A compilations of A Return To Loveliness posts from A Delight Life.

A Return to Loveliness no. 20

Secret Anniversaries of the Heart

Is what Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called 'the rituals
 that lend poetry to our day and meaning to our lives.’

I have several journals that have kept my notes and
thoughts over the years. The scribblings range from

notes in school, lists, plans for home and garden to
sermon notes and some of my deepest thoughts.

They are, for the moment, for myself. But, someday
I am sure my children will come across them and
laugh, smile or draw a tear when the call to
remembrance the things that mattered most to me
and the things that drew my heart.

I find constant inspiration and joy in reading and
re-reading my Victorias. To me, in a sense, they
have become a ritual of my heart. They draw out of

me desires and longings for a kinder, gentler life –
as was often quoted, ‘A Return to Loveliness’.

I hope my children will see this and understand
this part of their mother and perhaps draw for
themselves the beauty and the charm that I have found.


A Return to Loveliness is a weekly blog party
I host in celebration of Victoria Magazine and all she
espoused. You are welcome to join all you need to do is to
create a post – share something from your heart, your home
or your garden that enriches your life and inspires you. You can
link this inspiration to Victoria Magazine – but it is not a
concrete requirement. If you’ve never experienced Victoria –
oh, I encourage you to find an issue and leaf through the
pages to find something wonderful and unique.
Once you’ve created this post, you can copy the address and
paste it in the space provided in the linky below.


I thank you for stopping by and wish you a
Very Delightsome Day,


A Return to Loveliness 19

The Comforts



When I think of the November issues of Victoria,
I think of the warmth and comfort of home.

A Welcome from the moment you enter the door

A place to sit, perhaps by a roaring fire, to linger
over the dinner table catching up and enjoying one
another’s company.

Providing for guests whether it be a special set
of towels, water carafe or stationery placed by the bedside.

A Place to be yourself or to share an intimate moment
with a loved one.

I enjoyed a warm cup of cocoa while luxuriating in a quiet
moment taking pleasure in the beautiful photos in my November



A Return to Loveliness 18

Come Gather


Victoria’s Table

Was the invitation often given
in the November issues.

In the blue room I have set up a tray with blue and white coffee service.
On the tray is a Christmas with Victoria book just ready for me
to wander through its pages

‘Home is not merely
four square walls,
though with pictures
hung and gilded;
home is where
affection calls
filled with shrines the
hearth had builded’
Charles Swain

Victoria magazines many photographs 
seemed to me as still-life paintings-
so beautifully were they executed
providing wondrous inspiration

‘Come ye thankful people, come,
raise the song of Harvest home
Henry Alford

“with ‘all safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin,”
in the words of the beloved old hymn,
we rejoice in grateful thanksgiving.
For this is the time of year when family a
and friends are gathered about us,
and true gifts are deeply appreciated.
Victoria Magazine often
‘raise a song of harvest home’
November 1991

November is the month we gather with family
and friends.
Wherever you go, to mothers, to grandmothers
or you are the host –
I wish you very many blessings

and a joyous time of Thanksgiving.


A Return to Loveliness is a blog party I host weekly 
celebrating the inspirational Victoria Magazine.

If you'd like to participate

1. create a post celebrating your life, home, decoration
or anything that may have inspired you. Including
Victoria Magazine is a plus, but not necessarily a
2. copy and past the address to your post to the linky
provided below.
3. We all love it when others pay us a visit! I'd love
and appreciate you visiting those who participate
to enjoy the marvelous inspiration they wish to
share with you!

Thank YOU!

I am also linking this post with some lovely tea blog parties

 Lady Katherine's Tea Time Tuesday 
The Plumed Pen's  Tea for Two 
Rose Chintz Tea Time Tuesday 
Martha's Favorite Teacup Tuesday 
A Breath of Fresh Air's

A Return to Loveliness 17

Appreciating the Finer Things

I believe it was Victoria Magazine that helped me appreciate
the finer things in life. Now, that can be defined quite differently
by very many people. To me, the finer things don't necessarily mean
expensive things, but are those thatyou treasure – appreciate. 
I have appreciated the great effort that
was placed into the making of Victoria Magazine over the years
to make it volumes of timeless appreciation of places, people,
things and values.

Among my treasured 'finer things' you will always find Victoria Magazine. 

I have been collecting vintage books for quite a while now. I am
enthralled when I am presented with a volume from a friend. Most of the
time they are small books with pages dappled with age and time.

A few of the volumes I have collected to share with you today include
inscriptions from friends and loved ones to the happy soul who was the
first recipient of the book.

The opened book in the picture above is a 1901 volume of Walter Scott's
Lady of the Lake. This book was printed by The Macmillan Company
as a study of Scott's work - intended for classroom work and cost $.25 
at the time. This volume makes me think of the movie version, 
Anne of Green Gables, as she was fond of reading and reenacting scenes
from this story.

The book on top is A Class-Book of Old Testament History printed in 1927 
also published by MacMillan and Co. This was obviously well used for there 
is extensive writing within its pages.
Below this book is the Pleasure of Learning by John Ruskin published by
Thomas Y. Crowell & Company. This very thin volume was part of
a series of lectures given in 1884 at Oxford, England entitled, 'The Pleasures of Englad' .
Next is a 1949 volume of John Calvin's 'Instruction in Faith' (1537) another small
textbook well notated.
Following is the book, The Choir Invisible by John Lane Allen published in 1900 also
by The MacMillan Co. 
Finally, the Album a collection of letters and engravings. Inscribed on the first page
is the name Anna Wickinsberg July 27, 1867. This album was compiled by
Moss & Brother in Philadelphia.

Below The Lady of the Lake is Drummond's Addresses. A compilation of 
Henry Drummond's addresses published by Henry Altemus Company in 1898.
Inscribed on the first page is, 'To Jimmie with much love from Mama, Christmas 1904'.
Below that is Ada and Gerty or Hand in Hand Heavenward by Louisa M. Gray  
published by Thomas Nelson and Sons in 1895.

I was enjoying a lovely cup of tea with cream as i lingered over these precious volumes.
I included other things that I appreciate. The last few buds of blooms from some of my 
rosebushes, a delightful apple brought back from apple farms in North Georgia, a sprig
of tarragon that recently burst into bloom and some aged pots I found last week at
Salvation Army.

The book entitled ‘Album’ is filled with letters addressed to an
Anne Wickenberg.

The pages are old and worn and there are engravings protected by
Thin veils of tissue. 
another of the beautiful engravings

The above letter was written by Mamie dated July 2nd 1867

The above letter is simply signed with the initials A R C dated january 11 1871

The above letter is signed Spero dated February 1 1872

bove is a poem entitled and written in the shape of a Cross- no signature - dated September 1 1866

another of the beautiful engravings This letter is addressed

My Daughter and signed by Rose Dale dated August 28, 1866

Perhaps one of my tasks during the long, cold days of Winter
will be to spend time deciphering the writings within this 
sentimental volume. It is fascinating to peruse the carefully penned
and decorative script of that time.

 found pressed in the back the skeleton of
A leaf seemingly imprinted upon.
This is a peak into the Blue Room where I have the privilege to 
have a wonderful built-in bookcase. I have had different methods

to store my collection of Victoria Magazines. 

I believe they have now
found their final home. I will share more as this room continues to come together.

Happily, I received my November/December 2010 issue of Victoria Magazine.
It is reminiscent of the original magazines!
I am definitely in the mood for Christmas! 
This gives me an excuse for another cup of tea and a quiet moment in a cozy corner. 

Wishing you a very Delightsome day!