Along the Fraser river by the coastline city of Richmond (British Columbia) stands the London Heritage Farm— a historic site complex consisting of a farmhouse, family barn, heritage and herb gardens, memorial rose garden, hand tool museum; with antique farming equipment, chickens, Honey and Blue Orchard bees (with picnic tables). In the farmhouse is a tearoom and gift shop; the bedrooms upstairs have been turned into a museum to depict rural life here from 1880 to 1930.
The four-acre farm is named after pioneer farming brothers, Charles Edwin and William London, who came to British Columbia from Ontario in 1877 when they were 16 and 17 years (respectively) of age and built the farmhouse up to 1898. They later added a general store, post office, and wharf for intake of farm supplies and dispatching their milk, oats, vegetables, and hay production.
The farm switched ownership a few times until the City of Richmond purchased four acres of the original London farm in 1978 after which the property became a heritage site under the BC Heritage Act.
My dearly loved teacher and friend, Heidi, took me here after our Sunday lunch. Why of course, when in Richmond (a.k.a. Hongkouver), after a hearty authentic dimsum lunch, one must make room for scones at a heritage site teahouse!
Heidi knows me too well. The vintage displays (AND tearoom) resonated of my own little restaurant [now closed as Lord willing, it transforms into a cookbook] 🙂 No sooner than walking in did I start ooh’ing over the nostalgic memorabilia. “The mini washboard! Ice cream maker! Vintage oven! Teacups!”
With that, I was transported to 1930’s Richmond and childhood memories of anticipating goodies coming out of the kitchen.
Would have loved to try the Jingle Bell High Tea except the yummiest Har Gao seemed to still be nesting on my chest. As has been customary among dear friends, we each ordered different things then shared so we got to try each other’s food! 🙂 Heidi had the cranberry orange while I had the cheese scone; I ended up liking hers more! 😂 For a change, I ordered the Hot Chocolate I saw on the menu [you know, it doesn’t hurt to have endorphin triggers mid-afternoon! And because I already had hat-hair, I couldn’t remove my hat!]
There’s just something heartwarmingly magical about having delicious scones on bone china with a beautiful garden view outside the window panes with live music playing. Taking in this afternoon with conversations gliding gracefully in and out of bible verses was such a gift. Thank you, Heidi!
A Christmas blessing from our live musician:
On our way out, I told the host, Maureen, how I loved the live music in the tearoom. “Oh she’s a volunteer! We’re always looking for volunteers; we have some seniors coming on Wednesday…,” she began.
That was the day of my departure but cheering up old ladies is right up my alley so I told her, “Oh, I can volunteer to sing for seniors!” I sang Tristesse for her as my audition and she said it was a date; her requested playlist: Christmas! Yay! Heidi and I and the kids can sing Christmas songs for seniors!
Meanwhile, we took a tour of the second floor display rooms. Very lovely!
What a day full of joy and blessings. Can’t help but feel the overflowing love of the Lord.
Psalm 104 NIV
1 Praise the Lord, my soul.
Lord my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
they sing among the branches.
14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth:
15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
oil to make their faces shine,
and bread that sustains their hearts.
33 I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
as I rejoice in the Lord.