As many of you know, I am a serial romantic. I love beauty and see it everywhere. And if I can't find beauty, I make my own. As a romantic, one of my favorite creative outlets is hosting tea parties. For years I have invited ladies into my home and we have shared our hearts over simple cups of tea. But then I started thinking....
The guys miss out on the good stuff - tea with the ladies! We needed to remedy this travesty immediately of course. And so, an idea was born - Tea and a Skeet Shoot! After talking with Sir Knight, I set a date, made a guest list and began compiling ideas for the perfect event. A cross between "Out of Africa" (you know, the quail hunting scene) and a Scottish Highland Hunt is what I have in mind - I can't wait!!!
First things first, we had to go shopping for tea accoutrements - clay pigeons and shotgun shells. Miss Serenity and I headed to a local sporting good store and bought a few cases of clay pigeons and a case of "target load" shotgun shells. These aren't for the actual tea - these are for practice! The few times I have shot skeet have been, well, consistent. I consistently miss. Every. Single. Shot.
|Cases of clay pigeons and shot|
|Pink shells! They must have known they were for a tea party!|
In spite of my inability to hit a flying target, we had the time of our lives! The littles were in charge of pushing the foot peddle on the skeet thrower (they even had an opportunity to shoot a few rounds) and collecting clay pigeons that had not been shot (mostly mine). The older kids, Sir Knight and I quickly shot over 100 rounds, laughing and clapping and having fun, until it was too dark to shoot.
|Miss Serenity running the skeet thrower with her foot|
Last Friday Sir Knight had the day off work and we were supposed to head out in the morning to drive to my parents where we were spending Easter weekend. After tea, however, instead of getting into the truck and heading out, Sir Knight and Maid Elizabeth left saying they would be back later! What? Oh, well. I waited patiently and we left for my folks at about noon, rather than in the morning. I was more than a little curious about their sudden side trip, but I figured they had a good reason to take their excursion, so I didn't ask too many questions.
Later that evening, after Maid Elizabeth and Miss Serenity had arrived at my parents home, Sir Knight and Maid Elizabeth quickly ducked out to her car and came back carrying a box. Sir Knight called me to the table and said "Enola - for you and your tea party". The box had me confused. It said "Winchester" across the bottom, however, it was too small to hold a rifle. Questioningly I opened the latches and lifted the lid. There, nestled in the box was the most beautiful shotgun I had ever seen. It was an over/under (something I had coveted since seeing "Out of Africa" for the first time) with a ported barrel and a highly polished stock. It was gorgeous! I couldn't believe that my wonderful family had bought such a gift just for me!
|The Winchester 101|
|Look at that engraving!|
|Chokes and choke key|
Maid Elizabeth quickly showed me how to assemble the shotgun and within minutes I was holding a Winchester 101 - my very first "hunting" shotgun! They had acquired the shotgun from a fellow Redoubter and an avid Radio Free Redoubt listener! And to top it off - the previous owner was a blog reader as well!
We spent a wonderful weekend with my parents and had more than one skeet shooting excursion. We all shot, including my parents and their pastor and his wife! My shooting is improving and the shotgun worked flawlessly.
Now, I am working on the menu for the shoot (I'm thinking of something rather British) and we are all putting together shooting outfits. I favor a long, linen skirt with a shooting vest while Sir Knight will be wearing a tartan kilt. Hopefully, the weather at the end of April will provide the perfect backdrop for our Tea and Skeet Shoot!
Sometimes we have to take time out of the upside world in which we live to enjoy the beauty of the moment. And we will enjoy this moment - with Tea and a Skeet Shoot!