We have had quite a lazy day pottering in and around the garden enjoying the warmth of the day and playing with the dogs. Truly enjoying and appreciating each others company. We started to discuss our collection of Royal Albert china and how sad it was that after 30 years of collecting it was hardly ever used. Family have bought us pieces as gifts over the years until we finally had everything including, glasses, cutlery even casserole dishes and vases. A beautiful pattern Country Roses that we both still love.
So today was the day we decided to use it more and appreciate its beauty and the love that each piece represented, as each piece was given to us as gifts over the years. We do much the same with our Christmas decorations remembering each piece and what they represent as we decorate for the season. So it was afternoon tea in all its glory.
The sandwiches were salmon and mayonnaise, beef and wholegrain mustard garnished with cucumber, celery and the last of the home grown tomatoes.
The cake was a carrot cake with a cream cheese topping and walnut pieces. Of course there were scones it wouldn't be afternoon tea without them, we didn't have the jam and cream that would have been too indulgent.
Crisps and chedders just because...
Served up on a stand that was bought to display cup cakes at our eldest daughters wedding bringing back more lovely memories.
Do you have a collection of china stuck in a cupboard or is it out and used everyday?
See you soon.