Canadian adventures and a cup of tea.

"If someone says, hey, you know, this long weekend, let's go skydiving - I would say, no, are you nuts? I'd just as soon sit down and have a cup of tea."  ~ Rick Mercer, Canadian satirist.

teacup sampler in watercolours

With my fear of heights, there certainly won't be any skydiving for me this Labour Day long weekend. And there probably won't be any tea either as the lazy days of summer linger a while longer. An ice cold beer or a margarita will quench my thirst while I enjoy the last warm days by the pool.

Still, the teacups aren't too far away waiting for cooler fall weather. Rick Mercer can have tea any time in my home. I suspect he is more of a beer or gin and tonic kind of guy.  No problem.  I have those beverages on hand as well.

With so many amazing adventures and interesting guests on his Canadian television program, The Mercer Report, Rick would have me choking on my tea or beer. 

He could retell his experiences tagging slumbering bears in Algonquin Park. Or he might recall his flight in a CF 18 jet, or his "training" with the Ottawa tactical unit rappelling off a bridge on the Ottawa River. Then again, I could laugh at his bumbling efforts on a GM Canada plant assembly line where he tries caulking the hood of a car or inserting a seat into a Camaro.

His Canadian adventures are the kind of activities one might find on a bucket list.  Who wouldn't want to spend an afternoon having a private session with Cirque du Soleil trainers and costume designers?  And who wouldn't want to spend a day doing  something daring with the funny Jann Arden. She would have me in stitches all the time. 

A collection of special teacups 

For ThrowBack Thursday, the collage features all the teacups I have painted so far. 

On the left hand side are two teacups submitted from a friend in Australia from an earlier post, Prim and proper teacups . The classic petit point at the bottom of the collage was sent to me by a childhood friend.  The accompanying text is found at Tea in a pretty cup uplifts a sagging spirit.

The July teacup on the right was also sent to me by a high school friend and is found in  Teacups of days gone by. The second cup on the right, an antique baby cup, had me researching the history of Alsace-Lorraine. See A rare vintage baby cup keeps its secrets for now .

My own Bailey's teacup can be seen at Prim and proper teacups and the middle teacup once belonged to my mother. I added chocolates which she loved.  See  Teacups of days gone by.

And if you happen to see Rick, tell him I have a cup of tea or any other liquid refreshment ready any time he wishes to visit.  

Which Rick Mercer show is a favourite of yours?  If you could spend an afternoon with one Canadian celebrity, who would it be?  Why?

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