Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tea and Downton Abbey

I'm reading a new book with my daily afternoon tea which is providing insight on the characters, clothing and food of Downton Abbey. If you're watching the series, are you finding season 5 exciting? I loved watching Violet egging Isabel on in the second episode.
A couple of decorated gingerbread teapots from the cookie jar to nibble on with tea using my Maxwell Williams 'Rose Bud' trio.
I picked up a pink Wedgwood teapot ornament for my collection during after Christmas sales.
I cherish my quiet time each afternoon when I can sip and read for an hour or so, usually with the dog on my lap. :-)
I've been busy making tea themed birthday cards for an exchange with an on-line group of women I joined last summer. Most of them are educated tea experts but there are a few kindred tea grannies like me.

33 comments:

  1. Hi: I love that beautiful Wedgwood tea pot. It is just stunning. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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  2. Your cards are beautiful and will be welcomed by anyone who receives them. I took that Downton Abbey book out of the library when it first came out - lots of interesting stuff there. Taking an hour to read and drink tea sounds most civilized!

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  3. What a lovely post, Judith!
    I think the book looks very interesting (even though I don't watch the series).
    The cookies, the teapot ornament, the Rose bud trio, and especially the birthday cards look wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Hello Judith, The tea pot is so pretty and the cookies are cute.. The birthday cards look wonderful. Well done, enjoy your day!

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  5. A great way to spend some time each day. Love your new ornament. Very pretty. The cookies look so pretty. Love your linen napkin! You are very talented to make such lovely cards.

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  6. Your cards are so pretty. I make most of my own card now, too. Ginger cookies are one of my favorites, I hope you are having a good week.

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  7. I love the Wedgewood tea pot! I just received that book from amazon the other day and am enjoying it so much! Have a lovely day.

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  8. My girls and I love Downton Abbey! That book looks fun, I love historical shows and learning all about the real time period.

    I think I may have to adopt your daily tea and reading hour. It sounds delightful!

    Deanna

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  9. What a perfect way to enjoy your Downton Abbey book - while sipping tea and eating tea cookies. Your Wedgwood teapot is lovely as are your hand created birthday cards. Keep warm!

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  10. I bet that book is really awesome. I'm wondering if you may have seen the special on after the first episode, directly following..."The Manners of Downton Abbey"? It was hosted by that guy Alistair...something, who is the main consultant and historian for the show. It was so very interesting and it was learning why they do things the way they do. If you didn't get to see it, I'm sure you could find it possibly on YouTube or somewhere :)

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  11. I don't watch Downtown Abbey, but the book sounds wonderful. I also like your new Wedgwood teapot, a little beauty!

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  12. I look forward to DA every Sunday evening, Judith. Don't we all love a little quiet time in the afternoon with a nice cup of tea? Ahhh...I just had a cup of chai after babysitting my newest granddaughter, who's an absolute joy. Your cards are so pretty and whoever receives them will be blessed.

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  13. Judith, I really like your miniature Wedgewood teapot. Your hand made note cards are really sweet and the cookies look yummy. I wish I could get DA here! Pam

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  14. January and February are the only time of year that I don't mind seeing the end of the weekend because it means Downton Abbey time! Anna is my favourite character so I was delighted with Joanne Froggatt's Golden Globe Award win last weekend. Love the Wedgwood ornament and the handmade cards (the lucky recipient will definitely be thrilled to receive them).

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  15. I am going to have to find that book in our library (I know that it must be there, because Lorrie has had it!)
    You bring to mind such a peaceful picture of sipping and reading - and the dog on your lap is the perfect finishing touch.

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  16. I find it laughable you'd ever refer to yourself as one of the "tea grannies," as your youthful outlook and your intelligence are hardly ready for the rocking chair! :) And I must say I love that pink Wedgwood teapot ornament — I've never seen those ornaments in anything but blue. And yes, totally agree on Violet and Isabel. I adore those scenes and savor them!

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  17. Such a lovely teatime! Your new ornament is lovely isn't it!! Just perfect for you. I have three different Downton books in my to read pile! Hope that you keep enjoying yours. The room they are stood in on the cover of your book is the Octagon Room at Basildon Park where I work! xx

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  18. Sweet cards and teapots! I'm pretty sure I need to look into that Downton Abbey book! So much fun, and a great read with your tea!

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  19. So interesting to stop by and see that I am on the same wavelength as you this month. I have yet to post but had taken some photos and planned to post of tea and Downton Abbey as well one of these days. Afternoon tea is a wonderful way to enjoy a quiet time to read. I agree!

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  20. You are a multi-talented lady! Lovely post.

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  21. Lovely cards, Judith, and your Wedgewood teapot is beautiful!
    Hugs, Beth

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  22. Your cards are beautiful, Judith, as are the teapot cookies. As for Downton, I missed the episode last Sunday but will record it will it replays late tonight. I have to catch up, after all!

    Karen

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  23. Lovely Wedgewood teapot. I could not seemm to get into Downton abbey as I watch very little tv anymore. Glad so many are enjoying it

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  24. Hi Judith,
    What a darling little teapot ornament! I haven't seen pink Wedgwood in a very long time around here. Years ago, when I worked in a jewelery store, I sold lots of it but it seems to have died off in these parts. I like seeing the M&W trio and I must say, it's one of my favourites to use. The cup is such a nice shape and the handle is comfy to hold. Your gingerbread cookies look yummy too. Beautiful cards you are making! Thank you for joining me for Tea Time and have a lovely day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  25. Your friends will love those beautiful cards Judith. And the pink wedgewood teapot is lovely! I'm all in favor of an afternoon tea and book break!

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  26. You are a busy, busy gal! Your cookies look delicious.

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  27. OMG..I'll have to send for the book...I, too am enjoying the new sea on of Downton Abbey..They' ve really spiced it up!!!... Your little tea cookies are simply adorable ( Yummy) and your lavender Wedgewood ornament is so lovely ..I have some of them blue..Clever you making all those lovely cards... Thank You for sharing..Hugs

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  28. Gorgeous teapot. Your cards are very nice and the cookies are darling!. Happy Teatime Tuesday!

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  29. Hi Judith! Great find with that pretty Wedgwood teapot ornament! The gingerbread teapot cookies are really cute. Have a great week.

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  30. Hello Judith,
    Wouldn't miss Downton! Each episode has been chock full of happenings. Maggie Smith does get the best lines! Happy watching. Love your cards too. Ruthie

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  31. Hello Judith,

    Happy Wednesday to you. I am in love with that gorgeous Wedgwood teapot. The color is stunning. I am also loving the Downton Abbey book. I am sure it it a treat to read. I do not miss this amazing series for the world and Season 5 is full of wonderful excitement and even more exquisite table settings and customs. My heart goes out to Edith this season. She would be such a wonderful Mom.

    Have fun watching...

    JAnet

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  32. Your cards are so clever!!!! I LOVE the Wedgwood jasper teapot...whether ornament sized or large. The cookies are so cute! Back from break with a feeling-better-Honey!
    Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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