Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Time for Tea

Anytime is the right time for a tea break.
At least that's what I tell myself at dusk
 when I need a cuppa and have a bit of a sweet tooth.

And then I tell myself to simply grab
 a daily mug & plate out of my cupboard
 to make having this snack quick and easy.

Then I remember myself.
I am a lady who loves a beautiful tea moment.
(Just as you do, dear readers, to be sure.)
And taking time for tea is worth spending a few extra minutes
to do it nicely.....
to enjoy not only the delicious respite,
but also the beauty of using a delicate teacup.
To surround oneself with loveliness.....
to go about slowing down long enough to
truly savor the moment.......
......To MAKE the moment.
Life is simply just that: moments.
Our lives are worth making each moment just a little more special.
To illuminate them and make them a gift to ourselves.
To take the time to notice the lovely hand painting
and detailed gilding on one's old Nippon china.

And to wonder if someone named Cora would have ever imagined
where her pretty candlestick holder would end up-
and how many people would take the time
 to really see it's beauty.

I wish you truly savory moments, and making each one count.


  1. Hi Michele: What a lovely set of china you have shared today. I love all the gold gilding. Your candle stick is perfect. I bet Cora, never would have guessed years later a group of ladies would be enjoying the beauty she created. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  2. Michele I couldn't agree with you more. Live each moment as if it is your last and use your best china for those solitary tea moments and enjoy. Thanks for the tips about all of those linky parties. I do link up in a few different places when I get a chance. Thanks for your help xo

  3. Dear Michele,
    what a beautiful post wit lovely photos and soothing thought. Thank you so much for this charming tea post. The china is so gorgeous. I enjoyed all very much.
    Best greetings,

  4. What a lovely, sweet blog you have! I now a few people with beautiful china that they use only is special occasions. But I agree with you that each moment we are alive is special. Beautiful post!

  5. Love your china and the candle holder. Your snack looks yummy too! Couldn't agree with you more, every day is a gift from God.

  6. Michelle,how beautiful your tea things are. I would love to take tea with you.
    I set a pretty tea table today too. We so enjoy making a little extra effort. We tend to linger a little longer instead of rushing through the moment. x

  7. Taking time for tea is a ritual here as well and using beautiful things makes one feel so special. You understand! Lovely things you have!

  8. What lovely thoughts. Thank you so much for reminding us all to slow down and enjoy the small precious moments in life.


  9. Hi Michelle, beautiful post. Cora's candleholder is very special. I agree with you ... we are special and should be using our best and prettiest things everyday. Life should be a celebration.

  10. Afternoon tea is often the only time I take for myself some days and to use pretty things makes it special. I'm sure Cora would be happy to know how much pleasure the candle holder brings you.

  11. Michele, this is a beautiful post! I would love to enjoy a cup of tea at your pretty table. I always think the prettier the teacup, the better the tea tastes.

  12. Beautiful post Michele! I love your your pretty china and the candle holder.
    Thank you for sharing.

  13. Very pretty, Michele, and that cake looks delicious! So true, to take some time during the day to catch your breath or rejuvenate, whether it's tea, coffee or hot chocolate.

  14. What a beautiful soothing post.Everything you showed us and said was lovely.Thank you so much for dropping by to visit Me.

  15. Beautiful china.
    How lucky that you have some of those beautiful pieces.
    I'm certain that Cora would be proud of the way that you enjoy them :)


  16. How lovely Michele--it's the little things that fill up our days--Afternoon tea is one of the little things that make for an enjoyable life. Your china is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing it! xoxo ♥
    Martha Ellen

  17. Every day is definitely special. Love your afternoon tea and snack. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  18. You write so beautifully, Michele. I always enjoy your lovely posts so much. Your teacup is so elegant looking and the candle holder so sweet. Have a great evening.

  19. What a beautiful post with heartfelt word, Michele. I wish you the same, dear friend.

  20. Love the tea-cup and I agree we are worth a little more effort. Enjoy your tea-time. Hugs, Deb

  21. I usually grab the nearest mug for my cuppa. But tea does taste best when in bone china in a fancy cup and saucer. The candlestick is really pretty.

  22. So true! I often forget this, hurrying to have a quick bite or drink. But oh, it's so much better when done in style!

  23. Hi Michele,
    Sorry I am so very late visiting. It's been a sad and busy week what with Hubby's nephew passing away suddenly and my son flying home from BC for the funeral.

    It is so very true, one must slow down and enjoy the moments! Your china is really gorgeous, my friend! The sweet looks yummy and your presentation is a treat to the eyes! Lovely photos! Thank you for joining me for tea and have a delightful day.


  24. Hello Michele, I agree with you! Tea time is always the right time! Your carrot cake looks scrumptious! Love the teacup - so very feminine and delicate! I appreciate you joining in at A Return to Loveliness - feel free to share on my Home and Garden Thursday party too!
    God Bless,

  25. Hi Michele, You're so right. Having a tea time makes you feel very special and gives you a moment to relax. I bet Cora didn't realize how many people she inspired to have tea with her. Thanks for sharing your beautiful china with us.


  26. This is really pretty, Micele. What a lovely moment to savor. Beautiful teacup set!...Christine

  27. Lovely Post... Lovely colours and thoughts for the autumn season ahead...Hugs

  28. Having beautiful cups and saucers make drinking tea a very special moment.

  29. Michelle, your post is beautiful as is your china! I totally agree with you and have had similar conversations with myself when I think I will just grab a mug of tea! Usually I can take a deep breath and get my tray out and begin to build a beautiful setting. It is sooooo calming and delightful!
    Your china pieces are very pretty. I have a violet cup so very similar to your cream and gold. It has the raised gold borders too, and looks similar to your plate.
    I am glad you are treating yourself to beauty!

  30. I love tea, but like mine cold and in a glass. I could take a cup of coffee tho.

  31. Michele, I love your teacup and you are right: we should treasure each moment and make it special. I hope you are having a nice weekend!

  32. It is all so pretty! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  33. Love this post Michele. Yes, we all need to slow down and take time to savor each and every moment. Life is too precious to not enjoy! You said it so beautifully.


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