirrel Nutkin could not understand why Prunella doubted the sugar. “Looks fine to me,” he eagerly chirped. “Won’t you serve out, now?!”
“Patience, Nutkin,” Prunella looked about in a bit of a dither. “Someone’s missing . . . why . . . where is Deliah Dovetails?”
Not to fear, Deliah was just smoothing her wings in her nest before stepping out her door to join the party. Nutkin was decidedly relieved. Tea and honey and blueberry cake would be served at last!
The cake was displayed in Prunella’s green glassblown Whimsy – another birthday gift from her dear friend Emiline.
Glassblowers created such little bits and pieces to experiment techniques and exercise their skills.
This particular whimsy piece was a souvenir “lily” shape – the perfect present for someone named Prunella DayLILY!
Nutkin flicked his tail. “Now may we take some cake?”
Prunella pursed her tiny lips and shook her head. “Not until Emiline arrives.”
“Here I am!” Emiline greeted everyone in her pink tea party frock. There could be no reason to delay teatime for another minute! Nutkin was beyond bliss as tea, honey, and blueberry cake were passed around while all drank in the beauty of the day in a poetic salute to summer, arrived at last!
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
~John Vance Cheney
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