Monday, October 09, 2006

Tea Pictures

Blogger is now uploading pictures :).

Below we have our lovely table spread and all but one of our party visible. Mrs. Zeglen was kind enough to take this picture, but in the process was omitted from the photo shoot :(. Aren't all the hats lovely? Most came from my collection of thrift store finds, and Mary and Susie also brought a few to add to the selection. From the top going clockwise: Susie, Sarah, Mother Dear, Kathy, Hannah, Mary, Yours Truly.

Here is Mary studying the selection of teas offered. There were oodles of choices! We tried Earl Grey, Chocolate Rose, and French Vanilla, and Strawberry Kiwi (I passed on that one!).

Kathy poses for her Dear Mother. She is wearing an India dress that my aunt gave Hannah ages ago. It's still well-loved :).

Here are Susie and Sarah. Susie is wearing yet another India outfit from my aunt, that continues to serve our dress-up needs. Sarah enjoyed creating a completely black-and-white outfit from my collection of scarves, petticoats, and hats. She brought pearl beads to complete the look.

Sisters (music strikes up), sisters, there were never such devoted sisters, sisters. The problem is, every time I start singing that song, instead of seeing the lovely devoted sisters in their costumes, I visualize Danny Kay and Bing Crosby with feathery fans and hair pieces. Hehe.

Here we are out in front of the tea room, with the sign beside us.


Anna Naomi said...

I really enjoyed seeing the pictures! You all look lovely!

Ashley said...

Lovely! Let me know if ya'll ever want to go back! :-)

P.S. We sat at that exact same table. ;-)

Katie Gillet said...

I don't blame you about Crosby/Kaye- it's a hilarious scene!

Lydia said...

Looks like all you dear ladies had a wonderful time.

Susan, if you are ever in my area we could go visit one of two tea rooms in town. My brother used to work as a dishwasher at The Riverside Cup of Tea and Crystal Smisor (before she was married) from Biblical Womanhood was a former waitress there when it was first opened by the original owners.

You really do look tall wearing your high heels. :) By looking at the photo of all of you lined up, I would have to say that I would probably be about the height of Sarah. I don't know how tall she is but if you are about 6' with your heels then her height looks about right for where I would be in comparison. BTW, the lilac color of your dress is very becoming on you.

Thanks for sharing the neat photos and fun time you had with friends. You need to come visit me in Kansas for us to visit a tea room together! Then your dream really would come true! ;)

Adrian C. Keister said...

Kathy looks a lot like the girl who played Margaret in the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility. Sorry, that's just what struck me the most forcibly; it looks like you all had a good time.

In Christ.

Missy said...

Awww, what lovely pictures!

Susan said...

Thank you for all the compliments, everyone :).

Lydia, Lydia, you keep trying to tempt me to visit you, don't you ;). I would be there in an instant if there weren't minor issues like transportation, scheduling, gas (which at least is coming down in price!). *sigh* But 'tis a lovely thought. Okay, not an instant, because I tutor in 15 minutes ;), but you get the idea. Maybe someday I will make it out to Kansas! What fun that would be :). And thank you for the compliment on the dress color. It is actually my favorite color to wear :).

Hmm, Adrian, I can't see the Kathy-Margaret resemblance. Interesting. I love the version of S&S, btw. It was very well written by Emma Thompson. She did an excellent job condensing the story.

John Dekker said...

I've seen a few Danny Kaye movies, but I've never heard of that song - where does it come from?

And strawberry-Kiwi is an excellent combination. No necessarily for tea, but generally it's very nice.

Adrian C. Keister said...

Reply to Susan.

Are you blind as well as blond? ;-)]

In Christ.

Susan said...

John, the song "Sisters" is from White Christmas, one of the great classic musicals :). It's not stellar, mind you, but quite amusing on occasion, and a "must-see."

Okay, Adrian, I actually did just catch the smile. Kathy and Margaret have the same smile and cheeks. The hair was throwing me off, though, because Kathy's is straight. Does that make me only partially blind? I do have to wear reading glasses for prolonged reading/sewing sessions :). Mother Dear says it adds to the schoolmarm image ;). When I put my hair in a high bun, it's even better :).

John Dekker said...

I'm sorry that you had to disallow anonymous comments. Some people are just plain rude.

Yes, I have seen White Christmas, but obviosuly it wan't particularly memorable... ;)

Ashley said...

Ah White Christmas is one of my favorite movies! I could watch it over and over...

Another great classic is "Holiday Inn", which is where the original song "White Christmas" came from. It stars Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

Adrian C. Keister said...

Ok, you've finally seen the light. I wear glasses, too, for everything except reading. You're not partially blind, just slow. And that might come from being TOTALLY blond. ;-)] So you see, the one plays off the other. *grins*

High bun? Ewww! It may be old-fashioned, but so is simply letting it down, which definitely looks the best.

In Christ.

Susan said...

Thanks for the "condolences" on anonymous comments, John. I'm actually surprised it took over a year for me to have problems.

Ashley, I had heard that the song originated with Holiday Inn, but I haven't seen that movie. Maybe we should try to see it this season :).

Thank you again for not inserting an "e" in blond, Adrian :-D. And I'm not totally blond. My hair is quite light, but it used to be whiter, actually. . . and before that it was reddish brown (no kidding). And what's wrong with high buns? Mother Dear, who hates it when I dress too "prairie-ish" (which I don't do much anymore) likes my high buns. She thinks they're elegant. Besides, I do wear my hair down most of the time, though it has nothing to do with the opinions of certain blogging peoples :-).

John Dekker said...

No, "blonde" is also correct. And it's good to preserve the feminine forms. A friend of mine used to speak about her Women's Studies "lecturess"...

From The spelling blonde is still widely used for the noun that specifies a woman or girl with fair hair... Some people object to this as an unnecessary distinction, preferring blond for all persons... As an adjective, the word is more usually spelled blond in reference to either sex, although the form blonde is occasionally still used of a female... The spelling blond is almost always used for the adjective describing hair, etc.

Susan said...

Well, in the U.S., blond refers to hair color, and blonde often carries the conotation of brain power ;), but that sort of fits into the quote you gave, because the "dumb blonde" stereotype is pretty much exclusively female. But I do love feminine forms; that's one thing that makes French so beautiful :).

Adrian C. Keister said...

Well, there's nothing morally wrong with having your hair done in a high bun. Naturally. However, I'm simply not a fan of them. I like long, loose, flowing hair on ladies. The natural look. I have no reasons for this, and certainly intend no deep philosophical consequences or causes of my preference; it just is.

As for your Mother Dear liking your high buns, hehe, I could certainly have no objection. However, if you think that, in a non-moral setting such as this, because your Mother Dear likes them, therefore I should like them, I hope you wouldn't consider it too great a strain to declare that you are off your rocker. Perhaps literally. ;-)]

In Christ.

Susan said...

Actually there are some religious groups that think it is morally wrong to have your hair in a high bun. I'm serious. If your hairstyle can be seen from the front, then it is vain. Yep.

As clarification, while my mom does like my hair in a high bun, she was saying so comparing it to other updos. She prefers my hair down. But really, sometimes it's rather impractical to wear all that hair down. You should try it some time and then get back to me :).

I bet you would like this poem.

Adrian C. Keister said...

I can believe there are religious groups like that. If you read Randy Alcorn's Safely Home, the main Chinese character speaks of a group that believes you have to be converted hanging upside down, because the founder was. *rolls eyes* It's funny, but it's also sad that they don't take the full counsel of God into account.

You're not seriously recommending me to grow long hair, are you? ;-)] I've thought about growing my beard really long, but that requires long hair on top, which I'm not willing to do in today's gender-confused age. Nope. Fairly short hair on top, and a well-trimmed beard is my current look.

I did like the poem very much. It reminds of that wonderful poem by Robert Herrick:

A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness:--
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction,--
An erring lace, which here and there
Enthrals the crimson stomacher--
A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribbands to flow confusedly,--
A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous petticoat,--
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility,--
Do more bewitch me, than when art
Is too precise in every part.

In Christ.

Susan said...

I think I remember Hannah telling me about that cult (for that is what it is) that believes one has to be converted upside down. She's read that book and thought it was very good.

*shudder* Of course I'm not seriously suggesting you grow out your hair. Ew. It was in jest anyway, but I had more in mind a wig-for-a-day :). I was just suggesting that until you've carried a 40" length of hair around with you for a day, not to give a lady too hard of a time if she occasionally puts it up :).

And, really, beards usually don't look good long, so just leave yours trimmed, or I threaten to chop my hair off and then post pictures :). I'm thinking of a mullet. What do you think?

I liked the Robert Herrick poem. Very nice.

Adrian C. Keister said...

Oh, you occasionally put it up. I suppose that's ok. We'll welcome you back into the ranks of the orthodox.

I have no idea what a mullet is, but cutting your hair off would be a travesty of the first rank. Posting such pics would be adding insult to (literally) injury. So, yes, mother, I'll keep my beard well-trimmed, especially if there is such a cause-and-effect relationship between the two!

Just as an added thought, I don't think the Herrick poem is advocating slovenly dress. He just wants a little something to be off, like a strand of hair in the face (I've always found that cute), I think in order to show him that the lady is actually human.

In Christ.

Susan said...

I already had said that I wear my hair down most of the time. You must not have read that comment very carefully. Anyway, thank you for welcoming me back into the realm of the orthodox. I'm glad my hair habits meet with your approval, Father *rolls eyes* I was worried.

You don't know what a mullet is? Pity, because that greatly added to the weightiness of the threat. For a mullet cut, the top half of the hair (sort of what would be from the ears up, sometimes a little higher) is cut in a shorter, boyish hairstyle, but the rest of the hair is left longer. It looks absolutely dreadful, especially on women with long hair. *shudder*

I agree with your interpretation of Herrick's poem. That was my thought as well. I do think grooming and nice dress is important (for men and women both), but not a uniformed, plastic look. It's sort of the same idea as housekeeping. A neat, well-kept and organized home is wonderful, relaxing, and helpful, but living in a museum atmosphere is not!

Adrian C. Keister said...

Is that what a mullet is? Hmm. I see now that your threat has all the weight of... the end of the world as we know it. Thank you for not carrying that out! Ick!

I agree with the housekeeping thing as well. I like to go to homes that have a little clutter here and there (within reason). Otherwise, I feel uncomfortable, as though I'm going to mess it up by being there. It's not hospitable to have either a pig-sty or, as you put it, a museum. Somewhere in-between is nice, though I do prefer cleaner to messier. But don't look at my room right now. *grins*

Shall we TIOC?

In Christ.

Susan said...

Sure :).