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Lynn @ Happier Than a Pig in Mud has invited us all to take part in her Celebrity Cook - Along this month with TV Chef and prolific Cook Book author Ina Garten.
Cuisine Kathleen is also hosting the 3rd Annual St Patricks Day blog crawl.
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To celebrate St Patricks Day I made Ina's Irish Soda Bread and invited a couple of dear old friends, Brian and Bree Bear, to share this tea time treat.
We'll be taking tea in the 16th century part of the house today, in the Bishops bedroom of the Presbytère.
Click here to get Ina's Irish Soda Bread recipe from The Barefoot Contessa At Home cookery book.
Brian sends his apologies but he didn't have time to change out of the holey aran sweater which he likes to wear when gardening.
As you can see Bree has gone to a lot of trouble with her appearance and is wearing a favourite linen dress trimmed with Irish lace and a matching hair ribbon.
She's not too pleased that Brian looks a little scruffy, but at least he took off his muddy boots and put on indoor shoes, and he did bring me daffodils from his garden.
I popped them straight into a cherished Waterford crystal pitcher, a wedding present many moons ago.
Why not pull up this wooden rocking chair and join them for a slice of soda bread, the orange zest and currants make this a tasty tea time favourite.
There's mascarpone cream and black cherry preserves in the Waterford crystal bowls, do please help yourself.
Perhaps you'd prefer to settle back amongst the cushions on our comfy sofa?
Excuse me just for a moment, I must go and see if the kettle has boiled.
I'll be back in a jiffy with the tea.
In the meantime, if you would like to know a little more about the Bishops bedroom why not sit back and enjoy these photographs of a very special place.
Simple white plaster walls and an eclectic mix of antique and vintage pieces.
It is the perfect place for a Reiki treatment.
Click here to see the post of how I use the Bishops bedroom as my Reiki space.
I've so enjoyed your visit and showing you around a part of our Normandy home.
I hope you'll come back again soon.
There may be crumpets for tea next time.