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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Afternoon Tea at Three

I'm so happy you were able to stop by today, I have tea ready for us.

The drizzly rain has made it quite damp and gloomy outside today, it's starting to feel more like winter than autumn. Bentley's Pomegranate Tea will be perfect (a blend of Chinese and Indian black teas with a pomegranate flavor) for taking the chill off our bones. 

 I think the orange band around the upper portion of the teacup - inside and outside, and along the saucer  with a touch of gold along the edges is the perfect back drop for the gorgeous floral swag. The hand crafted  details are brilliant.
The bottom of the teacup reads as follows:
Royal Albert - arched over a crown- with the words - Crown China - arched below the crown.
England and the word "Bristol" below the above.
there is also the numbers 8026 (or could be a 1) above Royal Albert and a B in hand script inside the edge of the teacup's pedestal
Smiling Harvest Angel ... reminding us to be thankful for all our blessings.
Some red velvet cake with crumbly cream cheese topping to keep our sweet tooth satisfied,  I'd like to say I made it myself ... but no... it came via one of our local bakeries in town, but it is yummy.

Tea is finished steeping ... I'm happy to pour you a cup.

We have been fortunate to see deer in the back often this autumn, but not today since it's raining, they are certainly bed down, trying to keep dry, somewhere in the forest. So we'll have to make do with this beautiful scenery on our harvest china - The Victorian English Pottery - by Edward Challinar.
Looking outside, today, grey and nothing is stirring in the rain.
It's been wonderful sharing tea with you today, please come by again.


 Sharing this post and tea with:
 Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea ~ Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea time Tuesday ~ Artful Affirmations and Martha's favorites for Teacup Tuesday  Table Top Tuesday ~  A Return to Loveliness Tuesday ~  between naps on the front porch Thursday


  1. Hi Celia, Your teacup is really beautiful! Love the deer plate too. It was nice looking out the window. The yard still looks pretty green. So does ours but probably not too much longer! Have a great week!

  2. Hi Celia,
    Love your RA teacup and saucer. The cake looks delicious and your tea sounds delightful. It's raining here today as well. Stay warm! Have a fabulous week.

  3. What a lovely tea setting. Love the transferware with the deer and the teacup is so pretty. You don't see much orange! Perfect for fall. The red velvet looks delish. Had some the other night after a concert...hadn't had any for years. Thanks for sharing your lovely tea and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  4. What a lovely Autumn teascape! Your harvest angel is beautiful. Love your harvest china. I keep looking in the local thrift shops hoping to find a piece or two ... I keep looking! Love the orange on your Royal Albert teacup -- perfect for Autumn. Red Velvet Cake -- good thing it is almost dinner time! Happy Tea Day!

  5. thank you for a lovely tea party. your royal albert teacup
    is lovely, and i would love a slice of the yummy red velvet

  6. Dearest Celia,
    Oh, this is so warm so friendly for having a special and hot tea with FRIENDS! Sure, I will share more often with you but you promise to come to our home too. Still can't get over the fact that last year we were SO close to your place while at the wedding. But no time and we had no car... Who knows; one day we manage to visit in person! It would really be lovely.
    Today is not too bad but the weather goes up and down a lot and it made me sick. Needed to get on antibiotics again for getting rid of a nasty infection. But I feel a lot better already.
    Hugs to you both from the two of us,

  7. The detail on the tea cups is just beautiful and I'm ready for tea.. on my way! Look at the beautiful view you have and my weakness is red velvet cake :)


  8. Always nice to pop over and have tea with you Celia, your teacup is pretty. It was a dreary day today, wasn't it? I was at a card class having a good time with friends so it didn't affect me much.

  9. Thank you so much for your lovely tea today! I love the plate with the deer on it, so perfect for this season. Your tea and cake sound so good, I haven't had red velvet cake in years! I think I need to find some! Your teacup is so beautiful and I'm sure a pleasure to drink from. Have a wonderful week.

  10. Dear Celia,
    You have such a beautiful view out your window. My goodness, your tea party looks lovely. wish I were sitting there with you. I love, love, love the dinner plate with the deer...and your beautiful teacup and saucer. How are your little fur-babies doing??? We are getting snow here tonight. Hopefully your babies have warm winter jackets! Cleo has been keeping me company in my cozy and warm office upstairs tonight. I spend a great deal of time in this little room during the winter because our house is cold. Very high ceiling and 150 year old stained glass windows and doors were made for beauty rather than function. lol.
    Stay warm and healthy.

  11. I am in love with you unusually shaped teapot! It is so pretty - what do you know about it? You inspire me so much. I am taking more time to enjoy my tea in beautiful cups, and to sip (not gulp) while loving what I see out the window. We're at the beach now so I have a wonderful wildly rough ocean outside! Love your tea posts so much!

  12. You had me at red velvet cake! And today, this weather, perfect tea weather.

  13. I love your tea cup! And your cake looks delicious! Enjoy your day!
    sandy ;)

  14. Good morning Celia,
    I always enjoy having tea with you. Your teacup is gorgeous and I love the deer plate too. Of course the cake looks delish. I really love the view from your window. It must be stunning especially in Spring and Summer. Thank you for coming to tea and have a beautiful day, my friend.


  15. The tea is so warming on a chilly fall day! The thought of autumn leaving is not yet my wish for I love the warm afternoons. Red Velvet cake with cream cheese icing is a wonderful tasting treat and loved by my husband and I. Your Royal Albert "Bristol" pattern cup and saucer is just beautiful with the orange and gold with pretty panels. The view out the window is lovely!

    Thanks, Pam

  16. Beautiful tea set, mon ami! Red velvet is always my favourite choice.
    Wishing you a beautiful week! xoxo, B

  17. Just love to stop by here and catch up after putting Sophia to bed. Drinking some green tea and as usual you are warm and inviting. The cups are lovely and the red velvet cake looks sinful!! Have a great week.

  18. Dear Celia,
    Pretty post. I feel like I was there with the view out of the window. Love your plate and that darling little teapot. Lovely to see you enjoying an autumn cup of tea and sharing it with us.
    Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

  19. It is drizzly and wintry looking here today - a perfect day to snuggle indoors to some good tea and delicious treats - love your Royal Albert teacup - gorgeous dishes - the angel is perfect! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  20. A lovely tea. I love afternoon tea.

  21. Hello Celia,
    Lovely tea! Thank you for the invitation! Your tea setting is lovely. I adore the tea cup, such a grand cup! Your cake looks simply delicious. Your china too, has a really wonderful pattern on it.


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