I spend two delightful hours each week working with eleven year old Haley Richardson, on her blog at Tuneful Journeys. She details her busy young life playing gigs and competitions as a Irish fiddler, having played with some of the biggest names in Irish folk music like John Whelan and The Chieftains.
On this particular Tuesday morning, I am preparing a lovely Irish themed teatime to welcome Haley on the heals of winning the Mid-Atlantic title once again – and the privilege of representing the United States at the All Ireland Championships in August.
We usually share a cup of green tea, but this week I’m setting out select china pieces rather than serving in everyday mugs.
I thought I’d let her use a cup and saucer I found named after my daughter, Bethany, and boasting a sweet smattering of green shamrocks on a white background. I have featured it before – each March, in fact.
I’m using another favorite green cup and saucer set from Shelley – in the Lily of the Valley pattern which was always my mother’s favorite.
For a pot, I thought the round bellied violet pattern might do the job. I’m brewing green tea in it, of course.
On my vintage candlewick glass tea tray, I’m serving a gluten free scone recipe, to which I added chia seeds and raisins. It reminded me of Irish Soda Bread, and was delicious cut in two and slathered with imported Lemon Curd or Polaner’s Blueberry.
We worked on editing her blog post about the various competitions she played in with some of her gifted musician friends that are her are. She won in solo, duet and trio performances so there will be a total of six young people heading for the green isle competing with various Irish instruments. They’ve been dubbed the Sligo-Bound Six!
Check out Haley’s Big Win on her blog at Tuneful Journeys!
If you live in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area and are an Irish Folk Music aficionado, you may want to help Haley earn her trip expenses to compete for the 6th time, defending her title as All Ireland Fiddle Champion this August. There are some fund raising concert events in Irish pub venues throughout the region. To see the dates and places of each upcoming event, visit the official TOWHEADS website page.
I’m looking forward to helping her prepare a series of posts detailing her Ireland trip and competitions in August. Besides rehearsing for her competitions, she’ll be busy taking pictures and making notes about her experience. Though I can’t tag along to cheer her on, I shall enjoy the retrospective blogging to the purpose.
Stay tuned for more on the big event coming later in the summer!
Sharing Sligo-Bound Winner’s Cup and Teacups this week with:
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage Tea Time Tuesday
Martha at Martha’s Favorites
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideens Teatime Blog
Ruth at Antiques and Teacups