I have been volunteering at the elementary Book Fair this week. It has been exhausting but fun! I enjoy working at the at the spring and fall book fairs for several reasons. My "old" friend Jennifer is the librarian so it gives us a little time to visit. I have lunch with the teachers and that provides me an opportunity to have communication with them. I get to see the books which are popular with the elementary children. This week I "met" a character named Fancy Nancy. She is a little girl in the Fancy Nancy book series by Jane O'Conner. Fancy Nancy loves dressing up in fancy clothes including fancy hats, fancy boas, lots of fancy jewelry and fancy everything! I couldn't resist purchasing the Fancy Nancy Loves! Loves!! Loves!!! reusable sticker book about Fancy Nancy preparing for the fanciest tea party ever! The reader will use the stickers to help Fancy Nancy make fancy invitations, fancy clothes for herself and her guests, prepare fancy food and decorates a fancy table. I believe my granddaughter, who loves playing dress-up and having fancy tea parties with Grandma , will enjoy this little book as much as I do!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Have you ever tried to make a cup of tea in an American hotel room? The off-brand tea bags are usually there in a little basket with the coffee and the chemical creamer. The only appliance provided to heat the water is a much-used coffee maker. The tea you attempt to brew tastes like a horrible concoction of a cross between tea and coffee. Yuck-o! I no longer waste my time brewing in-room tea when traveling unless I take my own hot water pot (and I have been known to do just that.) I have stayed in hotels in 2 countries where guest rooms are equipped with tea brewing equipment. The first was Japan. I was very impressed they provided the equipment, but I'm not a major fan of green tea. I took the photo above of a nifty little cupboard in my London hotel room. It is equipped with an electric tea kettle, teacups and PG Tips Tea. Now that makes for a good strong British cuppa first thing in the morning!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Different countries celebrate Mother's Day at different times throughout the year. Here, in the U.S.A., we celebrate on the 2nd Sunday in May. Mother's Day in England is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, this year it is today, March 2, 2008. In the 1600's it was known as "Mothering Sunday" and the poor who worked as servants and lived in the homes of the wealthy, would have the day off to spend with their mothers. They often took with them a special cake, called the "mothering cake" to provide a festive touch. I took the photo above of chalkboard sign in a roadside tea room on the way to Windsor. It advertises "cream tea" as a treat for Mum on Mother's Day. I would gladly have a cream tea on Mother's Day or any other day of the year!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Below: The "classy chic" Tea Palace, Sunday, March 4, 2007London's Notting Hill, Picadilly, Hyde Park and Mayfair -- Do these locations sound familiar from movies or perhaps historic romance novels? Just one year ago I was in these London neighborhoods and many more! These just happen to be the addresses of the afternoon teas in the above photos. The menus read nearly the same in each tea room: "A selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked homemade scones, clotted cream and homemade jam, a selection of delicate homemade pastries and fruit cakes, and a selection of fine teas." While the menus, ambiance and service were delightful at all of them, they were each different, exceptional tea experiences. I have many special memories this most recent trip to London. It was a tea-lovers dream come true! Who wants to go with me next time?