Well, I arrived in Columbus and at the home of my friends, Lin and Larry, which would be my haven for the next few days. Of course, the first order of business was to shop!
We headed to Powell/Dublin, towns a short drive from Lin's home. First stop was Morgan House -- a wonderful gift shop. (For those on the shopping alert, it also has a marvelous restaurant, in which we've dined before.) Here's Lin on the porch. We just smiled all day!
I love the cheery outside with its garden and porch-art.
The trees were in full swing -- I felt as though I was from some alien country seeing the New World for the first time. I couldn't help but gasp with every redbud, crabapple or apple tree.
After doing my bit for the southern Ohio economy at Morgan House, we went to Biddie's Coach House, where we enjoyed lunch.
One enters into a charming shop where Sweet Madeleines -- beautifully decorated sugar cookies -- are sold. A quilt lies across a sofa.
Steps lead above, with a colorful pink and white floral wallpaper motif.
And then to the tea room. Now THIS is a charming place, hundreds of years old and now a tea room. Colorful floral tablecloths cover tiny table tops -- some are quilts, some lacy, all beautiful.
And at every place there is a beautiful china cup and saucer.
And of course, the table was beautifully set.
The menu was delightfully old fashioned -- with many a tasty dish listed!
Lin and I both ordered Biddie's Tea Basket, which included a half of an egg salad sandwich, a small chicken salad sandwich, a wee salad, some fruit and divine lemon bread. And yes, we both had tea!
And yes, we couldn't stop talking!
Did I mention that even the bathrooms were cute?
From then, it was across the street to Thalia and Dahlia, a lovely gift shop with glorious soaps, glasswear, and elegant gifts.
I particularly loved the topiary bunny on the porch!
From there, we visited The Wren House in Worthington. My basket of gifts for the spring birthdays kept getting fuller and fuller!
Then it was back to Lin's to get ready for my first class at Artiscape! Tomorrow, you'll see what I did!
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