Teatime at Twilight

A lovely dusk falls round about our little home sweet home as husband and I return from a wee walk after supper.

Stepping into the house we are greeted by our cats – Copperfield and Emma – and some interesting happenings on the library table in the dining room where a fall teatime theme is set up.

It would appear, in the cozy twilight time, that Lady Autumn has been arranging my fall teacups from two of my favorite English pottery houses:  Johnson Brothers and Wood & Sons.  The shadows cast a dreamy haze on the scene and I am swept up with inspiration for our Blogland teatime this week!

Squirrel Nutkin scampers in, taking a break from burying all his acorns here and about.  You, know – I find them all year long hidden hither and yon.  Honestly!  If it’s not your kids with their toys all over the place – it’s your ceramic figurines making no end of a mess when the humans aren’t watching!

Anyway – just loved how this dreamy shabby white teapot and mug set suggests the coming chill of winter – set off in front of my stacked book boxes in complimentary tones.

The pot and mugs are a cherished birthday gift from my son and daughter-in-law this past September.  Been waiting to show them off at just the right time of year.  Don’t be surprised if they re-appear in the spring bedecked with rose hued florals and sunlight.  Rather versatile, this set is, I’d say.

On the tea tree two cups and saucers of note captivate my autumn’s eye . . .

Here’s a Wood & Sons Jamestown pattern that immediately touched my heart with its delicate muted tones, old world floral spray, and diminutive size – the day I found it – thrifting!

It blends nicely with the Johnson Brothers Harvest Time pattern with all manner of fruits . . . 

Hailing the season of plenty in similar muted tones.

To be sure, though, Squirrel Nutkin has made his choice of the Wood & Sons cup and saucer with the taupe band encircling the interior of the cup.

I think he likes it best because it is a demitasse size – small – just like his silly little self.

I am hopeful to add to this collection with a sweet piece waiting for me at my favorite tearoom, Across the Pond, a shop I’ve often featured here.  There’s been a cup and saucer with a similar Johnson Brothers pattern just waiting for me to bring home to join my autumn tea tree display.  Hopefully, it will not walk away with another teatime fancier before I can claim it as my own!  I’d like to treat myself to it by Thanksgiving –

But, I must get on the other side of my daughter’s wedding – a week before turkey day!

No matter – Lady Autumn has a lovely display set off especially warm and inviting this evening, in the twilight, and I’m brewing up some tea for hubby and me for a cozy cuppa as we watch the stars come out.  Camomile, I think . . .

And – I love the lighting in this Teatime at Twilight so much – I believe I may have to do it again next week!

Stay tuned on that score . . .

Sharing this week’s Teatime at Twilight with:

 Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Heart & Home at Lily Rose Cottage
Kathryn’s Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Lovely home.

  2. Hi Kathryn,
    I was so glad to see your tea time post! I’ve missed you joining us for tea and your wonderful whimsey with your darling collections. Your teacups are all so lovely. I have the same Johnson Bro. Harvest teacup! Have a great week!

  3. Hello Miss Kathy,
    As always, you hold me spellbound with your tales of Squirrel Nutkin and lovely ceramic ladies in waiting at tea time. Love your white tea set; a lovely gift! All your other pieces are so perfect for Autumn too. The last green teacup is stunning! It’s always lovely to have you to tea, my friend. Hope you have a splendid week.


  4. Hi, I’m from Italy.
    I like your blog.
    I really love the autumn, colors and flavors. It’s my favourite season.
    Your teacups are wonderfull1

  5. you have wonderful tea sets.

  6. autumn lady…i always picture her like an irish- with fiery red hair and cool green eyes

  7. autumn causes many sighs in the deep recesses of man’s heart

  8. lovely!

  9. I am always intriqued by your postings. This one is so delightful with the playfulness of the ceramic figurines. The fall vignette is very pretty with the addition of your new tea set. Thanks for sharing and it is always fun to read your writings.

    Thanks, Pam

  10. Brown transferware is always so perfect for fall. Homey (or homely if you’re a Brit), warma and inviting. And your home certainly is! We are indeed blessed with a bounty of grace, aren’t we? Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  11. Autumn is a fine time to catch the magic of twilight. Your post is so lovely and warm. Your story so sweet. Let’s see what happens next week when you are off on your wander….
    I am loving all your tea cups. I especially love the last one, green on the outside and beautiful grapes on the inside!

  12. Hi Kathy, it looks to me like Squirrel Nutkin has very good taste!
    What a wonderful post full of fun and warmth and pretty things to see 🙂
    The tea pot and cups your family gave you are fabulous – what a lovely shape!
    I love the play of light, both indoors and out.
    Reading this has made me feel so cosy!
    Thanks for linking up, my friend.
    Have a blessed day..Trish x

  13. Hello Kathy…wonderful post I like the idea of Twilight Tea Time…sounds genteel and romantic.
    Have a good day
    Barb from Australia

  14. Hi Kathryn,

    Twilight tea time sounds so romantic and your Johnson Brothers Harvest Time teacup is perfect for autumn. I’m happy to see Squirrel Nutkin has decided to join you! Blessings to you.

  15. Hi Kathryn…I think squirrel Nutkin made an excellent choice!
    Thanks for the visit today and I am following you too.
    I am right by Asbury Park.
    Have a great evening..xo Tami

  16. Very nice and enjoyable post. Glad you still enjoy “supper” too.

  17. Oh Miss Kathy, I have missed you! I was delighted to find that you had time to create a fun post for us all once again. Yes, love the squirrel. Your tea cups are just so pretty. I can’t decide which one I like best.
    So the wedding is coming up? I guess I didn’t realize that. You must be so busy.
    Much love,

  18. Hi Kathryn..we are preparing for the worst…but so hoping for the best.
    We definitely do not need this storm. The last hurricane that went through knocked out power and flooded all our basements…it was much worse for many. I’m not wanting to re-live that anytime soon!
    Let’s say a little prayer.
    Stay safe..xo Tami

  19. The teapot and mugs are so pretty! Everything is just lovely. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  20. Hello Kathy,
    The lighting is lovely and serene. Love your tabletop vignette and the beautiful autumn inspired teacups – I hope all is going well with the wedding! Such a blessed time! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

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