Oh, getting mail and packages is always a mood enhancer, but finding a magazine in your box with your own work on the pages is even better. Today the new autumn issue of TEA, a Magazine arrived (My autumn poem “Wrapping Up” appears on page 12.) along with an order of tea from Harney’s. It was time to take a tea break for sure.
While I would never hurry away the warm oranges and browns of autumn and Thanksgiving, I think dazzling red can be an autumn color too. Obviously, the editor of TEA thinks so since she showcases her favorite brilliant red Chatsford teapot on the cover of the Autumn, 2010 cover of her magazine. So I stopped my day and set a red tea for one while enjoying the new copy.
The tea is Harney’s Holiday blend which is spicy without a lot of clove, and it made a delightful pot of dark amber tea. The banana bread is the best ever with half a pound of butter and two cups of sugar, a sugar fix that must not be experienced very often. The crackers were also delivered this morning and left hanging on my door handle by a thoughtful friend. They are a spicy, salty recipe that causes one to eat them all if she isn’t careful.
The white cup is not old or distinctive, but I found a set of them at a flea market a few years ago. They are a footed cup that reminds me of a cross between cup and mug. Sometimes I set them on a saucer, but often I use them like a mug. They have a nice heft for drinking a cuppa and using one this morning was a Goldilocks’ “just right” for tea time!