There's lovely sunshine today (and yesterday was particularly nice), but getting to a spot of it in the house is not going well! Finally I resorted to snapping a few photos at my kitchen table this morning, and have used Picture Manager's Auto Correct on most to brighten them a bit.
Today I'm sharing thoughtful gifts from my sister-in-law. She's such a sweetheart to surprise me from time to time with something just for me. The teacup actually was a gift from a couple or so years ago and is Gracie Bone China. It is a large cup that feels really nice to hold.
This past year she has also gifted me with subscriptions to Tea Time and Midwest Living. I've enjoyed Tea Time in the past and still do, but I haven't read Midwest Living before. It's mostly a travel magazine with interesting places to see in the Midwest, plus it had some nice, longer articles that suited me to a "T": Mackinac Island; the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin; large florals being used in decorating, and more.
I also learned from the latest issue of Tea Time that the six vintage Dirigold forks (from Sweden, I think) I have that I thought were maybe seafood forks are actually pastry forks. They are brassy in color, and mine have developed some imperfections.
Alas, I had no pastry today to have with my English Breakfast tea that was part of a Mother's Day gift from my beloved son and equally beloved daughter-in-law! But the tea tastes wonderful and gives me an excuse to pick up some pastries. :O}
I'm sharing today with these wonderful spots on the web:
Rose Chintz Cottage
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog
Antiques and Tea Cups
Wake up, wake up, break out in song!