Friday, December 10, 2010

High Tea Etiquette.

My mum has flown from interstate twice in the past few months
to help run our household while I was laid up on two separate occasions.

Nothing I could do would really thank her properly for getting up so early
to make her grandchildren's school lunches
(and to make them so interesting. I can't compete),
for washing, cooking, bathing the kids,
doing the school runs, the grocery shops,...
well, you know how it is.

The little goddess and I took her out to High Tea as a small "thank you". 
It was something that my nan (mum's mum) had always wanted to do
but never did before she died a few years back.
So I thought we could do it in memory of nan.

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I was a little nervous at first,
taking a three year old to such a formal affair.

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But having looked up numerous (albeit really superficial) definitions of "high tea",
I can find no reference that says "take small delicate mouthfuls"...

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..."don't chew with your mouth open"...

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..."don't stuff your face"...

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..."eat slowly and remember to take a breath in between cakes"...

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or ..."don't lick or suck your fingers".

And I am pretty sure there is nothing about restraining yourself from slouching in your chair
and slinging your legs up in the air.

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Of course, I might have found such guidelines if I'd looked a teensy weensy bit harder
(and, in fact, had my eyes open as I read).
But hey, life's too short.

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So there!


Tracy aka Mad Quilter said...

Oh way too short!! Hey tas where was High Tea? Just in case I ever feel the need to take my girls :D

m.e (Cathie) said...

now that is definitely some good etiquette there ;)

Sarah said...

What a lovely way to say thanks to your mum - with a girly outing involving lots of cake, and her granddaughter! Gorgeous pics and captions!

Lindy in Brisbane said...

Oh that's great. Hope you all had a really lovely time. Great Mum's are a gift.