Sunday, September 10, 2023

The Tea Party


1/3.  Aunt Augusta was having her annual tea party. She liked peculiar things and the guests always tried to find little curiosities for her as hostess gifts. This worried Freddie quite a bit. He was not what you might call ‘an ideas man’, he never had a clue what to bring. And this year promised to be worse than ever. His crazy cousin Carlos and his friend, horrid Harlod, had just come back from Turkey with quantities of Marzipan. Aunt August was very partial to Marzipan. Oh, what should he bring?

 Next: What is a tea party without tea?

 2/3.  There was a rather interesting story in the morning paper about tea. And not just any tea, Chinese tea! The story used exotic words like wild tea trees, high mountain tea and nutritious tree teas with abundant flavors. It all sounded very Aunt Augusta! Freddie had a good think. There were seven days until the party. With his frequent flyer miles, careful planning and a bit of luck, it could be done. He packed his bag, asked a neighbor to feed the cat, and he was off to China, the Land of Wonders.

 Next: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

 3/3.  The trip was quite long. Freddie found himself hopping from plane to train, taking buses and a ship, there was even a rickshaw involved. The plantation, when he finally reached it, was stunning. Freddie may have been a little deflated to discover that they ship their tea internationally, but he got over that as soon as they brewed him a cup. Oh, it was lovely! He grabbed as much tea as he could carry and started towards home. He made it to the party in the nick of time, flat broke and exhausted. But wasn’t it all worth it for the hint of a smile and a tiny nod from Aunt Augusta as she tried the tea?


Featured: The adventures of an upcycled wine bottle cork.
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18 comments:

Red Rose Alley said...

I'm with Aunt Augusta on the Marzipan. People either love it or don't care for it - I really do like it. The bottle cork is a cute one.

Happy September days, Amalia.


~Sheri

Kim said...

Adorable! The tea cup travels are my favorite chapter! Off to check out the tea to fill up some of my own cups, since I'm way too large for them to cart me anywhere! 😉

Dewena said...

What? Are you saying that Freddie is a wine bottle cork? Tell me it's not true! Freddie is one of the cutest little boys I've ever known, not a cork, surely. Not with those darling auburn curls. I'm in tears but very glad he made it back to the tea party in time.

Ellie Foster said...

It's good to hear that Aunt Augusta appreciated all the trouble Freddie went to in order to bring her a lovely cup of tea!
Best wishes
Ellie

Jo said...

Freddie obviously thinks a great deal of Aunt Augusta going to all that trouble. I'm glad it was appreciated.

Diana Studer said...

When I first went to Switzerland with Jurg, and I met his aunt Adeline - she gifted his English partner some tea. Never forgotten her gentle kind welcome where everything was culture shock to me.

Ann said...

Freddie is rather adorable. What an adventure he had getting the perfect gift for Aunt Augusta

Patricia said...

Dear Amalia, your imagination is a delight to us all. Freddie is quite the adventurer; his ship is brilliant! The tea party is the perfect celebration - for everything! xx

eileeninmd said...

Cute post and Freddie is adorable. I enjoyed reading about his adventures.
Take care, have a great day and a happy week ahead!

Rosie said...

What an adventure and all to make Aunt Augusta smile. Lovely stories:)

Sum of their Stories said...

Good choice Freddie, tea is always a great gift! (Don't tell him you can just pop to the shops and buy nice tea though will you!)

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

So very sweet Amalia. Love the teacup travels. Thanks so much for sharing at Love Your Creativity.

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

So cute, love the boat!

Snowbird said...

Oh, you have surpassed yourself!xxx

DeniseinVA said...

Always a pleasure! My favorite chocolate bar is marzipan inside of dark chocolate : )

Lowcarb team member said...

You have a wonderful imagination :)
Great post and pictures.

Wishing you happy September days.

All the best Jan

Maya Kuzman said...

What an adventure for the bottle cork! Love everything about this post!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

You are so clever and have the most wonderful imagination.