Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tea and Da Vinci...only in Texas!

A friend invited me to High Tea at a nearby old plantation home today.....

 Promptly at 2:00, sixteen women were seated to a lovely menu of fruit, scones, tea sandwiches and desserts.

On the left of me were two women from Louisiana(friends since college) and a woman originally from New Jersey celebrating her birthday. These teas book early and are only offered three times a year. Look at those unusual tea spoon rests, aren't they fabulous!

The owners of the plantation live in this home and keep it spotless for tours and teas. The grounds include a log cabin, chapel and other buildings.

I kept wandering off from the group, shooting pictures of the original bricks made on the plantation in the 1800's....

...and the old cast iron vents for the pier and beam structure. I have been to this home over the years for parties and other events, but never a tea.

One treat on the tour is a 15 feet by 28 feet life size copy of the Last Supper..who knew?

An earlier home owner had traveled to Milan and was so taken with the original, they hired artists from Greece to come to Texas and produce this oil copy on canvas.

Never turn down an opportunity to spend time with a good friend, you never know where it can lead!


Gina said...

Dear Theresa, You look fabulous in your pretty outfit.
This is the first time I have seen those lovely spoon rests.

Theresa Cheek said...

Those spoon rests intrigued me as well. Mine was monogrammed and was from a sorority, they thought. I am googling them like crazy and have found nothing so far. They did say they are very hard to find.

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Dear Theresa,

First, allow me to say that you are very photogenic — that's a great photo of you!

The dining implements of the past can be confusing, but so many of them — like the spoon rest — make a lot of sense. My brother gifted me with a little silver "hoe" that was used in conjunction with a fork to help scoop up the small remains of the meal. It's a big hit at the table!

Love that grill!

Theresa Cheek said...

Thank you Mark! I also have a small "hoe", just one, and I am now on a mission for a few "guards", "shields" or "rests"...for those tea spoons! I would take a reproduction even....they are a great idea.I am following your blog with much anticipation on your Pompeii project. :)

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Thanks, Theresa! I'm going to have some fun and turn it into a long series, with many stages.

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