Tea cup Tuesday, working from home.

April 2, 2013

This tea cup Tuesday I’m working from home somewhat distracted with renovations and workmen coming and going and endless phone calls.

But now it’s elevenses. Do you know elevenses? It’s that extremely practical time of day to have some tea, especially when one has been up since 5am.

It’s a gray day, rain is forecast and so I’ve reserved my kitchen table as a lovely little snuggly nook for tea.

This little English cobalt blue silver overlay tea service is just for me. It’s one of those things that I consider “doing something lovely for myself”.

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Next to the beautiful, intricate cobalt blueness of this tea service most of my tea cups seemed just so much wishy-washy paleness. Finally I chose this little Shelly cup with twining clematis on it and a funny little duck egg blue handle.

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I thought I like the clematis, which will snuggle up to and lovingly wrap its soft green tendrils around anything it can touch. How could they not love each other then? Silver majestic forcefulness and playful jaunty tenderness.

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I’m taking some time reading thru old letters as inspiration to do some work in the studio, and later I’ll be catching up on my correspondence.

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Oh dear, the old clock shows my elevenses are over and I think that’s the electrician at the door and so I better get back to work.

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But not before I link up with Terri of Artful Affirmations and drool over her chocolates, and to Martha, to admire her teal colours, (especially the hobnail…to die for), to Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage to say, “yes please, I’ll have a piece of that lovely cake! And to Bernideen to admire her corner cabinet and thinking, “hmm, now I want to cut out and paint a French maid to stand in my kitchen”, and leaving you with this little shot of lovely clematis Armandii froth.
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Belong, Belonging, Beloved. A little love letter to us, my Wordsmith Studio friends, on our first anniversary.
Getting out of the city

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  • Reply Jeannine Bergers Everett April 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I love elevenses, as well as second breakfast 🙂 Lovely tea set. You have such treasures!

    • Reply Veronica April 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Jeannine, hooray for elevenses! (Although no cake for me) 🙂

  • Reply Linda G Hatton April 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Beautiful, as always! Mmm . . . you’ve put me in the mood for tea. xo

    • Reply Veronica April 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      Lol, Linda, I’m always in the mood for tea. 🙂 XO

  • Reply Sophie April 2, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Magnifique cette tasse aux clématites!
    j’aime ce beau moment du thé
    belle journée

    • Reply Veronica April 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Bonjour Sophie, It’s true, those clematis blossoms are wonderful. Too wonderful not to bring inside, even if they only last a day or two. Bises 🙂

  • Reply Bernideen's Tea Time Blog April 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I am so pleased that you took time to do such a lovely post and also that you linked with Friends Sharing Tea. I have a cup and saucer with the same clematis decals on it – also English. I think my cup is round – will have to look at home and see!

    • Reply Veronica April 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Bernideen, I’m grateful that you’ve made it possible for me with such a lovely blog party. 🙂 I’d love to see your little cup.

  • Reply Sara v April 2, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Incredible tea sets and cups–you make me sigh with pleasure every Tuesday. LOVE them! Also really love the letter juxtaposed with the china, something about it sparked that happy feeling of, wow! that looks perfect 🙂 Thank you for my beautiful tea and china fix–:-D

    • Reply Veronica April 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Sara, I’m so happy you enjoy my silly posts my dear heart. 🙂 X

  • Reply Artful Affirmations April 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    This is a beautiful post Veronica. Your little tea break looks luxurious with that stunning cobalt and silver tea set. Wow! And your Shelley tea cup is a beauty too. I love that Shelley will put in a blue handle like that. What a clever design choice.
    Thank you so much for sharing the tea part of your day with us : )

    • Reply Veronica April 2, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Terri, thank you so much for hosting. 🙂 Does Shelly do that? I’m just such a novice, you know, only collecting what I like and not for the name or anything. So fun and unexpected. I’ll have to be on the lookout for more Shelly quirkiness. Hugs back to you. 🙂

  • Reply michellepond April 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Such a beautiful tea set. Hope the renovations go well.

    • Reply Veronica April 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks Michelle 🙂 Renos are almost finished in the laundry room but a few months away for the wood floors. I’ll take photos and do a post, shall I?

  • Reply kimnelsonwrites April 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    GORGEOUS way to cut the work day
    in half…

    • Reply Veronica April 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Kim and thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I’m so glad you left your site addy because now I can come visit you. 🙂

  • Reply Katt April 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I can just here the fine china gently clinking..

    • Reply Veronica April 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Hi Kathryn, hey I like Katt, so lovely, can I call you Katt? They do clink, don’t they? Well, sometimes they ping. By the way, still haven’t found even one bloody crab!!!! 🙁 Off to try again.

  • Reply vatelechuza April 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Bravo for your post! You transformed a grey day into a delicious ‘elevens time’. Very curious, in Chile there are the tea time at 4 o’clock in the afternoon and iy is named ‘las Onces’ (The elevens’ ) I’ll investigate the association .Thanks for your magnificent post!

    • Reply Veronica April 2, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Wow Vatelechuza, that sounds interesting. I’d love to know if there’s a connection. I’m glad you liked my post. 🙂 Hugs

  • Reply Martha's Favorites! April 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Veronica: I learned a new word today, elevenses. I am going to use it for my tea time. I too love the hobnail, how can you not? Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

    • Reply Veronica April 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Martha, Lol, it’s a handy little word. 🙂 Blessings back to you and your lovely family. 🙂

  • Reply robert April 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    well my cup is full after reading this ,thank you veronica ,your creativity ,exquisite balance and juxtaposition of beautifull objet’s in your pictures is perfectly balanced by the light hearted yet sincere writing .

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 6:07 am

      Robbie, you say the sweetest things.X

  • Reply Linderhof April 3, 2013 at 1:54 am

    A lovely tea — I don’t usually do elevenses — but it IS a nice tradition!

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 6:08 am

      It is Linderhof. 🙂

  • Reply Sandi April 3, 2013 at 4:21 am

    Good morning Veronica,
    What a stunning cobalt blue tea set! Your Shelley teacup is very pretty and unique with its duck blue handle. I’ve never seen that one before. You have posted a lovely tea and I’m so glad you have shared it with us. Thank you for joining me for tea and have a beautiful day.


    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 6:08 am

      Good morning Sandi. Thank you for hosting this lovely party. Have a great day. 🙂

  • Reply Becca April 3, 2013 at 4:50 am

    What a beautiful blue tea set! I hope it gave you a little peace among the chaos.

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 6:09 am

      Hi Becca, you brilliant flash fiction contest winner you. 🙂 It did give me some quiet.

  • Reply Ruth W. April 3, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Hi Veronica. I LOVE your teaset. Don’t forget the “e” in Shelley! Love that particular pattern, and it’s in the Stratford shape. Is the thistle a spoon? How cute! Hope you are surviving your work in progress. I can’t respond to your comment except here, so…I agree that wrecks should be left, which is why I like this group of divers. They just identify wrecks (the jug & cup came up and were submitted to the Maritime authority as well as photos of the ship’s bell that they found …and hid again so it would stay there) and otherwise leave the wreck alone. After this long the remains are long gone due to the salt water, if there were casualties. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

      Oh thank you Ruth. Sometimes I can’t see a thing…lol. 🙂

  • Reply Rosewalk Cottage April 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Veronica!
    Beautiful tea post and I love your pansy teacup. So pretty.

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      Thank you Clara, isn’t it lovely? I love the duck egg blue handle. 🙂

  • Reply Barbara Morrison April 3, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Sweet! Yorkshire Gold is my brew first thing in the morning. Something a little lighter for elevenses.

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Yorkshire Gold…must buy some. I always go for Earl Gray or Lady Gray for elevenses. 🙂

  • Reply Ruthie Miller April 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Dear Veronica,
    It is my first time here and your blue teaset took my breath away. Wow. Is it ever gorgeous. Use it always in good health.
    Ruthie from Lady B’s Time for Tea
    Your Shelley is a beauty too and what a surprise the color on the handle is.
    Come on over and visit us.

    • Reply Veronica April 3, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Ruthie, I would love to come visit you, thank you for leaving your addy so I can. I’ll pop over first thing tomorrow morning. 🙂

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