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Our Editor in Chief Angela Tunner is always doing what she can to get more out of life ~ it is part of the “Eat Love Savor™ lifestyle, and with an interesting perspective that makes us aware of those little things we may have missed in our all too-busy lives. Angela has been called ‘Lady of Leisure’ and ‘Queen of Cozy’ by people closest to her, so we got curious and took a peek at what has her attention!

Imagine being surrounded in the open air by the most magnificent gardens, green lush grass, rambling rose bushes, loose beautiful bunches of flowers and greenery all swirling about. Placed amidst this natural wonder are chairs all around the gardens, large Turkish rugs spread out on the lawn, live music and magnificent tables filled with glorious foods like cakes, tea, sandwiches, salads and a bounty of desserts. Swirling about are guests dressed impeccably, playing games like croquet, badminton and horseshoes on a lovely sunny day. Welcome to an English style Garden Party! This tradition originated in the Victorian era. The sprawling rambling English garden was the perfect backdrop. Garden parties while lovely in most outdoor settings are simply not the same in very tightly groomed gardens with their gravel paths, perfectly trimmed hedges and manicured landscapes. There is something so romantic and enchanting about having a party in an English garden.…

The beverage of tea, its leaves grown on bushes (a bush produces 3,000 leaves a year/approx 1 lb of processed tea) and the popularity of drinking it on the rise here in North America, is an ancient beverage and drinking it, an ancient ritual. The tale goes that a Chinese Emperor was reputed asleep under a tree while holding a cup of hot water – the tree he was under was a tea bush. A tea leaf dropped in, he sipped and loved it. While in England, the custom of tea drinking started in the 17th century, the oldest tea merchant is Twinings (300 years old) and it was curiously introduced in London coffee houses, one of them being Thomas Garway and its appeal began to spread.  This long time custom has been gaining popularity in North America and the timing is great to help aid this fast-moving society to…