Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Mad Tea Party

There are many strange and wonderful things around our home. Clocks that do not tell time, sofas full of plants and mirrors without reflections. To say we have an eccentric design style would be an understatement. Case in point, we recently noticed that we do not have a proper dining room table. In fact, it seems that we have no dining room whatsoever. We are not sure where we misplaced it or if we ever even had one to begin with.

Now a room is an easier thing to find than a truly fabulous table setting. This got us to thinking. If we were ever to need to throw a grand fairy fete or pagan banquet – where would we borrow the table wear? After a moment or two of debate The Green Vault was decide upon. The Green Vault, the treasure house of the electors of Saxony, was established in the 1700’s. It is a depository of the most sublime objects every created.

Such wonders as jewel encrusted silver wear with spindly coral handles that only the most graceful among us could hold. Platters of gold and enamel with dizzying depictions of royalty. Drinking vessels and goblets of every conceivable form, from ostriches to elephants and every imaginable beast in between. How one is supposed to drink from a nymph riding a dragon, we will never know.
With such finery a baroque and whimsical party would be sure to ensue. Legend tells us to treat an invitation to a fairy feast with much caution. Consuming food or drink could lead to permanent enchantment. Would you accept the invitation? We know we would…

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead,
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's "off with her head!"
Remember what the dormouse said:"
Feed your head. Feed your head. Feed your head

(“White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane)


Fairwood Haven said...


I Love the Enchantment of your Magical World-!!

The House of Beauty and Culture said...

"a room is an easier thing to find than a truly fabulous table setting" — so, so true.
Always amazes to see people agonise over choosing a pattern and then they choose the most tasteful boring set imaginable.

J M Williams said...

Nice to see Paul Woodroffe here. He was my great, great uncle! :)

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