Downton Abbey has been inspiring a love of all things British, especially tea. Although my first love and beverage of choice in the morning is hot chocolate I love to end the day with a steaming cup of tea. I love the ritual of brewing a pot and sitting back with a book and my favorite tea cup. Are you a tea drinker? I have a feeling that many will be converts by the end of Season two of Downton!
|Fabulous find! Recently sold at Yonks Etsy store, Image Yonks|
To celebrate the tradition of high tea and perhaps to provide an idea or two for Valentine’s Day I put together a few cups and saucers, and tea sets and of course traditional British biscuits. I think you are going to love them as much as I did.
I am sure that many of you know Diane from the blogYonks, if you do not you are in for a treat! Di lives in Cardiff, Wales and is a great collector of stunning antiques and keepsakes; all of which are for sale on herEtsy store . These are a few of the beautiful tea cups and tea sets that I found in her store, and there are many more beautiful items from opera glasses to brooches.
What do you think? Can you imagine yourself sitting with the oh so proper Lady Mary and having tea and a few cakes?
Or perhaps with the Dowager Countess?
|All tea cup and tea set images via Yonks|
I think I could happily pour a cup from any of these delightful tea sets and if I have to pick a favorite cup…I love the first one!
Now, a proper tea should have cakes and cookies or biscuits as they are know across the pond. Have you ever had the pleasure of exploring the biscuit/cookie aisle in the market in the United Kingdom? It is heaven if you like those sorts of things, of which I do! There are crumpets, and oat cakes, and custard creams, and hob knobs, and tea cakes, seed cakes and so many other tasty morsels. It is probably a good thing I live on this side of the pond, I would be as big as a house.
Delightful and whimsical biscuit cushions fromNikki McWilliamswill add a bit of flair to your tea party without the calories. McWilliams is a designer from Scotland and in addition to fabulous pillows she sells brooches and limited edition prints.
I hope you enjoy a “cuppa” tea and perhaps a few cookies to go along with it and I hope you found something for yourself or a loved one for Valentine’s Day. Have a fabulous day!
If you are looking for a little something special to read while enjoying your tea, visitthe beautiful Tea and Cookies. Do you know it? If not be sure to check it out, written by Tara Austen Weaver, writer of travel and food articles, this blog and two books; one about her life in Japan and the other “The Butcher and the Vegetarian.”