High Tea at Windsor Lakes

A proper high tea is the perfect way to welcome the start of spring.

This weekend I was invited to speak at the Lake Windsor Springtime High Tea, in honor of their late founder, Susan Boswell. The pleasure was all the greater knowing the event supported the Alzheimer’s association and the Windsor Lakes library.

What an absolutely gorgeous event and one of the most gracious audiences I’ve ever been privileged to speak to!

Just look at the decorations and table settings for the event!


















Isn’t it just gorgeous? And it tasted as good as it looked. The sandwiches were lovely and the scones were amazing. And the cookies–just wow. I confess I’m a chocolate gal, not a cookie one, but these could definitely change my mind! The kitchen volunteers were simply amazing!

Maria GraceI got to speak on one of my favorite topics: Down the Research Rabbit hole. I can get a little carried away talking about all the random bits of fascination I find as I’m researching and just how they get working into the writing process. 

Granted, trying to explain how to research about teething DRAGONS did raise a few eyebrows, but hey, they deserve their share of period correct detail too, don’t they? 

I can imagine an event I would rather have attended with my Mr. Darcy. Thanks so much Windsor Lakes!




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    • Adam Q on April 11, 2017 at 11:10 am
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    I always find it odd that what the English generally know as afternoon tea is called high tea in North America. In my English childhood, high tea was a light cooked meal, usually for children, at about 6.00 pm as they would not be staying up late for a proper dinner or supper. In some areas of the country, the evening meal is known as tea, rather than dinner or supper.

      • Julie on April 12, 2017 at 1:53 pm
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      It’s one of the banes of my existence! High Tea is a MEAL, not usually fancy, served when you might have an early dinner (or supper, depending on where you live). But Americans don’t have a different name for Afternoon Tea, they just name it wrong, hahaha. Of course, I might be a tea nerd… you should see me trying to explain to people that the only one who can MAKE Devonshire cream is a cow in Devon!

      1. So you’re a sewing nerd AND a tea nerd? What else are you keeping hidden from us?

    1. The differences on the two sides of the pond are interesting aren’t they?

        • Julie on May 11, 2017 at 3:23 pm
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        Yep – total tea nerd! And stitching. I think the only other thing I’ve kept hidden is that I can shake my eyeballs (silly childhood trick which is less impressive than I always thought it was, once I saw a video of it, hahahaha)

        1. Maybe the next time I see you I’ll have to ask about that… 😉

  1. What a lovely event!! And yes, I love researching, too! I even teach the MLA Research Essay class at Brave Writer, where I have taught for the last 15 years, and I love learning from my students’ essays.

    And researching the teething habits of dragons…that must have been awesome!!

    Have a lovely week!

    Susanne 🙂

    1. I always found that my students taught me a great deal too, Susanne!

    • Carole in Canada on April 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm
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    The event looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the photos. So in your research of ‘teething dragons’ did the Komodo dragon come up? Do their young have teething issues?

    1. I didn’t actually look into Komodo dragons, but I probably should have. I sense another research rabbit hole opening up…

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