I suppose my love of tea and teatime is inherited. We often credit our upbringing with many of our habits and ways and in this regard, tea was a favorite pastime of my grandmother and her two daughters, my mother and my Aunt Anne.
Sadly, I cannot share tea with mom or grandma anymore, but I do get the pleasure of Aunt Anne’s company for tea on occasion. Shall I take you with me this time? Yes! Do come!
Entering a humble dining room that has seen its share of family celebrations, a love of teatime is immediately conveyed through displayed collections and tea trinkets heralding a delightful repast is presently upon us!
I notice the fresh flowers first, at the center of a charming table setting!
The table is laid today with a sweet set of china given by a friend – an English set with delicate rose pattern and green trim.
My favorite part of it is seeing the pattern carried out inside the cup as well as on the outside! What elegance!
A rose patterned teapot – not part of the set, but a nice match nonetheless – is at the ready with creamer and sugar prepared withall.
The tiered serving dish holds an assortment of tea sandwiches – I can’t get my fill of the egg salad sandwich! Aunt Anne must have a secret ingredient! And, of course, a bowl of fresh scones with four elegant jams are tempting and delicious!
Awaiting the seating of all the guests, I notice appropriate reading material displayed . . .
And, soon, both my cousins, Carol and Debbie, have arrived. Aunt Anne sits us around the table, with Uncle Martin at the head. He enjoys a lovely tea, too – especially with family!
Conversation ensues covering all the latest of who’s been up to what, and discussion about some of Aunt’s paintings from her art class. My favorite is this one where she has captured a sunny summer day through the simple lines of an old chair and straw hat.
Speaking of hats – I wouldn’t miss a visit with Aunt Anne without trying on my favorite of her hat collection – this lovely green felted bit with pheasant feathers circa 1940’s!
I love the fit and shaping of this vintage gem. Just had to take it out in the yard for a still life shot in the front garden.
After tea, we retire to the secluded backyard and enjoy a breeze. I stop by to greet the goldfish in the pond . . .
. . . and can’t pass by this magnificent rose without capturing it to share with all of you in Blogworld at teatime!
Such a lovely time, taking a break for tea, with those who share a collective memory of good times and loved ones. Bless you, Aunt Anne, for a perfectly splendid tea!