Homeward Bound

Mt Ruapehu, North Island, New Zealand. Image: Su Leslie 2021

I’ve visited family, learned new art techniques, walked on unfamiliar beaches and scoured small-town thrift shops (I’ll show you my best find when I can extract it from the back seat of the car).

Now it’s time to go home.

Virtual Afternoon Tea, April 2021

Image: Su Leslie 2021

Wherever you are, and whatever is happening in your world, Kia ora koutou katoa  (Greetings. Hello to you all)

I’m on the road this month; a visit with my Dad, an eco dye-making workshop, and a chance to catch up with a few friends.

It’s a trip that’s taking me through some favourite landscapes …

Mt. Ruapehu, from the Desert Road. Image: Su Leslie 2021

… and to a much-loved cafe.

Almond croissant and a flat white, Creel Lodge Cafe, Turangi. Image: Su Leslie 2021

I first stayed at the Creel Lodge in Turangi almost a decade ago, and return when I can. The lodge backs onto the Tongariro River and offers fishing gear and instruction — which I’ve yet to take them up on.

Delicious. Image: Su Leslie 2021

I do visit the on-site cafe though — even (especially) when I’m not staying in the Lodge. The coffee is consistently excellent, and the almond croissants are flaky, almond-y perfection.

Whanganui River at Aramoho, Whanganui. Image: Su Leslie 2021

It’s now late afternoon in Whanganui. Despite Met Service forecasts of heavy rain, it’s been a glorious autumnal day.

Not quite warm enough for a dip in my hosts’ pool, but perfect weather for a glass of wine, a few figs and some of my favourite Kikorangi blue cheese.

Image: Su Leslie 2021

Care to join me?

About Virtual Afternoon Tea

In these Covid-crazy times, we’re missing not only the big things, but a also the small joys and rituals of sharing a cuppa with friends. Virtual Afternoon Tea will never replace that, but it is a chance for bloggers around the world to connect over the simple sharing of food.

I post some images of my afternoon tea, along with musings on whatever’s on my mind.

You can tell me about your afternoon tea in the comments, or add a post of your own. Take a shot of your cuppa, tell us about your favourite tea-time snack — maybe even share a recipe.

Tag your post Virtual Afternoon Tea and link it to this one so others can find it.

I’ll update my post with a ping-back to everyone else’s in the same way as I do with The Changing Seasons.

#virtualteaparty2021 for anyone on Instagram who wants to post images (or video?)


Update

Aggie at Nomad is moving house, and probably really needs a few cups of tea to keep her going.

Tracy at Reflections of an Untidy Mind is enjoying her cuppa with toast and homemade fig marmalade. Pop over to enjoy the gorgeous colours of a Canberra autumn.

If you love cheese, pop over to visit Irene at My Slice of Mexico for a delicious-looking recipe for baked cheese with oregano.

Join Deb at The Widow Badass for banana oatmeal muffins and some hilarious chat on her snazzy balcony.

Ladylee Manila is enjoying a cuppa and some fresh fruit while she’s working on a jigsaw puzzle.

Once again Ju-Lyn has baked something delicious and shared the recipe. Pop over to Touring my Backyard to check out her cinnamon streusel cake.

Friday flowers

Clematis montana. Image: Su Leslie

Being efficient today, I’m bringing you two-for-one. Jude’s monthly Life in Colour project is all about pink this month. A perfect excuse for a pink-themed Friday Flowers post.

Hydrangea. Image: Su Leslie

Moth plant, Araujia sericifera. Image: Su Leslie

Hibiscus. Image: Su Leslie

Once again, I’m taking inspiration from Tracy (at Reflections of an Untidy Mind), and bringing you some music as well.

I love this lock-down version of Don’t Dream it’s Over with the new Crowded House line-up — and not just for bassist Nick Seymour in his pyjamas.

A tea party road trip?

Image: Su Leslie 2021

I’m heading out of town next week, so this month’s virtual afternoon tea will be brought to you by wherever I’ve found the best cuppa (and cake?).

I’ll post as usual on Thursday 15th April; at around at 3pm-ish NZ time (GMT +12), but at this stage I’ve no idea where I’ll be or what will be on the menu.

I hope you can join me.