Thursday, November 6, 2008

Coalport Teacup & Saucer Trio

I purchased this pretty Coalport teacup and saucer trio in Burford, England in 2004. I looked in shops in every little town we visited and finally settled on this trio on the last day of that two-week trip.

Notice the plate is very small and almost the same size of the saucer. When I questioned a gentleman in a china shop about the size of the tea plate he very adamantly told me in his lovely English accent what I already knew because every English hotel and tearoom I have visited uses this small size plate for afternoon tea. He said, "afternoon tea is not meant to be a meal."

We have, in my opinion, "Americanized" afternoon tea into something very much like a meal and tend to substitute it for lunch. I've seen "afternoon tea" served as early as 11:30 am in some American tearooms. And, while I'm on the subject, American scones are too often like cake and sometimes have icing on top! I sometimes wonder what that nice English gentleman would say of that... But, I think I already know. *smile*

The Dancing "Lady"

I don't watch much TV, but I admit I won't miss an episode of Dancing With the Stars. I always loved dancing TV shows going back to American Bandstand and the days when Nick Clooney (aka George's dad) hosted a TV dance show in Lexington, KY.

GJ and I took dance lessons off and on for several years. I said he was too stiff and had no rhythm, and he said I always tried to lead. I always said somebody had to until the instructor told me the same thing! (Oops!) After managing to dance (using that term loosely) around the floor at a few functions, we gave it up.

So that brings me to Susan Lucci and the current season to Dancing With the Stars. In an earlier life when I watched soap operas, I watched All My Children faithfully. Erica Kane is one of those characters you love and hate and love to hate! A couple of summers ago I found myself standing in line behind Susan Lucci in the ladies room at a Broadway theater in NYC. She is very pretty, very petite and very elegant. She was smiling and friendly to those who approached her. And, she stood in line just like the rest of us. After she departed, the attendant assured us she was always a "lady."

Well, I guess it takes more than being a "lady" to dance well. Her fan base kept her in the competition for seven weeks although she was in the bottom two the past 2 weeks. You gotta admire her for wearing those "interesting" costumes, going back and forth from LA to NYC to work, and hanging in there dancing in front of millions of viewers.

With only one female left in this season's DWTS competition, it will be interesting to see who is eliminated next week or if the last "lady" remains!

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