Welcome to Tea and friendship Tuesday's hosted by Charli and Me. A fun post filled with recipes, photos, tablescapes, teapots, teacups, stories, quotes, poems, and interesting facts related to tea, friendship, or both. This is a place to share anything you would like with a friend! If you would like to join me, just pick up a button, write your post, and then leave a comment here so my friends and I can pop over for a visit. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy this post.......
Please do come in. The table is set and you are just in time for tea. I hope all of you had a nice Memorial Day weekend. We certainly did at our house. Do you like my tablescape? As you can see I just love my little bird houses and birdies. I incorporate them into my decorating scheme any way I can. I picked up my salad plates at Home Goods a couple of months ago. I just love them because of the pattern. They have red, white, and blue flowers with two American flags on them. I am so happy and blessed to be living here in the United States. We are afforded so many freedoms and I don't ever want to take them for granted. Let me fill the candy baskets and put on the tea.......
As you know, prior to the American Revolution King George II imposed heavy tax on tea. He said "The women of the colonies will pay any price for their beloved tea." Well the women of the colonies revolted. Yes they did. They got together and signed the following pledge....
"We the daughters of those patriots who have, and do now appear for the public interest, and in that principally regard their prosperity, as such do with pleasure engage with them in denying ourselves the drinking of foreign tea, in hopes to frustrate a plan that tends to deprive a whole community of all that is valuable to life."
At the time the following verses were also circulated:
'A Lady's Adieu to Her Tea-table'
"FAREWELL the tea-board with your gaudy attire,
Ye cups and ye saucers that I did admire;
To my cream pot and tongs I now bid adieu
That pleasure's all fled that I once found in you.
Farewell pretty chest that so lately did shine,
With hyson and congo and best double fine;
Many a sweet moment by you I have sat,
Hearing girls and old maids to tattle and chat;
And the spruce coxcomb laugh at nothing at all,
Only some silly work that might happen to fall.
No more shall my teapot so generous be
In filling the cups with this pernicious tea,
For I'll fill it with water and drink out the same,
Before I'll lose LIBERTY that dearest name,
Because I am taught (and believe it is fact)
That our ruin is aimed at in the late act,
Of imposing a duty on all foreign Teas,
Which detestable stuff we can quit when we please.
LIBERTY'S The Goddess that I do adore,
And I'll maintain her right until my last hour,
Before she shall part I will die in the cause,
For I'll never be govern'd by tyranny's laws."
-The Great Tea Rooms Of America-
Happy Tea and friendship Tuesday everyone!.....
I hope you have a beautiful day ♥
With warmest regards, Carol