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At the start of every month, we offer you a short list of pleasant activities focussed on afternoon tea. Herewith five suggestions for the month of April 2013.

doors-openTake a spring ride in the country. If you live in southwestern Ontario, you can visit Doors Open Prince Edward County www.countymemorytrail.ca on April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Explore 11 heritage destinations, enjoy programmes in the visual arts, theatre, history and literature. Be sure to visit the local Farmers Market. There’s also a silent auction of 11 one-of-a-kind doors created by local artists. The auction begins on April 19 on Facebook. Pack a picnic or enjoy one of the many tearooms in the County.

English: Two examples of Sadler "Brown Be...

Acquire a Brown Betty teapot, if you don’t already own one. In our estimation, the ‘Brown Betty’ is the ultimate teapot. With its typical brown glaze and rounded bottom, the Brown Betty allows tea leaves more freedom to swirl around as hot water is poured into the pot, releasing more flavour with less bitterness. In Queen Victoria’s reign, when tea was at its peak of popularity, tea brewed in the Brown Betty was considered excellent.

Order a pouch of Baroness Grey Tea to inaugurate your Brown Betty. Baroness Grey Tea is available in 50 gram or 100 gram foil pouches. The 50 gram pouch is $6.42 (CDN $) and the 100 gram pouch is $12.42 (CDN $). Both prices inlcude HST (Canadian Harmonized Sales Tax) but NOT shipping charges. Payment by Interac bank transfer. To order:

APW_125x125April 24 is Professional Administrative Assistants Day. Behind every great CEO and every great project team, stands an administrative professional ready to perform magic and near miracles. Treat yourself and your admin assistant to afternoon tea. Be sure to make a reservation at your favourite tea room! This day harks back to 1952 when the International Association of Administrative Professionals established an entire week to recognize the nearly 20, 000 admin professionals world-wide.

Cover of "Tea With Mussolini"

Check out your public library and order the video Tea with Mussolini.

Enjoy the stellar perfrmance of the renowned cast that includes Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judy Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Cher. There are two memorable scenes in the film where movie maven Maggie Smith and proper afternoon tea intersect.

Invite your girlfriends, warm up the Brown Betty, serve tea and settle in for a really great chick flick.

Have a great April!