C IS FOR?
A CUPPA OF CHAR OF COURSE!
We spent a brilliant day recently at the Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival - a more detailed post to follow soon but here is a little taste. At the entrance to this particular garden an inscribed plaque greeted us with the words:
'This garden invites us to an English teatime. Put on your Sunday best and don't forget your good manners. Keep to the traditional etiquette : never make too much noise drinking your tea, never interrupt a guest, wait to be offered tea before having some more. England and tea are made for one another. Imagine the old-style tearooms, embroidered doilies, flowery china and shortbread biscuits.
For thousands of years people have known how to use teas and herb teas for their restorative qualities for body, soul and mind. "Posh Tea, Posh People"takes you on a voyage of discovery of the traditional uses of native plants in making herb teas and of the possibilities of incorporating these plants - so often disregarded - into contemporary beds.
Every weekend at 4.00pm tea will be served in the garden. Visitors will also be asked to taste a herb tea made using only the plants around them'.
We soon came across the collection of china crockery before we ventured into the main body of the garden. What was curious was the upright light with its fringed lampshade which emerged from the greenery. It is a long time since I have seen such a contraption in an English household - I wondered what concept some of our continental cousins have of the English :)
Now I am strictly a coffee only drinker but whilst you catch a charabanc over to ABC Wednesday for more on the letter C, I will be pleased to pour you a cuppa. Sorry though it's not Earl Grey and I am completely out of shortbread biscuits this week .....