“We grow flowers in our garden! Our neighbours seem to be growing Tea Towels” said Lynn in a text message to me. I love to see a tea towel on a washing line. I sent an urgent message back to Lynn asking her to find out the story behind the tea towels (Obviously, not why they were on a washing line but where they came from) because that could be a great Guest Tea Towel! Lynn has always been good at researching tea towels for me.
Lynn has been a friend of mine for many years, too long to remember. She has lived next door to Hilary for more than 25 years; over the years they have shared ‘cat-sitting’, plant-sharing and soup-making. When I was involved in researching tea for a magazine, Lynn, Helen and Hilary used to be part of a ‘Tea Tasting Group’, gathering at my house for a proper Afternoon Tea and tasting maybe four or five different Darjeelings or Earl Greys….. and many more. That finished five years ago, so I was delighted to hear from Lynn about Hilary’s tea towels.
”I was in the Girl Guides when I was a girl. We were encouraged to get a penfriend from a Commonwealth country, as part of the Commonwealth Badge. My pen friend, Val, was in the Girls Brigade in New Zealand and was doing something similar. I have no idea how we got paired up. I have been writing to her since I was 11 years old. At the turn of the Century, while England was still in 1999, I phoned Val to wish her a Happy New Year and to ask if the ‘Millenium Bug’ had hit them! All was well and Val had just watched an amazing sunset. I have met up with her twice and shared a pot of tea. The last time we met up was in a Tea Shop in Strathaven and we both bought the same tea towel.”
”My daughter lives in Australia. I can’t help singing Waltzing Matilda when I am drying up with this tea towel. It always reminds me of her”
”This last tea towel came from a stall that you were running at Belgrave Hall. It was linked with our tea tasting sessions. Those were good times”
Thank you, Hilary, for sharing those memories and, I have to say, you do seem to have a fine collection of tea towels!!