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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cozy Afternoon Tea


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!

Jacqueline

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30 comments:

kitty said...

Jacqueline, I LOVE your teacups!! What a delightful blog you have. Mmmm, I also love Chai tea, but have never tried the Good Earth brand. I'm going to be your newest follower!!!

ANNE said...

Looks delightful -- these kind of afternoons are one of autumn's great pleasures! The dishes are perfect for the season.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Jacqueline,
What a cozy tea and I love Chai! Your napkins are gorgeous and the candle casts a warm and inviting glow upon it all. Enjoy your tea and I hope the rest of your week is lovely.

Blessings,
Sandi

Pamela said...

I am a big tea drinker and would love to join you for a cup with this beautiful set!

Bella said...

Hi J,
Yes four o'clock is feeling late these days! Your yummy tea is a great treat on a cozy day, here it is windy and wet, so it feels like hybernation is beginning early!
Hugs,
Bella

Ivy and Elephants said...

There is nothing like a good cup of chai. You have inspired me to go out tomorrow and get some fall candles. Your china is absolutely darling. They are just perfect for the season.

Paula

janice15 said...

You always have such lovely things...very nice tea set...

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my your bone china is so beautiful. Everything looks so elegant. What a fun time to take tea.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

jeanetteann said...

Your leafy china is so appropriate for your fall time of year. It's really a nice change from our usual favourite of florals. I am retired so always take tea at 3pm. Our son finds it very strange that hubby and I always take tea morning and afternoon at the same time. He said,"what if you get thirsty before or after that time" LOL xx

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Oh, isn't it wonderful to have an unexpected afternoon off?!!

Dianne said...

Such a lovely thought to have afternoon tea. I am one of the ladies that would be at work or bootcamp at that time though, so thank you for sharing your tea with me. Your china is so lovely. Dianne

A Super Dilettante said...

Hello Jacqueline, I'm sure you agree with me that tea always taste better when you drink it out from a fine bone china cup. A wonderful post!

The Blackwood Cottage said...

What a gorgeous pattern! Beautiful.

In My Wild Eden said...

What a beautiful post! I love it all but especially the glow of that wonderful candle! I'm glad you had such a beautiful afternoon.

once in a blue moon said...

its always so restful here...

pretty too!

Marlis said...

You know I come by everyday to see your pretties. This set reminds me so of my grandmother.. it's of that era.. and I love the colors in it.. Your napkins are so pretty. Every now and then, it's good to indulge oneself. xo marlis

Petra said...

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Greeting Petra.

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Chubby N Chieque said...

Those teacups are adorable.

That's so luxurious, having by ownself once in awhile and just wandering, isn't it?

Hope you enjoy your day.

Greetings,
/chie

Carolyn said...

Your afternoon tea time was lovely! I will look for that chai tea here as I have found that there is a big difference in the flavor of chai.

Take care,
Carolyn

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Wonderful tea time and me as you, I'm passed not having time anymore, so I do endulge with friends for tea at my house, at theirs, or we go out for tea as well, I mostly do it with my 81 year old mom, who comes for lunch every wednesday. I love your vintage English tea cups, beautiful. Hugs, FABBY

Janette - The2Seasons said...

Those tea cups are charming and perfect for fall.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty your leaf china is for a fall tea!

Marigene said...

Beautiful pattern on your tea set.

xinex said...

I love your Adderley teacups, Jacqueline. They go so well with cream tea pot. The napkins are lovely. I hope you will come and sign up for my giveaway...Christine

Alycia Nichols said...

Gorgeous china and absolutely exquisite linens, Jacqueline!!! I really like the pattern in the china. Very peaceful. I don't know how the English find time for tea, either. I don't work outside the home, don't have to fight traffic, don't have young children, and usually cook early in the day, so I don't know WHAT my excuse is!!! :-) I used to take time around 2 in the afternoon, but life somehow suddenly just got in the way. I need to get back on that routine. I seemed to be a lot more at peace then. Hmmmm....what does that tell me? Have a peaceful weekend!

Honey at 2805 said...

What a lovely idea, Jacquline, to sit in the afternoon and enjoy the simple pleassure of a cup of tea. This tradition is one we shoule all indulge in, at least from time to time.

Your teacups are lovely and I always adore your linens.

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday! You help to make it a special day!

Gayle Page-Robak said...

I love all your wonderful treasures, thank you for sharing. You have a beautiful blog. I am your newest follower and I look forward to revisiting to your blog. I have started a new ‘sister’ blog called A TASTEFUL TOUCH, and invite you to join my followers list as well, and to also grab a blog button. My blog address is: http://atastefultouch.com. Enjoy your day. Hugs, Gayle

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Jacqueline, I love your china and the pretty napkins. Thank you for linking your beautiful tea at the Open House party.
xo,
Sherry

Sherry said...

It is all gorgeous! I just bought Chai tea for the first time this week. I love it! Sorry I'm late getting by had computer problems 1/2 the week. Thank you for joining me for the HSH Fall Open House!
Sherry

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