Sunday also saw me abandoning my visitors (although they arranged to meet up with some forum pals locally - so I didn't feel too guilty!) I had another special event to attend - a tea party at South Lodge, the birthplace of Guiding in Sussex. The original owner - Dame Alice Godman took over from the first County Commissioner for Sussex - one Lady Olave Baden-Powell. So it is a very special place for us locally. Dame Alice's two spinster daughter's took over from their mother. Recently we planted some Guide Centenary Roses at South Lodge, and one was just coming into bloom on Sunday. It is a beautiful place - just across the road from the famous Leonardslee Gardens and full of lovely rare plants and trees, and has magnificent rhodedendrons and azaleas.
some of the cakes at the teaparty
the guide rose bed, below the terrace
the rose plaque
some photos of the grounds (they had a marriage blessing in the grounds on Sunday too - you can just see the chairs.)
Last week also saw Bea celebrating her 4th birthday - and I made this cake for her birthday party which was also on Sunday. This is Bea with her Sleeping Beauty cake (her request) the morning of her party when she called to collect it.