It is a truth recently discovered, that a woman contemplating a tea party will be in want of her grandmother's company. Or her grandfather's. Or her mum's. Or perhaps her girl friends, or her blog friends. If time and space were no object, I asked you, who would you invite to tea? And clearly the far away and the long gone are the people many of us would most like to meet or meet again.
Something else struck me though. When we look back do we always see the folk we've lost as we remember them? I think of my Grandma Eva as an old lady, but did the old lady she was feel so different to the young girl she'd been. I'd have liked to know her at 17. That's who I'd ask. And because you surely need more than two people for a tea party I'd also hope my biographee, 18th century entomologist Mr. M, and the poet and novelist John Burnside, might join us.
It's certainly going to be an interesting tea party if we include everyone on our eclectic collective guest list*. And ours won't be the only family and friend reunions as Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I will be there, and so will C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Jo wants to invite Sam Pepys and teach him how to blog, Cathy intends to get the lowdown from Richard III on what really happened to the princes in the tower, and Sue's including Judy Dench "because who wouldn't want to have tea with Dame Judy". The incredible illustrator Edward Gorey - I'm a fan too Mikal - will be attending in company with his cats, which as Kath hopes I'll bring the whippets could be the cause of some chaos. Quinn's brother will be bringing the Dalai Lama, who I can totally imagine deep in conversation with Milan Kundera - great choice Penelope - and Lottie's guest Brian Cox. Oh, and Ellie reminded me I've been intending for a long time now to read some of Elizabeth Von Arnim's books.
There'll be plenty of knitters too, supping tea and eating all the cake - Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed, Elizabeth Zimmerman, Stephanie Pearl McPhee aka The Yarn Harlot, Kaffe Fasset, Nicole from Coco Knits, Stephanie from Tiny Owl Knits, Katharine HepburnandAudrey Hepburn - did you know they both knitted in their on set downtime Rosie? - and I wonder if we might count Pomona's invitee Elizabeth Gaskell among the knitters, so many of her characters knitted I feel sure that she did too.
I'm just thankful the giveaway was a random draw because it would have been absolutely bloomin' impossible to pick two winners on the basis of most interesting choice of guest. Instead the random number generator did its thing (and guess who forgot the screen shots this time, oops!) and the winners are - er, drum roll maestro, please - Vibeke of A Butterfly in my Hair, who wins the Brooklyn Tweed yarn and pattern, and Sandra of Cherry Heart, who wins the Jen Roffe print and the iitala mug**. Thank you both for entering, in fact thank you all for entering, and commenting, and reading my posts, and keeping popping by. I so wish I had a gift for everyone ... would a virtual hug each suffice do you think?
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Now, I have two little changes I need to tell you about. Firstly, I've moved the comments box to above the comments, which I hope will make things easier for you, but do please tell me if you preferred things as they were. And moved it back, after some interesting feedback via email. And secondly, I'm experimenting with sponsor ads this month and I'd really appreciate your feedback on those too. Good idea? Bad idea? Downright annoying? Too obtrusive? Not obvious enough? All thoughts welcome, thank you. Oh, and if you were unlucky in the giveaway and really wanted one of those lovely prints ... you'll find a link to Jen's shop amongst them! And yarn lover's, check out Meadow Yarn and BaaRamEwe, two of my favourite yarn stores who are helping me out here by supplying me with test ads!
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* I also asked The Farmer Boy, who's choice would be Jonathan Swift, and the Mr, who picked Alf Ramsey, the only sportsman at the table.
** Ladies if you could please email me your postal addresses (there's a link top left) your parcels will be dispatched forthwith :)