It's been a while since I put together an afternoon tea. I decided to invite my friend and neighbor Judith, who gave me two lovely sets of tea plate and cup, to join me for tea today. |
Even though I work closely with the St. James Tearoom, I'd forgotten just how labor intensive it is to make a full tea by hand. I started cooking two days ago. Finished as my guest was arriving. We had a lovely, leisurely chat. Here's the menu (served with Lemon Myrtle Herbal Tea, as Judith doesn't drink black tea):
Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Thyme and Sage Blossoms
Cream Scones with clotted cream, lemon curd, and brandy butter
Lemon Poppyseed Cake
Brownies topped with Ganache and Fresh Raspberries
Fresh Blueberries in Lemon Whipped Cream
Yes, I did it again. Broke the lid of the most recent teapot. Here is its replacement, a nice pansy chintz with a spire on top.
A spire. Aspire? Well, it being the new year, aspirations are appropriate. I'm not big on New Year's resolutions, but since I managed pretty well to hold to last year's, I'll venture another.
In 2008, I'm going to keep a record of all the books I read.
I've been thinking about doing this for a while. Partly because now and then someone sends me a poll asking how many books I read in a year, and I have to shrug my shoulders. I have no clue. Seems like I read an awful lot, but much of my reading is online these days - news and lists and whatnot. So it's time for a reality check.
I'm also curious how much fiction I read as compared to non-fiction. I used to read tons of fiction, but I think these days research makes up a greater proportion of my reading.
So, book list coming to the website soon. As soon as I finish reading a book. (Mine don't count.)
2 pages written today.
Points in The Race:
24 for short stories
8 for novels
Gracious, has it been a month? Egad.
Well, I have been busy writing. I've also had the good fortune to acquire a new teapot, pictured here in all its glory. This lovely little pot in hydrangea chintz not only has a lid (hurrah!), but it pours beautifully, much better than my old pot which has been relegated to the vase cupboard. The new pot was a gift from my dear mother-in-law and my dear neighbor, Judith.
Chintz china is very pricey. I suppose it's very collectible. While I'm a casual collector at best, I have noticed that chintz pieces do tend to go for higher prices. Ordinarily I'm not especially attracted to chintz, but this piece caught my fancy. I like the colors.