Tea For One
Have you ever felt a bit nostalgic and in need of a quiet space?? I certainly did last weekend. With so many projects going on both at work and at home, it all got to be a bit much for me. So I decided to slow down and dedicate a few moments to myself. Time to sit back and relax, enjoy reading my favorite magazine and sip a little tea.
I have always loved beautiful, feminine things. Delicate china, soft vintage linens, antique furniture and of course flowers. This is exactly what I need it. To surround myself with my favorite things.
As the morning sunlight streamed through my guest room window, I found this to be the perfect spot to enjoy a little me time. So I took my tray in the room and set it on the side table. I began by taking a slow gentle sip of my Earl Grey tea. The flavor had never been so satisfying and its aroma so pleasing. I don't know if it was the setting or the beautiful tea cup I drank from that enhanced the experience. It was no ordinary tea cup after all, not your every day mug. This is a Limoges tea cup. It is so delicate. A few lavender blooms adorn the saucer and the cup and it has double handles. Exquisitely beautiful. Its beauty beckons you to hold the cup in your hand, sip from it, and dream of an earlier, more gentile time. A few fresh blooms and pretty vintage pieces complete this morning tea affair for one.
Did you know that it was a lady named Mme de La Sabliere, a French hostess of an influential literary salon during the 17th century, who is often credited for being among the first to add milk to tea. The practice began by pouring milk into the cup before filling it with the hot tea. Tempering the tea in that manner made handling more comfortable., but Mme La Sabliere was actually seeking to prevent cracking or breaking the fine and delicate porcelain.