Friday, December 9, 2016

Tea in the Library #75 Tiramisu Cookies Christmas Tea

Spode Christmas Tree
On Christmas Day at half past three, Brew yourself a cup of tea. I'll think of you,
You think of me
While sitting 'round the Christmas Tree.
- Anonymous


What are you baking up this Christmas?

Tea in the Library #68


“There was a teapot, in which Mma Ramotswe -- the only lady private detective in Botwana -- brewed tea. And three mugs -- one for herself, one for her secretary, and one for the client. What else does a detective agency really need?”
Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tea in the Library #73

“... they always had tea in the kitchen, much the nicest room in the house.”

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tea in the Library # 72

I. At Tea

THE kettle descants in a cosy drone,
And the young wife looks in her husband's face,
And then in her guest's, and shows in her own
Her sense that she fills an envied place;

And the visiting lady is all abloom,
And says there was never so sweet a room.

And the happy young housewife does not know
That the woman beside her was his first choice,
 Till the fates ordained it could not be so....

Betraying nothing in look or voice
The guest sits smiling and sips her tea,

And he throws her a stray glance yearningly.”

Thomas Hardy, Satires of Circumstances: Lyrics and Reveries with Miscellaneous Pieces

Image credits

Have a blessed week!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Tea in the Library # 71

'I take a few quick sips. "This is really good." And I mean it. I have never tasted tea like this. It is smooth, pungent, and instantly addicting.

"This is from Grand Auntie," my mother explains. "She told me 'If I buy the cheap tea, then I am saying that my whole life has not been worth something better.' A few years ago she bought it for herself. One hundred dollars a pound."

"You're kidding." I take another sip. It tastes even better.” '
Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife

Have a blessed day.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tea in the Library #70

"A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway."
Junot Diaz,  Professor of Writing, 
Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction, 2008

I love to write!
And that's what my recent blogging hiatus has been about.
Writing book length fiction.
 My posts will be short and sweet and infrequent because I'm choosing to visit more than post.
 I just hate to miss a thing!
Have a Blessed week!
 Do you have a story you'll write 'someday'?  
I want to tell you about
 a go-at-your-own-pace workshop I've been doing.
It's called The Plotting Workshop (Makes sense, right?)
I've been happy with the workshop and hope if you have ever thought about writing a novel you'll take a minute and check it out.
You can find out about it here
I will be starting a year long course called, A Novel Idea, in April.
 You can learn more about the course and it's leader, YA author Shaunta Grimes, at 

I'll be visiting these great Parties. Hope to see you there!

Join Us for Share Your Cup

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

 Although I will be visiting
I am taking a break from posting.
See you soon!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgivings!

Wishing you a day of peace and plenty.


Visit me at my Christmas blog
Susie's Christmas Cottage 

Saturday, November 14, 2015


 Prayers for the people of Paris

noun: perseverance
steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

James 1:3-4, “And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Blessed is the man who remains steadfast (or perseveres) under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”


Monday, October 26, 2015

Tea in the Library # 67 The Ritz

tea at the Ritz
Piccadilly circus

“Tea at the Ritz is the last delicious morsel of Edwardian London. The light is kind, the cakes are frivolous and the tempo is calm, confident and leisurely.”
Helen Simpson, The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea

The British have an umbilical cord which has never been cut and through which tea flows constantly. It is curious to watch them in times of sudden horror, tragedy or disaster. The pulse stops apparently, and nothing can be done, and no move made, until "a nice cup of tea" is quickly made. There is no question that it brings solace and does steady the mind. What a pity all countries are not so tea-conscious. World-peace conferences would run more smoothly if "a nice cup of tea", or indeed, a samovar were available at the proper time.- Marlene Dietrich


"Reflecting the elegant nature of the hotel’s architecture The Ritz London has a dress code in different areas of the hotel as follows: Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie for afternoon tea in The Palm Court and for lunch and dinner in The Ritz Restaurant and Terrace. In all other areas of the hotel (The Ritz Restaurant breakfast service, The Rivoli Bar, The Long Gallery) and The Ritz Club, smart casual attire is suitable. Please note that trainers or sportswear are not permitted in any of the hotel or Club’s restaurants or bars."

Forget-me-not cups, or elegant blue?
Which shall we choose as souvenirs?

For me, I should choose the elegant blue. It reminds me of  the lovely blue boxes from Tiffany's.

 The Ritz London

I am 'puttin on the Ritz' with a doily under two humble oatmeal cookies.

Although I am not at the Ritz, I  am enjoying a lovely cuppa in my forget-me-not tea cup.

Crown Dorset
Fine Bone China

 It is nice to dream, but I am more at home having tea in the back garden, or over a book in the library, than in the rarefied sanctum of  the Palm Court.

Thank you for joining me for tea in the library.


 You can also find me at 

Susie's Christmas Cottage

Please join me at the following parties
I'd love to have you join in my link party
 Where my Feature of the Week is an outrageously awesome post by Anne's Attic -
 The Black Hat Society
 witch pumpkin
 You will love the costuming and the decor at this  fabulous invitation-only tea ! I am bookmarking this as one of the Best of the Best. Thank you Anne for the great photo spread.

Last Pink Tea for October @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Rose Chintz Cottage

Friends Sharing Tea

Antiques And Teacups