This week’s theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge is Juxtaposition. Juxtaposition is defined in the Collins English Dictionary in this way: ‘The juxtaposition of two contrasting objects, images, or ideas is the fact that they are placed together or described together, so that the differences between them are emphasized‘.
How wonderful to visit a tea room where traditional ‘high tea’ is served. What better than to have a choice of teas ranging from the delicately perfumed Earl Grey or the light flavour of Darjeeling to every day English Breakfast tea, accompanied by tiny cheese and cucumber or salmon finger sandwiches all rounded off with a delectable selection of petit fours and homemade Victoria sponge cake.
The ambient surroundings of the cottage-style tea rooms, its walls decorated with Royal Doulton plates painted with images of the Royal Family and china cups and crystal glasses encased within teak cabinets all lend themselves to the tranquility of the moment.
Outside, the Union Jack flaps gently in the summer breeze as the scent of lavender and climbing roses fills the air. The Stars and Stripes dances just behind it.
The quintessential English tea room?
It would be except this tea room is in Cambria, California, a small community nestled high up in the pine trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean along the Pacific Coast Highway. Keep driving and it will take you to Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey and eventually to San Francisco.
I spent many treasured afternoons ‘taking tea’ with my American friends in Cambria, just off the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s been a long time since I went out for ‘proper’ tea back home in England. I miss it.