Thursday, November 18, 2010

Afternoon Tea

My research indicates that Tea Parties do not stop with the end of childhood. As indicated in this picture, young ladies, and even older ladies still love a good tea party. Even now, many places have Tea Rooms, where women go, and get dressed up, and enjoy an afternoon tea with some goodies. In my observation of these events, I have noticed that there are several important aspects to these, which I will present in priority order:

1) Talking
2) Dressing Up
3) Little cookies and other goodies
4) Tea

So, my conclusion is that "Tea" really has very little importance in a Tea Party.


  1. I don't really understand how the topic about "Tea parties" turned into a topic about "Wars and Atrocities".
    I don't think there has been a war fought that one side or the other turned into animals to make their point. Even the British did it during the Revolution war. Sure they didn't do it as a practice, but they did slaughter men, women, and children and burning what ever they wanted to, just to make a point. They burn farms and whole towns to tell people not to resist the Crown.

    I think we should stay a little closer to the "Topic" that PJM laid out from now on.

    On I'll get down from my "soap box".

    So how about this weird weather? Oops there I go, getting of the topic of tea parties.

  2. Not to mention that Union troops destroyed many civilian targets in the South during the Civil War. Poor farmers and their families were rooted out of their burning homes and had to start over. Many of them probably did not even want to be bothered with the conflict, but they paid the price.
    Other atrocities were commmitted, but perhaps it is fair to state that if the South had achieved a larger foothole in the North they may have done the very same.
    The ramifications of actions such as these last for generations. Which is why there seems to be a degree of consternation toward the North from Southerners.

  3. Yes, I think we can safely say that "Tea" might actually be the least important thing to a Tea Party.
    Thanks PJM, for this week's lovely
    pictures with their memories of innocent childhood times.

  4. As I've gotten older, my tea parties have consisted less of tea, and more of martini's.

  5. One of my favorite photos of my grandfather as a young boy shows he and his brother, wearing knickers and ties and looking uncomfortable, sitting with his mother and aunt and sister at an outdoor table in their garden in Canada having tea. The table is set with the good china and beautiful linens and everyone (except the boys) looks very happy and carefree. Looking at that photo makes me want to do that very thing.

  6. JPM,

    Long time reader - first time reader.

    I've got to say I love your choice of topic this week - I laughed my head off when I saw it on Sunday. How you do like your jokes.

    I'm disappointed, however, with your usually savvy regulars, who don't seem to have picked up on it.

    We ended last Saturday with a picture of Adolf, and the warning:

    "The currency was worthless, there were no jobs, and the people were cold and hungry. Then a brilliant orator entered onto the stage, and he promised to bring Germany back to its former glory."

    ...and now we're on tea parties.

    Come on people, catch up.

  7. Ah, yes. Tea parties are mostly talk! There is a tea room in the next town over that is quite busy - one has to make reservations - and there are occasionally men in there, too. In a world of fast food and too much dashing about, the chance to sit with a friend or two, listen to a bit of Bach in the background, and carry on an intelligent conversation is delightful! (And somebody else to do the dishes afterward!)

  8. Tea rooms are surprisingly popular. Much to our amazement, we found one in downtown Kingsville, Texas, this past September. Now, Kingsville owes its existence to the King Ranch, which is right next door. It is very much a cow and railroad town to this day, and sadly, a bit down on its heels. But there was the Cherry Tree Tea Room on Kleburg Avenue. It was being patronized not only by ladies but by blue jeaned fellas in actual working cowboy boots, not the fancy shiny Hollywood versions.

  9. Last year I happened upon a tea room that was being readied for a lovely christmas tea. I asked if I could come in and look at the tabe settings, which were all different. They were delighted that I wanted to look. All of a sudden I spotted a table that had the china that my Mother had when I was a girl. I was so glad to see it that there was a misting in my eyes. One of the ladies noticed that I was staring at this setting and asked if I was ok. I told her that I was taken back to a time when my Mother had tea parties for my sister and I. This year I received an special invitation for this years christmas tea. I am thrilled and will be going on Dec 7th. The ladies remembered me from last year. Too special and I know that my Mother will be there in spirit to guide my actions and manners. Thank you for your trip to the past each day and for the ladies who will take me back in December. lam

  10. Sought Out ModerateNovember 18, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    How about "Beer summit week"; there's plenty of great pics of old pubs.

  11. Look at these dresses! Wow. I always have wondered how they kept them clean throughout the day.
    And we had no Weir whatever they called it Republic updates this week???

  12. "We ended last Saturday with a picture of Adolf, and the warning:

    "The currency was worthless, there were no jobs, and the people were cold and hungry. Then a brilliant orator entered onto the stage, and he promised to bring Germany back to its former glory."

    ...and now we're on tea parties.

    Come on people, catch up."

    Ok, I'll bite....which one of the tea partiers are you calling Hitler?

    Joking, we all know who it is.

  13. What I find funny is that any time I offer tea when friends come over, I get befuddled looks. Maybe it's an American thing, but I think catching up over a cup of tea is entirely out of vogue now. Nevertheless, I will still try to rekindle that wonderful tradition with my friends! But there must be cookies.

  14. Smug Peter gets it...

    Brilliant PJM....

    Repeat of previous comment....

    PJM's comment on the Weimar Republic's downfall and the current world economic situation is true.History will repeat itself, it always does, especially where greed and powerlust reign free. Plus the writing is on the wall, we are being herded into a New World Order like sheep. Educate yourselves and prepare,tough times are ahead.

    I can't help wondering PJM if your efforts to become a gentleman farmer is really your strategy for ensuring your family's survival.

    One very smart man here.

    Cheers from Downunder

  15. I apologize to Roger and any others bothered by my reaction to the picture. I had no intention of hijacking the topic. Had yesterday's photo taken place at a different time I would have stopped at my first line. If the picture contained only girls I would have had no reason to comment in such a manner.
    Since it was not I reacted the same as I would had the scene been of young Germans learning how to pilot gliders in the 1930's.


  16. Sought Out Moderate: hear, hear!

  17. Oh I love the tea picture! It's so graceful, made me smile. Lots to look at in the picture. Thank you!

  18. The cookies were probably the real Mother never let us have real tea ..we had to pretend. I have enjoyed this week of little girls and their tea parties..I also invited dogs and cats to mine when I was little:)

  19. @Roger, @John,

    The thing about the comments thread? It can go where it goes, and it gets people learning from each other. Sometimes not very much, granted, but the sum or quality of the learning is not pre-set or pre-determined.

    @John - you in no way hijacked the comments. You made an observation, a valid one, and others picked up on it and asked about it. This is a discussion, and a good one.

    @Roger - if you want to become a moderator of the blog, ask PJM, and then you can set down the hard rules about where the conversations are allowed to go, and we will all be back in the classroom, minding our p's and q's about what we are allowed to talk about instead of simply minding our manners. Until that time, please stop trying to squash the conversations here, which I find are part of the joy of following Old Picture Of The Day. If you don't like the conversation you don't have to join in - last I checked the US was a free country.


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