Birthday Girls at The Tudor House

My walking Bloggy buddy Willow was blessed to be born on St. Patrick’s Day (which makes her exempt from the wearin o the green) I was born on the 14th of March. We decided to celebrate by taking tea in Santa Monica, California yesterday. Willow happened to have the day off and we worked it to our advantage.

Happy Real Birthday Willow!


We drove south along the coast to Santa Monica. This British Corner on 2nd and Santa Monica Blvd. has the Tudor Tea Room and Bakery,  Ye Olde King’s Head Shoppe, and a British Pub.


Look at that! They set all the tables in Willow’s favorite china pattern…Willow! We enjoyed eating our food and drinking our Earl Grey with these great Churchill plates, cups and saucers.


After our tea we strolled through the British shops and pub that was all decked out for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations.

You can see Willow’s reflection in the mirror. Darn! We forgot to have someone take a photo of us taking our tea!


We headed for Ocean Blvd. to catch another glimpse of the Pacific before heading home.

This was waiting for me when I got home and it’s exciting and scary at the same time…


This is my birthday present from Dear. I’ll let you know if I figure out how to put it together and use it! :0)

Have a wonderful St. Patty’s Day!

Photobucket is holding all my photos I stored with them from 2007-2015 hostage unless I pay them a lot of money. I’m slowly cleaning up many posts from this time period and deleting their ugly grey and black boxes with a ransom request. Such a time consuming bother.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

17 thoughts on “Birthday Girls at The Tudor House

  1. A belated happy birthday to you! That looks like a fun place to visit! And congratulations on your new camera — though I know what you mean about it being scary.

  2. Thank you for the birthday greetings! Didn’t we have fun?

    I delved into the give away bag and found an old GREEN jacket that belonged to MamaMia. Now I’m doubly prepared for little leprechauns–natural exemption and the wearing o the green!

  3. Happy St. Pat’s Day, Ellen! Thank you for the tea room visit…I’ve not been to a tea room in ages, and we don’t have them here in Norway, sadly *sigh*…I miss them. Many thanks for your wishes to hubby & I today! :o) ((HUGS))

  4. Ellen and Willow .. .Happy Birthday. . how fun that you can celebrate your birthdays together .. .and you did it in such a wonderful way.
    I can’t imagine you taking better pictures than you already do .. .what a great gift.

  5. what a wonderful birthday gift… and for us all…for we will benefit getting to see all the pictures!!

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind always be at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
    Happy St Patrick’s Day! ~ Susan

  6. It looks like a great way to celebrate the birthdays for those who love tea and all things relating to Great Britain. Wow, I’m in awe of you taking on this new camera. Bill’s DSLR just intimidates me.

  7. Whoa! Ellen B.! What an excellent gift from your Dear. He should get MAJOR points for that one!!!!

    How did you and Willow like the Tea Room? That was the same one that I went to last summer with my friend Fiffer Lou and her friends. I was sad that it wasn’t very British on the inside, but we can’t have everything we want, now can we :0?

    That will be nice to have Katie for a whole 6 days. Do you have anything fun planned? Are you going to Disneyland? Always my first thought when someone comes from out of town…LOL! The Fashion Mart downtown might be fun. Whatever you do I know you two will have a wonderful time!

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! Don’t let anyone pinch you…ouch!

    🙂 Cori G.

  8. Belated Happy Birthday, friend. What a fab gift it looks like you received. Seems that your photoblog gifts to the rest of us photographically challenged will continue!

  9. Wow – what a great looking camera – I can hardly wait to see the photos you take with that!

    what a lovely looking tea.

    Now I need to go wish Willow a belated Happy B-day!

    March is a great month!

  10. i hope you know that this lil old country bumpkin is enjoying things vicariously through you;)

    like i’ve said before: you sure to know to have fun!

  11. How Fun!!! I’m going to have to go there. Maybe we can do a spring family tea in Santa Monica. I’d make the drive.

  12. One of my favorite places to go when I’m in Santa Monica! The British corner has too much stuff to only go once. I’m so glad you got to enjoy an extended birthday celebration.

  13. Oh, what fun!!!! 🙂 I love your idea of the “long and drawn out” birthday celebration!!! 🙂

    p.s. I sent you a little something in the mail for your birthday.

  14. My husband bought a Pentax K200D for me for Christmas. I’m still learning how to use it! May I offer some advice? Start on Auto and go from there. learn everything about each for the settings (to the left) the AUTO, Scene, etc. I love my camera but heavens! what a learning INCLINE not curve it has been for me. Too, I’m not much of a manual reader so I’m having to do that more than I’d like. Also, a really great photography site is the Strobist blog. Enjoy! I can’r wait to see your new photos. let me know if you’re on Flickr.

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