Friday, November 13, 2015

Don't leave home without it!

The view coming into Puerto Octay
Who wouldn't want to live here?

Interested in moving to Chile?
Here is what you need to do before you leave.

1. Get a passport
No brainer here. You really should have one even if you decide not to go.
You cannot apply on line but this passport wizard linked below will walk you through the steps and help you prepare your paperwork so you can bring it down to your local post office. You may need an appointment so call first. The cost is $110 for adults and $80 for minors.  Here is the link
Passport Wizard

2. Copies of birth certificates
You will need the official long form copy that is already notarized by the Dept. of Health in your state. Costs vary by state but in SC it is $15 per certificate.Then you will need to send it to the Secretary of State in that state to have it legalized. In SC, this costs just $2 per document.This is just the certification that the notary is certified. Then it must be sent to the Chilean Consulate in that region so they can certify that the Secretary of State is certified bona fide. This costs $4 per document and don't send a check. Cash only! Don't ask me how I know!
Here is the link to find the consulate in your region.

3. Marriage Certificate

4. University Degree
Ditto but remember if this is in a different state you have to send it to the Secretary of State for that state and the Consulate for that region.

5. Income Statements
This includes retirement checks, social security, rents or leases, contracts, paycheck stubs, a letter from your boss, etc. But it must be, you guessed it!, notarized,legalized, and certified. Letters should be in English and Spanish.

6. School transcripts
From your school or home school association - notarized,legalized, and certified. If you plan on homeschooling here, which is legal, do it anyway. Because things may change and it's much easier to do it from there than here. Best to have an English and Spanish version.

7. Bank Statements
Just the first page showing your balance for the most recent 3 months - notarized,legalized, and certified.

8. Licenses or Professional Certifications
If you plan on pursuing your profession here and if not, get it done anyway, just in case.

When you get here it will need to be stamped again in Santiago at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Their address is Agustinas 1320
                             1st Floor
They are open from 9-2 and the service is free.
Chileans love their stamps!

*A note on apostilles- Apostille is the french word for certification. The Hague Convention on the Apostille was a treaty signed by 108 countries to help streamline the certification of documents between countries. Chile did not sign this treaty so that is why your documents from the Secretary of State are legalized not apostilled and then you must send them to the Chilean Consulate of your region and then the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Santiago. Here is a link if you want to read more about it.

The view of  Volcan Osorno at sunset from our home

Friday, October 30, 2015

How to make your dreams come true Part 2

4. To pack or not to pack

Here are some pros and cons for each.

1. To pack by shipping container

In 2013 we bought a 40' seaworthy shipping container for $4,000. We packed it up and then it sat for 9 months in the yard at our duplex which our eldest son was living at. And in the meantime in Chile, we were checking out what we could and could not get here and the prices. So we had our son buy a welder and put it in the container. Then he put some kayaks in and so on. Then we paid $1000. to have it driven to the port of Charleston about 3 hrs away.  We paid $2700. for the boat ride to Concepcion, Chile. which took 3 weeks. We hired an aduana or customs agent to oversee things for us and do all the paperwork and pay all the port fees. This was about $500. Chile has a special deal for new residents- if you ship during your temporary residency you pay less taxes. We met the container at the port where they did a quick inspection and we were on the way with a truck which we hired to bring it to our house about 6 hrs from the port for $2,000. The whole process was pretty smooth and we had no problems. But not always. You can rent your container instead of buying but this puts you on a tight time schedule which can be very stressful! Friends of our had their container detained in the US for a random inspection. 2 weeks later and $2,000., the container was on the way. He was sorry he had done the whole thing. So think about your stuff. Do you have collectibles or valuable things, irreplaceable items, sentimental things you'd prefer not to live without? Specialty equipment for your hobbies or job? Or just a bunch of junk you'd prefer to sell then....

2. If you sell everything, you can use the money to start over once you settle down. 

Cons - You may not find everything you want or think you need once you get here.
Pros - A lot less hassle and expense

You can bring some stuff on the airline for free usually 2 suitcases up to 50 lbs and $80 for   any extra but that varies depending on the airline and the time of year you travel.         
 You can ship stuff by postal service. We got a 25 lb box for about $175 and it took 2 weeks. The Chilean postal service has a bad reputation for stealing stuff and sometimes they do        inspect your box. There are usually no importation fees unless you receive a box from a        business and then they will charge you 19% IVA tax.

5. Find a place to live
This beautiful cabin is in Frutillar Bajo

We have a friend with a vacation home that they let us live in for almost 2 years but if you don't have a friend like that (sorry, I don't have a vacation home) .....
You could travel around Chile using to find cheap short term rentals. This way you could explore different areas and when you find one you like you could do a more permanent rental on a cabin. Expect to pay $400-500 for a small 1-2 bedroom cabin outside a city. January & February are peak summer vacation times so rentals may be more expensive or even hard to find in some areas. July also may be a busy and expensive time because of winter break. BTW, these are good times to explore Santiago as the residents leave en masse for vacation. I would recommend 6 months to a year in your chosen area before making the commitment to buy anything. 

6. Buy your airline ticket

Expect to pay $800 to $1,000. for a roundtrip ticket from LA, Dallas/Ft Worth, Atlanta, or Miami direct to Santiago on LAN or American. The overnight flight gets you there first thing in the morning on an 8 hr. flight or leave in the AM and get there in time for a late dinner. Chile is usually 1-2 hrs ahead of eastern standard time, no daylight savings time here.
Chile used to charge a reciprocal one time entrance fee to all US citizens of $160. but that was revoked in 2014. A free tourist visa lasts 3 months and can be renewed once for another 3 months but then you have to either leave or apply for temporary residency.

In conclusion. I wrote down our goals with a rough timeline of when I wanted to have certain things accomplished. I checked this list regularly to keep us on track. It helped us to stay focused and take action instead of making excuses. And don't get discouraged because everyone will think you are crazy and will tell you you'll never do it. Best wishes to you all!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

How to make your dreams come true .... and how we did it! Part 1

I assume if you are reading this blog either
1) you know me and want to see that we haven't been swallowed up in an earthquake or
2) you are interested in relocating.
Many people contact us with questions about how we made the move. So here are some tips based on how we made our dreams come true.

Somewhere over the rainbow

1. Start paying off your debt.

 Debt is servitude. Being in debt ties you to your job because you have to make a certain amount per month just to pay the debt. Here are some scary debt statistics and I hope you aren't one of these!
* over 40% of US families spend more than they earn. WOW! that is scary
* the average US household credit card debt is $16,140.
* the average consumer has 3.5 credit cards
*total outstanding consumer debt is $11.34 trillion and includes car loans, mortgages, credit cards, student loans, and personal debt and the numbers keep going up every year!
 I'm no financial expert but we did it buy living simply and cheaper and then using that money to pay off the debt. We drove the same car for 8+ years. We cut up the credit cards. We shopped at Goodwill and Aldi's. We rarely ate out and we rarely bought "toys" and stuff. I enjoyed listening to Dave Ramsey and there are many other financial websites that can help you achieve your financial goals.

2. And then start saving.
Open a savings account, stuff it under your mattress, bury it in the backyard, anything! Just start saving.
It's hard to judge how much you will need to live in a foreign country until you get there. Some places are really cheap. Our friends in Panama tell us how much they pay for stuff and it makes me cringe because things are expensive in Chile. But it is relative. Our friends from New Zealand think Chile is cheap. We lived in South Carolina and to us Chile is expensive. You can check out to see how much things cost in the country you are looking at. Then you should try to save enough money to live on for a year or two while you get yourself established. For Chile, outside of Santiago, a family of 4, living simply, could survive on $3,000 per month. But you have to figure costs if you need a car, buying land or house, sending the kids to private school which is typical here and could cost you $500 USD per month. You may have a retirement check or other monthly income which will be great to keep you going if you have no major expenses like car or house but don't expect to come down and just get a job. Jobs here are low paying for unskilled labor and if you don't speak Spanish you might as well forget it unless you plan to teach English.  Which leads us to ....

3. Get or create a job.
You may have a retirement income or not or just need some extra income. Get or create a job that is not tied to a certain location like telecommuting or an online job. If you are an entrepreneur, there are many opportunities esp. in Chile with its growing economy and stable government and rising incomes. And your 1-2 years worth of savings will give you some time to get some other income going. We have a monthly retirement check we are living off of but we want some more disposable income and we are still young and energetic, at least most days, so we are opening a business here in Chile selling products from the US. Often it just takes some time on the ground living in the country of your dreams and thinking with your entrepreneurial thinking cap to see what opportunities exist.

Next time we will wrap up our list with
4. To Pack your stuff or not to pack your stuff
5. Finding a place to live
6. Buying your airline ticket cause you've made your dreams come true!
And also a few tips on set backs and not getting discouraged because most of your friends will tell you that you are crazy and you'll never do it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Earthquake Risks

 Chile is one of the most seismically active countries in the world but when you look at the facts and numbers, it isn't as bad as it first sounds.

To offer some statistics for comparison.....
The 2011 earthquake in Japan was a 9.0 and resulted in 15,000 deaths.
The horrific earthquake of 2010 in Haiti was a 7.0 and resulted in 100,000 deaths.
A little closer to your home, in 1994, the Northridge, CA earthquake was a 6.7 and 60 died with over $20 billion in damages.
One of the deadliest earthquakes in history was in China in 1976, a 7.8 quake, with an estimated 800,000 deaths.

But the strongest earthquake in recorded history was the 9.5 quake in Valdivia, Chile (just up the road from our farm) back in 1960.The death toll was 2,000.
The 2015 Chilean 8.4  earthquake - 13 dead
The 2014  8.2 quake in Chile - 7 dead
the 2010  8.8 Chilean quake - 525 dead
So all the earthquakes in Chile in the past 60 years including the Valdivian quake, the largest in recorded history, and the death toll is less than 5,000.

Why is the death rate so low in Chile? I can venture a few ideas. Less densely populated, good building codes, less high rise buildings. And Chile is well prepared in the aftermath of a disaster to aid the victims and rebuild. Chile made a remarkable recovery from the 2010 quake. Read this interesting article on how Chile did this

And remember how Haiti responded to its 2010 quake which was 500 times less powerful.

And as far as volcanoes go, there are no death statistics available for any Chilean eruptions so I don't think it's a major threat.
30,000 people die each year in highway fatalities in the USA. I know it's not a totally fair comparison but it's probably more likely to die in auto accident in the USA than an earthquake or eruption in Chile. So buckle up and stay safe!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New lambs

A family photo
The proud father is in the back. His name is Shawn the sheep and he is a ram we traded out with our neighbor.
Pippin is the mama on the right and the new lamb is a male. He is so cute with black knees, black tipped ears and the black mouth.

This sweet little lamb is one of  two girls born to our black ewe. She is only a few hours old.
Our new rooster, Don Gallo, or Sir Rooster
I have 10 laying hens and I got 7 eggs here which is a good day. I love the different colors- green, tans, and pinkish whites.
My ducks actually lay better than my hens. I have 2 female ducks and they lay almost every day even through the winter. Nice big white eggs. If I could only get them to hatch their eggs! I would love to have more ducks. 

The most difficult thing about moving to Chile

While our move to Chile has been overall very positive and enjoyable, life always has its difficult moments.

The number one hardest thing for me has been a loss of contact with friends from the US. Email certainly has made staying in touch so much easier but it does require some effort on somebody's  part! Frequent attempts on my part to stay in touch has left me saddened by the lack of response by "friends" who are, I guess, just too busy. :(

The number two hardest thing for both Jim and myself has been the language. Jim and I were both very good at foreign languages in high school but now it has been a real challenge. Our 50 something year old brains are just not as quick as they used to be! Spanish is a relatively easy language compared to all the exceptions to the rules in English but it has been slow and difficult for us. Though we are making quite a bit of progress!

The number 3 hardest thing has been opening a business. It is a very different process than in the United States. So the process and the language barrier have made it a bit more difficult. You have to have an accountant up front who helps set up your business and pay your taxes. You have to be registered with the government and be able to issue boletas (receipts) for retail sales or facturas for sales to other businesses. The government is serious about getting their taxes but there aren't as many loopholes and everyone pays their fair share. The taxes are a value added tax on all sales which drives up the cost of goods.

Despite the difficulties, we are making progress on the business. We found an accountant in the chorus we sing with and despite the fact that she does not speak English, we think we can make it work. And making friends with people who don't speak English gives us many opportunities to practice our Spanish.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Family update and what's been going on for the past 3 months

It has been a while since I last posted but moving and no internet for over a month is a pretty good excuse, I think!
As you may know for the past 2 years we have been living in a friend's house. It was great but they decided to sell the house right after we bought our farm. That sounds like good timing but it proved to have a few difficulties! :) life always does We have a great little cabin on our farm which we had to remodel to make it livable but it is not large enough for all 5 of us. A generous friend offered a spare room for our teens. It is only 5 minutes from school and 10 from our farm. It's worked out well and we get high speed internet which we don't have at the farm and aren't likely to get soon.
Samuel and Andrew are doing well at school. Picking up spanish very quickly and making lots of friends. Samuel is taking violin lessons at the beautiful Teatro del Lago in Frutillar. See the link for this awesome theater.
 The boys also joined the teen chorus at the Teatro and get to travel around southern Chile giving concerts. It's been a lot of fun for them.

And we also joined the adult chorus- all 4 of us. It's a lot of fun singing together and we are having our first concert on August 22 in Chiloe, an island about 2 hours south of us.
We have made some nice friends at church and between chorus practice, Mass, and a bible study we attend weekly, our spanish is coming along! We have friends now who don't speak english which really pushes us to learn the spanish. I love spanish. It's a much prettier language than english but I must say it hasn't been as easy as I thought it would. My 50 year old brain just doesn't learn as fast as it used to.
On the farm, we have our first 2 lambs of the season, a male and a female, from 2 different ewes. We have a hen with 4 chicks which has just been darling. Jim bought three piglets for meat and breeding. He has really enjoyed them. They are cute and have interesting personalities. Minnie, Winnie, and Pearl are their names. We cut down around 8 trees and are in the process of sawing the wood with a friend's sawmill to make posts for the fence we need to put up.
We are also building a loft in the cabin to put our bed up so we have more room for a couch and table. Right now it is very challenging living in such a small space. I'll give a tour of the cabin when we are done with the loft. Soon we will start a post and beam barn if we have any wood left after building the fence.

We know it is spring when the falcons start gathering wool for nest building with the plentiful sheep wool available
How soft and cozy for the little chicks!
This ewe is the fattest I have ever seen. She has looked like she is having triplets for a year now!

This is Rosemary with 3 of her 5 chicks. Isn't she pretty? And such a protecting mother. She is fierce and even the cats are scared of her!
I have never been a cat lover due to my allergies but they have gone or diminished any way and I am now a cat lover!
On the left is Nubecita, that is little cloud in spanish..She was Andrew's kitten but she loves me better now! And Higgins is our new kitty gifted to us from a friend. He was found as a kitten on the streets of Santiago and now he is an awesome mouser on our little farm!

Friday, May 1, 2015


On Wednesday, April 22, one of our local volcanoes erupted. Volcan Calbuco sits on the southern edge of Lago Llanquihue. It hasn't erupted in over 40 years but Wednesday afternoon we had a great plume of ash erupt into the sky about 6 PM. See pictures below. Quite exciting and spectacular and unexpected. All that evening we had lightning and rumbles of thunder and earth tremors. The volcano is about 80 miles from our farm so we were in no imminent danger. The ash cloud moved northeast and dumped a lot of ash on the mountains and into Argentina. Later that same night was another eruption with spurting lava which was seen by our boys in the house in Quilanto along with phenomenal lightning. All the schools were closed to house the thousands of refugees from the eastern side of the lake because of the ash cloud.
As of May 1, we had one more minor belch of ash cloud so I guess all is not over yet!

See Volcan Osorno to the left of Calbuco. The snow cap is now covered with ash.

The eruption at sunset was quite spectacular.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Summer on the farm

Ah, the sweet days of summer are almost over! And it was quite an adventurous and busy summer.
Living out on the farm was bliss despite the lack of water and power but we did manage to get all that going before the summer's end. We got our water tower up, solar panels electrifying, septic draining, bathroom tiled, and the wood floors of the cabin will soon be layed so we can move in. We are living part time in Quilanto and part in Chiriuco. The big boys are now full time students of Colegio San Vicente de Paul in Puerto Octay. We are  officially in process for permanent residency. Still waiting on the title for our property even though we signed almost 3 months ago. 
Here are a few stories and pictures.

Our big helper

Our cabin with the siding removed. We had to remove it all to get rid of the bats who were nesting under it. It is insulated with styrofoam sheets. It is a popular way to insulate here as it is so cheap and easy to install but the problem is that when you cut it the little bits fall everywhere and make a real mess and the other problem we had is that the ducks and chickens wouldn't stop eating it! Doesn't seem to bother them though as I've not had any deaths. Our hot tub is in the middle and our container on the right that we just had moved from Quilanto in March.

Our long awaited water tower
It has 5000 liter tank and our local buddy welded the tower about 20 feet tall
The tank is strapped to the tower and the tower legs are welded to concrete pads making it earthquake proof, we hope!
The spring we are pumping from is about 60 feet below it  in the woods
Andrew had to climb the tower and lower himself into the tank so we could connect the piping
He was a little freaked out but got the job done!

Our summer kitchen under the laurel tree
Our picnic table which Jim built last year and behind it is the fire pit with a grill and bar for hanging pots over the fire
Jim's grill is our work area where we prepare food and keep our Coleman camp stove
To the right is a table and dish washing area

Our tents
Samuel & Thomas slept in the small tent on the left and Jim and I had the big tent which has a full size bed in it
Camping in comfort!
We had to put the plastic over because it got a little drippy when it rained
Andrew slept in his tent hammock hanging from the trees until we had a good rainstorm and then he move to the loft of the cabin

Bo, Andrew's duck, is the worst of the styrofoam eaters
One day she was quacking so hoarsely I thought for sure she had eaten too much styrofoam but after a few days her voice returned to normal

The tragedy of the summer
Our $600 septic tank was run over by the backhoe
Jim thought we'd save some money by getting the local road crew working on our road to come over and earn a few extra bucks on  their lunch break. At first, it went great and we got the water and septic lines dug in a flash but then in covering up the septic lines, the dummy ran over the plastic tank
So in order to save money, we just fixed it
Samuel had to climb inside the tank and push it back up with boards and jacks and then we are going to pour concrete over it like a cap

The outhouse in the woods came with the property and it was a real life saver as we did not get the bathroom installed in the cabin for 2 months

Our first beehives
Jim brought a lot of his beekeeping equipment with him but we were having a hard time finding bees
One day last January we were driving down the highway and I looked over and saw this guy in a truck wearing a bee suit parallel to us on the frontage road so we got off the next exit and Jim chased him down. Super nice guy with 200 hives in the Frutillar area.
Jonathan speaks some english and has been very helpful in getting us set up with 2 hives. Each country has specific types of bees suited to the climate and its own particular problems.

Caught in the act!
Adventure Chick (named by Thomas) decided the coop just wasn't good enough for her and our bed was much more comfortable
The zipper on our tent is broken and it was very hard to keep them out so each evening we had to check the bed for eggs before we jumped in!

The triumph of the summer
Solar panels
We had been searching and searching for the means to power our house
We got a solar quote that was outrageous
We got a power hook up quote from the local power company of $5000
So we waited and looked and asked around
Got another quote which was more reasonable but still too high and we even got quotes from the US until we finally ran across a guy recommended by a friend of a friend
His quote to power the cabin and water pump was $4000
The set up was so simple and we had power the same day
6 panels and 6 batteries and it has payed itself off the day we turned it on since it was cheaper than hooking up to the power grid which by the way charges more than the US- 20-30 cents per kilowatt hour and rates are going up. We paid only 12 cents per kilowatt hour with Duke Power in the US

The boys snuck out one night to the neighbor's field and rearranged his hay bales for him
They almost got caught in the act as the farmers were out working late in the dark
I imagine they were a little puzzled to find this the next morning!

Thomas got himself stuck behind this root in the water line ditch!
We had to lift him out

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lori Bought the Farm Today!

Today is January 13th 2015, and my wife, Lori, and I have finally reached our dream of having a small farm debt free (and tax free) to call our own. THIS IS WHY WE CAME TO CHILE!
25 years of marriage and we made it come true here in Chile. The new name of our farm is "La Campanilla". It is not really that big but it is all ours at 6.5 acres of land that has a lot of potential and a lot of work to be done.

The Campanilla flower grows wild on our farm and is called Foxglove in english. It is very poisonous and is used in making the drug Digitalis which is a potent heart medication. 

Here is a view of the farm and Thomas's Cabin, which will soon be our new home.
We just applied for permanent residency so we will be posting more about that and opening a business in Chile which is not hard but just different. We will be living out on the farm with no power for the summer (thru the end of February) and we will be posting about homesteading in Chile. You can also follow our homesteading efforts on our youtube channel - ChileExpatFamily.
Ciao for now!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Feliz Navidad!

The beautiful side altar of San Francisco church in Castro, Chiloe

Merry Christmas to all our family & friends
One of the downfalls of moving to a remote foreign country is the ability to be with family & friends during the holiday times. Sure it's hard and family & friends are important to us but everything has it's good and bad sides. We just have to be content with seeing our 2 older children at other times during the year and not always at Christmas but it's like that when the kids grow up and the parents move away!
Christmas here in Chile is not as overly commercialized as it is in the States and I find it refreshing though I am having a hard time getting used to making strawberry jam at Thanksgiving and making peach jam at Christmas! We are rolling ever so slowly into summer and the garden is coming along and the canning season is already very busy as well as getting our farm going.
We will be spending most of our summer on the farm with no running water and no electricity and no internet though we are working at making those things happen so I won't be posting much for the next few months though I will be checking my email a few times a week when we go into Puerto Octay for the wi-fi. Jim will be posting his farm videos on Youtube so you can check those out here

Friday, December 12, 2014

El Zorro

I was surprised to hear that fox in Spanish is zorro as I always think of the movie by that name.
I did a nice post on the fox that has come to visit our ducks and chicks on my nature journal.
Which you can click on the link here

He looks like my pet hanging around the front yard looking for a handout!

Life has been too busy to do much blogging between prom, 18th birthday party for Samuel, canning strawberry jam and cherry pie filling, and working on our new farm, there isn't much time left! But Jim has been doing lots of videos for his youtube channel about getting our homestead going so you can go see those here.

Hasta luego!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hawks & Caracaras

Isn't this little guy cute?
This hawk chick in his nest is in our yard.
If you want to read more about hawks and the caracaras, a larger predatory bird,
please visit my other blog

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Video Walking tour of our new farm

Here are a series of videos on a walking tour of our new farm here in Chile. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

New Baby Sheep Video

Here is a video of our new twin, baby black sheep.

One little female and the other twin is a larger male.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Busy, busy & our new farm!!!

Wow! Life has been busy lately. Just a quick update for family & friends
We sold our duplex in the US and
about 3 weeks ago we made an offer on the land in Purranque. It was a low offer and it was declined.
So then we made an offer on the land in Chiriuco but we were too late as another person had made an offer but they are slow and the owner is getting frustrated so if these other people can't make it happen by November 20th, we are in. Here are a few pics of that property. It is 6.5 acres with pasture, creek, woods, and a spring on a dirt road surrounded by dairy farms and a short walk to a navigable river for kayaking. Update - on Nov. 15 - our offer was accepted!
On the road

The right side - beyond the trees is a ravine down to the creek

Pasture to the fence and then down to the woods in the rear
On to other news - Samuel & Andrew are spending the week at the local Catholic school. They are checking it out before we enroll them for next year. This is the quickest cheapest way to learn spanish and make friends. I'll post more about the school system later - it's a bit different than the US and took us a while to figure it out.
 And we had 2 new additions to our flock yesterday.

I suspected something when I saw her trying to hide behind a tree but then we had to leave for the day and we missed the birth. It's a boy and a girl! We have one more ewe who is round as a barrel. I wouldn't be surprised if she had triplets.

And finally, we finally got a bank account! But it's really weird and we can only put so much money in. Jim will post more on that later.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lavanda Casa de Te in Frutillar

Wow, what a beautiful surprise this was! This little restaurant is off the beaten path so I had never heard of it until a friend took me there one beautiful sunny afternoon.

Even the drive is scenic and quaint
Blooming apple trees surround the building

Glimpses of the lavender fields

And the tea house
Bright & sunny - each table is hand stenciled and each chair has been covered in pretty flower fabrics
plus each table is set with a different pattern of beautiful old fashioned china

The view of the lavender fields and the lake

I wish you could smell the delightful aromas of lavender and tea
When you sit down, you get a complementary glass of lavender lemonade in a wine glass

Even the sugar cubes have been decorated!

Fresh baked cookies, lavender scones and the most delicious tea
We had 2 pots - one green tea with blueberry and one black tea with flowers

And they have a large selection of beautiful china and tea pots
And here is their link if you want to go visit!