An Afternoon Telephone Tea

During these days of the pandemic we have to do things a little differently. For example, I usually host one afternoon tea in my home each month for though I enjoy daily afternoon tea all by myself it’s so nice to share tea and conversation with others now and then. Sharing doubles the joy you know. But now I can’t invite people into my home so something else had to be done. But what? I can enjoy a telephone tea with friends – once a month, once a week or as often as I like. It’s so easy.

You don’t need many ingredients, but the two ingredients you do need are a telephone and someone to call. Most people have these two essentials.

Next you need a comfortable place where you can talk enjoying your tea. I chose a corner of my living room for this particular telephone tea, but I may choose a different location for the next one. Here I can chat and sip while looking out the window to enjoy what’s happening in the yard.

It’s fun to watch for birdies and see the squirrels scamper by. Ah nature!

I baked some Seed Cake for the occasion. I’m not so sure about this recipe, if it’s a keeper or not. It comes from a good source, one of the Downton Abbey Cookbooks on my shelf.

Did you ever make Seed Cake? This recipe was new to me and quite unusual. Of course I may have done something wrong along the way in making it, but if you are into Seed Cake do write to me and tell me about your recipe. Does my Seed Cake look like yours?

My good friend Barbara suggested that during our telephone tea we do our needlework as we sip and visit. What a good idea! The phone is put into its speaker mode so with hands free we can stitch. I do love needlework, especially knitting and needlepoint. In this area where I’ll be enjoying my telephone tea I have two pillows of needlepoint gracing each chair. They are both scenes from my favorite place on earth, The Boston Public Garden.

One pillow depicts the ducklings from the garden’s frog pond. These ducklings were made famous by the book Make way for ducklings.

The other pillow depicts the romantic Victorian bridge which crosses over the lagoon, the lagoon on which swan boats glide giving garden visitors delightful rides on lovely Summer afternoons.

Many of my favorite places are preserved in needlepoint pictures and pillows. Do you enjoy this art form? I usually do needlepoint in warm months and knitting in cool months. Though it’s Spring in Hudson, Ohio, U.S.A. I’m still finishing a knitting project so this is what I’ll be working on during today’s telephone tea.

Here’s the yarn and a picture of the poncho I’m making. It’s an easy project and if it doesn’t start warming up here soon I’ll still be able to wear it on these chilly May days.

So there you have it. A Telephone Tea. Pretty simple. Instead of an Afternoon tea all by yourself you call a friend, put your phone on speaker, enjoy some food treat, brew some tea and don’t just sit there staring out the window, do something with your hands while chatting. This works for me and maybe it could work for you too. It’s a little physical, social and intellectual activity all at once, maybe even a little spiritual activity depending what you chat about. Hmm? So don’t let this pandemic deprive you of fun. There’s still lots you can do while also staying safe at home.

Enjoy a Telephone tea!

12 thoughts on “An Afternoon Telephone Tea

  1. Carol Ann,

    I really enjoyed reading this blog of yours, “An Afternoon Telephone Tea,” and learning about another part of your unique world.

    I would be much more than happy in answering your question posed to your blog readers of,

    “Does my Seed Cake look like yours?”

    if I had only learned of Seed Cake prior to my reading your excellent article this evening. 🙂

    Take care and stay safe.


  2. No, Carol Ann, I was intending to be a little tongue-in-cheek in my response by implying that I had never heard of Seed Cake prior to my reading your article of “An Afternoon Telephone Tea.”

    (If you and I spent time together, I think that we’d have a problem in getting each other’s humor across to each other. But, I’m sure that we’d have fun, anyway.)


  3. Whatever the reason is that our senses of humor are different, that’s quite all right, Carol Ann.

    Do you remember that I told you that I wrote in my memoir-type manuscript (back in 1993),

    “Rejoice in our differences”?

  4. How lovely. For some reason I pictured old Bakelite telephones and wondered what sort of Afternoon Tea you could have. I thought the seed cake was for the birds and squirrels till I read further. I was thinking of suggesting knitting to someone pregnant who is getting bored stuck at home.

  5. SudsEats, Nice to hear from you. What are Bakelite telephones? Maybe I should’ve given the seed cake to the birds and squirrels.. They might’ve liked it more than I did. Did your pregnant friend like the knitting idea? I think that’s a great idea for her. Stay safe.

  6. Ginny. I’m so happy you like my blog posts. Sure we’re still pen friends. Is it my turn to write? If so I’m bad to keep you waiting for a letter. I’ll write very soon.

  7. Hi Carol Ann,
    I knew you would find a way to have afternoon tea party despite the corona virus stay home orders. You are most interesting and creative. So adaptable and to top it all off so generous and loving to all. Thank you so much for the beautiful photo postcard you sent to me, It made my day! I hope you and your family are well.
    Much Love

  8. Maura, so nice to find your note. You are always so full of compliments and I appreciate them and you. Who doesn’t like a compliment? Keep spreading joy around. You do it so well. Everyone should be as nice as you.

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