Sunday, March 23, 2008

Gracious Hospital-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon

Oooh! I found another blog theme I want to participate in! LaTeaDah at Gracious Hospitality is hosting a tea-themed meme with a different topic each week through May. I missed the first week, but she said it was okay to join late... and the theme of the second week is right down my alley, so I'm going to jump in with "Litera-Tea"-- tea from the perspective of literature.

One of my all-time favorite authors is L.M. Montgomery who wrote the Anne of Green Gables books. The stories are set during the era when afternoon tea was a daily ritual. I love the chapter where Marilla (Anne's guardian) tells Anne she may invite her "bosom friend," Diana, over for tea while Marilla is out for the day. If you know Anne, you'll remember how excited she was...
"I can just imagine myself sitting down at the head of the table and pouring out the tea," said Anne, shutting her eyes ecstatically. "And asking Diana if she takes sugar! I know she doesn't but of course I'll ask her just as if I didn't know. And then pressing her to take another piece of fruit cake and another helping of preserves. Oh, Marilla, it's a wonderful sensation just to think of it. Can I take her into the spare room to lay off her hat when she comes? And then into the parlor to sit?"
--Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

25 comments:

jennifer said...

I haven't read the books but I watched the movies (I know, that is cheating). Anne is a charming character.

Jennifer

windycindy said...

Hi, I haven't heard of this, but I have seen a site where you can join in on a virtual tea party! Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

La Tea Dah said...

Hi Karla,

What a perfect post! I loved all the Anne of Green Gables books and the passage you quoted is one of my favorites! I'm so glad you joined the Gracious Hospital-i-Tea blog-a-thon. I look forward to future posts (and it's okay to post yet in the Teacup-a-Story theme as well).

Enjoy a great week!
LaTeaDah

Carole said...

I've loved Anne since reading the first book of the series, and I thought Megan Fellows did a wonderful job of portraying her on the screen. Now that I'm 60 years old, I'd like to go back and reread the whole series!

A Romantic Porch said...

Karla, That is perfect for the theme. I love Anne. xoRachel

Carrie said...

This is one of my favorite tea quotes also.

Denise said...

Oh, Karla! I'm so glad you joined this blog-a-thon! I'm planning to start tomorrow - resuming my Teatime Tuesday. Your post is perfect for you. I need to read those books again - just for fun!
Have a lovely day!

Joyce said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Anne of Green Gables!!! It's such a sweet and dear series isn't it? What a great time I used to have with my good friend Chantelle watching them. Thanks for reminding me!

I'm going to check out some of these other sites everyone mentioned and see what's going on...I knew about the "blog a thon" but didn't know if I had the time to get involved. I am going to re-read the requirements and such.
See ya!
Joyce

Dallas @ Abounding Treasures said...

Karla,

I see we are kindred spirits if we both love the "Anne" books by L M Montgomery :-)

As you said, the 3rd movie in the trilogy was a disappointment since the producers/directors had SO MUCH material from the remaining Anne books to remain true to the author's heroine and her story.

Blessings,
Dallas [aka Mrs M]

Farrah said...

I'm so glad you found this meme! I'm going to enjoy reading and learning more about tea here and at the other sites participating! If I weren't so new to liking tea, I would love to do it, too! :-)

You picked a perfect quote!

Gwen said...

I LOVE Anne of Green Gables too and just finished a new book about the first 11 years of her life. The name of the book is "Before Green Gables" and is written by Budge Wilson. It is really very good. Also, this year is the 100th Anniversary of Anne!!!

Arleen said...

Hello. I just joined the "Gracious Hospital-i-Tea Blog-a-Thon," too, and was trying to recall from a classic work in literature a passage about tea. The one you chose is perfect! I'll look forward to following your blog as we travel through this blogathon together! ~ Arleen

ellen b said...

Hi Karla,
I just recently finished reading Anne of Green Gables for the first time. Simply delightful. I chose a quote about tea from this book too for my second litera post. My first post is different. Blessings.

Gina E. said...

Hi Karla,
Like most others here, I love Anne of Green Gables, and that conversation with Marilla about the teaparty with Diana is also for me one of the most memorable passages! Well done for including it in the Blog A Thon!
Gina in Australia

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Thanks for the reminder of dear Anne and her times spent at the tea table. I loved when her teacher visited for tea...remember that one?

Lana G! said...

Karla, I have Anne of Green Gables on my to read list! I cannot believe I have never read any of the Anne of Green Gables books!

I know, shame on me! I am working diligently to correct this!

jennifer said...

DONE! I'll read Anne and you do the tag! I'll have to find my kiddos' copy or go to the book store in town. Let me know when you post the meme so that I don't miss it!!

Be blessed.

Jen

Miss Sandy said...

Too fun! I used the same quote of Anne on my post also! I love Anne of Green Gables, I identify with her character in that she tends to mean well but always seems to end up in a scrape.

Wanita said...

I love Anne of Green Gables. My family watched it together years ago when it was first on PBS. One of my daughters gave me the series on DVD for Christmas, and I still enjoy watching them. My girls are grown up now, but my husband often watches with me. I think after reading your post that I should probably read the books, too.

chanknits said...

Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I read those books as a girl, but never saw the movies. I think I might have to re-read AND put the DVDs on my Netflix queue...

Alisa said...

I started Anne when I was younger, but never finished it. Thank you for sharing. Now I want to go read it!
Alisa

Grace Yaskovic said...

beautiful tea post!!!

kathi said...

Hi Karla,

It's so nice to meet you! What a beautiful post, thank you for sharing. I look forward to reading more from you!

Kathi :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Hi Karla,
I'm glad you joined in on the blog-a-thon, isn't it fun!

I read the 6-ft teddybear book you sent me and enjoyed it!

Katherine

topaztook said...

I read the Anne books years ago, and had forgotten the specific scenes. I need to read them again.