Saturday, July 21, 2012

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

I got blown out to tea yesterday!  Just at two o'clock I left the house and as I opened the door the first sprinkling of rain and the first gusts of wind came riding from the west on dark storm clouds.  I had thought I could gain the teahouse before the storm came down upon us, but no, - I arrived for our assignation breathless and wind-blown, the last to gain shelter.

I joined the tea table and felt moved back in time.  This Tea Shoppe is a new business in town.  The tables are laid with white linens and lace, silver and fine china, and the lady who serves tea also makes the  most incredibly light scones.  I brought two home for Charles - lovely sweet raspberry delights that practically float an eighth of an inch above the china plate beneath them, - so buoyant and crumbly, they fairly melt in your mouth.

This was a gathering of the ACW, - a group of Anglican Church Woman who have been friends for many years, but have now reached the age where they have retired the organization to having tea every once in a while and a jolly old chin-wag!

We lingered at the table, savouring the friendship as much as the tea and scones.  Outside the wind howled, bowing the boulevard trees and scattering leaves and sheets of rain perpendicularly down the main street, but inside the warmth of friendship and the lovely old-fashioned ambience of a real Tea Shoppe were enough to keep us quite happy and content and immersed in talk and laughter.

Eventually it was time to leave, - I went to get a few groceries in the wind and the rain, stuffed with raspberry scone which, unfortunately,  took its revenge on me during Happy Hour with dire heartburn, - or maybe it was the Orange Brandy.........




There is still another scone left in the refrigerator

Shall we divide it at coffee time?????

7 comments:

Mlissabeth said...

The table is so lovely! It sounds like you had a good time.

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a beautiful tea shop Hildred. I do love fine linen and fine china and sometimes use it myself if guests are coming. Those scones sound so gorgeous that I am sure they did not cause your heartburn.

Hildred and Charles said...

Oh Pat, this was not the tea shop in question, - I borrowed this picture from the 'net' - in my haste to remember my umbrella I forgot my camera, but our tea shop was even more elegant than this, - silver tea service gleaming and surrounded by beautiful old antiques and furniture. I figure it was the Orange Brandy too!!!

Penny said...

What a wonderful day, and shiny silver as well, certainly not the scone that gave you heartburn.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A very intriguing first sentence....'blown out to tea' will linger in my mind as a description of your lovely day (in spite of the wind). And the scone -- and the orange brandy, for that matter -- sound quite lovely. Or maybe it's just the idea of tea and then happy hour , could there be a lovelier day ;>)

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

How pretty the Tea Shoppe table looks and those scones sound wonderful. What a lovely afternoon. A x

Barb said...

What a delightful table setting and room! I'd love to have a taste of that scone with you,Hildred.