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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Twilight Tea

I inherited this German bone china tea service from my mother-in-law. I really enjoy the subtle color of the blossoms inside the bowl of the cup. This set really sings when you use it, and chimes very like crystal.

We are set up more for coffee than tea after dinner. And we are enjoying the full leaf of the ivy after a long bare winter. The vines transform the north side of our house.

Twilight is such an enchanting time of day. Sounds grow hushed with the fading of the light. Songbirds give way to chirping crickets.

The full daylight seems too harsh for the pale pink hues of this china pattern. I find it more suited for the evening hours.

The color becomes almost mauve in the fading light. And the gold trim seems to ask for the glow of candlelight.

Ivy covered walls have such drama. A perfect stage for dessert.

A dainty cup for a dainty chair.

I was lucky enough to come across this set of flatware with the family monogram. But any letter suits me. I like the romance of monograms in general.

Wouldn't it be a nice ritual to end every evening meal like this? Gathered up and peaceful to end a hectic day?

This setting reminded me so much of the beginning to the Merchant Ivory film of Howard's End that I had to look up the text to E. M. Forrester's novel.

"Oh, the beautiful vine leaves," Helen writes in her letter to Meg. "The house is covered with a vine...

". . . Mrs Wilcox was already in the garden. . . she walked off the lawn to the meadow. . . Trail, trail went her long dress over the sopping grass, and she came back with her hands full of the hay that was cut yesterday--I suppose for rabbits or something, as she kept on smelling it. The air here is delicious."

"And finally Mrs. Wilcox reappears, trail, trail, still smelling hay and looking at the flowers. I inflict all this on you because once you said that life is sometimes life and sometimes only a drama, and one must learn to distinguish tother from which, and up to now I have always put that down as 'Meg's clever nonsense.' But [just now]. . . it really does seem not life but a play. . ."


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Jacqueline

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8 comments:

Sherry said...

Beautiful! Love the china so gorgeous!

Lavender Cottage said...

Your china is very pretty and I love the thought of a twilight tea.

Bella said...

Jacqueline
Your posts are always full of magic :-) I love your ivy covered walls and the patio set is so beautiful, I have been looking for a nice set forever.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Bella

A Cottage Muse said...

What a beautiful spot for any beverage! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Olga said...

Twilight is my favorite time too. I love your tea set; the tiny blossoms inside are so pretty. And the ivy vines one the house and fence are so dreamy.

Jacqueline said...

Hi Jacqueline,
First of all, many thanks for stopping by to see me and commenting.
I LOVE your garden. The lovely gate with the ivy tumbling over it, your beautiful china and garden furniture....it looks very English !! It all looks so beautiful.
Have a lovely weekend.
From the other Jacqueline !! XXXX

Carolyn said...

What a charming setting for your lovely tea! I love the pretty china but also the patio set.

Carolyn

Debra@Common Ground said...

What a gorgeous setting, and I sometimes wish we lived in a culture that still believed in rituals such as tea or evening coffee. Life gets too hectic, and then we miss out on the quiet peaceful moments that are there for us. I'm up for replacing the evening news any time!
I always love coming here, you are a real joy, JQ, have a wonderful weekend!
xo,
Debra

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