Wednesday, 17 March 2010

On Old Ladies And Cubed Sugar

Today, my aunty Carole and I took Margo to an Antique Shop "Strip" in Boscombe. I luuuuurve antique shops, I have to avoid them like the plague or I'll end up with a house packed with knick-knacks and other people's memorabilia. Boscombe has a dozen antique shops and you can wander from one to another for a happy morning's browsing.

Margo bought some tea-plates. I said "I AM NOT BUYING ANYTHING" and then bought some tiny sugar-cube tongs, silver, with a little monk on them. I couldn't resist. I wish I could take a picture, but Sean has the camera... (I neeeed a new camera!)

My other grandmother, 'Dan' (for Gran!) once had the Archbishop (in Trinidad) around for tea (the story goes), and everything was perfect, genteel and colonial and terribly polite. Dan poured the perfect tea into perfect cups without spilling a drop, picked up the bowl of sugar cubes (brought in on the last ship from London) and her tiny tongs, and asked, "How many Lords, my Lump?"

Hence the Monk sugar tongs. In our house, we keep sugar cubes for the memory, and we've been using our fingers. Now we can use proper tongs, and  ask one another, "How many Lords?" And now, you'll know why we're giggling!

9 comments:

LceeL said...

What an absolutely perfect story. And you can sing, at Christmastime, "10 Lumps a leaping" and giggle even more.

Chennette said...

That is seriously funny - a perfect inside family joke :-)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That is a cute story! My lump. My dear. Now I want to buy some sugar cubes for tea...

Nan Sheppard said...

BWAHAHAHA! Brilliant, Lou!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...wonder what his lumpship thought of that...

:)
vicki

chickenfootsouseforthesoul said...

Brilliant!
I don't suppose they take lords in the house of Lumps!

Audubon Ron said...

Great story.

aclare said...

I can't help wondering if this was a sub-conscience buy as your little blister was just recently passed a silver sugar tong and 6 silver teaspoons by her grandmother?? =)

I can't wait to take tea with you in a silver tea cup. I'll bring my teaspoons!! And we'll eat buttered crumpets and cucumber sandwiches (with the crusts cut off of course)!! X

Grandmother said...

It's buys like this that make me love antique stores as well. Fun story!