“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
~Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
I have always known, even since a wee child, the joys of “tea time”. I have tea cups that I have had since childhood, passed down from my mother to me with love. And love them I do. I once had a room mate with whom afternoon tea was a regular practice. In those proper tea cups, of course. At every period of my life, during the good times and the bad, I have kept this ritual. No matter who I was at the time, no matter who I was with, I always loved the warm comforting beverage. And so I am dedicating this post to a past time I still cherish to this day: Afternoon Tea.
There’s tea for one….. which sometimes I partake of at a local tea room and lovingly share with a good book…..
And then we have tea for two….. which I most recently shared with my darling pal, Victorea……
This particular day we met over on Bainbridge Island for a trek to the yarn shop and some tea at Blackbird Bakery, a place I have come to love to bits…..almost as much as I love Churchmouse Yarn. (Which, by the way, is also a tea shop!) We sat there and drank tea for and hour and a half. That’s what we do best. 🙂
Yummy bread and Curry Cauliflower soup…. delish!
Of course before we went for tea, we were rather naughty and enjoyed a little tastiness of the ice cream variety. Ice cream, tea time, and yarn shopping all in one afternoon???? When can I have a replay of that afternoon? Yes please!
So as you can imagine, when my sister-in-law, Jen, said that she wanted to have a Tea Party for her birthday, guess who was the first to raise her hand wildly and offer to host it? Yep, you guessed it. I will take any excuse to break out all my lovely tea cups and dust them off. Not to mention spend an entire afternoon drinking tea and having girly talk?? Where do I sign up?
The table, carefully set and quietly awaiting the guests..
All my cherished tea cups and saucers came out to play for the day. They were lovingly polished along with my beloved Brown Betty, which I might add, is the best teapot you can find. It’s english of course. The english know tea. And tea pots. Something to do with the shape of the Brown Betty and the sort of glaze they use. I did a taste test once (yes, I know I’m a dork) and it’s true… it really does make a superior cup of tea.
And of course, no tea party would be complete without proper cucumber sandwiches to complete the picture. Traditional english tea has you make them with just butter and cucumber on white bread, which I did. But I also made them with cream cheese that was mixed with fresh mint. So delicious! I must say. I never knew what all the fuss was about. I learned today.
The table complete with all the afternoon tea and refreshments…… cucumber sandwiches, homemade scones, chicken curry salad on croissants, and fresh fruit. *contented sigh*
So I was 4 candles short of 28. Apparently Jen will always just be 24 to me. 😉
A picture with a Ya-Ya that I love dearly and hope very much I am like when I grow up and have children. A ton of fun with a handful of nuts thrown in for good measure. (Also the maker of the fabulous Chicken Curry Salad I love so much.)
The birthday girl hugging all her presents. Yay, we love presents. My present was, appropriately enough, a tea pot. Make sure you take time, sweet girl, to have yourself a pot of tea when the day calls for it! It is ever so rewarding.
And so I ask you, when is the last time you sat down and had a proper cup of tea? Been a while, has it? Go now, I say, and put on the kettle! After all, as the Japanese proverb says, “If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.”