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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Over a Cup of Tea with Celia M. ~ Week 2

Welcome ... come on inside and warm up with a cup of tea.

Walking from the house to the studio the air is damp after the rain ...

and the view from the studio patio doors is gloomy with a mist ...

A perfect day to set tea up in front of the fireplace.

I've added some white and light purple flowers to brighten up our tea setting.

A day like today calls for some spicy tea to warm us up ... today I'm steeping some Chai Tea from Good Earth. It's a black tea with chicory root, cardamom, ginger root, black pepper, star anise, nutmeg and cloves.

To accompany our tea I'm serving a mini Panettone ... on a petite Limoges  cake stand.

The Royal Albert - Chelsea Bird teacup and saucer are perfect with all the colourful flowers and that beautiful bird which takes your mind away to warm and exotic locals...

Even the inside of the teacup and saucer greet us with the lovely scenery..

Ummmmmm.... the aroma of the Chai Tea is already working it's magic ...

and the Panettone not too sweet and perfect balance to our tea.

Harper's Bazaar September 2013 issue provided a little more visuals to help us escape the dampness of the day ...

Tea, panettone, some good magazines, blanket and pillows in front of a fireplace a perfect setting on a damp and rainy day to warm up with. 

With the change of seasons many people are feeling unbalanced - like something is off but they can't quite put their figure on it. I hope you find my response to a recent question about season change helpful.

Ask Celia - Question:
"How are you handling the change of the season?"

Autumn is a transitional season meant to help us adjust from the hot and sunny summer towards the cold and darkness that accompany the winter months.
The change in temperature and shorten exposure to day light can affect your mood and the dryness which accompanies autumn may also affect your lungs and large intestines. Since my accident I have noticed that my favourite season is also one which I need to pay extra attention to what is happening with my mind and body which can become easily overwhelmed and out of balance.

Would love to hear how you deal with the affects of changes that accompany autumn- the longer days of darkness, the cold temps etc.

Send your questions to askCeliaM@highheeledlife.com and I will respond in up coming Over a Cup of Tea with Celia M.

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sharing this post with:  Mosaic Monday ~Le chateau des fleurs  Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea ~ Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea time Tuesday ~ Artful Affirmations and Martha's favorites for Teacup Tuesday ~  Inspire Me Tuesday ~  A Return to Loveliness Tuesday 


  1. Dearest Celia,
    With a temperature of 33°C at 3:00 PM we are not quite ready for cozying up in front of the fire place I guess... But your idea is fabulous and I would copy that right away.
    Chai tea is such a joy for drinking. I have a dear friend living here in town, she's from India and if she makes you a Chai tea it is heaven! It warms you up from the inside and outside.
    Enjoy your new week.

  2. You've created a very cozy place for tea during these damp days we're having. Gosh, I haven't had Panettone for ages but know how good it would be with a cup of tea.

  3. What a lovely and cozy setting to enjoy the new season. Your china is so pretty! And I love the ideas mentioned to transition into Fall. I just try to focus on and enjoy the beauty that the season has to offer and keep warm with warm drinks. Have a wonderful week!

  4. Your tea set is so pretty.
    Have a wonderful week ahead.

  5. Chai tea is probably my favourite of all! This is just so cozy and pretty.
    Now...you must go to the new Fortino's on 27. Worth the drive for the mini chocolate pannetone {and the artisan pizza!!} alone.

  6. Came by to thank you for your incredible support and still found here on your site! You always have the words I need to here. Just as I pulled up your post the sun moved behind dark clouds... curious timing:-)
    Living in Florida, Summer is challenging and I am welcoming the cooler air. This evening, I expect Riley to perform better at riding therapy because he will be much more comfortable. I love seeing him enjoy this activity.

  7. Hi Celia, you've made a lovely, cozy tea time for yourself. I love tea cups to pieces and your pretty little Royal Albert cup is perfect for the autumn. I'm just now painting some screen panels and have taken inspiration from some of my tea cups with bird and vine designs. Hope you have a lovely week; it looks like you've already made the best start. Nice catching up with you again. :)

  8. That would be a lovely spot to curl up with a cup of tea and that magazine. Your teapot is perfect for this season.

  9. Very comforting place for tea. I have a Chai tea in my cup at the moment, but Vanilla Chai from Twinings. Love your china! Such a pretty and bright counterpoint to the mists outside. I love panetone as well...that reminds me it should be in our markets now. Seems to start the seasonal change awareness somehow. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  10. A fireplace is a lovely place to curl up with a good book or magazine and a cup of tea! Your teacup is so pretty and does whisk one away to a warmer climate. I love chai tea. It's my favourite. Your pumpkin teapot is adorable and makes tea time fun as well as relaxing. Thanks for coming to tea and enjoy your week, Celia.


  11. I love autumn, but not the fact that it's dark by 7:30 pm! I am still trying to get in a lot of gardening/yardwork so I miss the longer days. Your garden looks pretty even if you do note it's a gloomy day. I like the rainy days as well as the sunny ones. Your tea is just perfect. Love the fireplace, your pumpkin teapot, and your teacup!

  12. Love that teacup. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  13. What an inviting spot for tea, reading and pondering!!! Good advice on Autumn. I welcome the shorter days with less intense sun and heat, my mind has cleared and am filled with renewed energy and look forward to nesting!!! Good tips on the moisturizing, it really helps the body and the spirit!!!

  14. I love your post. Such lovely tea time, and stimulating conversation! lol! Fall always seems to quiet me. I love the misty mornings, like your lovely first image. We had one today too! So ethereal.
    Autumn is family time for me.

  15. Celia,
    I love this post. Such a cozy spot there in front of your fireplace with your pretty tea cup and saucer...and your tea sounds so yummy! I really like the 7 tips for transitioning into Autumn. Very good stuff. I love layering. I have suffered with anemia for a couple of years now, so layering is how I stay warm. I think it helps alot too because our house is 150 years old and a bit drafty.
    Hugs and love to you across the way.

  16. here in Missouri we are having a wonderful week upper 70-80's all week Sun
    Nothing like a tea pot of good hot tea in a pretty cup
    I am enjoying the sun since we are predicted to have a harsh winter

  17. Oh, mon ami! I love tea in front of the fire... a perfect afternoon or evening! We are having beautiful weather here in STL but I know winter is just around the corner. That is when I want to hibernate, stay inside with a good book, and a cup of warm tea.
    Wishing you a beautiful weekend! xoxo, B

  18. Chai tea is so warming and aromatic and I'm a fan of panettone too. You have some beautiful china - the only way to truly enjoy a cup of tea! Great tips for the season too! I like to light a few candles and enjoy warming puddings at this time of year.


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