Monday, August 03, 2009

Were have the many days gone since my last post?



It is so typical of us here - the days rush head on one into another, and before you know it a new month has arrived and my blog looks like I have left the planet..................well the busy days have been filled with new babies, high teas, and my darling husbands health. If you have a moment I will share it with you now.

First and most importantly my Husband has not yet had his operation but has had several ultrasound and scans and needle biopsy on his thyroid and they even took out over ten mils of fluid from the thyroid but it is now all back and looking very large again. He feels very tired and we are still waiting for the results, then the surgeons visit is on the 21st to make the operation time.
Husband feels fairly well other then being tired and had three days off work this last week after the two days of many tests.

Rob just said tell them about the "vintage rose high tea" so I will...............It was beautiful!

Setting up the day before!

one must always have a "taste tester!" this is my sisters darling grand daughter

My mum helping to sort out all the china - she cooked over three hundred scones for the day!!

The day before my husband Rob giving me a hug "you can get it done! He said!" no I carn't I was saying!! it did done!!

All was ready just in time while the ladies over 140 of them gathered out the front of the building being served by the men of the lodge bubbles and chocolate dipped strawberries and catching up with those on their tables.

Because we "the lodge" are celebrating our 150Th year all year. Some of our ladies once again dressed in the Victorian style - representing those ladies who had gathered in this lovely old building all those years ago. As they worked towards its future and here we now represent them on this day. We stand here because of them! those ladies from the past. I loved the thought that they may have also held a high tea all those years ago and that fine china was used as it is today.

When the doors to the hall opened this is what the ladies found.


The ladies were asked to have a vintage rose in their hair or hat and these ladies looked lovely with fresh pink roses in their hair and beautiful smiles all around the table.

As the host of the day I told the ladies a little bit about the reason for the high tea the charity "Starlight childrens foundation" and how it helps to make a wish come true for children who are very ill. each lady was given a vintage hankie and on the hankie was a tag with a word on the back these words were to remind them that children who are ill have the same dreams and hopes as us all. JOY! HOPE! SMILES! HAPPINESS! FUN!

I then showed them my outfit and how it is put together traditionally wearing the corset laced up and all, it was a nice way to chat with ladies while their teapots were arriving at the tables.


This is our future daughter in law and she had a lovely day with us all - she is now part of a BIG! family and loves it!!

The men of our lodge and those around here helped put on the auctions to make a little more money for the charity and here is one of the men in his gardening outfit "roses gumboots" as well and the ladies bid on each auction with laughter and fun and "THAT! my friends is exactly what the day was all about"

O! here I am again telling them a little about their teacups the trios 140 of them I am afraid to say belong to me and I adore that they are being used and tea is being sipped from them. They were a little nervous that two ladies in the hall were sipping from teacups that were made in 1880's I wouldn't tell them who had them on their tables.



Here are our "men in black" as they escorted out the auctions of wonderful glasses that were donated by my sister from here optometrist store in Hobart...........thank you sis!


Some tables had four generations on them one table a lady cuddled her 5 week old baby and another one the ladies listen to the stories from the oldest lady in the room about days gone bye.


I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to put together such beautiful

"moments in time"

It was a wonderful day and the hall was filled with chatting and laughter and that is what I feel is the most important part of the high tea. a celebration of life, touching another's heart with your own hopes for their future happiness and we all feel we did this simple yet richly rewarding thing on Saturday25th of July at Zetland masonic lodge in Kyneton.

My Mondays blessing is for more tea to be drunk with much laughter to follow!!



29 comments:

Mildred said...

What lovely pictures of the tea and such a worthy cause. I am sorry about your husband and hope the surgeon can help him and get him to feeling better. I know he is tired of all the testing and waiting. I will be thinking of you both this week. Update us when you can.

racheld said...

Brava for a lovely tea and a wonderful job done!!!

And best to you and your Rob, and all your family---I don't know how you EVER got it all done; your helpers seem to be grand hands at all the work. I'm so glad for you that the occaion turned out so beautifully, and will be thinking of you and your Sweetie during and after the surgery.

rachel

Marlene Depler said...

I just discovered your lovely blog. I will be back for another visit sometime soon.

Alice said...

So that's where you've been....lol.

I've been checking your blog daily for news and had decided that if there was no new posting tonight then I would have to email you instead.

I didn't realise that you were putting on another special tea-party, otherwise I'd have known the reason for your absence.

So pleased it was another wonderful success and that everyone enjoyed themselves so much - most of all you and your family.

Richard and I send our very best wishes to Rob and hope that he doesn't have to wait too long for his operation and that it will be a complete success.

Hugs always.

Tea and Margaritas in My Garden said...

What a wonderful tea!
Will be thinking of you both during hubby`s surgery too :)
All the very best to you

tea
xo

Betty said...

What a lovely and inspiring post! Congratulations on organising such a huge high tea event! I loved the history, it was a great read! And all for a good cause! Here's to more high tea and laughs :)

Puss-in-Boots said...

Well, you have been working hard, Lee-ann, but it looks beautiful. The tables are very pretty with the lovely delicate trios of cup, saucer and plate. Well done!

I do hope Rob finds out what is wrong soon. But he will be fine...he's being looked after.

Hugs.

Susan said...

Good to hear from you agazin Lee-ann. Your Teas are always such lovely, beautiful occasions and I know they are LOTS of work.

Yes, "He works in wonderful ways"!!! I wish we weren't separated by oceans and MILES. I would love to meet you :o) Have to wait for Heaven....when our faith and belief in HIM will make it possible!
Susan

Constance said...

I would have LOVED to have been there for your special day! I love that your Hub is an encourager! Such a sweet blessing for you to have a man like that! Keep us posted about how he's doing!
Connie

Sayraphim said...

It was an incredible day and you guys worked so hard to make it seem so effortless. We had a wonderful time! I did drink an awful lot of tea though!

I'm over awed with your drive and energy and the wonderful events your lodge create. Some of the city lodges could do well to take a leaf out of your books!

Do let us know when you're doing another event, and I hope everything goes well with your wonderful man

Gina E. said...

Well done Lee-Ann! Sorry we couldn't make it this time but knowing you, there might be another one next year, and as the Guild don't have Paddy's markets every year, I should be free to come!
Thanks for your message on my blog. You and Rob must come and see our dingo when he arrives. You haven't seen our chooks yet, either, have you? Has it been that long since you've been at our place?? Once Rob has his health back, we should make a firm date for a bbq or dinner!

Jadehollow said...

LeeAnn.. You did a spectacular job.. So beautiful! Loved your outfit oh wow.. I wish I could have heard the tales you told.. Will have your husband Rob in my prayers.
Hugs,
Debbie

PEA said...

Oh Lee-ann, how I wish I could have been there, I just know I would have loved it so much!! I so enjoyed seeing all the pictures and hearing about how it all went...loved the dress you were wearing, you truly did look like a beautiful lady from the past:-) Now you need to come here to Canada and put a High Tea on for us!! hehe You do such a wonderful job of putting them together and no doubt everyone appreciates it so very much.

My prayers continue for your hubby!! xoxo

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hello Lee-Ann...I was thrilled to receive your visit...thank you so much...my what a post this is...High Tea at The Lodge...I do love dress ups...not that I get a chance to go to them myself...and wow having a summer dresser and winter dresser...now you have me thinking LOL!!!
Sending you Prayers for your Hubby's surgery...Blessings to you Dzintra♥x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hello Lee-Ann...I was thrilled to receive your visit...thank you so much...my what a post this is...High Tea at The Lodge...I do love dress ups...not that I get a chance to go to them myself...and wow having a summer dresser and winter dresser...now you have me thinking LOL!!!
Sending you Prayers for your Hubby's surgery...Blessings to you Dzintra♥x

Lanny said...

What a beautiful beautiful job you did. What an awesome thing to share your collection! What a treat to be able to share.

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Lee-Ann..what fun and what great pictures too. I love your dress...I always thought that the ladies then dressed so eloquently but I am not sure that i could do that on a day to day basis..How about you?
I am so sorry that I have not been here lately. Been horribly busy but will try to do better..Like you said time sure does fly by..
Sandy

Daisy said...

Those tables look so pretty with all the fancy trimmings. This tea must have taken a great deal of time. You did a wonderful job of pulling it all together. What fun! :)

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

That looks like fun! Thanks for saying hello again, and for following the blog!

See you again soon.
Sue

Angela McRae said...

Thank you for visiting my tea blog, Lee-ann, and I must say I am stunned to find yours and learn about the extent of this tea and the hard work by you and your family members! What a great event and for such a wonderful cause!

fortheloveofthrift said...

Dear Lee-ann, thank you for popping over to my blog and saying hi. I love your tea party - what fun and what beautiful china! We are kindred spirits!

Shelley said...

Thank you so much for coming by my Northern Michigan blog! I'm so glad to have made your acquaintance -such a beautiful blog. I hope your husband feels well soon!! Loved seeing the photos of your tea event!

Annie said...

You all look like you were having so much fun. How could you NOT? Your mother being there is such a blessing and all the baking she did - WOW!. You looked so fetching in your ensemble and Rob so dashing in his red cummerbund and polkadot boots.

Prayers remain on my heart for Rob. Annie

Carrie said...

What a fabulous event and it is great to know that you were such an important of this. My, my 140 tea cups and saucers! thank you for sharing.

Marilyn Miller said...

Your tea looked wonderful and beautiful too. What a lot of work to pull that one off. I hope your husband recovers quickly from his surgery and everything goes well.

Joyce said...

Great photos and article on the "High Tea" I am SO glad it was so profitable for you all. I know it is NOT easy to put on a "tea party" for that many people. I did one with a Ladies Group for our church for Christmas one year....I think we had 220 and it was crazy in some ways..we could never get enough HOT tea to the tables....the staff just could not keep up..HA! But it still was fun.

Thanks for coming to visit me all the way in Louisiana!!! So good to hear from you.......
Be blessed,
Joyce

Tea and Margaritas in My Garden said...

Hi Lee-Ann :)

Just wanted to stop by and say hi and admire your lovely pictures too!

tea
xo

JEWELGIRL said...

I would of loved to attend this event! I love the costumes and fun!
I wish your husband the best and hope
to see you blogging again soon. :)

Christy said...

Lee-ann the Vintage Rose High Tea looks wonderful. I just referenced a post to it on my Teatime Musing Blog.

Just wondered how things were going for you and your husband.

Christy

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