Friday, December 13, 2013

I HAD A DREAM


Almost every week at least one person, if not multiple, ask me to please open a tea room in my shop.  Usually they point to the gourmet pantry in the back and say "that would be a perfect kitchen there and out here by the fireplace you could have the seating area".  They mean well but don't understand how much of my shop space I would loose for retail or how much I would have to spend on a commercial kitchen or more importantly that I am not 40 anymore! (before I go further let's do pause for a sip of tea)



Last Tuesday night or rather early Wednesday morning,  I had a dream right before I woke up so here I am typing it out so I won't forget it.  I dreamed I was buying a huge old Victorian house to open a tea room.  It was "somewhere" in the south on a wide street going down to the river with great views.  You know, sort of the "historic area" of the city.  The house itself needed a lot of work which was going to be my husband's role.  In the dream there were 2 unknown women who were sitting at a table with me discussing how this was going to work.   The front room was very large and had many wonderful tables which I was glad about.  As I went over things with the women - they became upset with my ideas and said they would want to do things "their way" and they got up, gathered their notebooks and left.  I was a bit relieved really as I could see they would not be taking instructions from me at all.  (Pause here to get one of these teabags for tea)



Last Tuesday night before I went to bed the very last thing I did was look at several blogs (probably yours too) and the last one was Martha's blog,  LINES FROM LINDERHOF and I read her post about her Christmas tree which explains why she was in my dream too.  So back to the dream and Martha's role:  I had mixed emotions of discouragement after the ladies left but looked out the huge Victorian window and a ROLLS ROYCE sort of a mini bus pulled up.  It was brand new white and gold and shiny and beautiful.  I was shocked to see it was Martha Scott who informed me that she "wanted to help" and would be bringing women clear from Kansas in her new mini bus just to come to my tea room.  OH MY!  HELP IS ON THE WAY!  (pause to see another tea cup)



Well, as I was speaking with Martha outside I could see the potential in the front for a beautiful garden and I imagined ladies sitting outside on the large front porch looking out on the street to the lovely Victorian cast iron fence!  Oh my - so much to do here - but this is when I woke up!  (pause for some more of my new Downton Abbey Tea)



Well, I needed to get to my real work  that morning after the dream.  It's Christmas and you know what that means when you have a shop.  Gifts to wrap and still some things to check in, getting more bags out of the back garage, bills to pay, carpet needs to be vacumned before opening.......... again, the food samples set up and our tea samples.  Thank goodness I don't have a tea room or I would already be late and the scones wouldn't even be baked yet or the finger sandwiches made!   So much for dreams.........




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21 comments:

Storybook Woods said...

LOL, actually I bet a dream tea room is funner than a really one. I do not think people realize what hard, tedious work goes into a tea room!! Clarice

Marilyn said...

Fun dreaming with you and love each cup.
I dream of this too, but know I am not 40ish anymore either.
After I did the research to open a tearoom I knew it was too
much for me. It is a restaurant and how many restaurants
fail by the end of one year. Whew! Keep on having fun dreams.

NanaDiana said...

Bernideen- I love dreams like that- ones that resolve themselves before you wake up full of angst. I have often thought about doing something similar but I just don't want to be that tied down to any one thing at this point in my life. I hope you have a wonderful weekend-even though I know it is busy for you. xo Diana

ellen b. said...

As lovely as the idea is I wouldn't be able to face that amount of work that would take to have a "little tea room". I, too, am not 40 anymore. Glad you could have all those tea breaks to calm down after that dream! Blessings...

[email protected] said...

That's the kind of dream I'd love. There was a very nice tearoom in the New England town my daughter lives in that we enjoyed when I went to visit her. It eventually closed because it was taking too much of the owner's time and energy. My daughter said she wanted to BEG her to stay open. :)

Sigh... I love those old Victorian homes. We have an area "in town" that was once the fancy neighborhood, probably turn of the last century. It is within walking distance of downtown and all the homes are large Victorians. Thankfully people have realized their value through the years and kept them in beautiful shape.

Rosemary said...

Never stop dreaming!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hmm, sometimes a dream shows you the path to take. I heard of a tea gathering place that a group of women opened in Toronto because they felt there was a need for such a thing. That would be my greatest dream of opening a tea room, a few like minded women pulling together.
Wonder if there's a sequel to your dream with Martha. :-)
Judith

Beth said...

What a vivid dream, Bernideen. I hardly ever remember my dreams. Your tea looks delightful, Bernideen. I will say that I once made rose petal tea and it wasn't so good - it tasted like perfume! lol I'm sure the commercial entities that make a tea with roses know better what they're doing, and what kind of rose to use - probably one with a mild scent/flavor!

Violet said...

What a lovely dream. My dreams are never half this interesting or tea related. I shall have to tell my subconscious to work on that.

Martha said...

I'm flattered to be a part of your dream! Thank you very much! And who knows, some day I MAY drive across Kansas! And visit your store -- but alas, not in a Rolls Royce Mini Bus (LOL!)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

WOW. That's so intense!

You know I have heard that more than a few times myself "You should buy so and so and open a tea room!" I look at them into their eyes, warmly smile, thank them for that sincere compliment and simply say "It is a dream, indeed, but then if I were to realize that dream and made it my job I would never again have a friend for tea for pleasure." That shuts them right up, haha. I don't like to mix business with pleasure, haha.

Anyway, you would be a wonderful tea room owner, but I am sticking to the "more pleasure less work" philosophy of inviting the friends when you care to and not making it a chore.

Hugs.

Bernideen said...

Michele:
Believe me - I didn't make this dream up - it was just that way. I look forward to retirement at this point!!! You are so right!

Bernideen said...

Martha:
It was just that real - the dream - and very ridiculous! I have no idea why I thought it was a Rolls Royce Mini Bus!

Marilyn said...

This dream sounds like too much work to me!! It's how I feel about selling things I make...too many complications and I want to ENJOY my retirement!! Yet, you could write a book about it and those characters would HAVE to do as you wished! Sweet dreams.♥♫

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Sweet Bernideen,
your dream is such a sweet story. I love that. Isn't that fun, how our imagnination works hard during night. If you ever would have a Tea Room, it would be a big success, I am sure. May be when you are retired, you will have fun with that.
Hugs and greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Sounds like a wonderful dream, Bernideen. I've had dreams like that too. I remember for a short while I even imagined opening a tiny tea room here in my home and serving up home made goodies. But that is not to be as I don't have my health. I wish I could turn the clock back thirty years and do it though. I always loved to bake and serving tea in pretty teacups would suit me to, well, a "T." You have such pretty teacups and thank you for sharing your dream with us at my HOME. Hope the new week is lovely for you and may all your dreams come true!

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

kitty said...

Oh my goodness, what a dream dear Bernideen! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your
post. Isn't it funny how we dream about bloggers that we "know", but have never met? Your shop sounds wonderful and having the tea and samples is such a friendly touch. Christmas blessings to you!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

What a lovely dream but too much work! Visit other tea rooms and enjoy! It is great that you have a shop! Merry Christmas! Nancy

Ruth Weston said...

What a fun dream. As we had an antique shop for years, I know the hours you put in behind the scenes t make everything appear so lovely and effortless. We used to be asked for a tea room as well, as we sold teas and tea table foods from England. But...when you look at the time and work involved...my hat is off to those (younger!) ladies with great helpers that are able to do it!
Love all your items and decorating...wonderful! Love the Shelleys too! A Merry Christmas to you my dear friend and sister!
Ruth

relevanttealeaf said...

That was quite a dream! Enjoyed seeing your Christmassy vignettes. I'm going to have to get me some of that Downton Abbey tea. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Angela McRae said...

This may be my favorite Bernideen post EVER! I have very vivid dreams too, and I'm so glad you wrote it down but also that you shared it with us! (And from a writing standpoint, I love how effectively you paused -- and had us pause -- as you sipped tea or fetched the teabags. Very, very clever!)