Visitors to our garden always ask if we have traditional Japanese tea ceremonies in our Tea House. We still hope to do one some day, but the truth is that the Tea House functions for the most part as an art object; a gorgeous sculpture — albeit one that you can sit inside.
At this time of year we particularly try to take advantage of beautiful weather to enjoy sitting out there with afternoon coffee and cookies or cocktails. Tea of any kind is rarely on the menu.
With two doors and multiple windows, there are wonderful views in every direction all framed like camera shots.
Sometimes we just sit inside and surrender to the beauty of the structure and the fragrance of the cedar construction.
Other times we each bring something to read.
When we have a group of gardeners touring the garden, we always open the Tea House so they can see the interior and go inside if they wish to do so. But no shoes are allowed and we have a sign at each door noting that restriction.
We're finally having a break in our rainy weather and should be able to sit out there enjoying the sun and the changing autumn color for at least another month.