January in South Jersey has been a mix of spring and winter – putting one in a quandary as to which coat to wear and to boot or not to boot.
However, today the chill is crisp and we enjoyed a nighttime snow that glistened in the glow of the lampstand in the middle of the yard, dusting the deck and tundra with lovely whites under the blue of night. Perfect inspiration for the January re-do of my tea cabinet display!
Out comes all my blue and white wear – not much to boast of, but mine own.
The classic Blue Willow by Churchill lines up for teatime! A creamer and sugar boasting the pattern . . .
And, teacup and saucer . . .
Adding to the mix is a delightful children’s book by Allan Drummond, The Willow Pattern Story, on the popular legend with whimsical watercolors expanding the world of Blue Willow and the story of the star-crossed Asian lovers it purports to tell.
Taking tea in the midst is another Asian beauty from Japan . . .
A lovely Japanese tea lady meditates on the tale enjoying the scent of a red rose mingled with a fragrant tea, cradled in a golden cup, just poured from the spout of her elegant teapot. All tranquility beside yet another blue and white Asian teapot depicting a Japanese landscape – with a lively splash of red . . .
A peaceful scene, this – nestled serenely as a willow by a river – by the Blue Danube centerpiece.
Displayed here is my plate with the winner of a teacup and saucer that was my prize Christmas gift this past Christmas from hubby, Ed!
Framed between two Delft Blue candlesticks (a long ago find for $5 at a yard sale), the teacup is unique in its large size – but not nearly moreso than for its graceful and unusual handle . . .
I wonder . . . perhaps some Vintage Rose Raspberry Herbal Tea today – with a vibrant red hue to warm up the chill of January blue and white!
Perfect choice! A splendid tea! Raspberry tea and red grapes, too – rice crackers and goat cheddar – with a chocolate truffle for a little something simply sweet!
And, the raspberry red with white and blue foreshadows my Patriotic blue and white transfer-ware to come for May, June, and July, when I break out my blue and white Liberty ware with American Colonial images and Founding Father heroes such as Betsy Ross and Paul Revere!
But, for now, I shall repose with my raspberry tea, in Blue Danube, and the healthful choice of fruit and cheese as a mid-morning snack.
Yes . . . and a touch of pleasure reading after devotions – perhaps The Willow Pattern Story. Passing the time in such grace warms the heart and takes the winter chill away for a cozy, replenishing joy.
Be ye warmed by the “willow” on the “river” . . .
Sharing this Blue Willows by the Blue Danube with:
Bernideen’s Tea Time
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily-Rose Cottage