Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tea time talk with H.R.Majesty.

Talking with the Queen must be a really unusual experience, since she would start the conversation and no doubt it would be with a question. You would do no more than respond to her, briefly and concisely.

I suspect that the conversation would be more about you, your home, your family and children, what you do with your time, etc. It is doubtful the Queen would talk about herself or her family and though you might have many questions you would like to ask her, I doubt if this would be appropriate.

Perhaps you could ask after her dogs or horses, or if you have a love of gardening you could ask her what was growing in her garden with her responses being given in a general and non committal way.

I think it would be great fun to know her thoughts on various issues and what does she do for fun?

If anyone has first hand knowledge and would like to share a conversation with the Queen, let's hear it!

I was just in England for a conference and a few days touring to places I love and remember from my childhood when I lived in England and went to boarding school for five years.

I remembered the tight narrow country roads bordered by high hedge rows trimmed to form a tunnel in places, with occasional glimpses now and then of rolling distant fields outlined with bramble bush hedge rows or woods. Sometimes I would be able to see newly sheared sheep or a few cattle.

It was in the villages where in front of each house could be seen the traditional  flower garden filled with masses of colorful blooms. There were hanging baskets of flowers throughout the towns.

I especially loved the garden I saw in Rustington that was totally filled with the most magnificent variety of colors of hydrangeas.

It was here in Rustington, I spent my summers and other school vacations with my sisters at Charlotte and Tony's.  My younger sister Ginnie and I would ride our (one) bike together to the beach to swim in the English Channel, with the seaweed!  It still smells the same.

I must say the highlight of my return to old haunts was to stay the night at the Norfolk Arms Hotel, a old traditional hotel tucked into the wall of Arundel Castle in Arundel. On the walls in the foyer were two magnificent paintings by Will Longstaff one was of the South Downs and the other of Arundel Castle.

There is so much more to this story, but later, keep in touch it's a good thing.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tea With The Queen?

Tea and scones to you...

Being new to this Blogging thing, I have to tell you, I had expected to have everyone, well almost everyone, writing all over my Blog. Each day I checked, and checked and checked again but nary a response. Where are you?

Hello Internet, didn't I hear that Blogging was a way to connect? That people would be tripping over themselves to get in touch with me and find out all sorts of good, new, interesting and even valuable tidbits from ME!

Well, sadly I have to tell you, I didn't know I had not optimized my Blog so no one was reading it and by the time you read my first one it will be really old news, well maybe to most of you, but I'm having fun and that's what counts. I'm working at making it up to you by...picking up where I left off with a thought I had.

What would it be like if Her Royal Majesty was to come to my house for tea? She does drink tea, I presume, since we always equate tea with the English though they are not the greatest number of people who drink tea in the world. Oops, I digress, that will be a story for another time.

Right now I will tell you that the Queen does visit and have tea in private homes throughout England. Before she arrives though, her advanced team lays out to the hosts the correct etiquette in every detail from how the hosts address Her Majesty to the bows and curtsies.

That's all very fine, but what does one talk about while taking tea with the Queen? I'll let you know tomorrow....

Tea is a good thing

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Happy Birth-day To Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Tea and Scones to you...

In reviewing my life, I realized,
that for years I've always had a dream
about owning and running a restaurant
with a unique specialty.

At first my ideas were a luncheon
"Soup Bar", then a "Sandwich Bar",
"A different menu a month restaurant"
but they all smacked of fast food places.

So I consulted with my Gracious Lady
within me, I realized the one thing I had
done in the past that was a really memorable
and well received experience to my friends
by serving them in an elegant setting; an elaborate,
sumptuous, grand English high tea where they
could savor their food with good conversation
and hot tea for as long as they wished.

My tables were always set with impeccably
starched antique linens, sterling silver spoons
and forks, crystal glassware and fine English
bone china from my collection of assorted
tea cups and plates.

The food was always a selection of various
English tea time specialties served in three

Tea always started with the guest's choice
from two Select Asian loose leaf teas steeped
to perfection, served with or without, milk,
sugar or perhaps lemon as to they desired.

The first course was always the traditional
buttery scones and crumpets with jam.
Followed with a delightful selection
of savories which might include chicken,
shrimp, salmon, ham or beef and of course
the traditional cucumber sandwiches.
Not to be forgotten, I always serve deviled eggs.
For the last course, the sweets of course!
I would have a selection of cakes, cookies and
candies using lemon, chocolate and nuts for
a variety of tastes and textures.

Tea anyone?

Most appropriately, today I want to introduce you
to my new Blog
In doing so, we shall celebrate Her Royal Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II 's real birth date. Also, not to be
upstaged, my younger sister Ginnie's birthday. You
may send her a wish if you like and I will forward it
to her. (To Ginnie, not the Queen).

Tea is a good thing...