Tea and Sympathy


I have been on Instagram quite a lot lately with a bookish group of people.


They read a lot of books and drink a lot of tea and have very nice china and excellent settings to drink the tea. And there are often lovely flowers. Beth Bonini posted a photo of a gorgeous cake – but her commentary was fascinating too. How we spackle over various things. Anyway, charming domesticity has its delights. Herewith lemons on a plate bought at a jumble sale by Robert’s grandmother.


Lemons squeezed into the batter of the cupcakes above.

And yes, you can eat raw batter. The head of the ER at Mount Sinai told me so. He does. So there. (Probably would not let the grandchildren do so…)


Baked cupcakes.


Messy family tea. Clotted cream! Scones! and yes, I did put too much red dye in the icing.


The right kind of primula for taking to Margaret’s


The right kind of pears for the same. (Take photos first. Put next to cracked Moroccan jug I can’t bring myself to chuck out.)


Margaret has bought home lemon meringue  thingies from The Met. Yum.


My contribution the said pears. She is much more elegant than me.

4 thoughts on “Tea and Sympathy

  1. I couldn’t bear to throw that jug out either Elizabeth = it is such a beautiful colour. When I was last in Marrakesh I bought three plates – green, cobalt and the same gold as that jug. They all look so beautiful with fruit. Is that a jar of Bonne Maman jam on the table? We have it too and it is delicious, especially the apricot.

  2. Interesting and lots of different pottery. I fancied a little cup cake but having just eaten a scone and some lemon and honey sponge thought I had better pass!

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