Sweet summer strawberries

Dear Diary,

Adam:  Angelo and I got a hankering for something different for afternoon tea. Earlier in the morning, we baked an angel food cake.  While it was cooling, we went out to the berry house to pick strawberries.  We found lots of lovely red berries.

"Look, Adam.  I've found some more!"

"What do you think of this one, Angelo?"

"There are more over there."
After we'd picked a batch, we went back inside to get everything ready for afternoon tea.  I brewed a pot of East Frisian tea which we import from Germany. It's a lovely tea which has been grown in India and then has been specially blended in Germany.  The recipe of the blend goes back to when the Dutch had a monopoly on the international tea trade.  Although much of the Netherlands drinks coffee, Frisia is still a tea drinking region, complete with its own method of drinking the brew. Recently, official health guidelines in the Netherlands recommend everyone drink at least 5 cups of tea daily.  That's easy for us - we exceed that daily!

"Please pour a cup of tea for me, Papa."

What a lovely afternoon tea: homemade cake, fresh strawberries from our garden, freshly whipped cream and a properly brewed cup of tea (no bags!).  

Life is sweet.


  1. That looks like a very nice afternoon tea Angelo, and nothing is better than fresh fruit from the garden, and a cup of good tea!

    I will be in NZ on Wednesday! Can't wait for some sunshine!!

    Best wishes,

    1. Enjoy your visit with family here in NZ! Sadly, you are in the north island and we are in the South Island. We've been having lots of sunshine so you should be in luck!

  2. Sasha says:

    Your beautiful pictures make us yearn for springtime.

  3. It won't be long for you to wait now. This is the end of our summer and we're moving into autumn. We can feel it in the air. We had a late start to spring and hopefully, we will have an extended autumn. There are still lots of vegetables in the garden which need more time to ripen.


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