Late Tea on the Titanic

Forgive my tardiness, good ladies.  I fear I am quite late to the Titanic Tea this week!  Far too many social demands upon my time this weekend – requiring me dockside – has left me scurrying frantically up the gangplank to make it in time for the last of the scones.

I have a sinking feeling – there might not be even a renegade raisin left for me.  Worse – no room at the tea table!  To be sure, this may go down in history as the most disastrous tea post of my career!

But, laying aside the questionable puns . . . I truly did have good intentions of being on time.  A weekend of fellowship activities at church and my preparations for a luncheon tea with my dear friend and kindred artist in all things good and beauty – Sandy from Magnolia Hill Studios!  Do stop by and meet her, blogging HERE when she gets a chance between classes and events, due to all the marvelous artistic visual and dance projects in which she’s involved!

I do hope you’ll forgive my slap and dash after the moment!

I had planned and photographed my meager contribution to the Titanic theme this week, but my asparagus egg salad was very demanding in preparation for Sandy’s arrival at half past noon!

The Asparagus Egg Salad really hit the spot!

12 oz. bag tri-colored rice pasta twirls
1 bunch fresh asparagus
6 hard boiled eggs
1 can organic garbanzo beans
1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
Italian seasoning
Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb seasoning
Mrs. Dash Original Blend
Mrs. Dash Table Blend
Dried Parsley
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 to 2 Tbsp. low-fat mayonnaise
Cook pasta according to package directions.  While that is cooking, chop off ends of asparagus and toss.  Steam asparagus stems for 15 minutes – then dice into smaller chunks.  Dice hard boiled eggs.  Drain and rinse garbanzo beans. Drain and rinse in cold water the pasta when done.  Mix all ingredients together with olive oil.  Sprinkle all the spices and herbs – till they look good?  Yep – I don’t measure – sorry about that.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Add the mayo to make things stick together – less is more on that.  This is a hearty and healthy luncheon salad!

Anyway – Sandy and I had a delightful luncheon teatime til dinner time, and then we both had to move forward with husbands coming home from work and families to feed!  No blogging time for me the remainder of Tuesday evening.

Soooo . . . here’s the little bit I came up with for commemorating the Titanic with tea:

This past Pink Saturday at Beverly’s place, Ruth at Antiques & Teacups posted a picture of the Titanic china that had been especially made for first class passengers and were re-issued for the centennial.  I was amazed to see this green garland and gold design:

I had recently picked up something very similar at a yard sale!

Though decidedly different from the Titanic pattern – there are striking similarities – and the design is very Edwardian in nature.  It came with it’s own china stand with gold trim, and had a stamp noting it was made in Russia.

I gathered together the handful of trinkets I knew I had on Titanic.  As a backdrop, I’m displaying a book published by the Discovery Channel titled, Titanic:  Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, by Susan Wels.  It chronicles in photograph and prose the whole story – from inception to building to maiden voyage to passengers  and crew aboard to the fateful night and the after stories of survivors – to the discovery of the remains of the ship and subsequent retrieval of Titanic relics.

Here my teacup Titanic look-alike is in the foreground of a photo of a portion of the ship in its underwater tomb.

It is flanked by two Titanic Ladies – decorative pins I bought years ago at a craft show from a woman who was crafting them in a series she called “Women of the Titanic”.

I once had the original packaging for them noting the individual names of these two ladies who went down with the ship – but – alas!  No more.

Their Edwardian style is complimented by a full figure resin piece of an Edwardian woman standing by a stone pillar and extravagant floral arrangement (mimicking the golden floral motif on the teacup) as might have been seen decorating one of the first class salons on board.

Consider how dramatically everyone’s life – no matter which class you came from – was changed forever in a matter of minutes!

True character and faith were tested.  Stories of amazing acts of heroism and self sacrifice have kept subsequent generations fascinated by this moment in time:

Isador and Ida Straus came near lifeboat 8 as it was being loaded.  Mr. Straus declared he would not get in until all women and children had been safely taken off the boat.  Mrs. Straus then refused to leave her husband’s side, stating, “We have been living together for many years and where you go, I go.”  After giving her fur coat to her maid, who descended in the boat, she and her husband sat down in steamer chairs and calmly watched as the lifeboats filled. *



Benjamin Guggenheim and his manservant, Victor Giglio, removed their life jackets and changed into elegant evening clothes before returning to the deck.  He told a steward, “I think there is grave doubt that the men will get off.  I am willing to remain and play the man’s game if there are not enough boats for more than the women and children’  I won’t die here like a beast.  Tell my wife . . . I played the game out straight and to the end.  No woman shall be left aboard this ship because Ben Guggenheim is a coward.” *



Major Butt and Frank Millet chose to retire to the first-class smoking room, where they sat at a table a played a final hand of cards before going their own way. *

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  John 15:13 **



One hundred years later, we are still discussing the heroes and villains of this tragedy.  How many teachable moments it presents us with for generations to come!  Pride comes before a fall, but true love endures . . .

Note well the lessons learned here – with a bite of your scone.  Meditate on the noblest of deeds done – over a cup of tea.  And, may the band play on, in practice of same, through the choices we make each day.  Thereby – we may change history forever.

Having Late Tea on the Titanic this week with:
  Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily Rose Cottage

*  Excerpts from  Titanic:  Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, by Susan Wels, published by The Discovery Channel

**  The Bible

 

Comments

  1. Kathy…a marvelous post! And all with your charming inimitable style! Never too late for a great post! Glad I could be part of the inspiration! The teacup you found was a perfect complement. The mark is the monogram of the Lomonosov factory. I think they have lovely designs. The salad sounds wonderful and I will be trying it as it fits in with my diet regime…no dairy products to sneeze over! Glad you had a wonderful time with your friend.
    Ruth

  2. Kathryn, I had such a nice time at your Titanic Tea. I am lingering over the scone and thinking of all the brave people who lost their lives so long ago. Thanks for the lovely post. Twyla

  3. Hello dear Kathy,
    I so enjoyed your Titanic Tea! The stories you shared, the dear Straus couple, Mr. Guggenheim, etc., I was tempted to share in my own post but I had to cut back considerably as it was too long as it was. The teacup too I almost shared, but again, I was trying to shorten my post up.
    Your own teacup is lovely and a very nice shape.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your post with us, I appreciate it so much!
    I have been busy myself getting ready for an onslaught of company tomorrow!
    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear lady.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  4. What a terrific post. Your thought provoking write-up on the sinking of the titanic and Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection affected me deeply. Life on the home front is presently going through many many trials, and I find myself in a place where I too, have some very, very difficult and horrible decisions to make for “the greater good” even while bringing anger and hurt to others I love. My name is Leah and would so appreciate if you, a sister in Christ, would lift me up in prayer, regarding testimony I must give in family court this coming week. “The truth and nothing but the truth” is one of the most noblest and Christ honoring thing we can do at times, and also the hardest. The testimony I must give will impact three young children’s lives forever.
    Thank you so much for your Spirit-led post.
    Cheers,
    Leah

  5. Great Job, Kathryn. Loved it again.

  6. Hi Kathy,
    I enjoyed your Titanic post, especially the story of the gentleman in his evening suit. A true Gentleman…. putting women and children first.
    How proud his family must have been..amid the sorrow of losing him.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  7. I hope there are still men and women of such moral strength and fiber yet.What an inspirational post, thank-you!

  8. Wonderful post, dear Kathy!
    The salad looks so delicious and healthy. Thanks for the recipe!
    Your russian cup is very elegant and I can see the similarity to the Titanic china!
    What a sad tale..all that excitement and then such heartache to follow.
    We never know what will befall us and how comforting it is to know that whatever happpens, our loving God goes through it with us!
    Thanks for linking up, my friend.
    blessings..Trish

  9. Wonderful post, Kathy! First of all – I’ll definitely try your asparagus and egg salad – this sounds like a perfect lunch! I love the teacups and the information on the Titanic. I am inspired by the courage of some and by the stories shared of those who shared their faith in those last moments. Heartwarming. I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

  10. What a wonderful post and that pasta looks incredible! Lovely and never too late!

  11. Hi Kathy! I found you over at Bernideen’s tea party-Anne of Green Gables. I like your pictures of the Titanic. The show- Downton Abby made more people aware of the Titanic. I also like your Titanic tea cup. Denise from englishpurpleribbon.blogspot.com/

  12. Such a beautiful post and tribute to those who sacrificed for others! Thank you for sharing your lovely china and Titanic ladies.

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