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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I had a little tea party...

I had a little tea party this afternoon at three.
Twas very small- three guests in all-
Just I, myself and me.
Myself ate all the sandwiches,
while I drank all the tea
Twas also I who ate the pie
and passed the cake to me.
   -Jessica Nelson North-

Thursday, September 10, 2015

English Genius...Tea! Yes!.

In nothing is the English genius for domesticity more notably declared than in the institution of this festival—almost one may call it so—of afternoon tea. Beneath simple roofs, the hour of tea has something in it of sacred; for it marks the end of domestic work and worry, the beginning of restful, sociable evening. The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. ~George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft, 1903

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Henry James Said...



“Under certain circumstances 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, 1880