of Afternoon Tea
Before I share this week's Tea Cup I'd like to share with you a bit of history...
Many have asked me about the 49 room mansion, called The Plummer House, that we live in and that I mention here in my blog.
Here's the "short story": We don't own the house. It is owned by the city of Rochester and managed by the Park And Recreation Dept. We work for the P. and R. Dept and act as Resident Directors, living in what we like to call, "the West Wing" of the house. The house was built from 1917-1924, taking 7 years to build. It was owned by Dr Plummer who helped begin the world famous Mayo Clinic with the Mayo Brothers. He was a genius and invented many things even unrelated to his medical profession. We've lived here now 22 years. The house can be rented ( except, of course, where WE live ) and is most often used for weddings and small events. There are days in the summer set aside for tours and videos sharing the history of the house and family. I will be sharing more about our adventures here and the history of the house in future posts. Our responsibility is to oversee events and tours and any other activity in the house. We oversee the day-to-day needs of the house working with the cleaning staff and maintenance staff and tour guides. There are 11 acres of gardens, ponds with fountains, and woods taken care of by the Park Dept. There are amazing views in every direction. We feel very blessed to be living here!
OK so what does this information have to do with Tea and Tea Parties? The tea cart above belonged to Daisy Plummer. She loved to entertain! The family came from an English background and so, of course having tea was a big part of their entertaining. As the saying above says, "tea was brought in on tea carts and trays".
They were in their heyday in the house from the twenties to the early thirties. Remember hearing about the "roaring twenties"? You can see in this photo below that this was taken in the 1920's when the clothing styles were about "flappers" and low waisted dresses. There are photos of this era all around the house.
Below are photos of the dining room. The furniture here is all original to the house back when Henry and Daisy lived there. The dining table has 7 leaves and opens up to seat 20 people.
Since the house isn't rented over the Holidays, we enjoy our family Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter dinners in this room. Since the one table can seat so many for a long time we didn't have to have to have a "kid's table" like our family and my husband's family did back when we were growing up. Now that our family is growing and we can't all even fit around THIS table we've had to add a "kid's table"! Our older grandchildren ( ages 11 and 16 ) now feel "shunned" having to sit at another table! OK They don't really feel shunned but it's new to them. Guess they've been kind of spoiled and we're not even rich! My husband tells them, " Your great aunt, Cindy, sat at the kids table until she was 40!" Anyway, it all gets worked out and everyone is happy!
We've had many adventures living here that I'll share in future posts. We've also learned to appreciate and gain a deeper interest in the history of our home and community, its medical roots, and the people in it. It also fits into my love of vintage and antique treasures. To see some outdoor winter photos of the house go to my right sidebar. I'll be changing them as the seasons change...
AND NOW MY TEA CUP!
Once again this was one that belonged to my grandmother. It's Evangeline Paragon. After checking out the background on this I found that this particular cup dates back to the mid 1930's. Paragon China is an English company making fine china and in later years becoming Royal Doultan. It states that this China is so delicate that if dropped it would shatter into a million pieces.What cup wouldn't? I won't be testing it out, however!
The design on this is on the saucer and INSIDE the cup. The outer side of the cup is white with a gold ring.
I love the delicate curved handle on the cup.
The colors don't show well here but it has a light mint green background with dainty colored flowers. I simply MUST get a new camera!! UGH! The shadows!
Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Tea On Tuesday at Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog ( Wednesday )
Tuesday Tea at Tea Cozie Cottage
A Return To Loveliness at A Delightsome Life
To find my GROW YOUR BLOG and a GIVE-AWAY go to my Sunday Jan 20th post.
To find LIVE YOUR DREAM LIFE NOW WORKSHOP SESSION 3 go to my Monday Jan 21st post.