Sunday, February 14, 2010


I think some of you who read my blog know this unusual home once belonged to the author, Emilie Barnes. It's lovely having our gatherings here...and a tea is so fitting..

My daughter Mary, me and granddaughter, Rachel.

Mary's signature cupcakes.
As for me, I had tea and scones with raspberry jam and clotted cream! :)

...and the most devine sugar cookies. Mary's own recipe!

Looking out the little dutch doors to the yard.

Mary putting the finishing touches on the table before the girls in the family arrive! Rush, rush!!

Emily's first Tea at Aunt Mary's house, busy using her "lady" manners!

Don't worry, Mary has had lots of practice pouring "shhhhhh..."

"Excuse me. Did I say you could take more pictures of me?"

~A little family photo to remember this day. Grandma, Mommy, Auntie Natalia and Emily!

More sweet things to look at. Valentines EVERYWHERE! Yes indeed!


It was such a beautiful day and I was sitting right next to the door. I kept gazing out...then ate another cookie...and gazed a bit more.

Table set for tea..and family fun.

Formal dining behind where we were sitting.

Granddaughter Ireland was in New York at college and missed the daughter Mary had her picture on the table and we pulled her up on the computer and everyone talked to her in her dorm room. I cried.

~ And a good time was had by all...especially Emily!

~And when I got home from the Tea...this is what I found on my chair in front of my computer... I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day. We did!



  1. That was so lovely! Everything was beautiful and so touching; lots of Love for that Valentine tea; wish I could nave been there.

  2. This is so beautiful Mona! You have such beautiful daughters,and granddaughters! I remember taking the tour of this cottage and it blew me away! It is, without a doubt, the coolest one I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing more pics, I love them all! Hugs, Cindy

  3. Beautiful pictures and it looks like y'all had a wonderful time. I love tea parties.

    Lee Laurie

  4. Hi Mona,
    You certainly had quite a Valentine celebration and perfect for all the girls in your family.
    Everyone loves a tea, and I can't think of anything better to do than celebrate with family.


  5. What a wonderful tea ! You have such a lovely family Mona and I think Emily had the best time ! What a great tradition !

  6. What a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day! I would have had the scones too!

  7. A wonderful way to celebrate the day.

    Looks like everyone enjoyed and the decorations were great.

  8. How nice that you girls could all be together! What a beautiful home and table setting. Those cupcakes and cookies look delicious!

  9. Everyone and everything was beautiful! And the heart shaped sugar cookies....oh my!

  10. WOW! What a beautiful day and perfect! I'm so happy you shared your photos! Happy Monday! ♥

  11. What a lovely way to spend the day Mona and I would be looking out the window too, wow! What a beautiful view.


  12. You did have the best Valentines Day!! What a wonderful tea and the gift from sweet!

  13. What a site Mona - looks like a page out of Anne of Green Gables!

  14. I had to click on each of those pictures because they all looked so interesting. I can't believe your weather. The yard looks wonderful through the Dutch doors. Everything pink and flowery, just like summertime at yours.
    Blessings, Star

  15. I just loved my visit today. What a lovely tea you ladies had!!

  16. What a lovely tradition, girls family tea. That little Emily is simply precious. You can tell she was havin' the time of her life. What a fun memory to grow up with. There's just nothin' better than feelin' the love!

    I'm so happy you had a great time and took the time to share it all with us. Thanks

    You have a richly blessed day beautiful Mona!!!

  17. Hello My sweet friend...Girl you had the best of times...I loved seeing that sweetness Emily and Mary's wonderful home once again...and how special that Howard had a LOVE box witing for you sighs...Happy Day to you my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  18. I'd give just about anything to have a Dutch door off my kitchen... Now where DID I put that chain saw??? LOL

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  19. Oh Mona, I am so happy for you. I Can tell you had such a wonderful Valentine's Day...Christine

  20. Oh Sweet M...This is lovely and I'n soooo happy to see you have such a wonderful time.

    You know...whenever I visit I just coming away smiling so big.

    I just love you Girly...


  21. hi ~ what a lovely tea you had!
    everything looks beautiful!
    many blessings

  22. I can only echo the above comments...Magical!

  23. What a wonderful way to spend the day with tea and relatives who were there and speaking with your GD who is in NY.

  24. Oh what a wonderful valentine's day tea! This looks like such a fun gathering of all you lovely ladies!

  25. Our weather has been beautiful the last few days, hasn't it? Especially after so many days of rain. Your photos are wonderful. My friend told me about touring Emilie Barnes house quite a few years ago and how pretty it was. You get to visit it all the time. How wonderful!

  26. What a lovely multigenerational tea you had. Her home is gorgeous!
    And the gift from Howard is very sweet.

  27. Hi, Mona -
    I came here from Penny's place at 'The Comforts of Home'. I'm so glad I did - I loved seeing the fun at your tea. And I was so happy to learn that you have the wonderful home that Emilie and Bob Barnes used to own. I feel as if I know the house and yard from all of the books and videos I've seen from Emilie's days there. I'm so glad you are making it your cozy home and enjoying tea there, too. I'll be back to read more of your blog and to see what you have to share.

  28. Hello, This is my first visit to your lovely blog. Your tea table is very beautiful! What fun.

  29. What a lovely wonderful home you have.. all of you look so happy and such a close knitted family!

    i m Claire from

  30. Your home is so lovely! How wonderful to have "inherited" Emilie's home. I remember the Dutch doors from one of her books. Your tea party looks like it was fun!!

  31. Hi Mona:
    What a wonderful Valentine Tradition. My Mother and I have a Mother's Day Tea every year and have done so for the past 15 years.
    I just read your bio. I lost my 2nd husband 6 years ago to lung cancer. He only lasted 24 days.
    Time heals, but as my minister said, "you never quite get over it, you get through it."
    Oh, and your post to my blog was so funny...I guess I'll share my mountains with you...Riverside sister!
    Lisa Loria
    Vintage Bling

  32. Hi Mona, oh, your pictures are lovely!!!!! I just drooled on every one of them! I adore Emilie Barnes.

    Thanks for sharing this special time with us.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  33. What a lovely tea party! All of the goodies look so pretty and yummy. Oh and by the way, I love your dutch door. We had one in the house I grew up in and have missed it for years. I'll have to show this post to my husband as a hint. Great post.

    Susan and Bentley

  34. Hi Mona,
    Sounds like you all had a fantabulous Valentine's day. And indeed, what a lovely place to have Valentine's day tea with all the girls. Oh and how sweet of your hubby...So happy to hear you all had a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  35. I adore having tea. Yours looked like it was just wonderful. Lovely family. Keep creating...

  36. awwwwww...sweet!!!! it doesn't get better than this!

  37. Oh Mona I want to have some of those cupcakes and biscuits...what a lovely day for you girls. Great idea...such a lovely place to be. and what about the chockies...sigh

  38. Hi Mona,

    What a lovely tea for Valentines Day! Looks like you all had a great time. The goodies look delishious!


  39. I just love time with the girls! Especially when it's done up as nicely as Mary did. I'm so jelouse about the See's candy. I even dropped a not so subtle hint earlier in the month that the lines at See's would be getting really long around the 14th!

  40. I was deeply touched by the sheer loveliness of your blog post, and a bit "misty eyed" as well!..,

    This post is so poignantly beautiful; speaking, ever so eloguently to your love of family, Valentines day, and such pretty surroundings and such darling and oh-so-yummy sweets and lovely food so beautifully displayed by your fabulous daughter!.., Wow!

    Even the touching moments with your grandaughter who was away, (and whom you all so thoughtfully and lovingly communicated with via the computer); also the mention of and photo of that dear Valentines heart chocolate box, so lovingly left by you computer by your sweetie!.., So precious!

    Thanks ever so much for sharing!..,

    I so appreciated you visitng my blog amidst your busuness dear lady!

    You are such a treasure, such a sweetheart; bless

    Cheers, blessings and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen, and also @ Silken Purse

  41. I'm so happy you had a wonderful Valentine's Day. You deserve it! I love that the picture of the granddaughter who couldn't be there was set out. How thoughtful.

    Hey, I never got that "picture" you were going to send me. Email me and let me know if anything has been going on with all the home repairs you are doing. I've been wondering if "anyone" is mad about the changes taking place.


  42. Sorry I am late to comment, Mona.
    What a lovely tea! The decor and table and beautiful, and the treats look wonderful!
    I live in NY..where is your dear gdau studying?
    It looks like you had a wonderful ♥ day!


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