Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tea in the Garden

Tea in the Garden.  

The  table under the willow had been there forever. The chairs were  mismatched, an odd  collection  from past kitchen sets. 

They  retired to the garden after years of household service.
Much like  my grand mum and her sisters. The Grands, we called them. Those laughing, auburn haired women with their sapphire eyes , and improbable  corkscrew curls.   This was their round table.

Faces raised to the sun they laughed as lightly as young girls. Blunt nails, sturdy hands shelled early peas into a yellow ware bowl.  Even at rest they worked.


Every day a fresh white cloth was laid.  At some point in the afternoon a tray of cups and saucers would appear.  Like the chairs, the cups were a mismatched jumble.  

Many pieces were hand me downs from their days in service at the oceanfront homes of the
wealthy. Poor china! How it had come down in the world. From rose garden tea parties to the back garden of a farm house, where even the chickens were welcome.


But the Sevres cheese dish,  and Ansley tea cups with no saucers lived comfortably with the jadeite, mismatched Homer Laughlin, and Depression glass which had come from the Grands' own kitchens.

Jannie liked a delicate cup. Bone china, please.  Oona is the large white ceramic mug, Mary the Woolworth's Willow cup and matching saucer.

  There was so much sweetness at this table. It was in the honeycomb fresh from the hive, and in the cracked Wedgwood sugar bowl, in the cakes and the laughter and the hearts of these women.
 And there was milk in the bottom of our cups.  Welsh ancestors insist on it.  And a dish of it for the barn cat too, if she  came to tea.

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  1. What a charming and lyrical post. I love the tea art work and your beautiful prose. Thanks so much for linking your lovely post to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  2. You write so very beautifully! What a delight to read your post! Every image so perfect, so lovely. You bring life to each photo. This morning I have been preparing tea outdoors under the blooming cherry tree....

  3. Lovely pictures - haven't seen many of them before!

  4. Wonderful post of days gone by! The photos are lovely and I so enjoyed visiting today. Thank you for sharing at Tea Time and have a beautiful day.


  5. What a lovely and elegant post. The images were just beautiful as well! I would love to live a day in lives like that from the past!


  6. Very pretty pictures! Thank you for sharing :).

  7. Beautiful pictures, Susan! It makes me wish for simpler times.

  8. Beautifully written post. Although I don't think that china came down in the world. Sounds like it landed in a very lovely place. Love the picture you painted, it reminds me a little of my grandmother and her sister hanging laundry.
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. It made my day!

  9. Oh how I would have loved to have been there! Mismatched is my kind of style! Sweet, sweet post! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  10. Susan,
    What a beautiful post!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet words!


  11. Beautiful photos and very delightful post. What a pleasure to read and look at.

    Thanks for visiting me. I truly appreciate your kind words.



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