May’s afternoon tea party with The Little Mermaid

Who doesn’t love afternoon tea? Exactly! Sadly I have to be rather more careful since most afternoon teas are chock full of dairy which is now strictly verboten. However, I have found that many hotels (pictured above) can pull off a vegan afternoon tea with a bit of notice. Alternatively, I can DIY (do it myself – pictured below).

When I first moved into my current apartment, I used to hold physical tea parties for some of the very elderly residents who’d befriended me. They used to love coming round but it wasn’t for the food, it was for the company and a chance to have a chat. I much enjoyed these as the ladies  – sadly none of whom are still with us – had all lived such interesting lives.

Consequently, I’m (finally) joining in with The Little Mermaid’s eighth monthly tea party on her website. This one unfortunately doesn’t include scones with strawberry jam and cream unless, of course, you provide your own. No, the whole point is to encourage an affable exchange of dialogue among the invitees because blogging is more enjoyable when done interactively.

The Little Mermaid’s tea party is the ideal occasion for socialising and making, as well as maintaining the acquaintance of those in the blogosphere. It’s a chance to truly relax and to take some time to recharge one’s batteries by engaging in light-hearted conversation, to be with friends and simply delight in one another’s company. While the first tea party was open-ended, subsequent ones have been topical and this month’s theme is MUSIC, probably not the best topic for me as you’ll see from my responses below.

Here’s The Little Mermaid’s questions:

1. What is your taste in music?

I like lots of different types of music though my beloved accuses me of having the taste of a 14 year old adolescent boy largely because I enjoy Rap.

2. Can you play a musical instrument? If so, what do you play?

As a child I learned to play the descant recorder which had the added advantage that I learned to read music. I have zero musical talent and have no interest in either learning to play any musical instruments or, indeed “sing.” I’ve put that in inverted commas as I cannot hold a note and have a voice like a fog-horn.

3. What is one of your preferred songs?

This feels a bit like “Desert Island Discs,” a UK radio programme where each week a guest is asked to choose eight recordings (usually, but not always, music), a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be cast away on a desert island. I have no idea how people manage to whittle their choice down to eight, let alone one! Consequently, I’m going with a track from the first album I ever bought in 1972, which was Tapestry by American singer-songwriter Carole King: “You’ve Got a Friend.”

4. Do you have a favourite band or singer?

No, not really though I tend to favour singer-songwriters.

5. How does music make you feel in general?

Like many people, I generally find music uplifting. When I was younger, much younger, I always listened to music while I was studying. I found it helped to drown out background noise. Now I listen to it while driving my car or riding on my home-trainer (bike). In the same way I prefer sport live, I also like live music and attend a number of concerts every year. Here’s an artist I last saw in Monaco – John Newman.

The May 2019 tea party runs until the end of the month, so why don’t you join in?

But before you do, check out The Little Mermaid’s tea party etiquette:

-Etiquette Number 1- Introduce yourself.

Introduce yourself, your blog or even your latest post to the community in such a way that it encourages others to converse with you. Avoid posting just a link as a comment which looks rude and spammy. Be polite.

-Etiquette Number 2- Mix and mingle.

Tea is a communal experience and there it requires that you meet and greet at least some of the other wonderful people in attendance. Participate by actively reading others’ comments and visiting their links/sites.

-Etiquette Number 3- Share & reblog the most recent tea party.

The purpose of the event is to create a platform where everyone benefits from real diversity of thought; and for that we need to find people who genuinely hold different views and invite them into the conversation. So, please spread the word in the blogosphere through reblogs.

That’s not too difficult is it?

So, drag up a chair, pour yourself a cuppa, help yourself to some cake and introduce yourself. There, what could be nicer?