Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Taking tea in the evening

If you miss the old Victoria magazine as much as I do, check out the January issue of Romantic Homes magazine. It is their British issue and it's lovely. Not quite Victoria but so close you'll find yourself near bliss. :)

Since the weather turned cooler, I have been fixing tea every evening for my husband and me. I love the HT Holiday blend enough to make sure I'll purchase an extra tin next month. However, my evening teas are Spring Cherry green tea (The Republic of Tea) and Candy Cane Lane decaf green tea (Celestial Seasonings). (I know Mrs. Wilt likes the Candy Cane Lane tea, too!) I hope to stock up some on the latter this weekend, if there are boxes still available. HT has a wonderful Winter White Earl Grey available all year that I enjoy as well as their Chinese Flower green tea. I've read that the white teas have the same benefit as green teas. (I buy my HT brand at Barnes & Noble but they are also available online.)

I pour my husband's tea into a small yellow mug. It's much nicer for men and he doesn't have to be as careful with it has bone china. I have a few favorite tea cups that I switch around for everyday use. Sometimes I use my Royal Albert Lavender Rose cup that matches my china and sometimes the American Limoges teacup (found at Goodwill). My favorite is a beautiful cup with roses on a white background that's slightly larger and not as delicate as those two. I was showing this particular teacup to my sister (I purchased the two cups/saucers and two plates for $5.00 at a garage sale a few years ago). It turns out to be the same pattern as her wedding china! I use my plain, white teapot for everyday use. My favorite teapot is very similar (if not exactly the same) as the one shown in the picture above. It was a gift from my daughter (and my very first teapot). It has a place of honor in the inherited china cabinet.

As I've mentioned many times since beginning my ponderings here, it is up to me to make the atmosphere I want in our home. If I want teatime, I have to plan ahead (especially on such a tight budget). I am now reaping the benefit of years of thrift store and garage sale shopping with beautiful silver, crystal, and china to enjoy a little of the fine life here in my little house in the country. Once the eye is trained, it's amazing how fast you can run to grab the teacup at Goodwill, knocking down only two or three people on the way for the prize. :)

The greatest benefit of my son learning to drive (and almost worth the enormous increase in our insurance policy) is being at home in the evenings now. I've been enjoying curling up on the sofa with a great book, lighting the various Christmas candles and "taking tea" while reading. Tomorrow is Thursday, my "day off". I get to sleep late but I also have a full days work ahead with household cleaning, going through Christmas boxes for items to give to Goodwill and catching up a bit on laundry. Tonight, however...candles, tea and books.


Copper's Wife said...

Brenda, your evenings sound lovely. Just my cup of tea (pardon the pun!). Copper and I have been enjoying one of his favorite holiday treats in the evening - a cup of egg nog. Oh, the calories, but he enjoys it and I want to share something he loves with him.

Brenda said...

As our Furby would have said...yum!

I love eggnog, too.

Anonymous said...

< Tonight, however...candles, tea and books. >

Ah....does it get any better than that? :)

Monica - books are our friends said...

When I was growing up, my siblings and I would have "tea making" contests to decide who could make the best tea. We had a lot of fun with that, but always uses mugs, never the fine china.

Janel said...

Thanks for the tip about Romantic Homes. I have sooo missed new issues of Nancy L's Victoria.

smilnsigh said...

Oh do I!!! Miss the old Victoria magazine, that is! And I bring them out, by months. [the ones I've been able to find] To kind of sink into and dream and enjoy and etc. :-)

And now, I have to bring the Victoria Christmas books, down off the shelf too. I've been able to get quite a few old Victoria books, at reasonable prices, on Amazon's 'New and Used Books.' -happy sigh-

Anonymous said...

Victoria magazine was lovely. I instantly felt peaceful and inspired when I looked at the enchanting photography in each issue. So feminine and delightful.....sigh..... :)

Mrs. Callard