From the coziest of tea cottages and living rooms, to the more refined surroundings of former castles and hotels, my mother, daughter, and I have enjoyed tea many times and in many places. We love everything about the practice.
It's difficult to peg what we enjoy most as there are many aspects to consider, but I could hazard a guess...
The classical music is always sweet and soothing, and the warmth of scones flavored with clotted cream, tart lemon curd, and sweet preserves are divine.
The conversation is also really nice. Without any of the normal daily interruptions, conversation flows with greater ease. Both listening and speaking is done more thoughtfully. There are no cell phones, televisions, computers, or even people vying for your attention. No one speaks loudly, and everyone respects the quietude of the others around them. There is a great calm and serenity that comes with tea time.
Sometimes we'll indulge in a glass of sherry or a flute of champagne, but more often than not, sipping tea with my favorite girls is what brings the greater thrill.
What is most important, though, and what really makes the actual practice of taking tea so special to us is the company. When the three of us are together there is something very magical about that time. The sharing, the advising and divulging, the soft laughter, and the relaxed silence that comes with reading...I wouldn't change it for anything in the world.
On days like this past Friday, we like to have tea in the comfort of our home. With the cold, rainy weather, all we wanted was to sit around the table and talk, nibble, and sip. I was busy chasing the scallywag (and snapping pictures), so Mother and Eldest managed the scone making, whipping the cream, and making the lemon curd.
I loved watching my Mother and daughter as they fashioned our afternoon tea; instructions and stories were being passed down as they worked~a balance of seriousness mixed in with lively laughter as they mixed and cut, tasted and sweetened.
And the end result? Perfection. The scallywag played happily with his trains, and we were able to sit down together, our group of three, and enjoy lovely conversation, warm tea, and a delicious treat of scones.
As my mother is here for the rest of the month we're hoping to have High Tea downtown at some point. We can only cross our fingers! If not, though, we're happy to enjoy many more afternoons by the fireplace with our store-bought tea and homemade accompaniments.
It is, after all, spending that time with two of the most special people in my life that make the tea so memorable.
Enjoy your weekends, everyone, and as always, thank you for stopping by...