Late afternoon tea is such a fine idea! But how do you refined English ladies find the time at 4 pm to indulge the practice? Most American women are either a) still at work, b) in the car fighting traffic, c) on after school homework, or extra curricular activites duty, or d) preparing dinner!
Even though I am somewhat past all that, I rarely find myself at my leisure on a late afternoon. That is, except for today. . . .
Isn't it funny how much later 4:00 is in the fall than in summer? I have had an amber glow candle of chestnut, cinnamon, and clove burning in the kitchen for a few hours. I'm not often home all day, and I think I've been mesmerized. Not to mention craving pumpkin sweets as a result of all the good smells!
So out come the bone china teacups with the leaf pattern to celebrate the occasion. The design is not my usual "era" either, but it's a day for things out of the ordinary. My favorite chai tea will even everything out while I ponder where a whole day got off to, and enjoy the late afternoon hour take on an amber glow all its own. . . .
Vintage white on white cutwork embroidered tea napkins make the moment special.
My vintage English leaf pattern china includes a creamer and sugar bowl.
I hope you have a few cozy afternoons ahead too!
Ciao! for now!
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