During our stay in Ottawa, we visited the Billings Estate Natural Historic Site, the historic home of one of the first settlers in Ottawa--Braddish and Lamira Billings.
After the last generation of the Billings left the 200-year-old house, the estate was converted into a museum where visitors can view the local artefacts and learn how the Billings helped shaped our capital's early history.
Lamira Billings was a well-respected healer who was highly sought for her effective herbal remedies. Naturally, she enjoyed a cup of tea while working at her desk!
The back entrance of the Billings Estate and its beautiful flower gardens.
True confession time: The real reason that we visited the Billings Estate was to partake in the "Tea at the Lawn" service offered during the summer months.
The tea tent was located behind the house and overlooked the beautiful gardens.
Visitors were also welcome to bring their own food and enjoy a picnic on the emerald green lawn.
The mismatched cups and saucers.
Of course, I had to try the Billings Blend: "a blend of black tea and rose petals inspired by Lamira's gardens" (from the menu description).
The afternoon service for two.
The delicious finger sandwiches and scones were so filling that we had no room left for dessert and brought the leftovers home with us.
Enjoying tea on the tranquil grounds of the Billings Estate was definitely the highlight of my Ottawa trip!
I'm joining the following parties this week: