By Narelle Atkins
During 2016 my husband and I are celebrating our twentieth wedding anniversary. We decided to spread out our celebrations over the year, and we’ll be flying to Hawaii and Oregon for a long awaited family holiday with our children. On a weekend in mid-January that was closest to our wedding anniversary, my husband took me out on a wonderful date to the Museum of Australian Democracy – Old Parliament House for High Tea.
High Tea is a British tradition that has become popular in Australia in recent years. You can learn more about the origins of High Tea here. It’s a decadent version of morning or afternoon tea with savoury and sweet treats, and it’s really a meal in itself.
I love drinking hot black tea, and tea has always been a popular drink in Australia. We also have a lovely tea house in Canberra called Adore Tea that offers an exquisite range of tea in all the different varieties including black, green, white, Chai, herbal, and fruit teas.
Old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, was built in 1927 as the Provisional Parliament House and temporary home for our Parliament. For 61 years our Parliament sat in Old Parliament House, until our bicentenary in 1988 when the new Parliament House on nearby Capital Hill was officially opened.
During High Tea my husband and I sat by an open window overlooking one of the many garden courtyards within Old Parliament House. We enjoyed the ambiance of a warm summer afternoon in a location steeped with history and beauty.
Afterwards we strolled through the pretty Rose Gardens. The best part of our date was the opportunity to talk and spend time together without distractions and interruptions. A chance to live in the moment and reflect on our life together over the past twenty years.
Last year I also invested time in researching High Tea because my heroine, Serena, in The Bridesmaid’s Hero is a pastry chef. High Tea is one of Serena’s specialties.
Are you a tea drinker? Have you experienced High Tea? I’d love to hear your thoughts.