Monday, March 12, 2012

A Return to Loveliness

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Teatime Bliss

The tea ritual:such a precise repetition of the same gestures and the same tastes; accessionto simple, authentic and refined sensations, a license given to all, at littlecost, to become aristocrats of taste, because tea is the beverage of thewealthy and the poor; the tea ritual, therefore, has the extraordinary virtueof introducing into the absurdity of our lives an aperture of serene harmony.Yes, the world may aspire to vacuousness, lost souls mourn beauty,insignificance surrounds us. Then let us drink a cup of tea. Silence descends,one hears the wind outside, autumn leaves rustle and take flight, the catsleeps in a warm pool of light. And, with each swallow, time is sublimed.
Muriel Barbery, The Elegance ofthe Hedgehog

I have beenenjoying the latest copy of  Teatime Bliss-a

This issue isfilled with beautiful, inspiring photography – tea time tips, seasonal teasettings as well as a number of tantalizing recipes.
I amthoroughly enchanted.

Some of thetips include:

Managing themenu-‘the heart of any get-together is always the food…
A warmwelcome – using the ordinary and the extraordinary  to set a lovely tablesetting.
Thoughtfuldetails – ‘plan a seating chart to ensure that everyone has a chair. Placecards makes a lovely addition to a table setting, and you can prompt easydialogue by appropriately placing people who have common interests near eachother.


Quoted from Teaand Etiquette: Taking Tea for Business and Pleasure’ by Dorothea Johnson

* Do takesmall bites of food
* Don’t reachacross the table.
* Do maintaingood posture
* Do listento others when they speak
* Do thankothers fore their kindness
* Do write athank-you not to show your appreciation

Perhaps if wepracticed the art of taking tea – our society would be more cordial, morerelaxed and more thoughtful.

You will findthis and quite a number of amazing recipes in the latest issue of   Teatime Bliss – definitely a Delightsometeatime read.

The officialfirst day of spring is just one week away! I have been enjoying my garden – theweather is supposed to be more like April and May for the next ten days.
I know, Iwill be spending a number of hours in the garden.

Moments like this act asmagical interludes, placing our hearts at the edge of our souls: fleetingly,yet intensely, a fragment of eternity has come to enrich time...When teabecomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatnessin small things Where is beauty to be found? Ingreat things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small thingsthat aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a singlemoment?
Muriel Barbery, The Elegance ofthe HedgehogDorothea Johnson

A Return to Loveliness

Is a weekly blog partyI host celebrating
Bringing lovelinessinto our lives and into our homes.
To Join
simply create a post,publish this post and apply the
URL specific to thispost to the Linky provided below.
Please link back yourpost to this blog visit as many other participants as you are able.

Next week, I will be posting a special 
Welcome Spring post for A Return to Loveliness
Rose Chintz Cottage 
in celebrating the Splendor of the Season with a 
Spring Tea!

I will be sharing this post with these Delightsome blog parties:

I wish you a most Delightsome  Blissful day


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