Gracious me! How I have missed teatimes each week with all our sweet ladies in Blogland celebrating the daily ritual of renewal and comfort in a cup of tea! Ah, but – it looks like there’s still a place setting for me, after all . . .
Not that I haven’t had my share of teatimes this spring. Rather busy, in fact, planning tea parties with those who are barely half a decade old – to a full four score and ten years old! This homeschool semester has brought many occasions for teatime, and I suppose we must begin in April with Peter Rabbit and Beatrix!
My primary students enjoyed a seven week class studying the life and select works of our dear Beatrix Potter . . .
Culminating in a lovely tea party at the close of the sessions.
I chose my Moss Rose setting that was a favorite from my own childhood, most of my varied pieces inherited from my mother and grandmother – and many more collected through the years at thrift and antique shops!
The children came dressed up – our two young men even wore ties for the occasion – and best manners around the table were the order of the day as Miss Kathy poured out the tea.
Afterward, we posed in our early spring front garden with certificates of completion in hand – all very proud! It was the last week of April and my husband and I had yet to make any decisions about what to plant this year – so there was plenty of room for five and six year olds to pose.
Come May, it was off to the backyard to clip some lilacs from my bush which was quite delightfully full this year!
I just love lilacs and forgive me if I bore you with a couple of my favorite photos of their splendor . . .
I was glad to have them ready to make a joyful bouquet as a gift for a very special lady – Mrs. Arjorie Moniodis Ingraham – who is celebrating ninety glorious years this very month!
She is a special friend and kindred spirit when it comes to cherishing our hometown history. I made a teatime date with her – and four of my intermediate level writing students – at which time we had planned to conduct a Living History Interview as a writing project. The lilacs were the perfect hostess gift!
The girls had prepared questions to ask and the entire two hour session was recorded.
We learned about what it was like when she was a child growing up on a local farm in the 1920’s and 1930’s, and thoroughly enjoyed her detailed stories of her youthful days, courtship, and marriage.
|Arjorie & Horace Ingraham|
Once the main interview was complete, it was teatime! A sweet vintage rose patterned tea set was laid out for us by Mrs. Ingraham’s daughter, Diane.
Mrs. Ingraham was delighted with the blueberry lemon cake I brought to compliment the teas – each girl chose a flavored tea for herself. More stories and reminiscences provided teatime conversation.
And – a special treat!
One of my students, Haley Richardson, is an international fiddle champion who has held her own with seasoned professionals onstage and at Celtic festivals in both the United States and Ireland since she was six years old. She enthralled everyone with a lively reel – a blessing much appreciated by our Mrs. Ingraham.
As Diane and I cleaned up the tea things, the girls were gathered around for more stories – this time a little show and tell as Mrs. Ingraham’s Valentine Scrapbook was opened for viewing.
She had saved EVERY VALENTINE she had ever received throughout all her school years, pasted securely in a book with the names of her classmates handwritten by their cards. What a wealth of vintage images!
It was time to bid farewell to our teatime and new friend – but not before each girl was treated to her own bouquet of dried hydrangeas from Mrs. Ingraham’s own garden!
So, goes it for my teatimes in April and May! And, now that it’s June? Well – take note at an upcoming event where I will be speaking:
I’ve featured my friend Karan and her tea shop Across the Pond a number of times here – and, I daresay, before the month is out, you shall hear more on this score. Stay tuned!
Sharing Teatime for Young and Old this week with: