Monthly Archives: October 2014

Autumn Afternoon Tea at Home

Most afternoons at home, now that I’m retired,  I like to have tea about four o’clock and set up a pretty tray to take into the living room. One of the parts of the ritual I enjoy most is choosing a seasonal grouping of china.


Here I’m using a favorite pink and yellow rose Limoges plate with a graceful Bavaria tea cup, which has one of the most beautifully designed shapes of all my cups so that it feels really well balanced in the hand. IMG_3024

The small plate on the left is part of a trio that was given to me years ago by one of the Art Education faculty, Christy Park; she told me she got it at Virginia Kropas’s yard sale (one of our alums), and it had been Virginia’s mother’s. I met Virginia’s mother a long time ago and liked her very much, so I treasure the connection. The little pink tea pot I found just last June at the Wenham Tea House. It’s just the right size when I’m having tea alone.

On this occasion I had dried fruit scones, which I had made the previous Sunday morning for our special Sunday breakfast. They have dried apricots, cherries, pears, and golden raisins in them and melted butter and sugar on top! I like them in the fall with peach or apricot jam. Margaret’s Hope Darjeeling or Temi Estate goes beautifully with the scones.

I take my tea tray to my chaise longue in the front windows and sip tea and nibble a scone, my legs tucked up in cotton blankets and a stack of reading material beside me on the table. Tea time is always one of the best hours of the day.

Autumn Tea


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