Sunday, April 12, 2015

refreshment


I took a break from sewing those rather dull HSTs to head into the city with friends for some high tea. China cups. Silver teapot. Finger sandwiches. Scones with jam and cream. Petite cakes and tarts.

Yes, I like my tea rather milky. Our venue was The Tea Room in the Queen Victoria Building - one of my favourite buildings in the city.

Image from wikipedia
It really is a confection in stone, tile, ironwork and stained glass that was almost destroyed in the 1970s to make way for more concrete and glass office towers. 

I'm so glad it was saved.  Here's Queen Bess after whom the building was dedicated and named.
Image from wikipedia

Image from alltouristattractions.org

Image from restaurant.australia.com
It's a very popular venue for weddings as there are lots of nice spots to take photos and some of the special aspects of the building are its stained glass and *patchwork* floors.
Image from trevorstravels.com
Image from flickr
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Image from flickr
 Image fromoldenglishtiles.com.au
I would love to have taken my own photos but the place was bustling with visitors, tourists and office workers.I guess it's asking too much to have it all myself for a couple of hours.

(at least this post had some patchwork in it)

16 comments:

  1. Lovely old place! Old building have character, interest and lots of architectural detail (which I love.) The tea looks lovely as well, I've never had a scone, but I'll have my tea with honey only!

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  2. It's even more special at Christmas when they erect a giant tree decorated in sparkly ornaments. Scones are a little bit like your biscuits but perhaps not as flaky.

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  3. High Tea sounds so perfect. I would probably eat way too many scones because I love them. I want to love tea too, but I kinda do not. Thanks for sharing the pictures of that lovely building. I am so very happy that it was saved.

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    1. That's okay Beth you can have coffee or even champagne! The scones were delicious.

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  4. With a little imagination, it was a "quilty" post indeed, about a very elegant place! Wish I could go there for tea with you. What a shame had it been destroyed. Thanks for the trip by photos. ---"Love"

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  5. I often wonder if the floor designs inspired quilts or the other way around. I'd be honoured to host you at tea Love and take you on a tour of this wonderful building.

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  6. I must take the time and enjoy this event one day

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    1. It was so worth it. We sat and chatted for 2 1/2 hours.

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  7. How rude are those people....you might have thought they would have cleared out whilst you took your photos. :) I love the Queen Victoria building. I have spent many a lovely hour walking around that glorious structure! Your high tea looks rather delish. Love the Old Country Roses teacup....tea tastes so much better in a pretty teacup!

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    1. I know - the building should have been cleared just before I arrived. Remind me to speak to Management. Tea in china cups - beats a bag in a mug any day!

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  8. That sounds like such fun! I would have loved to partake of high tea. We don't have that here, sadly. Just the type of thing ladies need is to go to something like that with friends.

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    1. It really is and it makes you stop and sit and enjoy.

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  9. Oh my, the food looks wonderful and served on beautiful china and silver is perfect. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I love the photos of the buildings, they are gorgeous and the "quilty" floors are beautiful. There is some inspiration there!

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    1. We had already scoffed the scones and sandwiches when the photo was taken. A lovely day out indeed.

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    2. Seems to be a lovely building. I have not had a high tea such as this since was last in Saint John, NB Canada.

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    3. I've been told there are some lovely places for high tea in Canada - The Fairmont Empress is supposed to be very nice.

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