Thursday, July 24, 2008

+Maya Pavlova's English tea

Well, +Maya has been promising and promising to send photos, but it turns out +Airedale's cell phone camera had a bit of slowdown, but worse, I, Her Grace's unworthy Canon to the Extraordinary, dawdled and neglected to post the photos. One, of course, shows Her Grace in a slight state of upset tummy, but now we know that feline and female bishops can feast to excess just like their brother canine and male bishops. Equal in sin and grace, but mostly grace. +Airedale always says that as long as we love and welcome all at the table, we are on the right path.

While Clumber was up North romping with the grandpups and with the canine companions of a certain Mad ClergyTwoLegs, +Maya Pavlova, F.B.E. (Feline Bishop Extraordinaire for those of you who are just joining us) had herself a fine English tea - or two or three, we are not sure.

At this one, she seems to have had more milk than tea and enthusiastically jumped into the action. Anglicans the world over take tea time seriously. You will note that Her Grace removed her miter so as not to risk soiling it with milk-drops.


No more milk?! Well, I'll just wait for more to arrive.


Ah, cream this time. There we go!


I drank that one awfully fast...


And then there was the clotted cream. And scones. And butter. And tea with milk. And sandwiches with a little something that smelled like fish...

No photos of the scones with clotted cream, though there were suspicious crumbs on some of the photos. But +Airedale did catch a photo of +Maya after her clotted cream festivities. Oh dear... She didn't feel too well... Reminds us of a certain +friend of ours...

+Clumber, where were you when we needed you for comfort and wisdom?


What's that? Her Grace says that +Airedale and +Rowan were most gracious and sweet. +Rowan wanted to play, though, and after all that milk and clotted cream, well...

Rumor also has it that +Maya slipped through security, sans miter, whilst Their Graces were still at Lambeth this week. She is so lithe and small that no one was the wiser. What she heard, she's not telling. She did say: Avoid those press conferences!

Note from the Management: No cats were harmed during the production of these photos! We swear! (Yes, we do, and frequently.) Really.

+Airedale, +Rowan, and +Maya met up again with +Clumber, sniffed around the U Kent campus together, had a little visit to the Cathedral at Canterbury, and are back in London, resting up for the evening. For further adventures, visit +Clumber.

6 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Maya's quite mannerly. She doesn't drink out of her saucer.

Padre Mickey said...

Lovely photos of the actual tea drinking, no shots of our +Maya having a nosh?

FranIAm said...

Oh my- that is the best Lambeth bishop blogging that I have seen, +Maya and her tea!!!

Kitten said...

Well, looks like Maya got her wish for clotted cream! That last photo begs for a caption contest...

+clumber said...

+Maya is something else... she can really hold her clotted cream, let me tell you! We actually had a lovely time at the tea room where those photos were taken, although +Maya was a tad protective of her tea/cream/clotted cream. We gave her a wide birth until she finished up! Sort of like listening to that South Carolina bishop fellow... just go way out and around him and he'll do you no harm.

johnieb said...

Her Grace may have underestimated the effects of travel on her constitution, I think; I have only "overindulgence" for my plea, though I have recuperated nicely, and wish her the same.