When I arrived home from a day-trip yesterday, these flowers were in front of my door. My neighbor had brought them over from her wildflower garden. She expressed to me how astonished she was that I was not home. I am always home and so is she, and it leaves a blank spot in our day when one of us is gone. When I go looking for her, I know I will find her in the garden, and she knows I will always answer the door when she knocks. She likes to come for a cup of tea. These flowers look like a painting!
The mountain pass was open for the season, so took a day trip up 5,000 feet and then across the high plains and down again. It is cheaper on the return trip all downhill!
Today I found this old photograph called "Gentlemen having Tea" and it reminded me that from the earliest use of the automobile, people were driving the same narrow mountain roads we travel on today. What adventurous folk they were. We have so many conveniences with our car travel these days, and it is practically no worry to travel a hundred miles from home and back in a day, but they may not have had so many back-up plans.
The old road up the mountain was an earlier route, possibly built during the Victorian era, and while traveling, I imagined that generation enjoying their new road. There is another, more modern multi-Lane highway, but we wanted to see this one. I like that there are curves on the older road because the newer, straight highways are more monotonous to travel on.
My DH is also a gentleman, and he always allows time to stop for tea. In fact he was a tea drinker long before I discovered its benefits.
The clouds looked like Devonshire Cream, which went well with our tea.
On the narrow, winding mountain road again....
We stopped in several scenic places to take pictures, but the ones of me turned out blurry, so I used them as outlines for the sketch, below. With the colors and scenes of the trip, today I tried to create something to go with the mountains. Should I throw all care to the wind and make this? What do you think? Already, some viewers of this blog are having quite a chuckle at my mountain, meadow, ocean, valley, desert, olde towne, and back yard fashion designs :-) I am only expressing one of my interests, and not insisting that everyone be like this or like this---I am sure you all know that :-) Everyone has their own likes and dislikes.
What I like about sketching sewing ideas is the freedom of adding an expensive pair of boots with no cost at all, plus I get to make the garment go with the natural surroundings or season. If I am sketching from a photo of myself I can lose ten pounds, be ten years younger, and have longer, thicker hair with every strand in place :-) A different background can put me in a location like the Continental Divide or the Panhandle!
Tomorrow I want to write about the Titus 2 Man. It is common to read about the Titus 2 woman, but does anyone talk about the Titus 2 man? Titus 2 is for everyone!
The box on the lower left, on the ground (pictured above) appears to be a Victorian tea case for travel. There are a lot of these on Pinterest:
These have burners with which to heat water for tea. I like the compact boxes, which is something we really need today. It is very complicated to get all the tea things packed, as they have to be wrapped and then put in a basket or box. The Victorians were masters of invention and had a keen sense of convenience and making things to save space labor. Note the slender, compact design of these boxes, complete with everything they needed to add the luxury of teatome to a road trip.
Note how they made the teapots and cups and accessories square-shaped to pack easier in a box. It is a bit of a problem to pack tea things when everything is round. It all has to be wrapped in towels and put in a large laundry basket.
More of these Can be seen by typing in "Victorian picnic baskets and tea boxes" or at pinterest on this link: https://www.pinterest.com/fitzroyeverest/vintage-luggage-picnic-sets/.
There does not seem to be anything like it available today. It is something that would be a great opportunity for some young entrepreneur to market to historical reenactors or homemakers who love the good ways. There: I have got the word out, and now I expect to find these tea boxes in Walmart for common folk like me--I hope their new executive is reading!