England, Family, History, Scones, Tea, Tea Accessories

Understated Celebration

As Queen Elizabeth II and her family celebrate her 70 years on the British throne with massive parties and festivities in the UK, I opted for a simple show of respect for the monarch here across the pond. My late mum adored the Queen. They were the same age and my mother had a tremendous… Continue reading Understated Celebration

Loose Tea, Scotland, Tea, Travel

A Touch & Taste of Scotland

There’s a wee bit o’ Scotland in the home office this morning. I brought out my lovely English-made, Duchess fine bone china teapot and cup purchased at the Maine Highland Games many years ago. The national emblem of Scotland, the delicate thistles painted on the china belie the vicious spines that cover and protect the… Continue reading A Touch & Taste of Scotland

England, Loose Tea, Scones, Tea, Tea Accessories

My Latest (Expensive) Collection

I first noticed Cornishware® on Instagram where the fabulous, clean blue & and white stripes caught my eye. The blue is the color of a summer sky or the rousing waves of the ocean. Either way…it caught my eye…and my interest. The more I learned about how they make and decorate this cookware, the more… Continue reading My Latest (Expensive) Collection

England, History, Loose Tea, Tea Accessories, Tea Treats, Travel

Springtime Memories

10 years ago this month, Dave and I enjoyed about 5 days exploring London, England and some of the surrounding areas. It was Dave’s second trip to London, but my first. Yes, we hit the usual tourist places, but I thoroughly enjoyed the epic history around every corner. Today I enjoyed some of my favorite… Continue reading Springtime Memories

Bag Tea, Food, History, Ireland, Irish, Tea

All the Irish

Today is St. Patrick’s Day around the world. I’m Scotch-Irish on my mother’s side. Here’s the rundown from today’s tea break: The tea today is Barry’s Irish Breakfast from Cork, Ireland. The Claddagh teapot and mug are from Belleek in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland . The traditional Irish soda bread is made by me. The butter… Continue reading All the Irish