Sunday, November 2, 2014
Another High Tea
I put on a high tea at 4pm today to give people another chance to chat to Von while she is over here from NZ. There were about 10 adults present plus kids. Von came over a half an hour early to make the cucumber sandwiches. I had the cucumber sliced and soaking in white vinegar and all the rest of what was needed laid out for her.
I provided some good lamingtons, some cupcakes, some chocolate mini-croissants and NZ Afghan biscuits and the ladies all brought stuff as well so there was plenty to eat and a fair bit left over. Simon made his NZ dip which was yummy.
I noticed that Von and Tracy had a good chat but Von spoke to most of us at some time. It was a pleasure to see her and twinny Suzy with their beautiful blue-eyed children. Sahara and Dusty got into the cakes and biscuits as they are given little of that at home. Suz said that they associate my place and family occasions generally with yummy food.
Jenny made the tea and organized various things, including the washing up -- which was most appreciated. Nanna also came along, which was good to see at her age. She told me I was young!
Joe brought along his friend Eugene and had his usual play with the littlies. He even played cars with them for a while. They like Joe because of that. Joe said the Tea was "fun"
An interesting thing to see resulted from Von bringing along a box of toy cars from Ken's place, where she is staying. Ken is off on another cruise. Dusty, as expected, got into playing with the cars but the two girls did likewise. Car mad girls!
If there had been any feminists present, they would have thought that Von is a feminist. In fact she took a wrong turn altogether from a feminist viewpoint. She was in a high-earning job and had that "career" that feminists idealize for some strange reason. So what did she do? She chucked it in and moved to a quiet country town in New Zealand to live as a housewife, enjoy her little daughter growing up and grow her own vegetables. She in fact lives a life that really is idyllic and she greatly enjoys it. A wise woman. She was even wise enough to get a husband who cooks!
I introduced a couple of the blokes to Clayton's ("The drink you have when you're not having a drink"). You see and hear very little of it these days and in NZ you can no longer buy it at all. I really like it however. And it is low calorie so it suits my diet. I drink heaps of it.
Tracy approved of my putting on a High Tea at the "correct" English time of 4pm. Australian afternoon teas are mostly at 3pm or thereabouts. The occasion was only partly English, however, for various reasons -- one of them being that I greeted my guests wearing not a shirt but an Australian worker's blue singlet. It was a hot day. But if I had worn that in England, everyone would have been deeply puzzled, no matter how hot it was. And while lamingtons are an essential at a good Australian afternoon tea, that is not so in England.