Shop at Harrods then settle into the lavender blue chairs at Capital Hotel for tea.
The US and Canada celebrated Labour Day yesterday. The long weekend marks the unofficial end of summer and the last day of freedom for many children who are back to school today. As adults we also feel the blues of carefree days by the lake basked in sunshine. The days will be soon be getting shorter and cooler for us in the Northern Hemisphere, but for now I am only lavender blue since there are still a few more weeks of official summer left.
Labour Day dates back to 1882 and I like to believe the story that Americans were inspired by Toronto’s Labour Festival. The no whites after labour day rule is another signal that the seasons are changing. Traditionally white clothing (linens) was worn in warmer temperatures and when the wealthy packed up their summer homes at the end of August, they also put away the summer whites until next May.
As you may know, Tea Tuesday is a weekly tradition I started, celebrating the era of “Downton Abbey”, the popular TV show, featuring a new “Downton” era recipe. Refer to my Online Guide to Afternoon Tea, helpful in understanding the traditions and dishes served at tea. Each week we take time to take a break to talk Downton and share a recipe which might have been enjoyed upstairs or down.
Today we enjoy the fruits of the harvest. You don’t need a lot of space to grow lavender and once harvested, you can make wonderful Lavender Lemon Tea Cakes and tea.
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