52 in 2015 Week 34 Glass


Only one photograph this week along with a very short post.

52 in 2015 Week 34 Glass

In the grounds of Arley Hall stands a tea house where the ladies would sit and have afternoon tea. The windows look out onto the magnificent gardens of the hall.

Afternoon tea originated amongst the wealthy classes in England in the 1840’ s  and Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, is widely credited as transforming afternoon tea in England into a late-afternoon meal.  By the end of the nineteenth century, afternoon tea developed to its current form and was observed by both the upper and middle classes.

Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and served with milk and sugar. The sugar and caffeine of the concoction provided fortification against afternoon doldrums for the working poor of 19th and early 20th century England, who had a significantly lower calorie count and more physically demanding occupation than most Westerners today. For labourers, the tea was sometimes accompanied by a small sandwich or baked snack (such as scones) that had been packed for them in the morning. For the more privileged, afternoon tea was accompanied by luxury ingredient sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam, see cream tea) and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg cake, fruit cake or Victoria sponge).  Source Wikipedia

That’s it! I hope you enjoy the photograph.

8 thoughts on “52 in 2015 Week 34 Glass

  1. petspeopleandlife September 3, 2015 / 18:27

    The English have so much class or so it seems. Tea and crumpets as I’ve heard people say over here. The view from the window is perfect and looks to be a dream scene that I, would love to have in my home. The garden is beautiful.

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    • Mike Hardisty September 3, 2015 / 19:02

      Nowadays not so much Yvonne. Although I must say it is very nice to go to somewhere like Arley Hall and have afternoon tea, which we did. Our son bought it for us for Christmas last year. We saved up the visit for a nice summers afternoon, had a private tour of the hall and gardens, followed by traditional afternoon tea in the library

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    • Mike Hardisty September 3, 2015 / 19:04

      You can still get afternoon tea in many of the bigger hotels, Cynthia. It’s a nice tradition to sit down, have a good chat with someone and enjoy the small sandwiches followed by fancy cakes and of course a large scone with jam and clotted cream.

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      • Cynthia Guenther Richardson September 3, 2015 / 19:08

        Aaargh, I’m lactose intolerant but the rest sounds delish…maybe one day, thanks for the temptation!

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  2. theresagreen October 2, 2015 / 09:28

    Leaded glass windows look great (but from experience are a pain to clean)! Each section frames its own picture.

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    • Mike Hardisty October 7, 2015 / 18:49

      That’s for sure, Theresa. One place I worked in had loads of Windows like that. The cleaners seemed to be just going round and round constantly cleaning them

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