A Proper Afternoon Tea

I’m SO excited to have another afternoon tea at The Oaks Bed & Breakfast here in Sulphur Springs, Texas. If you’re not familiar with this part of Texas, we’re about 80 minutes northeast of Dallas. There aren’t many tea rooms in this part of the world, and those that exist often are more restaurant style than true tea style.

We’re all too happy to get together for a civic clubs or to raise money for a good cause. So, in an effort to bring back socializing for the sake of being with others, I’m promoting the afternoon tea.

This particular one will be on Sunday, June 25th from 3-5pm.

Here are a few things to know about afternoon tea:

  • Afternoon teas are informal affairs (meaning you would never wear a tuxedo or evening gown to one). However, there are more formal debutante teas.
  • At a tea, most people will generally start with the savory items and work their way to the sweeter ones. There is no rule for this, though, for informal afternoon teas, and you may mix and match as you please.
  • Tea should be an experience. The tea should be poured in front of the recipient so they can have the full experience of the steam and aroma from the tea.
  • A “high tea” is actually our evening meal. It refers to the high-back chairs. The place setting matches that of a formal dinner, though only the items for a tea are used.
  • A “low tea” is a social gathering in a person’s living room or sitting area, referring to the low coffee tables.

Here is another great guide for teas!

Summer Storms

Ah! I knew it wouldn’t be too soon since my last post about summer storms, and I’m so happy to actually have a couple of pictures to share with you this time! If you’re familiar with the South (Texas in particular), the weather changes more frequently than you change underwear. However, I’m hope for lunch, so I grabbed a couple of pictures on my way in. Yes, my hair is a frizzy mess now, but it’s so worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can tell from the pictures, you can barely tell it’s raining. Earlier for a very brief minute it was coming down in buckets – just straight down from the sky.

There’s no wind today, so as soon as the cool rain subsides, it’s back to a muggy humidity. For a few scarce minutes, though, the slow rain is the exact thing ones needs to cool the air and soothe the soul. I even seem to be slower in my breathing.

Weather is very nostalgic for me. Like traditions, weather can transport to me a different day – a different place, even. Today’s weather reminds me so much of Jefferson, Texas. This place is incredibly special to me, as it’s a place my parents regularly took me when I was little. It’s also the town where Garrett proposed to me. What’s more special than that?

You know how much I like stories. Here’s one. I remember being little and going to ride in the river boat in Jefferson. When I was young, I thought a nice witch was over it. She just seemed magical. I couldn’t remember her name to save my life, but last year when my mom and I had a mother/daughter day out to Jefferson, my mom and I decided to take another boat ride. We were walking up to get tickets, and my mom studies the lady for just a minute before saying, “Rosemary.”

The lady looks up a little confused and said, “I went by Mary Rose, if that’s who you mean.” It was her. My magical witch! She said she went by her maiden name because her late husband said if she wanted to be in the canoe business, it was her thing. So she did it as a bit of a jab to him.

This lady who took us out on the water 28 years before, when I was 2, led us out again that day, and I found I was just as mesmerized with her. She clearly had no use for shoes, as she went barefooted everywhere. Along the way, we’d pull over for a bit so she could check her alligator traps, which I found quite fitting. She even trusted my mom to steer while she checked the traps! She smiled and laughed the whole time.

I don’t know why she is someone I’ve thought about for nearly three decades, but I’m glad we had the opportunity to meet again.

 

Thursday Thoughts

I remember as a freshman at Texas A&M University – Commerce, my English professor told us that one day all that will be left to remember you will be your writings. Now, I don’t fully agree with this, but it definitely struck a chord with me. I don’t actually remember a time I haven’t written. I have journals back from when I was in the second grade. I actually have the entry I made from the very first day I laid eyes on Garrett. Who knew then that we’d marry and have a family.

Books have always held a special place in my heart. I’ve fallen in love with characters’ stories and places. Truly, I miss Mitford and get homesick for Harmony and Hogwarts. It will likely come as no surprise that my love extends to etiquette books. I find it completely fascinating to see what’s changed (as well as what hasn’t) with etiquette. The fact that Emily Post is still popular today gives me hope, even if some of the Emily Post Institute’s advice is a little casual for my taste.

In short, I am excited to have an upcoming series on different etiquette books! I think you’ll find it as interesting as I do, and I hope you’ll learn something you’ve never known before in the process.

As always, thank you for reading!