A Victorian Red Hat Lady

After I turned 50 years of age, I had decided I was going to live each day as if it was my last. I will do all the thing I had only dreamed about. I am going to live, love and have fun. Life is to short to worry about tomorrow, just live and enjoy today!

"Come on this life journey with me and experience the thrill"
Lady Estelle T. Barada

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tea By The Sea!

Tea by the Sea

Newport Potters Guild Hosts National Juried Exhibition of

Tea-Related Pottery March 3-April 5
Opening Reception Sat. March 6
(Newport, RI, February 22, 2010)  Where classical meets contemporary and clay meets the sea.  The Newport Potters Guild, located at 302 Thames Street in Newport, RI will host Tea by the Sea, a national juried exhibition of teapots, teacups, tea bowls and tea accessories from March 3 through April 5. An opening reception with live jazz from the Lois Vaughan Jazz Duo will be held on Saturday, March 6, from 6:00-9:00 pm. The exhibition and reception are open to the public.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Great Links

The Official Red Hat Society Website
 Happy Hatters Boutique
Red Hat Fashions 4 You
When I Am An Old Woman
Loving Life After 50

Can Not Wait for the Spring!

In the lovely month of flowers blooming, birds mating and all come out of their winter hibernation, we Red Hat Ladies come out in all our glory and colors to attend the Spring festivities. My favorite is the Newport Flower Show. All the lovely colors, the women in lovely Spring hats and the cheer of bring in the Spring.
Every year I have attended this event I just had to visit the hat tent. You just can not go to a flower show and not buy a new spring hat!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Red Hatters Poem!

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph

Meet Antie Dora!

This charming and wise looking women is our mascot. She travels with us to most of our events if she feels up to it. She get a lot of attention from secret admirers. She enjoys the most, afternoon teas and senior luncheons.
She enters and exit functions in grand style.

Lady Estelle and Auntie Dora

Auntie Dora and Queen Mary relaxing at home.
Two gracious hostesses!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A visit with the Queen!

I had a wonderful visit with Queen Mary of The Rhody Red Hatters.  I always get a happy greeting when I arrive at her door.

She greets all with a whole hearted smile and a cheerful laugh.
Her home has a light house charm with a hint of craftiness. You definitely feel right at home.

She made us a delightful Pompadour Pudding
Here is the recipe.
This recipe is just vanilla pudding with a chocolate crust, but it's soooo good! It's a little fussy, but worth it!
4 cups milk
3 slightly rounded Tbs. cornstarch
1 cup white sugar
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate OR 5 Tbs. cocoa and 1 1/2
Tbs. margarine
Bring milk to boiling point. Mix next four ingredients together in separate bowl until well mixed. Add to milk. Cook until thick. Put all in baking dish. Put 4 Tbs. milk and chocolate or cocoa into small pan and cook until thick, stirring constantly. Set aside to cool. Beat whites of 3 eggs, add 1/2 cup sugar, then add chocolate mixture and 1 tsp. vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Turn this over the custard and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Chill and serve with whipped cream.

It was so good to see some of the girls today at the house. It's been a while sense we have been together. They didn't want to have their picture taken, but I needed to share with you those who made my day.

I know the weather wasn't the best for a trip to the beach. But all in all, it was the best day to be with friends

Snowing and going to the Beach!

Well, as I told you I am always in for an adventure. 
Today, I will be visiting my Red Hat friends on the beach. What makes it an adventure is that it is snowing.
New England, this year had so many snowy days. If snow was to stop me for going to my fun events, than I would have spent most of this winter in hibernation.
I find the beach quit tranquil without all the sun bathers. 
It will be a pleasant and peaceful afternoon spent with good friends.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Queen!

I belong to The Rhody Red Hatters. I would like to introduce you to Our Queen. You do not have to bow, but you must treat her like the Queen she is. Our Queen Mary

My love for all things Victorian!

I love all things Victorian.There is some thing about lace, pearls and frilly things. The Victorian Woman loved these things and could not get enough of them. I can relate. I enjoy collecting old photos of women all dressed up in their elegant clothes and attending fancy events.

Visit with my friends tomorrow!

I will be visiting with my long time Red Hat friends tomorrow.   What will I wear?
I have not seen these ladies in quit some time. I have spent so much time in my reenactment, that I have neglected my play mates.

It's time to grab my favorite Red hat, an light box lunch and head on to the beach.
Tuesdays are always a box lunch gathering at the beach. One of the lovely ladies who we hail as our Queen, dwells in little cottage  by the ocean. It is such a quaint little place. I always enjoy my visit.

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