Monday, September 6, 2010

Tea with Canaletto

September seems to be the time of the year for finding your quiet center. For the editors of Victoria Magazine anyway. And maybe they're right. If you have a family, everyone goes back to routine, and maybe there is a pause for retreat and reflection before the fall and winter marathon sets in.

September is always a wise travel season as well. The weather is still mild and the good airfare and hotel rates kick in. So a retreat, even a small one, sounds pretty good.

But if you can't actually go anywhere, there are many ways to get off to indulge yourself for a bit. The 1997 September issue holds the key to just that inside.

Catherine Calvert wrote A Day of Solitude in this issue, and it is one of the most lovely things written anywhere:

"Solitude is a beautiful word. It sounds like sunlight through trees, or a walk on the beach, or a soprano voice that soars.... It's a different word than "alone;" I hear a moan in alone, which turns so easily into "loneliness,".... Solitude is for those with an ample interior, with room to roam, well-provided with supplies. And I need a day or two, every so often, to make the journey."

Maybe there's only time for a quiet spot of tea to center yourself.

For Teacup Tuesday I'm featuring a teacup and saucer that seemed more suited to fall than summer. I'm no reader of marks so I'm showing you instead. But Bell seems to be the manufacturer rather than the pattern name of this English Bone China. I just know that I love it.

Another thing I love about this issue is the Favorite Things section on the WRITTEN WORD. There are so many lovely ideas for bookish and writing people, and those of us who love script. It's just one bundle of gorgeous stuff!

Having a little writing corner with a few of those delights is another way to take a small retreat, even if all you ever do is have your tea there!

Here's wishing you a sweet retreat!
Thanks for stopping by! Ciao! for now!


I'm linking to A Delightsome Life for Victoria--A Return to Loveliness, and Teacup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites and Artful Affirmations.


My Grama's Soul said...

What a beautiful post today!! For many years I collected those old Victoria magazines.....but somehow over the years they have all been culled....boy do I regret that move now. Beautiful pics and such a lovely quote.

Have a beautiful day,


david K said...

What a lovely post. I particularly enjoy seeing that post-cards lovingly sent from far-away countries have enjoyed a second- and third-life on the cabin and cottage walls. I recently finished cataloging some Canaletto drawings at work and it is a treat to see him in your post today!

Cabin and Cottage said...

Dear david K! Thanks so much for your contribution and comments. Ask any mother what a marvel it is to get mail from her son or daughter! (Or comments on her post!)As for Canaletto--what fun serendipity! Love and kisses, Mum

Lavender Cottage said...

Great post on Victoria; you and Kathy were thinking alike. :-)
Have a great week.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Beautiful cup and saucer. I enjoyed your post today also. Happy Tea Cup Tuesday. Connie

Kathy said...

A very lovely post - seems we were both touched by September's Finding the Quiet Center. I love that! I love seeing your teacup and the script background - very lovely! I had never heard of Canaletto before! Thanks for joining again this week -

Vicki said...

Hello, Jacqueline,
I think we all need some solitude from time to time. Time to regroup and collect ourselves and meditate on things of beauty. Your tea cup is certainly beautiful, and yes, it reminds me of autumn, too. I love the older issues of Victoria Magazine. They were truly the best. Happy Tea Time to you, friend~Vicki

Laura's Rose Garden said...

Good morning Jacqueline,
This posting is exquisite!! Tomorrow I will have the house to myself as everyone will be at work or college. I will be making myself comfy with a pot of Constant Comment tea and my stack of September Victorias. Thank you so much for sharing!
Warm hugs, Laura

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello :) Such a lovely cup you have chosen for this week's Tea, the colors are definitely perfect for the upcoming fall. Lovely post :)

Wishing you a Happy Tea Tuesday!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

AshTreeCottage said...

What lovely thoughts!

Susan and Bentley

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

What beautiful words you shared with us. I do appreciate good writing, as I was a Professional Writing major in college. I appreciate pretty tea cups too. And anything you write as well. (What on earth is wrong with Blogger? I just typed this and it erased it.)

Terri said...

What a beautiful tea cup and saucer! Such a generous size cup with lovely fall color florals.
Thank you so much for sharing with us today.

Doni said...

Oh how lovely! I think your photos are just gorgeous! So pretty, and that drape is so fantastic!!
Blessings, Doni

Bookie said...

I want almost ALL the tea cups I see here on TC Tuesdsays,but I swooned out loud when I saw yours. It is not as vibrant as some, but you are right. Perfect for this time of year! It calls to me! :)

Tete said...

Love the little retreat and the tea cup is so peaceful and calming.

Olga said...

That's a gorgeous teacup.

Carolyn said...

I enjoyed my little retreat with you! i love the teacup too.


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Very nice post! I always enjoy the Victoria reviews, and The Return to Loveliness posts!


Kay said...

Dear Jacqueline,
Beautiful post, as always. Love that gorgeous teacup! I was wondering who your commenter "David" was---oh! he's your David! How nice is that!
I was so lucky last week! I went to a nearby antique store and found 6 copies of Victoria that I was missing. I've been loving the June 91 that I got, but, like it or not, fall is coming (or is here), so your post was very inspirational. I got out my Sept 97 issue, and you are so right. It is just lovely. Later this evening, I will peruse it while the rain pours outside and I wrap up in my soft, white chenille spreads.
Love, Kay

Sherry said...

Beautiful post! Love how you arrange. In the next post I love the light in your window with all that texture and the brown transferware is gorgeous. So fun to visit always.

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