Welcome to all my Afternoon Tea friends and special welcome to all the new friends who have visited; left wonderful comments and are now following Falling Off A High Heeled Life!!
While it's cold outside and the gardens are still covered in a blanket of white snow; it's wonderful to be into February. With the arrival of February also comes the colourful displays of flowers at our local markets. Potted tulips, daffodils , join the fresh cut-flowers with a promise that spring is getting closer.
A new month means the tea trolley in my writing area also changes.
February being the month most celebrated by love I've decided to stay with the reds.
How lovely are these?
Paris is known world wide as the city of romance and love, so I added a little memento of my trip last year with an Eiffel Tower souvenir. A view from above.
And a view from the ground....
Our teacup sits proudly on top of Shakespeare & Love Sonnets book and below that Emily Dickinson Poems. These are both perfect for curling up with a cup of tea during a cold winter's afternoon. Shakespeare's sonnets are some of the finest and most graceful expressions of love and devotion to come from the Elizabethan age.
The teapot I have chosen for the trolley this month is a plain white one. But don't let it's simplicity deceive you. Did you notice ... wait there is something missing!!!
Ahh .. there it is ... Did you notice what was missing? How could one not have chocolates during this wonderful month of love!!!
Ok .. now that we have chocolates; flowers; a symbol of the most romantic city; some wonderful reading material to inspire us in dreams of love; a pot of tea brewing... we can get back to our teacup. This little darling comes to us all the way from Poland. I love the raised white detail that wraps around the cup and saucer. The rose buds really are a wonderful sight ...during these cold, dark days of winter. The bottom of the teacup is stamped with WALBRZYCH made in Poland.
What's that? You want to see the teapot again? ... sure...
Here it is ... I love the design of the handle ... the scalloped base, the detail around the opening of the pot and the overall shape of the body. Looks like the tea is ready ...
Oh .. you noticed the cookies!
Well ... since you are such a dear BlogLand friend I am happy to share ONE with you.
You see they were a delightful surprise sent to
ME us, from our dear friend Mariette. The Amaretti Hearts are made with the finest ingredients and with the love and care that can only be tasted in home baked goodness.
Mariette has the wonderful blog Mariette's Back to Basics where she shares delightful photos of her beautiful gardens [ Information on booking her gorgeous gardens for a special event or garden tour can be found here.] and history of items from a era when simplicity and hand crafted items were truly appreciated. In her Mariette's Back to Basics Boutique you will find the most lovely treasures from around the world.
This lovely card with a touching note accompanied
MY our yummy treats, and I thought it was a perfect addition to the February Tea Trolley ... can you see the darling little Cherubs?
Ok .. how about now .. without the flash...
A delightful setting to inspire my writing through the month of February...
Mariette thank you for your thoughtfulness;words of encouragement, friendship and making February afternoon tea a little sweeter.
Mr. G. has been enjoying the Amaretti Hearts with his morning espresso.
Please stay awhile and enjoy your tea ...
For more fabulous afternoon tea inspirations, please visit these wonderful hostesses...
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