including a spectacular pinecone sadly much too big for our table or tree,
there were no leaves to be seen.
But we soon found solace in free Christmas coffees and a slice of lemon and poppy seed cake, which was so deliciously more-ish I forgot to snap a picture till we were nearly halfway through!
And because the Café had already closed for the season, we were able to carry our Teahouse tray into the Café proper and sit in its elegant and exotically warm surrounds.
There were big buckets of mistletoe for sticky Christmas kisses:
And on the way out, we passed tray after tray of bright green bulbs and flocks of little golden birds,
a heartening change from the gray, slush-crusted fields outside, and a reminder that spring really is just round the corner.But before I get ahead of myself, as I so often do, we wish you a very merry holiday filled with love and happiness...
...and maybe a few mistletoe kisses, too!