Firstly I would like to apologize for my tardiness. Things are just a little chaotic at the moment. I try to pop in to your blogs because I don’t want to miss out altogether. You are all doing such creative work, congratulations.
Tea time: I have gathered all sorts of things for my next session with my lovely people at the Nursing Home. It is coming up next Thursday. I like to do as much research as I can so I have an abundance of material…just in case.
I took time off from other things to (a) do something creative and (b) to add to my material for the ‘morning tea’.
Excuse the terrible circles but I was a little pushed for time but they turned out well I feel. I did get the pattern from that delicious book “Everything Alice”. In the book they put a little label hanging from the handle with the invitation to a tea party on it. I haven’t done that as I intend to give one each to my ladies and gentlemen to have in their rooms and it might help them remember our time together (most of my nursing home residents are high care), suffering with dementia etc.
Over the years I have made handmade books and written pieces on ‘tea’ and tea cups etc.
This piece was prompted by a visit to Disneyland.
Tea was part of it
Disneyland started it
In one I sat
Round and round I spun
Colours, patterns, light – and fun.
cup-shape is just right
For so many things.
Some have brightly coloured rings.
Some made for food
Depends on the mood.
A little blue bell
Will grow safe and sound
Much, much better than
In the ground.
And for goodness sake
If the handle should break
Don’t throw a wally,
Now it’s a poly…
Don’t know what a Poly was used in?
It used to live in the flour-bin.
But what about one
With a slender body
Filled to the brim
With a delicious hot toddy?
What is this Poem all about?
No – not the teapot with its spout.
It’s what we use to sit and sup
Our beautiful, delicate, wonderful
This next piece I wrote whilst having tea..sorry, in my case coffee in a food court:
A cup of tea and a slice of life
People in wheelchairs
Old – or – disabled
Men behind counters in striped aprons
Tea and cake on special
Cleaning lady busy at work wiping down tables
Her trolley laden with brushes, brooms, and rubbish bags.
Chairs scraping, shifting –
Lovers sitting, chatting quietly
Some look happy…others, sad.
People in coats – it’s cold today
People in suits – computer busy
Children – dancing, laughing
Asking questions, questions.
Mothers – tired – strained – trying to answer
Mothers – feeding babies to the breast so warm
Elderly – together always – sharing life
But for some – sitting alone
With silent thoughts.
The single bond for all is their cup of tea.
Our kettle boils and signals it’s time for tea
Fine china cups filled with brew
Maybe lemon and sugar or sweet cream too
But best of all
There is friendship between you and me
As we lovingly share our morning tea
Till the next time, happy creating one and all…