of course I am sad that the T2 teahouse has closed, I will miss the wonderful staff and the great cups of tea and scones…but I can still see many of the staff and have this treat up at Hornsby T2 teahouse for the next number of months if I go out of my way.
It has been a total extravagance having so many treats on a regular basis and to be honest, I really can do without so many…
… but the thing that has REALLY struck me today… that keeps coming back to my mind is the surreal feeling that the PLACE is no longer there. I know that I have mostly drawn my tea and scones… but a HUGE charm of the teahouse was the 'magical' space that was created... A dark Aladdin's cave. There were so many different spots to sit each with their own character and views. There are really so few places like that …let alone one in my local suburban shopping 'mall'. It was unique.
That place that I have sketched many times is no more (well an empty shell)… the fact that I have sketched it makes it so much more real and yet it has gone.
I am very ok with moving on… but it is just this strange feeling that something I have sketched SO MUCH only exists now in my sketches, a few peoples photos and many peoples memories. It was also fun yesterday, taking my T2 book(first year of visits) to show the staff how much has changed over the years ("I remember that pot!") and how my sketches are now a documentary of the history of the place.
This humble (or not so humble) teahouse will become a legend and I feel so privileged to have been able to be part of it!