So, a couple of weekends ago, I had the great privilege of going to Vancouver Island with a couple of ladies for Mandy's 21st birthday. We did something that I have wanted to do for a long time. We went to Tea at the Empress Hotel. This hotel opened in 1908, so picture an breathtaking buildling with ivy climbing up the walls.
There we were in the dining room, 6 girls attempting to be proper and drinking afternoon tea. There were cucumber sandwiches, truffles and my favourite - scones, jam, and curdled cream. Ahh, a little taste of heaven. For a minute I felt like I was in Britain. There was a man playing piano, we were elegantly drinking tea, and I looked out into the harbor to see the tall ships. I honestly felt like I was in a Jane Austen novel.
I was appointed "Tea Mum" which meant I had to serve the tea, sugar and cream. I wasn't too great at it, so I appointed Lavonne as the "Tea Mum Assistant". She did her job well. The lady who served us, said drinking tea was a very "cultured" thing for young ladies to do. She was impressed. All in all, it was a truly magnificent day. With my parents in Europe, I felt glad that I at least got a taste. And I remembered once more...I love Victoria, and I sure like those girls.