Enchantment in April
Front Porch Tea
That ‘s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,Lest you should think he never could recaptureThe first fine careless rapture! Robert Browning, ‘Home Thoughts from Abroad’. Browning shared his thoughts on the marvels of an April morning in England.
April, the Angel of the Months. ……………Vita Sackville-West
This morning, the air is sweetly cooler than normal and I have filled the air with the freshness of oranges. I made these Orange Zest Scones and paired them with Tazo’s Wild Sweet Orange Tea and Gourmet Apricot Orange tea. Won’t you join me.
“Perhaps it is because April is so full of dazzling sunlight. Perhaps it’s because the earth seems greener. Perhaps it’s because resurrection is this month’s signature. Is this why our spirit start to soar? Now the season of darkness diminishes as the season of Light increases in strength. In the garden, primroses, pansies, violets, tulips, and lilacs burst with color. Each flower, plant and bough bears profound witness to the power of authenticity. This month, on the Simple Abundance path, we continue to grow gracefully, creatively, and joyously into our authentic selves, awakening to our own beauty.” Sarah Ban Breathnach for the Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy.
To compliment the orange theme, I lined this sweet, chippy basket with oranges and placed a small loaf pan in the center. I filled the container with Mock Orange, Roses and Columbine. I love the soft yell0w-peachy-pink colors of these roses.
I believe these Homer Laughlin Eggshell Georgian teacups are among my favorites – their soft colors add the perfect touch to this Front Porch Tea.
Each day the garden is bursting with color. The La Marne Rose bush next to the porch is just beginning to come to full bloom.
Our front porch is actually in a very peaceful spot, even though we face a major town road. We live on a hill and the garden can almost be a ‘Secret Garden’ because most of it is not easily viewed.
I was inspired to do this post, not only because of the fresh fragrance of the orange and the Mock Orange and Roses, but by a Laura Childs book I am reading, Sweet Tea Revenge. In the back of the book you can find a number of delicious recipes and Tea Time Tips. Laura Childs is a marvelous author who creates well-rounded characters in places you feel that you truly could find. I’d just LOVE to be able to walk into Theodosia’s Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston.
“I feel as if I had opened a book and found roses of yesterday sweet and fragrant, between its leaves.”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island
I hope you find spring enchantment in your week. I truly appreciate you visiting and participating. Last week I was quite distracted and this week am very happy to literally Return to Loveliness.