painting: Seaside Inn by Janet Kruskamp, from allposters.com
Today I noticed our local tea room, which was such a delightful place for families and church members to meet, had closed for good. I only hope another one will be available to our community again soon.
Tea rooms are some of the most pleasant places to visit, with a different meaning and effect than any other kind of restaurant. If you have never tried one, please go as soon as possible and you will see how the visit effects your mood for the rest of the day. Going to a tearoom makes you feel you have been "somewhere." You never know when the tea room might not be there! It is like a visit to another country or another time. No hurry and no worry seems to be the tea room motto.
If you have no tea room in town to take a guest, you might try making your home into the "somewhere" you take people for a light meal in the afternoon. Since the passing of the tea room, I have been thinking of having a couple of tea-time events this year, amd in preparation have been reading about tea rooms around the world. These two pictures are from a place in England.
One thing I like about this kind of hospitality is preparimg ordinary ingredients to have an interesting appearance. I think it causes people to eat less hurriedly, and it is such a nice experience to share with family and good friends, in the home.
The verdant countryside around here ought to inspire more artists, poets and tea-room advocates, but few seem inclined or able to do it, so this is where the home can be so valuable. There can always be an afternoon break at home where someone can enjoy this little pause and come away with a happy heart.
It would be good if every homemaker knew how to put on a simple afternoon meal of these nutritious treats, and all the children could observe it being observed often enough to imitate it. The home has to be the place where these traditions are held and continue so they are not forgotten.