|Etsy shop "The Vintage Teacup"|
Afternoons I become a lady,
delicately balance my Ansley teacup
lips seemingly sweet
as the pastel Wisteria
with leaves painted minty-lime green.
Yet words slip through, unpruned,
bloom as I center the quatre foil
within gold trimmed center,
join the sacred and spiritual
circle of gossip as whispers steep
unfavorable and shocking.
Lean back, savor the tingle
of our "cleansing". Vow to never
dishonor Queen Catherine's legacy.
by Margaret Bednar, June 21, 2014
Wow. Teacups really are works of art. HERE is a link to a fabulous Pinterest site devoted to Ansley Teacups.
Tea finally arrived in England during the 17th century when King Charles II married a Portuguese princess, Catherine of Braganza. The Queen made tea the drink of royalty and soon tea became a popular import to Britain via the East India Company. Afternoon tea or tea parities became a common way for aristocratic society to drink tea (and gossip).
This is linked with Imaginary Garden of Real Toads "Transforming Friday with Nature's Wonders" - Fields of Tea in China.