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Tea Room the Ninth: I love rock and roll, put another dime in the juke box baby

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MadBadandDangerousToKnow Tue 16-Jun-09 22:20:00

Welome to the ninth incarnation of the tea room. It's been a long and eventful road, from a tea room overlooking a cathedral garden to a beachside cafe, with a diversion via a yurt. Now - voila - we are in a music lounge. We cater for all tastes and, as this is a tea room of requirement, it manages simultaneously to be many things at once. For some, it is a 70s glam rock disco with a cool boho edge - glitter balls, smoke machine and much wearing of platform shoes and eyeliner. For others, a jazz bar where mellow music is played as cocktails are served. For still others, it's a concert performance of Spem In Allium. We still have a garden, with shady parasols for the summer, and a menagerie of pets. Our membership is international.

The tea room has few rules. Everyone is welcome. But anyone visiting with the sole intention of causing hurt or shouting abuse will be ejected by Mellors, the multi-talented gardener-handyman who (it turns out) is also a guitar wizard and rock god.

Please come in.

yappybluedog Tue 16-Jun-09 22:26:03

hello <looks around nervously>

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Tue 16-Jun-09 22:32:12

Hello, yappy. It's good to see you. Would you like a glass of something?

I feel obliged to point out, before anyone else does, that this is pretend booze in a pretend tea room. But the chat and companionship is genuine. How's your day been?

yappybluedog Tue 16-Jun-09 22:35:55

the booze isn't REAL? Good job I'm teetotal then grin <freak>

do you serve tea?

thumbwitch Tue 16-Jun-09 22:41:05

<<shimmies in>>

Yo man, lookin' cool and groovy in here! I should have a multi-parasoled cocktail I think to go with the hard rock chick image grin[ironic slaps forehead with hand emoticon]

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Tue 16-Jun-09 22:46:48

Sorry, yappy. I was probably being a bit defensive, as someone recently yelled that the tea room was imaginary, as if nobody else might have worked it out. Anyway, we have all manner of teas. What would you prefer?

And may I introduce you to Thumbwitch, who is a rock goddess (check out her profile)?

<<Hands Thumb a Between The Sheets with paper parasol and a wedge of pineapple on the rim of the glass>>

thumbwitch Tue 16-Jun-09 22:50:03

lovely job, cheers.

<<subsides gently onto the slouchy leatherette sofa which is somehow completely non-stick>>

Ar'right, yappy?

DontCallMeBaby Tue 16-Jun-09 23:36:05

<<places handbag (for subsequent dancing round) containing iPod full of 80s retro on the sofa as a placeholder>>

Back soon.

Jacksmama Wed 17-Jun-09 00:07:25

Jeez, you should warn a girl that the entire Tea Room was about to move - I nearly did spill my drink!
And that would be alcohol abuse. grin

Welcome yappybluedog! Come in and make yourself comfortable!

Did LJ from last night pop in again? I didn't get a chance to meet her.

Hmmm. I think I like the new digs. Even though I'll be the first to admit that I cannot dance at all.

<tries a few dance moves>
<falls over>
<dusts butt off, retires to corner to have more wine>

ljhooray Wed 17-Jun-09 08:46:15

Morning funky mommas, caught the first soul train to the new tea room. Stopping by for a tea on my way to take dd to toddler's gymnastics and the weekly shop so hoping it's chill out in the tea room this morning!

mistlethrush Wed 17-Jun-09 09:31:31

Caught me on the hop there Madbad - didn't realise that we were quite that close to the end of the thread. And I managed one post last night before my internet froze again and afer an instructed reboot for a second time, when things weren't improving I thrust the laptop at dh in disgust and told him to fix it - he is an IT specialist after all... Anyway, 26 updates later it might be fixed, but it was too late to try it properly.

Quite like the new surroundings - although Spem in Alium with a rogue jazz saxophonist is a bit peculiar. Although it is at least staying in tune.

Has anyone seen the bishops or the NMBs around (for anyone who is just venturing in for a relatively early glance around here, the Naked Mowhawk Babies arrived riding carrots on a cake and have stuck around in various states of disrobement ever since - and the bishops also seem to be attracted to the general area although Mellors keeps them out of the actual tearoom...)

LJHoray - glad you have returned - hope to chat over a cup of tea later.

Yappyblue dog - welcome, would you like a cup of tea or coffee?

I was woken in the small hours this morning by MJ in dispair - 'I've lost my toy elephant' - go and find her then - 'its too dark' - that's because its the middle of the night... Anyway, had to go and find her and remake his bed so that the sheet wasn't double twisted in the middle and the blanket went to the bottom of the bed hmm At least he went to the loo this morning before coming and waking me - he normally rushes into our room saying 'I need a wee' which isn't really helpful as the bathroom is in the opposite direction. Perhaps our oft repeated 'well go then' is finally getting through!

daisy99divine Wed 17-Jun-09 12:40:59

Yo you funky mothers!!!

<daisy shimmies in wearing glitter pants and dark glasses. Bumps into sofa. Removes glasses>

I am still loving the image of JM and a Host of Daves pursuing CMOT around Disneyland in teeny red canadian T-shirts grin

Welcome LJ and Yappy may I say how very at homey you seem already which is a Good Thing

Catita - I hope you find us again, poor you very cross at Man With Wine Flu Obsession - test yes, but also treat [cross] at least you are safe with your Mum not on a holiday in a hotel or something....
Hope Little Cat is feeling better - apparently also alternating calpol and paracetamol is good for fever (refer to others with greater knowledge) and keep them quiet for 24 hours post fever so that they do actually recover...

mistlethrush Wed 17-Jun-09 13:26:44

<Searches frantically for sunglasses>

Hello - Daisy, is that you? I can't quite see for the sudden glare that seems to be afflicting me suddenly.

Has anyone offered lunch yet? How about freshly baked bread, still warm from the oven with lashings of butter (really difficult to resist this in RL I can tell you!) alongside a nice crisp salad sprinkled with herbs from the herb tubs which I see made their way here to outside the door from one of the previous incarnations...

I'm feeling rather virtuous (we need a [halo]) and smile - my raised veg bed which was looking rather empty apart from the strawberries (that do better in the places they are not suppose to be growing) and garlic, potatoes and one row of broadbeans is now looking fairly full. We've been growing everythin on in pots on the terrace as last year the slugs and snails ate everything (20 courgette plants in 3 batches amongst them). On Sunday I watered on some nematodes. On monday evening I planted 7 courgettes, one squash and two pumpkins, and some more broadbeans and yesterday evening I planted the runner beans and a few climbing French beans - and its raining today which will be good for all of them, although I will have to go out when it stops and liberally sprinkle slug pellets again. I'm afraid its all-out war this year! Last summer I went out one evening and on my way down and back from the bottom of the garden (I can't remember why now) I stepped on 80 snails without going out of my way to do that... shock

MaryBS Wed 17-Jun-09 15:49:23

I think I saw the bishops on the bouncy castle, but when I went to check, there was nothing there but a pile of croziers. So I've stacked them up in the corner, in case they miss them.

I have had to fetch DS home from school because he has been sick. He is now throwing a strop because I said he couldn't go to beavers tonight!

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Wed 17-Jun-09 15:52:11

I am now suffering allotment envy envy at the description of Mistle's veg growing.

I'm sorry if anyone was taken unawares by our change of home. I hadn't noticed how near we were to filling the thread, but someone suggested (I think) that it might be more welcoming to newcomers if we started a new thread rather than expecting them to wade through 980 posts and I thought that was an excellent idea - especially as I was given so many tips on what was required of the new premises!

I think the history of the tea room will probably emerge as we go along, but maybe we should explain that, as well as being a tea room of requirement, the tea room has magical proerties. Just as, when we were at the beach cafe, we were all young and lissome in our itsy-bitsy bikinis, here we all look amazing in our gold lame hotpants (for the glam rock fans), bias-cut silk dresses (for those favouring a speakeasy) or wimples (for the Spem In Allium choir).

Anyway, it's good to see Yappybluedog and Ljhooray again. I am loving the idea that the soul train stops here!

Tea, anyone?

<<Puts the kettle on the aga and totters off in her platform shoes to check her eyeliner>>

CMOTdibbler Wed 17-Jun-09 16:01:24

Thanks for the tea MadBad. Any one like a scone ?

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Wed 17-Jun-09 16:04:00

Oooh yes please, Cmot. With jam and clotted cream. and greedy emoticon

CMOTdibbler Wed 17-Jun-09 16:20:00

Coming right over. With some added fresh strawberries (well, fresh from the farm shop, having travelled 1 mile in total though)

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Wed 17-Jun-09 16:28:23

Eh? That was supposed to be a [fat and greedy emoticon].

Yum, yum to the strawberries.

nekkidmohawkbaby Wed 17-Jun-09 16:32:35

Ready NMBs? 1 ... 2 ... 3 ...

<<struts stuff>>

<<strikes a pose>>


Good job NMBs, that was what I call an entrance. Now, those strawberries look strangely enticing ... saddle 'em up, babies, lets ride!!

MaryBS Wed 17-Jun-09 17:09:20

Am in awe of NMBs! shock

But not so much in awe that I can't scoff a scone. One bite and it s'gone

Jacksmama Wed 17-Jun-09 19:02:48

Hi all - am off across the border to do some quick shopping (Trader Joe's, Fred Meyer, etc for those in the know).

I've invited a couple of ladies to this thread - hope they come and pop in.

Love to all of you!!

ljhooray Wed 17-Jun-09 19:48:17

Oh hang on girls, need a quick sit down and a cuppa, think I just slipped a disc doing a fame style leap over a taxi on the way back into the tearoomshock..can I have some deep heat with those strawberries?

MaryBS Wed 17-Jun-09 20:06:25

Argh no, that stuff stinks! You can have some nurofen gel if it helps...

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Wed 17-Jun-09 20:08:03

Ljhooray - Great move! Very athletic! shock

Tea, scones and deep heat coming right up. But as it's wine o'clock, would anyone like a glass of Bolly and an olive or two?

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