arliss: (teapot)
2017-03-24 11:05 am
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Hallo, lovely people

I know, I know. I never call, I never write. I never make an appearance except to invite you all to tea. Here we are again. Again.

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Paragon's "Melanie" china, Portmeirion "Botannic Garden" teapot. Typhoo black in the pot. Makes a grey and rainy afternoon more cozy.
arliss: (teapot)
2017-02-27 05:55 pm

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H makes a vat of vegebarleybeef soup several times a year, particularly welcome in winter. He offered a quart to the next door neighbor, who said, "Oh, I couldn't eat that much!" and accepted a pint, instead. This afternoon we found the pint container on the back steps with homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies inside. I'm liking this arrangement!

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Minton's Haddon Hall plate, cup, and saucer, thrifted sugar and creamer, Portmeirion "A Fine Romance" teapot. It pleases me the tea towel has herbs printed in purple and green.
arliss: (teapot)
2017-02-08 05:10 pm

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It's been a while. I'm settled by the front window, watching the snowflakes fall like it's their job, with a throw over my legs and a pot of English Breakfast. Walker's shortbread and French raspberry tartlet. The cream jug is new-to-me, a Christmas gift from a friend.

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arliss: (teapot)
2016-11-24 02:08 am

Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

Blustery afternoon, building to gale force winds, 50 mph, this evening and overnight. Time for curling on the couch with some tea.

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Shelley "Hedgerow" cup and saucer, plate is marked "Mira, Occupied Japan, Royal Chelsea sugar and cream jug, French triple plate spoon, unmarked tea pot.

May all who observe Thanksgiving tomorrow have one full of warmth and laughter. And those who don't are wished a happy Thursday, and your share of warmth and laughter as well.
arliss: (teapot)
2016-11-10 10:19 pm
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cheering myself up with a cuppa

In need of a bracing cup of tea and a cinnamon bun today.

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Doulton plate, Crafton cup and saucer, Foley cream and sugar, coin silver spoon, thrifted silverplate tongs. Cobalt pot isn't marked.
arliss: (witch cat broom)
2016-09-25 05:19 pm

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Hi, yes, hello, here we are again.

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Another thrifted pot, sugarbowl, plate. Another Foley cup and saucer. This one reminds me of rolling Tuscan hills, or stylized waves in Japanese paintings, or fish scales--maybe dragon scales!
arliss: (teapot)
2016-09-07 10:55 pm
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The weather's turned off cool--in the low 60s, and 40s at night. It's welcome, but a bit of a change. The chill makes my tea even more welcome.

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This is my favorite $2.00 thrift shop teapot. I love how the gold lattice on the Foley cup and saucer pick up the green checkerboard on the plate and sugarbowl, both stamped "Japan."
arliss: (teapot)
2016-08-31 11:48 am
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The color black is used less often than most colors in china patterns. So when I have a few pieces that do have some black in them, it pleases me to use them together.

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The plate is Royal Standard's "1810" black chintzware, with daisies and daffodils. The yellow triangles teacup is Paragon's "718X" first produced in 1918, and the second cup and saucer, while beautiful, are unmarked. Two views, to reveal the floral decoration inside, and the shape of the foot and the pretty handle.
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2016-08-10 07:36 pm

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I love my Brown Betty with the downturned spout--no drips or dribbles! Today's china is Johnson Brothers'  Strawberry Fair. Cookies courtesy of Pepperidge Farm.
arliss: (teapot)
2016-08-03 04:07 pm
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In anticipation of late summer and fall, I thought this afternoon we'd celebrate in browns.


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The cloth is a dresser scarf with fancy french knots, satin stich, chain stitch, etc. embroidered by my mom, and edged with lace tatted by my grandmother.

I love the English Burslem pot, hand painted with foxgloves and tulips. The cups, Colclough, Sutherland's "Chiang," and Rosina "4951" all have brown details, and look cheerful gathered with the pot. One spoon is coin silver, the other spoons, the lemon fork and tongs are vintage silverplate. Nibbles are raspberry jam bar cookies, and oatmeal bites.
arliss: (teapot)
2016-05-19 09:38 pm
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It's been a while. I hope the flist is doing well. I thought I'd share some pictures.

Morning light in the garden. I love the delicate salal flowers.


And this afternoon's tea. Black Typhoo in the pot I found for $2.00, thrifted, unmarked early 20th Century American redware. Restaurant creamer, thrifted teapot stand, coin silver spoon, silverplate tongs. Mt. Clemens “Mildred” pottery, gifted, thrifted, and found. The plate was under a flowerpot with a dead plant in our apartment in Germany. It cleaned up nicely.
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arliss: (teapot)
2016-03-23 06:57 pm
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(apologies to those of you who may have seen this elsewhere)

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Thrift shop china, the pot was $2.00, unmarked early 20th century American redware. The cream jug was a gift. Cream cheese and homemade raspberry-pomegranite preserves on half the rice cake, homemade lemon curd on the other.

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Books, bears, tarot–Dreaming Way, Deviant Moon, Sun and Moon decks–and tea. The Peanut Gallery: Naomi Laight’s Georgiana, Steiff’s Snap-apart bear, assorted Steiff 10cm bears, one tiny artist’s bear, and Ralph, who started life as a keychain fob. Ralph and Timiny (Steiff, blue sweater) travel wherever I go, in a special pouch in my purse. The bears don’t care about tea, but they’re very fond of honey toast.
arliss: (teapot)
2015-01-24 06:01 pm
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today's tea

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Yes, that's tea--black and strong. Portmeirion teapot, teapot stand, plate, and tea strainer all courtesy of ebay. Other items from antiques shops: cup and saucer from Havelock, NC, tray from Kernersville, NC, cream jug from Southern Pines, NC, sugar bowl from Hillsborough, NC, tongs from Bellingham, WA. Full-leaded Typhoo in the pot, homemade pumpkin-walnut  bread garnished with plain nonfat yogurt. Nom!
arliss: (teapot)
2014-03-02 01:48 pm
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Mizzable day outside. Inside is cozy. Cup and bowl for sugar are handpainted Delft. Reed and Barton “Desert Rose” silverplate spoon, thrifted cream jug and tongs. Best husband’s best low-wheat oatmeal-walnut-cranberry cookies.

arliss: (teapot)
2012-02-10 03:33 pm
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Hummus on a rice cake, woman! Thursday lunch.
arliss: (witch cat broom)
2012-02-04 10:11 pm
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gallimaufrey



Friday's tea.



This tree stands by a farmhouse in a bend of the river. It's a favorite with bald eagles. They gather to teach their juveniles to fish. There were twelve eagles in this tree yesterday: a pair and two single adults, the rest juveniles. Unfortunately, the camera was at home. There are seven eagles in this picture. The juveniles keep their subadult plumage for up to five years before their white head and tail feathers grow in.



Water sparkles off the bay shore this afternoon.