Saturday, November 10, 2007

Tea: A drink with jam and bread

I've been humming the "Do-Re-Mi" song this morning, happy as a lark because this is the first Saturday in forever that I have a completely unstructured day! There's nowhere I have to be, nothing I have to do, no deadline is looming, and my reading list is whatever I want it to be. (Today that includes about a dozen Christmas magazines, a review copy of the curiously controversial book "The Gentle Art of Domesticity" from the UK, and a book I got in Louisiana about the folk artist Clementine Hunter.) To celebrate the joys of a free day, I prepared tea and toast using this floral breakfast set filled with some of my favorite things.

First, I prepared some of that fine Green Rooibos Pear Cream tea I got from Upton. The teaspoon was a gift from my husband during our courting days, and of course he had no idea I was a fan of the particular Sandy Lynam Clough artwork on the handle, but I am.

The small sugar bowl holds the last tiny bit of that yummy Pear Lemon Marmalade with organic green tea from Marmalady's. And I don't need cream with this tea, so I used the cream pitcher to hold jeweled sugar from Alda's Forever. A couple of slices of wheat toast later and I was in business. Ahhhh ...


  1. I adore these Breakfast Sets! Have always wanted a vintage Royal Winton in the Welbeck pattern. Maybe one day ....

    Am curcious about the "curiously controversial book 'The Gentle Art of Domesticity'" .... why is it controversial???

  2. That's funny, Welbeck is also *my* fantasy breakfast set pattern! Maybe one day ...

    And RE "The Gentle Art of Domesticity," I have to say I am loving this book and find it quite inspiring. In the UK, however, some reviewers have trashed the book and even call it "domestic porn," although it seems to me these critics must be women who are insecure about their own career choices. I've read that we gals in the U.S. are much more tolerant of each other's career choices, and thank goodness for that! It's hard for me to imagine ANY sort of homemaking book in this country creating such a firestorm as I've read about over there. I hope author Jane Brocket keeps doing what she's doing - and enjoying it despite the naysayers! (And then again, the media reviewers may not be representative of the average UK woman, who may think Brocket's choices are just fine.)

  3. Beautiful breakfast set. Love it, love it.

  4. I just discovered your blog and am so enjoying it. I just love this breakfast set. I haven't seen one like it.


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