tea room musings no. 7 ~ for the love of bygone times

Do you ever feel like you live in the wrong time?  I think I am an old soul living in a modern woman.  Shhh… do not tell anybody but I dream of the Victorian era.  Of beautiful parties where men wore formal evening suits and women wore primp and proper, yet exquisite dresses.  I dream of propriety, of refinement in the world, and of gentile days.    

That is why I use fancy teacups and flowers whenever I can.  It is a combination that is quintessentially English and It reminds me of ladies who do tea in a beautiful garden talking about this and that— conversation can go from the trivial to the serious... after all a cup of tea can be a answer to any problem.  And while most days I do simple, some days I want fancy and frilly.  


 “The path to heaven passes through a teapot.” – Ancient Proverb


A pretty tea time reminds me of Henry James novels, of John Singer Sargent paintings...

John Singer Sargent (1856 - 1925). The Wyndham Sisters.jpg

Of ladies who lunch and have afternoon teas, who change into various stupendous outfits during the day-- breakfast, a stroll through the park, afternoon tea, and for formal dinners. 


Whether with company or alone, a table set with fancy tea china, vintage linens, and beautiful bloom from the garden, always puts me in a relaxed state of mind.  Immediately my mood changes, and with a smile, I let the gentleness muffle out the harshness of the world. These are the moments that bring contentment to my female heart.

 You can find sharing in these wonderful linky parties:In a Vase on Monday, Share Your Cup, Home Sweet Home, Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Garden Like Link-Up, Home and Garden Thursday, Vintage Charm,Tea In The Garden, Paris In July