“Yes, that’s it… It’s always tea time.”– Lewis Carroll., Alice in Wonderland
Launched on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, pixpdx celebrates the victory to be found in kindness, compassion and joyfulness!
We offer personally-picked proper British-style tea, a rose and a handwritten note or poem to be delivered to your loved ones by a delightful English lady wearing a vintage-style tea dress on a beautiful bicycle within a few-mile radius of Ladd’s Addition in Portland, Oregon.
Your nearest and dearest will receive one Steven Smith Teamaker tea bag – choose either the British Brunch, Lord Bergamot or Bungalow blend – along with a rose in a ‘make do and mend’ inspired jar vase, tied with a pretty bow. They will also receive a hand-written note (just tell us what to write) or a poem of your choice from our selection.
The tea lady will ride up at a scheduled time, playing songs from the 1940s (or ones that hold special meaning to your sweetheart). The gifts will be left in a chalk heart on the sidewalk outside the recipient’s home. We will then call you so you can let your relative or friend know of the surprise you have for them outside. The tea lady will then have a nice old chat with your darling about bygone days or somesuch smashing stuff.
The tea lady Nell is the great-granddaughter of Tom, an infantryman who was at Dunkirk and was rescued by boat during the daring ‘Operation Dynamo’ mission between May 26 and June 4, 1940. He had sustained injuries to his shoulder and the shrapnel was still embedded there when he died at home in England 26 years later.
Nell only found this out after watching Christopher Nolan’s 2017 film Dunkirk about the epic evacuation and telling her grandma about it. Her grandma then revealed that her great-granddad was one of the soldiers at Dunkirk.
Why hadn’t her grandma told her before? “We just never used to talk about the war,” she said. “When he came home he never talked about what happened. You just didn’t in those days.”
Inspired by this family history, pixpdx was soft-launched on May 8, 2020 – the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day), marking the end of World War II in Europe. It roll outs fully from May 26, 2020 ahead of the anniversary of D-Day on June 6.
The tea lady wants to embody that collective spirit of victory and kindness by delivering a little slice of cheery British spirit. ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ and all that.
In honor of VE Day, it will be FREE to those over the age of 75. Others may like to give a donation as we will be spending our own limited funds to buy the tea, roses and stationery.
If any companies would like to sponsor this endeavor or donate tea, flowers, paper and envelopes or anything else you can think of that would warm someone’s heart, that would be absolutely wonderful.
If any individuals would like to help or donate anything such as vintage tea cups and saucers so we can give those away too, we would be over the moon.
We are looking forward to hearing from folks who would like to gift their own kith and kin a lovely little surprise.
It’s little acts of kindness that make a huge difference.
Please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter.com/pix_pdx.
“But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea.”– Jane Austen, Mansfield Park