By the time we finished setting up our booth in Indianapolis last Thursday, we had missed lunchtime and were very ready for our second meal of the day. At our house, when schedules work better as a two-meal day than a three-meal day, we call our mid to late afternoon meal lupper, figuring that if a mid-morning combination of breakfast and lunch is brunch, then a late afternoon combination of lunch and supper must be lupper. Don’t you agree?
We did not, however, have lupper that day. Donna had seen a brochure in the hotel for Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen and Tearoom located in the nearby suburb of Carmel. With Ray’s mother being English, we are always ready for an English experience. We had tea instead of lupper that afternoon.
Owner Tina, who really is from England, seated us.
When I told Tina that Ray’s mother was from Bristol, England, and inquired about where she grew up, she told us that she was from Derbyshire and that her recipes came from her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Every bite was scrumptious and the tea was marvelous. I have had and made a lot of English tea in the last twenty years, but I believe my first cup of tea at Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen and Tearoom — Lady Grey with milk and raw sugar — was the very best I have ever tasted. I’m looking forward to trying to reproduce it at home very soon.
The village of Carmel was inviting, and the rain stopped long enough for us to take a short walk downtown. I was intrigued by its many bronze statues of people doing everyday things. I have since learned that American sculptor Seward Johnson (born in 1930) created them. They were installed between 2005 and 2012.
Most of the time everyday people do everyday things. Christians have the opportunity to do everyday things in the name of Jesus and with gratitude. And they have the opportunity to teach their children to do the same.
Whatever you do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks through Him to God the Father.