Yes! It IS early, but not too early to mark your fall calendar: ‘A Christmas Tea For Lucas’
Merry Greetings, Everyone!
Today, I’m offering you a steaming, spicy cuppa in anticipation of a very special event…
Just as in February my thoughts turn to the garden, it is about this time of year that I seem to start thinking of the countdown to the approaching festive season! Yes, it IS early yet, but I know that many of you about now are beginning to pick up a Christmas gift or two here and there. And, many more of you crafters are starting to creatively plan… 🙂 Isn’t it hard to imagine there is so little time left to the summer. Sigh!
Just last week, I visited my new-found and dear friend Carolyn on beautiful Prince Edward Island. It was an amazing trip! Carolyn and I had only ‘met’ before through blogging. It seems we have many interests in common – one of which is gardening. Gardens can be very healing and, at the same time, inspiring. I thought Carolyn’s gardens should be shared, and so I wrote to three of my favourite magazines and encouraged them to feature Carolyn’s garden on their pages. Thus far, two of these publications have agreed to do just that! In fact, Carolyn’s ‘story’ is currently being featured in “The Feminine Home – Where The Heart Is” A second, popular Canadian gardening magazine, contacted me while I was on Prince Edward Island visiting Carolyn to tell me that they plan to visit Carolyn at her home on Prince Edward Island next summer! My fingers are crossed that the third publication will also share my enthusiasm…As you would expect, Carolyn is just thrilled, and I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am for her!
Carolyn and I had never met face-to-face; and so, I travelled from my Island to her Island for the sole purpose of meeting Carolyn and experiencing firsthand her outstanding five acres of amazing lush, green gardens! We shared over tea and Carolyn’s fabulous whole wheat-and-raisin scones and peach crumble pie..YUMMY! She is a most gracious and giving host. We have since become true friends.
Watch for a series of blog posts on Carolyn’s glorious home & gardens coming soon! You’re in for a real treat, my friends…
Carolyn and her husband, Andrew, have been blessed with seven children and nine grandchildren. Their sweet little grandson Lucas was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at just two years of age. Lucas is now seven years old and, in September, begins his participation in a new drug trial with great hopes of slowing this terrible, debilitating disease. The study requires that his mom (Carolyn’s daughter Jen), travel with him to Montreal once a week for the following 52 weeks. As you can imagine, apart from the emotional and physical stress, there is the financial hardship. Jen will have to give up her day job working with an autistic little girl to accompany Lucas on his weekly trips to Montreal and back home to Prince Edward Island.
And, this brings me to the reason for this very special post…I will be hosting ‘A Christmas Tea for Lucas’ as a fundraiser in support. It promises to be a beautiful, memorable afternoon; and I do hope you will be my guest! Although it is early yet, I hope you will mark your calendar in anticipation!
Tea Date Changed to Sunday, December 11th, 2011
As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is. Eric Sevareid
Christmas hath a beauty … lovelier than the world can show. Christina G. Rossetti
And, if you don’t happen to live near and cannot come for tea, then perhaps this post might inspire a fellow blogger or two who, like me, are devoted followers of Carolyn’s outstanding blog to host your own tea, no matter how small or large, in support of someone you love. This is my “Thank You Kiss” to Carolyn for sharing her home and gardens with us almost daily and lifting us up each time we visit with her…MUAAAH!
Hint: For those of you who don’t already know of Carolyn’s blog, I will reveal her address in a post very soon, so you will have to patient until then…:-)
Before you know it, the time will have flown and my doorbell will be jinglin’, ring ting tinglin’ to and friends will be callin’ “you-who”… Now that this tune is probably in your head, you might as well sing along to the lyrics! “There’s a Christmas party at the home of Farmer Fred. It will be the perfect ending of a perfect day. It’ll nearly be like a picture print by Courier and Ives. These wonderful things are the things we remember all through our lives.” I just couldn’t resist!
I’ll be sure to send you a little reminder as ‘Tea Time’ approaches, and also share the photos with you cause I know how you all love to see those…
Wishing you a beautiful day and dreams filled with only the fattest – but not fattening – sugarplums! Now that really would be a ‘dream world’ wouldn’t it?! Fa la la la la, la la la la 🙂