Sydney

Anne here, and I'm currently away from home and in Sydney, and writing this in my cute little old hotel room. But more of that later.HighTea

I came here from my annual writing retreat in Queensland, and then came to Sydney for several events with the Australian Romance Readers Association.

The first event was a high tea with a group of romance reader. There were seven people and one author hostess at each table — people had to book well in advance, and had to choose which of the  six authors they were to sit with. There was a lovely selection of cakes and savouries and club sandwiches of course. This was the selection at our table – don't they look yummy? (Thanks Pamela for the pic.)

It was a lovely event — for nearly three hours we talked books and favourite authors, writing and more personal things. In the book discussions, I madly jotted down names and titles.

SettingUpRoomThe event was held in a 1920's hotel where the decor had been beautifully maintained. This was the dining room as they were setting it up. Pretty, isn't it?

Then in the evening came the ARRA annual awards for ARRA readers favourite books of 2015. 

It was my lucky night, because I won four awards: ARRATrophies1
1) Strongest heroine, (Jane in the Spring Bride)
2) Favourite historical romance (The Spring Bride)  
3) Favourite Continuing Romance Series (The Chance sisters)
and 4) Favourite Australian Romance Author.  
The full list of award and winners is here

BalconyViewNow I'm staying in a small and very quirky boutique hotel at The Rocks down on the waterfront in Sydney, at the base of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can see the arch of the bridge in the photo of the left — it was taken from the balcony of the hotel.
 
The Rocks is the district where the very first Europeans settled in Australia — then still called the colony of New South Wales. It was  a penal colony (convicts) and this plaque commemorates the arrival of the first fleet in January 1788. Plaque
 
This little hotel contains more stairs than anywhere I've ever stayed. It's built on a steep hill and there are stairs everywhere, and I couldn't work out why — until I realized it was actually built over the tip of three separate (though physically connected) buildings, one of which was the oldest pub in Australia.
 
RocksThe old buildings in this are were all convict built with local stone, so it's very quirky and uneven and rather beautiful. Tourists come here in droves, and the shopping is quite fine, too, if you're that way inclined.
 
The town grew in a completely unplanned, higgledy-piggledy manner, so you come across tiny lanes like this, which were once simply tracks that becomes well worn, and around which buildings were constructed. Later they were paved with local stone. It's been raining solidly in Sydney over the last few days (just my luck) but the colored striations in the stone are beautiful. Click on the photo for a closer look.
 
I'm a stone's throw from Circular Quay which is where the commuter ferries leave from, and there is currently a ginormous cruise ship that overwhelms the Quay area, turning the opera house and harbour bridge into mere background. It gave me a huge fright when it arrived last night. I had my window open and it sounded its arrival with three or four loud blasts of the ship's horn, so loud and close I could almost believe the Titanic was about to come through my window. Cruise&OperaHouse
 
 Anyway, I'll finish now, but I'll leave you with this question: if you could pick an author to attend a high tea with, who would you pick, where would you go and what foods would you include on your tea table?
(And if I take a bit of time in responding to any comments, please forgive me, as I'm travelling home now.)

 

175 thoughts on “Sydney”

  1. Well congratulations on all of those rewards! My goodness – SPRING BRIDE just went on my TBR list. I have read several of your books, but I have not read that one.
    As for high tea, I’m afraid I can’t pick just one author. Since this is a imagination exercise, I think I’ll change the rules and invite a whole bunch of you. What foods? I’d be too nervous to even notice. As to where – it will have to be somewhere in England. I saw a lot of Europe in my younger days but never made it to England. I have always regretted it.

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  2. Well congratulations on all of those rewards! My goodness – SPRING BRIDE just went on my TBR list. I have read several of your books, but I have not read that one.
    As for high tea, I’m afraid I can’t pick just one author. Since this is a imagination exercise, I think I’ll change the rules and invite a whole bunch of you. What foods? I’d be too nervous to even notice. As to where – it will have to be somewhere in England. I saw a lot of Europe in my younger days but never made it to England. I have always regretted it.

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  3. Well congratulations on all of those rewards! My goodness – SPRING BRIDE just went on my TBR list. I have read several of your books, but I have not read that one.
    As for high tea, I’m afraid I can’t pick just one author. Since this is a imagination exercise, I think I’ll change the rules and invite a whole bunch of you. What foods? I’d be too nervous to even notice. As to where – it will have to be somewhere in England. I saw a lot of Europe in my younger days but never made it to England. I have always regretted it.

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  4. Well congratulations on all of those rewards! My goodness – SPRING BRIDE just went on my TBR list. I have read several of your books, but I have not read that one.
    As for high tea, I’m afraid I can’t pick just one author. Since this is a imagination exercise, I think I’ll change the rules and invite a whole bunch of you. What foods? I’d be too nervous to even notice. As to where – it will have to be somewhere in England. I saw a lot of Europe in my younger days but never made it to England. I have always regretted it.

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  5. Well congratulations on all of those rewards! My goodness – SPRING BRIDE just went on my TBR list. I have read several of your books, but I have not read that one.
    As for high tea, I’m afraid I can’t pick just one author. Since this is a imagination exercise, I think I’ll change the rules and invite a whole bunch of you. What foods? I’d be too nervous to even notice. As to where – it will have to be somewhere in England. I saw a lot of Europe in my younger days but never made it to England. I have always regretted it.

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  6. Anne, can I have high tea with you? Would that be cheating??? It’s looks lovely, as does the hotel. The cruise ship, not so much. *G*
    Congratulations on those VERY DESERVED awards! I can’t wait for Daisy’s story in July, when she becomes THE SUMMER BRIDE.

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  7. Anne, can I have high tea with you? Would that be cheating??? It’s looks lovely, as does the hotel. The cruise ship, not so much. *G*
    Congratulations on those VERY DESERVED awards! I can’t wait for Daisy’s story in July, when she becomes THE SUMMER BRIDE.

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  8. Anne, can I have high tea with you? Would that be cheating??? It’s looks lovely, as does the hotel. The cruise ship, not so much. *G*
    Congratulations on those VERY DESERVED awards! I can’t wait for Daisy’s story in July, when she becomes THE SUMMER BRIDE.

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  9. Anne, can I have high tea with you? Would that be cheating??? It’s looks lovely, as does the hotel. The cruise ship, not so much. *G*
    Congratulations on those VERY DESERVED awards! I can’t wait for Daisy’s story in July, when she becomes THE SUMMER BRIDE.

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  10. Anne, can I have high tea with you? Would that be cheating??? It’s looks lovely, as does the hotel. The cruise ship, not so much. *G*
    Congratulations on those VERY DESERVED awards! I can’t wait for Daisy’s story in July, when she becomes THE SUMMER BRIDE.

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  11. Thank you, Mary. I think if you joined all the word wenches for afternoon tea, youd find us a friendly, relaxed lot. Actually at my one we were sharing our fan girl moments of when we met various authors, and I shared the time I first met Mary Jo, and gushed all over her. 🙂 And I think England is a lovely choice — perhaps the pump room at Bath — or maybe Nicola could recommend somewhere.

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  12. Thank you, Mary. I think if you joined all the word wenches for afternoon tea, youd find us a friendly, relaxed lot. Actually at my one we were sharing our fan girl moments of when we met various authors, and I shared the time I first met Mary Jo, and gushed all over her. 🙂 And I think England is a lovely choice — perhaps the pump room at Bath — or maybe Nicola could recommend somewhere.

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  13. Thank you, Mary. I think if you joined all the word wenches for afternoon tea, youd find us a friendly, relaxed lot. Actually at my one we were sharing our fan girl moments of when we met various authors, and I shared the time I first met Mary Jo, and gushed all over her. 🙂 And I think England is a lovely choice — perhaps the pump room at Bath — or maybe Nicola could recommend somewhere.

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  14. Thank you, Mary. I think if you joined all the word wenches for afternoon tea, youd find us a friendly, relaxed lot. Actually at my one we were sharing our fan girl moments of when we met various authors, and I shared the time I first met Mary Jo, and gushed all over her. 🙂 And I think England is a lovely choice — perhaps the pump room at Bath — or maybe Nicola could recommend somewhere.

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  15. Thank you, Mary. I think if you joined all the word wenches for afternoon tea, youd find us a friendly, relaxed lot. Actually at my one we were sharing our fan girl moments of when we met various authors, and I shared the time I first met Mary Jo, and gushed all over her. 🙂 And I think England is a lovely choice — perhaps the pump room at Bath — or maybe Nicola could recommend somewhere.

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  16. Hi Anne
    Firstly huge congrats on the awards they are so well deserved big hugs 🙂
    The High Tea was fabulous I had so much fun at your table food was great company awesome we all had so much fun and my surfer dude kept exercising while I ate 🙂 love him and the bracelet and earrings gorgeous 🙂 then the awards night was so much fun as well a very exciting weekend all up as we went out to lunch on Sunday as well 🙂
    Now that is a hard question I have been lucky enough to have high tea with you and Julia Quinn and the cakes were delicious there are so many authors that I would love to meet past and present and of course scones eclairs and vanilla slices tiny dainty ones would be awesome 🙂
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  17. Hi Anne
    Firstly huge congrats on the awards they are so well deserved big hugs 🙂
    The High Tea was fabulous I had so much fun at your table food was great company awesome we all had so much fun and my surfer dude kept exercising while I ate 🙂 love him and the bracelet and earrings gorgeous 🙂 then the awards night was so much fun as well a very exciting weekend all up as we went out to lunch on Sunday as well 🙂
    Now that is a hard question I have been lucky enough to have high tea with you and Julia Quinn and the cakes were delicious there are so many authors that I would love to meet past and present and of course scones eclairs and vanilla slices tiny dainty ones would be awesome 🙂
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  18. Hi Anne
    Firstly huge congrats on the awards they are so well deserved big hugs 🙂
    The High Tea was fabulous I had so much fun at your table food was great company awesome we all had so much fun and my surfer dude kept exercising while I ate 🙂 love him and the bracelet and earrings gorgeous 🙂 then the awards night was so much fun as well a very exciting weekend all up as we went out to lunch on Sunday as well 🙂
    Now that is a hard question I have been lucky enough to have high tea with you and Julia Quinn and the cakes were delicious there are so many authors that I would love to meet past and present and of course scones eclairs and vanilla slices tiny dainty ones would be awesome 🙂
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  19. Hi Anne
    Firstly huge congrats on the awards they are so well deserved big hugs 🙂
    The High Tea was fabulous I had so much fun at your table food was great company awesome we all had so much fun and my surfer dude kept exercising while I ate 🙂 love him and the bracelet and earrings gorgeous 🙂 then the awards night was so much fun as well a very exciting weekend all up as we went out to lunch on Sunday as well 🙂
    Now that is a hard question I have been lucky enough to have high tea with you and Julia Quinn and the cakes were delicious there are so many authors that I would love to meet past and present and of course scones eclairs and vanilla slices tiny dainty ones would be awesome 🙂
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  20. Hi Anne
    Firstly huge congrats on the awards they are so well deserved big hugs 🙂
    The High Tea was fabulous I had so much fun at your table food was great company awesome we all had so much fun and my surfer dude kept exercising while I ate 🙂 love him and the bracelet and earrings gorgeous 🙂 then the awards night was so much fun as well a very exciting weekend all up as we went out to lunch on Sunday as well 🙂
    Now that is a hard question I have been lucky enough to have high tea with you and Julia Quinn and the cakes were delicious there are so many authors that I would love to meet past and present and of course scones eclairs and vanilla slices tiny dainty ones would be awesome 🙂
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  21. Thanks, Helen — I remember meeting you at an RWA dinner, and Anna Campbell brought you up and introduced you to me as a reader of my books, and half way through the conversation I said, “Oh! Are you HaveFunHelen?” — because that’s how you always signed your emails and blog comments — and you were! And then I had to hug you. 🙂 Thank YOU for all the support you give to romance authors and books.

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  22. Thanks, Helen — I remember meeting you at an RWA dinner, and Anna Campbell brought you up and introduced you to me as a reader of my books, and half way through the conversation I said, “Oh! Are you HaveFunHelen?” — because that’s how you always signed your emails and blog comments — and you were! And then I had to hug you. 🙂 Thank YOU for all the support you give to romance authors and books.

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  23. Thanks, Helen — I remember meeting you at an RWA dinner, and Anna Campbell brought you up and introduced you to me as a reader of my books, and half way through the conversation I said, “Oh! Are you HaveFunHelen?” — because that’s how you always signed your emails and blog comments — and you were! And then I had to hug you. 🙂 Thank YOU for all the support you give to romance authors and books.

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  24. Thanks, Helen — I remember meeting you at an RWA dinner, and Anna Campbell brought you up and introduced you to me as a reader of my books, and half way through the conversation I said, “Oh! Are you HaveFunHelen?” — because that’s how you always signed your emails and blog comments — and you were! And then I had to hug you. 🙂 Thank YOU for all the support you give to romance authors and books.

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  25. Thanks, Helen — I remember meeting you at an RWA dinner, and Anna Campbell brought you up and introduced you to me as a reader of my books, and half way through the conversation I said, “Oh! Are you HaveFunHelen?” — because that’s how you always signed your emails and blog comments — and you were! And then I had to hug you. 🙂 Thank YOU for all the support you give to romance authors and books.

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  26. Many congratulations! All deserved, of course, but it must be so satisfying for you.
    And those ships are just ridiculously big. They dwarf everywhere they go, which must rather spoil the places for their passengers, wouldn’t you think? as well as the poor people being visited.
    Choosing an author out of thin air is too hard — there are many I’d love to listen to! Easier to choose afternoon tea: smoked salmon sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, plain scones with strawberry jam and thick (clotted) cream, and little French fancy cakes, the sort with sweet icing covering them all over with a little bubble of sweet cream under the top. Can you tell I love afternoon tea? It’s the one time I’d actually drink tea, too, because it would be properly made in a teapot, with a little silver strainer to catch the tea leaves, poured into beautiful china.

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  27. Many congratulations! All deserved, of course, but it must be so satisfying for you.
    And those ships are just ridiculously big. They dwarf everywhere they go, which must rather spoil the places for their passengers, wouldn’t you think? as well as the poor people being visited.
    Choosing an author out of thin air is too hard — there are many I’d love to listen to! Easier to choose afternoon tea: smoked salmon sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, plain scones with strawberry jam and thick (clotted) cream, and little French fancy cakes, the sort with sweet icing covering them all over with a little bubble of sweet cream under the top. Can you tell I love afternoon tea? It’s the one time I’d actually drink tea, too, because it would be properly made in a teapot, with a little silver strainer to catch the tea leaves, poured into beautiful china.

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  28. Many congratulations! All deserved, of course, but it must be so satisfying for you.
    And those ships are just ridiculously big. They dwarf everywhere they go, which must rather spoil the places for their passengers, wouldn’t you think? as well as the poor people being visited.
    Choosing an author out of thin air is too hard — there are many I’d love to listen to! Easier to choose afternoon tea: smoked salmon sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, plain scones with strawberry jam and thick (clotted) cream, and little French fancy cakes, the sort with sweet icing covering them all over with a little bubble of sweet cream under the top. Can you tell I love afternoon tea? It’s the one time I’d actually drink tea, too, because it would be properly made in a teapot, with a little silver strainer to catch the tea leaves, poured into beautiful china.

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  29. Many congratulations! All deserved, of course, but it must be so satisfying for you.
    And those ships are just ridiculously big. They dwarf everywhere they go, which must rather spoil the places for their passengers, wouldn’t you think? as well as the poor people being visited.
    Choosing an author out of thin air is too hard — there are many I’d love to listen to! Easier to choose afternoon tea: smoked salmon sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, plain scones with strawberry jam and thick (clotted) cream, and little French fancy cakes, the sort with sweet icing covering them all over with a little bubble of sweet cream under the top. Can you tell I love afternoon tea? It’s the one time I’d actually drink tea, too, because it would be properly made in a teapot, with a little silver strainer to catch the tea leaves, poured into beautiful china.

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  30. Many congratulations! All deserved, of course, but it must be so satisfying for you.
    And those ships are just ridiculously big. They dwarf everywhere they go, which must rather spoil the places for their passengers, wouldn’t you think? as well as the poor people being visited.
    Choosing an author out of thin air is too hard — there are many I’d love to listen to! Easier to choose afternoon tea: smoked salmon sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, plain scones with strawberry jam and thick (clotted) cream, and little French fancy cakes, the sort with sweet icing covering them all over with a little bubble of sweet cream under the top. Can you tell I love afternoon tea? It’s the one time I’d actually drink tea, too, because it would be properly made in a teapot, with a little silver strainer to catch the tea leaves, poured into beautiful china.

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  31. Thanks, Helena, but I truly didnt expect it at all. Had I not been given two speeches by friends to read out if they won (in other categories) I might not even have written a brief speech. But I’m thrilled, of course. As for your afternoon tea, yes indeed. I was interested to see you specified plain scones with jam and cream — until I experienced high tea in a US hotel, I’d never seen fruit scones served with anything other than butter. As for the lovely china, when I was a child and we had visitors, it was my job to get out the various cup, saucer and plate sets from the buffet cupboard — handling them very carefully — and wash and dry them, match them all up and set them out ready for afternoon tea. I loved that ritual — well, not the washing and drying, but the matching up — and still have many of those sets from my mother and grandmother, as well as some of my own.

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  32. Thanks, Helena, but I truly didnt expect it at all. Had I not been given two speeches by friends to read out if they won (in other categories) I might not even have written a brief speech. But I’m thrilled, of course. As for your afternoon tea, yes indeed. I was interested to see you specified plain scones with jam and cream — until I experienced high tea in a US hotel, I’d never seen fruit scones served with anything other than butter. As for the lovely china, when I was a child and we had visitors, it was my job to get out the various cup, saucer and plate sets from the buffet cupboard — handling them very carefully — and wash and dry them, match them all up and set them out ready for afternoon tea. I loved that ritual — well, not the washing and drying, but the matching up — and still have many of those sets from my mother and grandmother, as well as some of my own.

    Reply
  33. Thanks, Helena, but I truly didnt expect it at all. Had I not been given two speeches by friends to read out if they won (in other categories) I might not even have written a brief speech. But I’m thrilled, of course. As for your afternoon tea, yes indeed. I was interested to see you specified plain scones with jam and cream — until I experienced high tea in a US hotel, I’d never seen fruit scones served with anything other than butter. As for the lovely china, when I was a child and we had visitors, it was my job to get out the various cup, saucer and plate sets from the buffet cupboard — handling them very carefully — and wash and dry them, match them all up and set them out ready for afternoon tea. I loved that ritual — well, not the washing and drying, but the matching up — and still have many of those sets from my mother and grandmother, as well as some of my own.

    Reply
  34. Thanks, Helena, but I truly didnt expect it at all. Had I not been given two speeches by friends to read out if they won (in other categories) I might not even have written a brief speech. But I’m thrilled, of course. As for your afternoon tea, yes indeed. I was interested to see you specified plain scones with jam and cream — until I experienced high tea in a US hotel, I’d never seen fruit scones served with anything other than butter. As for the lovely china, when I was a child and we had visitors, it was my job to get out the various cup, saucer and plate sets from the buffet cupboard — handling them very carefully — and wash and dry them, match them all up and set them out ready for afternoon tea. I loved that ritual — well, not the washing and drying, but the matching up — and still have many of those sets from my mother and grandmother, as well as some of my own.

    Reply
  35. Thanks, Helena, but I truly didnt expect it at all. Had I not been given two speeches by friends to read out if they won (in other categories) I might not even have written a brief speech. But I’m thrilled, of course. As for your afternoon tea, yes indeed. I was interested to see you specified plain scones with jam and cream — until I experienced high tea in a US hotel, I’d never seen fruit scones served with anything other than butter. As for the lovely china, when I was a child and we had visitors, it was my job to get out the various cup, saucer and plate sets from the buffet cupboard — handling them very carefully — and wash and dry them, match them all up and set them out ready for afternoon tea. I loved that ritual — well, not the washing and drying, but the matching up — and still have many of those sets from my mother and grandmother, as well as some of my own.

    Reply
  36. Thanks, but I don’t really want to go to high tea in Las Vegas, Mary Jo. When in Vegas (or elsewhere) I shall do Vegas (or elsewhere) things. 😉 Though I have no interest in gambling.
    I actually don’t crave high tea at all — am not a cake person. At mine I mostly ate sandwiches and savory things — I think I ate one tiny cheesecake thingie.
    But I love preparing an afternoon tea for visitors. I rarely bake, but I do enjoy making lots of fiddly little things and serving them up to guests on pretty plates with pretty cups etc.

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  37. Thanks, but I don’t really want to go to high tea in Las Vegas, Mary Jo. When in Vegas (or elsewhere) I shall do Vegas (or elsewhere) things. 😉 Though I have no interest in gambling.
    I actually don’t crave high tea at all — am not a cake person. At mine I mostly ate sandwiches and savory things — I think I ate one tiny cheesecake thingie.
    But I love preparing an afternoon tea for visitors. I rarely bake, but I do enjoy making lots of fiddly little things and serving them up to guests on pretty plates with pretty cups etc.

    Reply
  38. Thanks, but I don’t really want to go to high tea in Las Vegas, Mary Jo. When in Vegas (or elsewhere) I shall do Vegas (or elsewhere) things. 😉 Though I have no interest in gambling.
    I actually don’t crave high tea at all — am not a cake person. At mine I mostly ate sandwiches and savory things — I think I ate one tiny cheesecake thingie.
    But I love preparing an afternoon tea for visitors. I rarely bake, but I do enjoy making lots of fiddly little things and serving them up to guests on pretty plates with pretty cups etc.

    Reply
  39. Thanks, but I don’t really want to go to high tea in Las Vegas, Mary Jo. When in Vegas (or elsewhere) I shall do Vegas (or elsewhere) things. 😉 Though I have no interest in gambling.
    I actually don’t crave high tea at all — am not a cake person. At mine I mostly ate sandwiches and savory things — I think I ate one tiny cheesecake thingie.
    But I love preparing an afternoon tea for visitors. I rarely bake, but I do enjoy making lots of fiddly little things and serving them up to guests on pretty plates with pretty cups etc.

    Reply
  40. Thanks, but I don’t really want to go to high tea in Las Vegas, Mary Jo. When in Vegas (or elsewhere) I shall do Vegas (or elsewhere) things. 😉 Though I have no interest in gambling.
    I actually don’t crave high tea at all — am not a cake person. At mine I mostly ate sandwiches and savory things — I think I ate one tiny cheesecake thingie.
    But I love preparing an afternoon tea for visitors. I rarely bake, but I do enjoy making lots of fiddly little things and serving them up to guests on pretty plates with pretty cups etc.

    Reply
  41. Anne, Congratulations on your awards which are all very well deserved. I’m delighted that your wonderful books have gained such recognition. Well done, you!
    Also, loved The Rocks when I visited Sydney. It felt very real and personal, not all big-city-ish. I guess it seemed more on a human scale than all the other places I visited. You could really imagine actual people building those places by hand, which of course, they did. One of my favorite memories of Sydney.
    Tea with Georgette Heyer, please. Unless I can have it with Jane Austen. I’m not going to worry about the menu. The conversation would be treat enough. And I’m going as a listener. I’m not going to talk. So Ms Heyer and/or Ms Austen can invite whoever else they want!

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  42. Anne, Congratulations on your awards which are all very well deserved. I’m delighted that your wonderful books have gained such recognition. Well done, you!
    Also, loved The Rocks when I visited Sydney. It felt very real and personal, not all big-city-ish. I guess it seemed more on a human scale than all the other places I visited. You could really imagine actual people building those places by hand, which of course, they did. One of my favorite memories of Sydney.
    Tea with Georgette Heyer, please. Unless I can have it with Jane Austen. I’m not going to worry about the menu. The conversation would be treat enough. And I’m going as a listener. I’m not going to talk. So Ms Heyer and/or Ms Austen can invite whoever else they want!

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  43. Anne, Congratulations on your awards which are all very well deserved. I’m delighted that your wonderful books have gained such recognition. Well done, you!
    Also, loved The Rocks when I visited Sydney. It felt very real and personal, not all big-city-ish. I guess it seemed more on a human scale than all the other places I visited. You could really imagine actual people building those places by hand, which of course, they did. One of my favorite memories of Sydney.
    Tea with Georgette Heyer, please. Unless I can have it with Jane Austen. I’m not going to worry about the menu. The conversation would be treat enough. And I’m going as a listener. I’m not going to talk. So Ms Heyer and/or Ms Austen can invite whoever else they want!

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  44. Anne, Congratulations on your awards which are all very well deserved. I’m delighted that your wonderful books have gained such recognition. Well done, you!
    Also, loved The Rocks when I visited Sydney. It felt very real and personal, not all big-city-ish. I guess it seemed more on a human scale than all the other places I visited. You could really imagine actual people building those places by hand, which of course, they did. One of my favorite memories of Sydney.
    Tea with Georgette Heyer, please. Unless I can have it with Jane Austen. I’m not going to worry about the menu. The conversation would be treat enough. And I’m going as a listener. I’m not going to talk. So Ms Heyer and/or Ms Austen can invite whoever else they want!

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  45. Anne, Congratulations on your awards which are all very well deserved. I’m delighted that your wonderful books have gained such recognition. Well done, you!
    Also, loved The Rocks when I visited Sydney. It felt very real and personal, not all big-city-ish. I guess it seemed more on a human scale than all the other places I visited. You could really imagine actual people building those places by hand, which of course, they did. One of my favorite memories of Sydney.
    Tea with Georgette Heyer, please. Unless I can have it with Jane Austen. I’m not going to worry about the menu. The conversation would be treat enough. And I’m going as a listener. I’m not going to talk. So Ms Heyer and/or Ms Austen can invite whoever else they want!

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  46. Congratulations on your awards Anne! I hate to admit that I’ve not yet read any of your books, something I clearly need to rectify and soon. I would happily sit at the same table as Anne McAllster as I grew up with Georgette Heyer and Jane Austin and adore their books. Mind you, I’d happily have sat at any of the tables on Saturday If I’d had half a chance.

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  47. Congratulations on your awards Anne! I hate to admit that I’ve not yet read any of your books, something I clearly need to rectify and soon. I would happily sit at the same table as Anne McAllster as I grew up with Georgette Heyer and Jane Austin and adore their books. Mind you, I’d happily have sat at any of the tables on Saturday If I’d had half a chance.

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  48. Congratulations on your awards Anne! I hate to admit that I’ve not yet read any of your books, something I clearly need to rectify and soon. I would happily sit at the same table as Anne McAllster as I grew up with Georgette Heyer and Jane Austin and adore their books. Mind you, I’d happily have sat at any of the tables on Saturday If I’d had half a chance.

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  49. Congratulations on your awards Anne! I hate to admit that I’ve not yet read any of your books, something I clearly need to rectify and soon. I would happily sit at the same table as Anne McAllster as I grew up with Georgette Heyer and Jane Austin and adore their books. Mind you, I’d happily have sat at any of the tables on Saturday If I’d had half a chance.

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  50. Congratulations on your awards Anne! I hate to admit that I’ve not yet read any of your books, something I clearly need to rectify and soon. I would happily sit at the same table as Anne McAllster as I grew up with Georgette Heyer and Jane Austin and adore their books. Mind you, I’d happily have sat at any of the tables on Saturday If I’d had half a chance.

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  51. Thanks Shelagh.
    No pressure to read my books at all.
    I also grew up on Georgette Heyer and she’s the reason I write books set in the Regency. 🙂 I think all the people at the high tea on Saturday had a lovely time. The writers wrote contemporary romance, romantic suspense, rural romance, and historical romance. I suspect most romance readers enjoy a wide variety of romance.

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  52. Thanks Shelagh.
    No pressure to read my books at all.
    I also grew up on Georgette Heyer and she’s the reason I write books set in the Regency. 🙂 I think all the people at the high tea on Saturday had a lovely time. The writers wrote contemporary romance, romantic suspense, rural romance, and historical romance. I suspect most romance readers enjoy a wide variety of romance.

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  53. Thanks Shelagh.
    No pressure to read my books at all.
    I also grew up on Georgette Heyer and she’s the reason I write books set in the Regency. 🙂 I think all the people at the high tea on Saturday had a lovely time. The writers wrote contemporary romance, romantic suspense, rural romance, and historical romance. I suspect most romance readers enjoy a wide variety of romance.

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  54. Thanks Shelagh.
    No pressure to read my books at all.
    I also grew up on Georgette Heyer and she’s the reason I write books set in the Regency. 🙂 I think all the people at the high tea on Saturday had a lovely time. The writers wrote contemporary romance, romantic suspense, rural romance, and historical romance. I suspect most romance readers enjoy a wide variety of romance.

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  55. Thanks Shelagh.
    No pressure to read my books at all.
    I also grew up on Georgette Heyer and she’s the reason I write books set in the Regency. 🙂 I think all the people at the high tea on Saturday had a lovely time. The writers wrote contemporary romance, romantic suspense, rural romance, and historical romance. I suspect most romance readers enjoy a wide variety of romance.

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  56. Congratulations on all your awards!
    I would be happy to have high tea with any and all of the Word Wenches. And The Rocks in Sydney sounds like the perfect location, I love historic areas. I’d have those open fresh fruit tarts with a custard base, as well as the salmon and cucumber sandwiches. My second choice would be here at my house, because I love to bake, and I’ve got some lovely tea sets. Some are family hand-me-downs, but I can’t seem to resist collecting them, although I rarely have an occasion to use them.

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  57. Congratulations on all your awards!
    I would be happy to have high tea with any and all of the Word Wenches. And The Rocks in Sydney sounds like the perfect location, I love historic areas. I’d have those open fresh fruit tarts with a custard base, as well as the salmon and cucumber sandwiches. My second choice would be here at my house, because I love to bake, and I’ve got some lovely tea sets. Some are family hand-me-downs, but I can’t seem to resist collecting them, although I rarely have an occasion to use them.

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  58. Congratulations on all your awards!
    I would be happy to have high tea with any and all of the Word Wenches. And The Rocks in Sydney sounds like the perfect location, I love historic areas. I’d have those open fresh fruit tarts with a custard base, as well as the salmon and cucumber sandwiches. My second choice would be here at my house, because I love to bake, and I’ve got some lovely tea sets. Some are family hand-me-downs, but I can’t seem to resist collecting them, although I rarely have an occasion to use them.

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  59. Congratulations on all your awards!
    I would be happy to have high tea with any and all of the Word Wenches. And The Rocks in Sydney sounds like the perfect location, I love historic areas. I’d have those open fresh fruit tarts with a custard base, as well as the salmon and cucumber sandwiches. My second choice would be here at my house, because I love to bake, and I’ve got some lovely tea sets. Some are family hand-me-downs, but I can’t seem to resist collecting them, although I rarely have an occasion to use them.

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  60. Congratulations on all your awards!
    I would be happy to have high tea with any and all of the Word Wenches. And The Rocks in Sydney sounds like the perfect location, I love historic areas. I’d have those open fresh fruit tarts with a custard base, as well as the salmon and cucumber sandwiches. My second choice would be here at my house, because I love to bake, and I’ve got some lovely tea sets. Some are family hand-me-downs, but I can’t seem to resist collecting them, although I rarely have an occasion to use them.

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  61. I don’t think I could pick just one author. I’d love a table with just me and 6-8 authors where I could just sit and listen to them “talk shop” as it used to be called. I’d want you, Eloisa James, Grace Burrowes, Elizabeth Boyle, Elizabeth Hoyt, Sara Humphreys, Shana Galen, Mary Jo Putney, and Mary Balogh at the least.
    As for what I’d want served, I’m not sure as I don’t believe I’ve actually had a true high tea. I would love to try a traditional on such as would be served in London. I’d love to have it in Almacks in London or the Pump Room in Bath.

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  62. I don’t think I could pick just one author. I’d love a table with just me and 6-8 authors where I could just sit and listen to them “talk shop” as it used to be called. I’d want you, Eloisa James, Grace Burrowes, Elizabeth Boyle, Elizabeth Hoyt, Sara Humphreys, Shana Galen, Mary Jo Putney, and Mary Balogh at the least.
    As for what I’d want served, I’m not sure as I don’t believe I’ve actually had a true high tea. I would love to try a traditional on such as would be served in London. I’d love to have it in Almacks in London or the Pump Room in Bath.

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  63. I don’t think I could pick just one author. I’d love a table with just me and 6-8 authors where I could just sit and listen to them “talk shop” as it used to be called. I’d want you, Eloisa James, Grace Burrowes, Elizabeth Boyle, Elizabeth Hoyt, Sara Humphreys, Shana Galen, Mary Jo Putney, and Mary Balogh at the least.
    As for what I’d want served, I’m not sure as I don’t believe I’ve actually had a true high tea. I would love to try a traditional on such as would be served in London. I’d love to have it in Almacks in London or the Pump Room in Bath.

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  64. I don’t think I could pick just one author. I’d love a table with just me and 6-8 authors where I could just sit and listen to them “talk shop” as it used to be called. I’d want you, Eloisa James, Grace Burrowes, Elizabeth Boyle, Elizabeth Hoyt, Sara Humphreys, Shana Galen, Mary Jo Putney, and Mary Balogh at the least.
    As for what I’d want served, I’m not sure as I don’t believe I’ve actually had a true high tea. I would love to try a traditional on such as would be served in London. I’d love to have it in Almacks in London or the Pump Room in Bath.

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  65. I don’t think I could pick just one author. I’d love a table with just me and 6-8 authors where I could just sit and listen to them “talk shop” as it used to be called. I’d want you, Eloisa James, Grace Burrowes, Elizabeth Boyle, Elizabeth Hoyt, Sara Humphreys, Shana Galen, Mary Jo Putney, and Mary Balogh at the least.
    As for what I’d want served, I’m not sure as I don’t believe I’ve actually had a true high tea. I would love to try a traditional on such as would be served in London. I’d love to have it in Almacks in London or the Pump Room in Bath.

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  66. It was a lovely High Tea, and I wanted to sit at *all* the tables! I love your photos from The Rocks area, Anne. I did a walking tour there recently, and was surprised at the little lanes and such that are actually public property, even when they seem to lead directly through a house! Such an amazing jumble to enjoy and poke around in.

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  67. It was a lovely High Tea, and I wanted to sit at *all* the tables! I love your photos from The Rocks area, Anne. I did a walking tour there recently, and was surprised at the little lanes and such that are actually public property, even when they seem to lead directly through a house! Such an amazing jumble to enjoy and poke around in.

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  68. It was a lovely High Tea, and I wanted to sit at *all* the tables! I love your photos from The Rocks area, Anne. I did a walking tour there recently, and was surprised at the little lanes and such that are actually public property, even when they seem to lead directly through a house! Such an amazing jumble to enjoy and poke around in.

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  69. It was a lovely High Tea, and I wanted to sit at *all* the tables! I love your photos from The Rocks area, Anne. I did a walking tour there recently, and was surprised at the little lanes and such that are actually public property, even when they seem to lead directly through a house! Such an amazing jumble to enjoy and poke around in.

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  70. It was a lovely High Tea, and I wanted to sit at *all* the tables! I love your photos from The Rocks area, Anne. I did a walking tour there recently, and was surprised at the little lanes and such that are actually public property, even when they seem to lead directly through a house! Such an amazing jumble to enjoy and poke around in.

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  71. I too congratulate you on the awards. I know you deserve them.
    As to the tea — I agree with all those above who have suggested “me and a bunch of authors”. I would sit and listen in awed fashion. But being me, I’m sure I would talk also — maybe talk too much.
    As for food, I haven’t had a high tea. Like Anne, I’m more of a savory eater than a sweet eater, but any foods would do.

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  72. I too congratulate you on the awards. I know you deserve them.
    As to the tea — I agree with all those above who have suggested “me and a bunch of authors”. I would sit and listen in awed fashion. But being me, I’m sure I would talk also — maybe talk too much.
    As for food, I haven’t had a high tea. Like Anne, I’m more of a savory eater than a sweet eater, but any foods would do.

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  73. I too congratulate you on the awards. I know you deserve them.
    As to the tea — I agree with all those above who have suggested “me and a bunch of authors”. I would sit and listen in awed fashion. But being me, I’m sure I would talk also — maybe talk too much.
    As for food, I haven’t had a high tea. Like Anne, I’m more of a savory eater than a sweet eater, but any foods would do.

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  74. I too congratulate you on the awards. I know you deserve them.
    As to the tea — I agree with all those above who have suggested “me and a bunch of authors”. I would sit and listen in awed fashion. But being me, I’m sure I would talk also — maybe talk too much.
    As for food, I haven’t had a high tea. Like Anne, I’m more of a savory eater than a sweet eater, but any foods would do.

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  75. I too congratulate you on the awards. I know you deserve them.
    As to the tea — I agree with all those above who have suggested “me and a bunch of authors”. I would sit and listen in awed fashion. But being me, I’m sure I would talk also — maybe talk too much.
    As for food, I haven’t had a high tea. Like Anne, I’m more of a savory eater than a sweet eater, but any foods would do.

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  76. Thanks, Cara/Andrea — There was a plan, back in the 60s to knock down all these quirky old buildings, but a couple of building trade unions placed green bans (forbidding demolition) on them — and since their members were the ones who would do the knocking down, the buildings survived — thank goodness. And of course you’d be very welcome if ever you decided to come downunder. 😉

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  77. Thanks, Cara/Andrea — There was a plan, back in the 60s to knock down all these quirky old buildings, but a couple of building trade unions placed green bans (forbidding demolition) on them — and since their members were the ones who would do the knocking down, the buildings survived — thank goodness. And of course you’d be very welcome if ever you decided to come downunder. 😉

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  78. Thanks, Cara/Andrea — There was a plan, back in the 60s to knock down all these quirky old buildings, but a couple of building trade unions placed green bans (forbidding demolition) on them — and since their members were the ones who would do the knocking down, the buildings survived — thank goodness. And of course you’d be very welcome if ever you decided to come downunder. 😉

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  79. Thanks, Cara/Andrea — There was a plan, back in the 60s to knock down all these quirky old buildings, but a couple of building trade unions placed green bans (forbidding demolition) on them — and since their members were the ones who would do the knocking down, the buildings survived — thank goodness. And of course you’d be very welcome if ever you decided to come downunder. 😉

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  80. Thanks, Cara/Andrea — There was a plan, back in the 60s to knock down all these quirky old buildings, but a couple of building trade unions placed green bans (forbidding demolition) on them — and since their members were the ones who would do the knocking down, the buildings survived — thank goodness. And of course you’d be very welcome if ever you decided to come downunder. 😉

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  81. Yes, congratulations on all the awards, Anne. Well done, and well deserved!
    I went through a period of Sitting at the Feet of Distinguished Authors – in this case, science fiction ones – and while the conversation was often stimulating, other times it mostly turned to hitting on attractive young women, and too often we who were there for the talk wound up being ignored but picking up the check anyway. I became disillusioned.
    Having lunch with a romance author, or a bunch of them, is a different experience. There’s good talk, a lot of laughter, and one comes away feeling cheered up rather than stupid and exploited.
    I have enjoyed the high teas I’ve attended – including Anne’s flyover visit to LA – but I don’t want to eat that food anymore. I’m over it. Can we go get some good onion soup or a burger instead? 🙂

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  82. Yes, congratulations on all the awards, Anne. Well done, and well deserved!
    I went through a period of Sitting at the Feet of Distinguished Authors – in this case, science fiction ones – and while the conversation was often stimulating, other times it mostly turned to hitting on attractive young women, and too often we who were there for the talk wound up being ignored but picking up the check anyway. I became disillusioned.
    Having lunch with a romance author, or a bunch of them, is a different experience. There’s good talk, a lot of laughter, and one comes away feeling cheered up rather than stupid and exploited.
    I have enjoyed the high teas I’ve attended – including Anne’s flyover visit to LA – but I don’t want to eat that food anymore. I’m over it. Can we go get some good onion soup or a burger instead? 🙂

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  83. Yes, congratulations on all the awards, Anne. Well done, and well deserved!
    I went through a period of Sitting at the Feet of Distinguished Authors – in this case, science fiction ones – and while the conversation was often stimulating, other times it mostly turned to hitting on attractive young women, and too often we who were there for the talk wound up being ignored but picking up the check anyway. I became disillusioned.
    Having lunch with a romance author, or a bunch of them, is a different experience. There’s good talk, a lot of laughter, and one comes away feeling cheered up rather than stupid and exploited.
    I have enjoyed the high teas I’ve attended – including Anne’s flyover visit to LA – but I don’t want to eat that food anymore. I’m over it. Can we go get some good onion soup or a burger instead? 🙂

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  84. Yes, congratulations on all the awards, Anne. Well done, and well deserved!
    I went through a period of Sitting at the Feet of Distinguished Authors – in this case, science fiction ones – and while the conversation was often stimulating, other times it mostly turned to hitting on attractive young women, and too often we who were there for the talk wound up being ignored but picking up the check anyway. I became disillusioned.
    Having lunch with a romance author, or a bunch of them, is a different experience. There’s good talk, a lot of laughter, and one comes away feeling cheered up rather than stupid and exploited.
    I have enjoyed the high teas I’ve attended – including Anne’s flyover visit to LA – but I don’t want to eat that food anymore. I’m over it. Can we go get some good onion soup or a burger instead? 🙂

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  85. Yes, congratulations on all the awards, Anne. Well done, and well deserved!
    I went through a period of Sitting at the Feet of Distinguished Authors – in this case, science fiction ones – and while the conversation was often stimulating, other times it mostly turned to hitting on attractive young women, and too often we who were there for the talk wound up being ignored but picking up the check anyway. I became disillusioned.
    Having lunch with a romance author, or a bunch of them, is a different experience. There’s good talk, a lot of laughter, and one comes away feeling cheered up rather than stupid and exploited.
    I have enjoyed the high teas I’ve attended – including Anne’s flyover visit to LA – but I don’t want to eat that food anymore. I’m over it. Can we go get some good onion soup or a burger instead? 🙂

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  86. Huge Congrats on the awards, Anne! The entire adventure sounds like such a lovely time.
    I love a high tea. I love all of the little foods. I remember being invited to several high teas as a child. The organist at the Methodist chapel we attended was a very proper lady and when she invited us to her home for tea it was always quite elegant. I loved the water cress sandwiches and the cucumber sandwiches (both served on buttered bread, of course.) And her scones were out of this world! The butter was local made. Sigh. I long for one of those sandwiches or for one of her scones with jam and real cream.
    There are so many fabulous authors with whom I would love to have tea we would have to hold it at Chatsworth to accommodate all of you! I wonder if the current Duke will allow me the use of the premises?

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  87. Huge Congrats on the awards, Anne! The entire adventure sounds like such a lovely time.
    I love a high tea. I love all of the little foods. I remember being invited to several high teas as a child. The organist at the Methodist chapel we attended was a very proper lady and when she invited us to her home for tea it was always quite elegant. I loved the water cress sandwiches and the cucumber sandwiches (both served on buttered bread, of course.) And her scones were out of this world! The butter was local made. Sigh. I long for one of those sandwiches or for one of her scones with jam and real cream.
    There are so many fabulous authors with whom I would love to have tea we would have to hold it at Chatsworth to accommodate all of you! I wonder if the current Duke will allow me the use of the premises?

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  88. Huge Congrats on the awards, Anne! The entire adventure sounds like such a lovely time.
    I love a high tea. I love all of the little foods. I remember being invited to several high teas as a child. The organist at the Methodist chapel we attended was a very proper lady and when she invited us to her home for tea it was always quite elegant. I loved the water cress sandwiches and the cucumber sandwiches (both served on buttered bread, of course.) And her scones were out of this world! The butter was local made. Sigh. I long for one of those sandwiches or for one of her scones with jam and real cream.
    There are so many fabulous authors with whom I would love to have tea we would have to hold it at Chatsworth to accommodate all of you! I wonder if the current Duke will allow me the use of the premises?

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  89. Huge Congrats on the awards, Anne! The entire adventure sounds like such a lovely time.
    I love a high tea. I love all of the little foods. I remember being invited to several high teas as a child. The organist at the Methodist chapel we attended was a very proper lady and when she invited us to her home for tea it was always quite elegant. I loved the water cress sandwiches and the cucumber sandwiches (both served on buttered bread, of course.) And her scones were out of this world! The butter was local made. Sigh. I long for one of those sandwiches or for one of her scones with jam and real cream.
    There are so many fabulous authors with whom I would love to have tea we would have to hold it at Chatsworth to accommodate all of you! I wonder if the current Duke will allow me the use of the premises?

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  90. Huge Congrats on the awards, Anne! The entire adventure sounds like such a lovely time.
    I love a high tea. I love all of the little foods. I remember being invited to several high teas as a child. The organist at the Methodist chapel we attended was a very proper lady and when she invited us to her home for tea it was always quite elegant. I loved the water cress sandwiches and the cucumber sandwiches (both served on buttered bread, of course.) And her scones were out of this world! The butter was local made. Sigh. I long for one of those sandwiches or for one of her scones with jam and real cream.
    There are so many fabulous authors with whom I would love to have tea we would have to hold it at Chatsworth to accommodate all of you! I wonder if the current Duke will allow me the use of the premises?

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  91. Thanks, Karin, I think that would make for a lovely gathering. Actually the wenches have never been all together at one time yet — four or five of us at once is the best I’ve experienced — but we live in hope. And I do understand about the tea sets. I have far too many, but I still keep them.

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  92. Thanks, Molly — I think that sounds like great company, and either of those places sound perfect — though I don’t think Almacks was known for excellent teas or even suppers, so I’d advise the pump room in Bath, or some excellent London hotel. And given the company, I might sneak in there too 😉

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  93. Thanks, Karin, I think that would make for a lovely gathering. Actually the wenches have never been all together at one time yet — four or five of us at once is the best I’ve experienced — but we live in hope. And I do understand about the tea sets. I have far too many, but I still keep them.

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  94. Thanks, Molly — I think that sounds like great company, and either of those places sound perfect — though I don’t think Almacks was known for excellent teas or even suppers, so I’d advise the pump room in Bath, or some excellent London hotel. And given the company, I might sneak in there too 😉

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  95. Thanks, Karin, I think that would make for a lovely gathering. Actually the wenches have never been all together at one time yet — four or five of us at once is the best I’ve experienced — but we live in hope. And I do understand about the tea sets. I have far too many, but I still keep them.

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  96. Thanks, Molly — I think that sounds like great company, and either of those places sound perfect — though I don’t think Almacks was known for excellent teas or even suppers, so I’d advise the pump room in Bath, or some excellent London hotel. And given the company, I might sneak in there too 😉

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  97. Thanks, Karin, I think that would make for a lovely gathering. Actually the wenches have never been all together at one time yet — four or five of us at once is the best I’ve experienced — but we live in hope. And I do understand about the tea sets. I have far too many, but I still keep them.

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  98. Thanks, Molly — I think that sounds like great company, and either of those places sound perfect — though I don’t think Almacks was known for excellent teas or even suppers, so I’d advise the pump room in Bath, or some excellent London hotel. And given the company, I might sneak in there too 😉

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  99. Thanks, Karin, I think that would make for a lovely gathering. Actually the wenches have never been all together at one time yet — four or five of us at once is the best I’ve experienced — but we live in hope. And I do understand about the tea sets. I have far too many, but I still keep them.

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  100. Thanks, Molly — I think that sounds like great company, and either of those places sound perfect — though I don’t think Almacks was known for excellent teas or even suppers, so I’d advise the pump room in Bath, or some excellent London hotel. And given the company, I might sneak in there too 😉

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  101. You nailed it, Malvina — it is a delightful jumble of lanes and buildings — probably like so many old cities and towns once were, but so many of them have been cleared up and tall square buildings and straight streets have replaced them, it’s a delight to wander The Rocks and see what happens when a town just grows. And the afternoon tea was fun, wasn’t it? I wouldn’t have minded table-hopping either — I did a bit of it at the dinner. Maybe we could do a kind of slow and leisurely speed dating another time.

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  102. You nailed it, Malvina — it is a delightful jumble of lanes and buildings — probably like so many old cities and towns once were, but so many of them have been cleared up and tall square buildings and straight streets have replaced them, it’s a delight to wander The Rocks and see what happens when a town just grows. And the afternoon tea was fun, wasn’t it? I wouldn’t have minded table-hopping either — I did a bit of it at the dinner. Maybe we could do a kind of slow and leisurely speed dating another time.

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  103. You nailed it, Malvina — it is a delightful jumble of lanes and buildings — probably like so many old cities and towns once were, but so many of them have been cleared up and tall square buildings and straight streets have replaced them, it’s a delight to wander The Rocks and see what happens when a town just grows. And the afternoon tea was fun, wasn’t it? I wouldn’t have minded table-hopping either — I did a bit of it at the dinner. Maybe we could do a kind of slow and leisurely speed dating another time.

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  104. You nailed it, Malvina — it is a delightful jumble of lanes and buildings — probably like so many old cities and towns once were, but so many of them have been cleared up and tall square buildings and straight streets have replaced them, it’s a delight to wander The Rocks and see what happens when a town just grows. And the afternoon tea was fun, wasn’t it? I wouldn’t have minded table-hopping either — I did a bit of it at the dinner. Maybe we could do a kind of slow and leisurely speed dating another time.

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  105. You nailed it, Malvina — it is a delightful jumble of lanes and buildings — probably like so many old cities and towns once were, but so many of them have been cleared up and tall square buildings and straight streets have replaced them, it’s a delight to wander The Rocks and see what happens when a town just grows. And the afternoon tea was fun, wasn’t it? I wouldn’t have minded table-hopping either — I did a bit of it at the dinner. Maybe we could do a kind of slow and leisurely speed dating another time.

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  106. “in this case, science fiction ones – and while the conversation was often stimulating, other times it mostly turned to hitting on attractive young women”
    Luckily, this is NOT my plan, heh heh.
    Janice, I will NEVER forget that high tea you and some others from the Georgette Heyer loop so kindly arranged. I was coming to the US for my first RWA conference, and my first book was a RITA finalist (for best first book) and I had no books out in the US yet and not even any out in Australia, only the UK, so I’d taken one of my precious 6 free copies (I get more these days) and presented it to the group, along with the gold lurex glove of friendship 😉 You were all so welcoming and nice and I felt like a Real Author for the first time in my life! And a burger or onion soup is exactly my cup of tea – so to speak. 🙂

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  107. “in this case, science fiction ones – and while the conversation was often stimulating, other times it mostly turned to hitting on attractive young women”
    Luckily, this is NOT my plan, heh heh.
    Janice, I will NEVER forget that high tea you and some others from the Georgette Heyer loop so kindly arranged. I was coming to the US for my first RWA conference, and my first book was a RITA finalist (for best first book) and I had no books out in the US yet and not even any out in Australia, only the UK, so I’d taken one of my precious 6 free copies (I get more these days) and presented it to the group, along with the gold lurex glove of friendship 😉 You were all so welcoming and nice and I felt like a Real Author for the first time in my life! And a burger or onion soup is exactly my cup of tea – so to speak. 🙂

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  108. “in this case, science fiction ones – and while the conversation was often stimulating, other times it mostly turned to hitting on attractive young women”
    Luckily, this is NOT my plan, heh heh.
    Janice, I will NEVER forget that high tea you and some others from the Georgette Heyer loop so kindly arranged. I was coming to the US for my first RWA conference, and my first book was a RITA finalist (for best first book) and I had no books out in the US yet and not even any out in Australia, only the UK, so I’d taken one of my precious 6 free copies (I get more these days) and presented it to the group, along with the gold lurex glove of friendship 😉 You were all so welcoming and nice and I felt like a Real Author for the first time in my life! And a burger or onion soup is exactly my cup of tea – so to speak. 🙂

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  109. “in this case, science fiction ones – and while the conversation was often stimulating, other times it mostly turned to hitting on attractive young women”
    Luckily, this is NOT my plan, heh heh.
    Janice, I will NEVER forget that high tea you and some others from the Georgette Heyer loop so kindly arranged. I was coming to the US for my first RWA conference, and my first book was a RITA finalist (for best first book) and I had no books out in the US yet and not even any out in Australia, only the UK, so I’d taken one of my precious 6 free copies (I get more these days) and presented it to the group, along with the gold lurex glove of friendship 😉 You were all so welcoming and nice and I felt like a Real Author for the first time in my life! And a burger or onion soup is exactly my cup of tea – so to speak. 🙂

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  110. “in this case, science fiction ones – and while the conversation was often stimulating, other times it mostly turned to hitting on attractive young women”
    Luckily, this is NOT my plan, heh heh.
    Janice, I will NEVER forget that high tea you and some others from the Georgette Heyer loop so kindly arranged. I was coming to the US for my first RWA conference, and my first book was a RITA finalist (for best first book) and I had no books out in the US yet and not even any out in Australia, only the UK, so I’d taken one of my precious 6 free copies (I get more these days) and presented it to the group, along with the gold lurex glove of friendship 😉 You were all so welcoming and nice and I felt like a Real Author for the first time in my life! And a burger or onion soup is exactly my cup of tea – so to speak. 🙂

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  111. Sue, the nice thing about this afternoon tea (I can’t call it high tea really) was that we all talked and shared book recommendations, so if we all met up, you would have to join in. And a heartfelt shared conversation is so much nicer than an author trying to be interesting. 😉

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  112. Sue, the nice thing about this afternoon tea (I can’t call it high tea really) was that we all talked and shared book recommendations, so if we all met up, you would have to join in. And a heartfelt shared conversation is so much nicer than an author trying to be interesting. 😉

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  113. Sue, the nice thing about this afternoon tea (I can’t call it high tea really) was that we all talked and shared book recommendations, so if we all met up, you would have to join in. And a heartfelt shared conversation is so much nicer than an author trying to be interesting. 😉

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  114. Sue, the nice thing about this afternoon tea (I can’t call it high tea really) was that we all talked and shared book recommendations, so if we all met up, you would have to join in. And a heartfelt shared conversation is so much nicer than an author trying to be interesting. 😉

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  115. Sue, the nice thing about this afternoon tea (I can’t call it high tea really) was that we all talked and shared book recommendations, so if we all met up, you would have to join in. And a heartfelt shared conversation is so much nicer than an author trying to be interesting. 😉

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  116. Thanks, Louisa. A gathering at Chatswood sounds just the ticket. And I do like a selection of little foods too — I love making them almost more than eating them — they all look so pretty. Your chapel lady sounds lovely. A friend of mine makes the best chicken and avocado sandwiches in the world — slender, elegant club sandwiches that are just deeelish!

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  117. Thanks, Louisa. A gathering at Chatswood sounds just the ticket. And I do like a selection of little foods too — I love making them almost more than eating them — they all look so pretty. Your chapel lady sounds lovely. A friend of mine makes the best chicken and avocado sandwiches in the world — slender, elegant club sandwiches that are just deeelish!

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  118. Thanks, Louisa. A gathering at Chatswood sounds just the ticket. And I do like a selection of little foods too — I love making them almost more than eating them — they all look so pretty. Your chapel lady sounds lovely. A friend of mine makes the best chicken and avocado sandwiches in the world — slender, elegant club sandwiches that are just deeelish!

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  119. Thanks, Louisa. A gathering at Chatswood sounds just the ticket. And I do like a selection of little foods too — I love making them almost more than eating them — they all look so pretty. Your chapel lady sounds lovely. A friend of mine makes the best chicken and avocado sandwiches in the world — slender, elegant club sandwiches that are just deeelish!

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  120. Thanks, Louisa. A gathering at Chatswood sounds just the ticket. And I do like a selection of little foods too — I love making them almost more than eating them — they all look so pretty. Your chapel lady sounds lovely. A friend of mine makes the best chicken and avocado sandwiches in the world — slender, elegant club sandwiches that are just deeelish!

    Reply

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