What better way to suggest friendliness – and to create it – than with a cup of tea?
-J. Grayson Luttrell
I’m taking part in The Little Mermaid’s tenth monthly tea party. 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 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 re-joining The Little Mermaid’s monthly tea party. 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 her first tea party was open-ended, subsequent ones have been topical and this month’s theme is PAINTING/ART – hurrah! Nothing nicer for a dedicated art museum attendee like moi?
Here’s The Little Mermaid’s Questions and my Responses
1. Do you like paintings?
In general yes though there are paintings I might not be willing to hang on my wall but these are few and far between.
2. Do you visit art museums?
Whenever I can and you’ll find plenty of posts about my visits on the blog. For example:
Picasso Museum, Paris
Goya Museum, Castres
Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence
Fabre Museum, Monpellier
The Louvre, Abu Dhabi
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
The Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
This is just a small selection of visits from recent years!
3. What art form do you like best?
I like all art forms even though I’ve only shown paintings above.
4. Why and how do you enjoy art?
We always had art on the walls at home, some sculptures in the garden and some ceramics in the house too. So I’m used to having it around. One of the downsides to having floor to ceiling length windows in our apartment is that there’s less space to hang works and I have now run out of space.
5. If you could buy a great work of art, what would it be?
I’d like a small work by one of my favourite impressionists.
6. What is the value of paintings among millennials in today’s fast-paced digitalised world?
I have no idea, I’m a childless baby boomer
The December 2019 tea party closes on the 31st. If you want to join in – and why wouldn’t you? – make sure that you share a blog post round around the subject, This is a golden opportunity for newcomers to share with a huge gathering. Aren’t you excited?
But before you do, don’t forget to 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 the most recent tea party on your blog.
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?