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

Teatime Bliss

The tea ritual: such a precise repetition of the same gestures and the same tastes; accession to simple, authentic and refined sensations, a license given to all, at little cost, to become aristocrats of taste, because tea is the beverage of the wealthy and the poor; the tea ritual, therefore, has the extraordinary virtue of introducing into the absurdity of our lives an aperture of serene harmony. Yes, the world may aspire to vacuousness, lost souls mourn beauty, insignificance surrounds us. Then let us drink a cup of tea. Silence descends, one hears the wind outside, autumn leaves rustle and take flight, the cat sleeps in a warm pool of light. And, with each swallow, time is sublimed.
Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

I have been enjoying the latest copy of  Teatime Bliss-a

This issue is filled with beautiful, inspiring photography – tea time tips, seasonal tea settings as well as a number of tantalizing recipes.
I am thoroughly enchanted.

Some of the tips include:

Managing the menu-‘the heart of any get-together is always the food…
A warm welcome – using the ordinary and the extraordinary  to set a lovely tablesetting.
Thoughtful details – ‘plan a seating chart to ensure that everyone has a chair. Place cards makes a lovely addition to a table setting, and you can prompt easy dialogue by appropriately placing people who have common interests near each other.

Teatime How-Tos

Quoted from Tea and Etiquette: Taking Tea for Business and Pleasure’ by Dorothea Johnson

* Do take small bites of food
* Don’t reach across the table.
* Do maintain good posture
* Do listen to others when they speak
* Do thank others fore their kindness
* Do write a thank-you not to show your appreciation

Perhaps if we practiced the art of taking tea – our society would be more cordial, more relaxed and more thoughtful.

You will find this and quite a number of amazing recipes in the latest issue of   Teatime Bliss – definitely a Delightsome teatime read.

The official first day of spring is just one week away! I have been enjoying my garden – the weather is supposed to be more like April and May for the next ten days.
I know, I will be spending a number of hours in the garden.

Moments like this act as magical interludes, placing our hearts at the edge of our souls: fleetingly, yet intensely, a fragment of eternity has come to enrich time...When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?
Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the HedgehogDorothea Johnson