. . . or, perhaps down the street in the brand new tea shop that has opened in the neighboring town of Millville – in the heart of the Arts District there – named, “Across the Pond”. Just a ten minute drive for me to step into the bliss of the gentile tradition of an English teatime, and the embellishments of all things British.
For today’s tea, I am featuring the dream of shop-owner, Karen Buck, who has brought a plethora of pretty things for the discerning Anglophile and tea drinker. Welcome to “Across the Pond”!
When you step into the shop you are greeted with the soothing strains of Baroque string quartets, immediately inviting one to linger. The scent of steeping teas waft nearby as our hostess cheerfully greets you and offers a cuppa while you browse. I went with the spicy cinnamon apple. Yum!
Much browsing to be done, I assure you! Beginning with Karen’s unique mosaic renderings of teapots re-purposing broken and chipped china, giving what might have been cast-offs new life as teatime decor.
My favorite is this sweet birdhouse teapot – with half a cup just outside the door for birdie treats while he relaxes in teatime elegance!
Shelves are chock full of feminine decor that would assist teascapes and table tops with pampered hospitality.
British imports are sprinkled liberally all about – not the least of which is immediately to my left as I enter – an authentic telephone box.
Just a whim of a purchase Karen had on one of her trips “across the pond”. Actually, she lived there with her children in the mid-1990’s when her husband was transferred to London. Souvenirs for all London Lovers are available to deck your halls in the Union Jack!
Of course, I’m not so much about the city – I dream of a three month sojourn in the middle of the English countryside, reading and writing amid the tranquility of a thatched roof cottage in a quaint little village – much like this precious tea set . . .
So much to choose from in the way of cups and pots! From lovely seasonal teapot designs . . .
. . . to the totally whimsical in teapot selections . . .
. . . to elegance abounding with Victorian ladies gathering about equally elegant furnishings, for a cup and conversation . . .
. . . perhaps using this stunning Royal Sealy footed rose and lustreware teacup – Oh! How I wanted to take this one home!
But, you must know there were so many beautiful cups to see – I could only really take home just one. And, I got a beauty! My first Ansely – found displayed here in a curio . . .
. . . now sitting on my own tea cabinet. A special post with better photos on that later!
But, what to put in the cups? Well, that takes me to the tale of the Vintage Rose Tearoom – formerly located across the street from this new tea shop:
I picked up a Rooibos Carmel Apple and an Almond Cookie green tea concoction that features coconut to take home with me! Delicious!
Eventually, they hope to serve more sit down teas like the old Vintage Rose, and sponsor special programs. I know I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears open for what’s up Across the Pond – and plan “treat-for-me” visits!
I hope you enjoyed this little bit of the Brit teatime – Part Two next week – “Tea With A Queen!”
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