Today we’ve been invited to join the lovely Su (aka Zimmerbitch) for a Christmas afternoon tea get-together and chat in the blogosphere. Pull up a chair wherever you are and join in some socially distant camaraderie. I’m often too disorganised and my kitchen too messy to join in with my own post, but today I am bursting with excitement and ready for show and tell. Last week, I went actual shopping and bought an outdoor lounge setting! I know. Very un-me. Couch shopping seems to be a Covid thing here in Australia.
My father appreciated the new lounge. The last time he sat on my old, ricketty chair, it collapsed under him. I also had a second chair with a very saggy seat, such that when I sat on it, it felt like the time when I was a kid and I almost fell into the toilet. As we all know, toilets are perfectly designed to imperil small children. I yelled, “Mum, mum. I’m stuck. Help me get out of here.” Or words to that effect. Not really but the saggy bottom (red herring here) chair was absolutely like that.
I said to the shop attendant at the outdoor furniture store that I needed a lounge that was comfy and strong with room enough for me and
the dogs you. Of course now I need to buy more cushions and comfy throw rugs for the colder months. The main purpose of the cushions is to dibs a seat. Contrary to the photo below, the dogs don’t like chairs with cushions. They prefer to sit on the chair with no cushions and they squabble over the best seat.
On this virtual afternoon tea day, I thought it would be perfect to have tea and festive Christmas cake outside on my new comfy lounge under my big sun umbrella. It is steamy hot here. I invite readers to sit back, close your eyes and enjoy a well deserved temporary respite from the winter chill and corona virus worries.
Honestly, ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know what came over me today. Perhaps I was unwell. I even picked some shrubbery and weeds for a table posy. Very rustic. Mint makes for a fragrant inclusion in the vase. In addition to cake, I have cherries and the first (and possibly last) of my summer crop of tomatoes. Christmas in Australia without cherries would be like Santa without reindeer, fish without chips or tomatoes without caterpillars. So who’s for tea?
Now, because it is almost Friday here, it is also time for my Friday song. My husband asked me what depressing song I had in mind this week. It has been that sort of year. I have watched the latest news reports on the tele and the virus situation is very grim in many countries. I can’t change that. I can only offer solidarity and comfort in virtual tea and song because the (Aussie) summer time has come and the trees are sweetly bloomin’. My Friday song is a wee Scottish folk tune, The Wild Mountain Thyme (aka Will Ye Go Lassie, Go?). sung by The Corries. Singing knows no borders so I hope that wherever you are, you can sing it with me.
For those non-essential folk, stay safe in your bower. There is song and community at the end of the tunnel.