I love surprises! What a delight it was to receive a package from Sarah Clarkson containing a few little tea-related trinkets purchased in London during her mad dash literary tour of England. Teatime in a box! The package contained a beautiful tin of English Breakfast tea, a candle, two chocolates wrapped in paper decorated with London scenes, two dried tea roses, and an envelope of British pence to show to my children. If you look carefully in the pictures, you will only see one chocolate…I wonder what happened to the other one? Thank you so much, Sarah!
I have long been fascinated with everything British. Well, I should qualify that by saying that I’m particularly fascinated by 18th and 19th century Britain. Much of my favorite literature and film are British, to such an extent that when I was expecting Matthew and was confined to the couch more often than not watching an endless stream of videos, my daughter Elisabeth (then five years old) began speaking in a British accent. I would love to one day go to England and travel throughout the country to see many of the places I have read about and seen only in pictures and movies! To sip tea, nibble at dainty desserts, and pop in and out of quaint little shops in old buildings, the kind with flowers growing in boxes in the windows and stone thresholds and doors painted red.
I have the candle burning now on my living room coffee table as I spend some time on the computer while my littlest ones are napping. I am listening to The Gadsby Project by Red Mountain Church, and I have been puttering with different digital scrapbooking software applications as well as editing some photos from earlier in the year. However, I believe that a cup of tea and a chocolate is calling my name!