Living on the side of the mountain I can be very sure of two things in my neighbourhood: one= a good amount of rain and two= the best little used book store in the Lower Mainland.
The store is Booklovers and as a matter of fact, yes, we are! My friend Dalyce, the owner, always puts aside beautiful books for me.
This afternoon Chloe and I had tea in my bright yellow cups because apparently it is the closest we are going to get to sunshine for the rest of the week.
I know we were only two for tea but I have three sunshine cups and couldn’t resist taking all three out for tea. They are clockwise from bottom left: Aynsley (don’t you love the roses in the bowl?), Royal Grafton, and Royal Albert.
A repurposed 1930′s enameled and glass ashtray will hold the tea strainer.
The books I bought today included this exquisite 1898 copy of Stoddard’s lectures of Florence, Naples and Rome with the most beautiful marbled paper and leather cover and Yeats Autobiographies: Reveries Over Childhood and Youth and the Trembling of the Veil, 1926.
The tea I made is a blossom tea simply called “Nice Flower & Shining Moon” and was a gift from a friend. I put the little, round marble of tea into my glass tea pot and watched it magically transform into this lovely blossom.
It tasted fragrant and green, fresh and mild. C chose the Aynsley cup.
I served some handmade Italian nougat to go with our tea and C picked up The Rambler Nature Book, 1911.
My cup was the Grafton one and I started reading my 1915 edition of Kipling’s Jungle book.
We had a lovely hour or so having our tea in the dining room listening to the rain and drizzle outside, and then we got back to work.
Happily linking up with Terri of Artful Affirmations to whom I’m wishing a happy, happy, Happiest birthday, and later to Martha, and sending Martha lots of love and strength. Hope you’re managing to keep your Dunkirk spirit in the face of difficult times. I’m thinking about you and I care. And Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage. Sandi, I hope you set yourself the loveliest St. Patrick’s day table this year too.