Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Afternoon Tea

Every afternoon at around half past three, I stop what I'm doing for a quiet cup of tea -- just me! I take a tray with pot, cup and saucer and nosh on it to the breakfast room.
The wee pot I got on a trip to England oh, so many years ago. It's just perfect for a "tea for me"! I bought the pot, two cups and saucers and creamer and that wonderful English sugar bowl (no top -- it is a bowl). My intention was to fix a tray in our bedroom like those in the English bed and breakfasts so we could have morning tea in our room. But alas, that didn't happen.
Instead, it's downstairs and is my afternoon tea pot. I take most of my teas black and so sugar and creamer stay in the kitchen. And now I have six cups and saucers as well as six plates, six bowls and six dessert or salad plates. The set has become my breakfast room dishes!

But the teapot itself brings back memories of that wonderful trip with dear friend Hallie and going through china shop after china shop looking for the perfect teapot to bring home.
I always have a tea bread or a cookie in the pantry -- for this afternoon tea. A sweet mid afternoon seems to perk one up for the rest of the day!

Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Everyone has such clever ideas about tablesettings and I think it is my favorite day of the week!


Blondie's Journal said...

Gorgeous tea set, Martha. I envy your trip to England. It is on my 'To do list'!!

Quiet time in the afternoon with a little treat on beautiful dishes sounds like a wonderful plan to me!


Unknown said...

Wonderful idea. Love your tea set.

Pondside said...

Tea in the afternoon - a pick-me-up, a civilized ritual, time to regroup for the rest of the day, time to dream. I love it!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what a wonderful treat for you to stop and enjoy a small treat and a cup of tea in the afternoon. Your teapot and cup and saucer are gorgeous. What a wonderful memory. Hugs, Marty

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Martha,
Always lovely!. My goodness your lemon cookie recipe sounds yummy!
Take care and enjoy your day,

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Not only do I like the lovely English tea set, but I love your ritual. I have a cup of coffee or tea in the aftrnoon, too; but it's usually not the nice ritual.

Chris said...

I love this ritual too! I try to have a small pot of blooming tea each afternoon. Watching the tea pod "bloom" into a flower, is so relaxing. My favorite is sweet jasmine.

Love your photos! Chris

La Table De Nana said...

Good for you..I should take the time.. great idea.. all pretty and all:)

Deanna said...

Hi there!
November Blessings to you.
I liked this post and think you have the right idea about Tea Time and taking time to relax with a break.
Your china is lovely.
God Bless,

Dining Delight said...

Very pretty!


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a beautiful place to have tea. The lighting is great. Having afternoon tea is such a wonderful idea, I can see why this tea pot is so special. The tea tray is very unique, it caught my eye!

Sarah said...

Afternoon tea is always a treat. To enjoy it in your setting is extra special. ~ Sarah

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This looks like a delightful tea!

susan said...

I'm just about 30 minutes behind you--I have tea with Oprah :) Love your teapot!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

what a lovely tea set and you have used it in a beautiful setting, congrats, love the serenity

Marigene said...

What a beautiful spot for taking tea. I love your blue and white tea service.
I believe we have a mutual friend, Sharon at Print Solutions!

nannykim spindle cottage said...

I love tea too and I especially like using small teapots. I usually make some every day too! There is something so wonderful about tea....I was telling my hubby just today that there is something about tea that makes me feel loved. Pretty set!

Kammy said...

What a terrific idea, just you and a pot of tea - I bet it hits the spot! What a great memory !

The Style Sisters said...

What a lovely setting and fun idea for Tea. Love the post. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I love that tea pot! What a beautiful pattern, and how lovely that you fix tea every afternoon. laurie

Julie said...

Hi Martha, Love the pretty blue and white table...

Rettabug said...

What a beautifully intricate tray you have on which to place your equally beautiful teapot & cups! Don't you just love having something that brings back memories of a special vacation trip? This looks lovely & I think I'll treat myself tomorrow instead of just grabbing a thermal mug of tea on the run!!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful set.


Sue said...

Blue and white is always so pretty. Your afternoon tea looks delicious. Thanks for coming by this mornings.
Happy TT.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

This is such a lovely tea set! The blue and white pattern is so pretty and the idea of having morning tea in the bedroom is down right romantic. We have our coffee in bed every morning (mostly because I can't move before I have had a cup. Afternoon tea is probably the most civilized moment of the day.

Maryrose said...

Love your tea set... and even more your afternoon routine of a cup of tea and small snack. Your setting is just so lovely and relaxing.
Thanks for sharing.

Bill said...

Hi Martha,
I often have a soothing cup of tea at my desk in the afternoon. Somehow it's not the same as the lovely ritual you enjoy. It might have something to do with the fact that I'm microwaving tea bags in assorted old (un-beautiful) mugs!

You've inspired me to take time for a quiet "tea ceremony" this weekend using some of my nicer things. I'll think of you when I do!


Carrie said...

Lovely tea at Linderhof is so beautiful!

On my second trip to England in 1979 I remember looking all over for a tea set to bring home. i finally found one and also bought dinner plates. I sent back to the store in London until I built up service for 8.
The following post tells of my fight with airport security as I took the box of china on the plane:

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

What a beautiful tea set and what a lovely way to enjoy them. Looks like a wonderful spot to enjoy an afternoon break.

Christi @ A Southern Life

Rhondi said...

Hi Martha
Am I still in time for tea? You know I love teapots, and especially blue and white English ones. I take a little milk in my tea if it's not too much trouble.
Hugs, Rhondi

Charm and Grace said...

How I do love the blue and white china! I love that you have a daily break for tea. I wish that were something I could do... but with erratic kiddie schedules and shuffling them from here to there and back again, it just doesn't seem like it's in the cards for this particular season in my life. Your photos are Victoria-worthy! Thanks for sharing.


La Bella Cooks said...

How gorgeous your tea set is! I love the idea that you take the time for yourself each afternoon. I think all of us ladies should take your lead and do this. What great post.