~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims
I was contemplating some things to photograph for my blog entry and realized that a number of my antiques are tea related. I love tea! I enjoy it in the mornings, as a rest filled moment in the afternoons or in the evenings. I even find tea a comfort in the middle of the night when I cannot sleep. I think my two favorite teas are either a cup of strong English breakfast tea with a spot of milk or a cup of Earl Grey.
I love my tea caddy from the 1800s. It sits on my sidetable that I have decorated as a desk. It is simple and yet elegant. But what I love most is thinking how many cups of tea the lady who owned this made and what conversations occured over those cups of tea.
The caddy still has it wooden lid...
and the lining along with a tea scoop. I discovered there were still tea leaves in it when I bought it. I left them there as a rememberance of when this caddy was used.
I love using old tea cups to sit out around the house. Here is a museum reproduction tea cup on my desk. I purchased it at the gift shop of a manor house in the north of Holland.
This recent find from a flea market is a silver tea spoon. I had never seen one like it before and loved its delicate form.
This is an antique Dutch tea stove. There is a copper bucket which used to hold hot coals with a special shaped teapot on top. The teapot is missing but I bought the stove to use for flower arrangements.
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."
~ Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady