I love a cup of tea, especially mid afternoon when I've worked hard around home and feel the need to just sit quietly and listen to some instrumental music, read a chapter of a book, or watch a short gentle homemaking video on YouTube.
My tea breaks often only last for 15-20 minutes, but my goodness how they refresh my mind and body. So often we are focused on that to-do list or even thinking up tasks to add to it, but we neglect the physical and mental rest our bodies need at intervals throughout the day.
When we were homeschooling the habit of taking morning and afternoon tea breaks was very special for myself and the children. In the morning break I'd read to them a chapter from a biography or a section of the Bible while they nibbled on cheese and crackers and sipped tea from real tea cups. The break from their academic studies settled their minds and refreshed them to take up where they'd left off during the pre-lunch hours.
During the afternoon break we'd study various artists, listen to classical music, read poetry and another chapter (or two) of our current historical fiction novel, all the while enjoying more tea and something sweet I'd baked earlier in the day.
It's no wonder Blossom and I introduced tea-time to Cully May and Rafaella when they were barely a year old, and in time little Charlie David will find his very own small tea cup waiting at the table.
The little rose filled teapot which features in April's "Posies" block was designed with those many years of precious memories in mind.
In fact, I find that most of my designs tell a story which began as a memory revisited. Lovely memories to cherish and share as the years pass.
What tea time memories do you have to share?
POSIES was free until January 1st 2022.
As I've blogged today with the new Posies pattern I shan't be doing a Friday blog post tomorrow, but I would still like to encourage you to take some time to create a sanctuary of beauty and rest within your home as this week draws to a close.
I know at times we are hurried and weary, lost for inspiration, and it's during those times I play calming music in the background, sitting quietly to pray that the Father's inspiration will fill my thoughts - and He always answers.
Walking in the garden, letting my eyes rest on the floral masterpieces each flower pot or garden bed displays for my delight is another source of gentle calm to my soul, another avenue of inspiration.
I watch the bees flitting here and there, and thank the Lord they are working at pollinating for our benefit as well as their own.
As the weather cools just that wee bit and the sting of this very long summer abates, I can see just a touch of autumn coming alive in the flowers again, for where I live their glorious displays burst forth during mid-autumn and all through winter until the harsh summer returns around mid-spring.
The garden brings me joy during those cooler months, more joy than I can express. The work to tend it is easier, the fruit of our labour more bountiful, and the flourishing of colourful blooms and delicious produce which greets our eyes overflows this old heart of mine with gratitude and heaven's joy.
If you need a little calming musical inspiration as you prepare your home to welcome and nourish the hearts of those who dwell within, or visit over coming days, I'll add a few lovely music links below.
When I am doing housework I often listen to my favourite Christian albums, but when just soothing instrumentals are needed to slow down, or as background to dinner, sewing, knitting, crochet or reading, we enjoy the Celtic flute and similar instrumentals in videos that you can just listen to without watching. Some go for an hour, others up to eight hours.
There's also THIS one with Celtic flute
THIS one with music from Pride & Prejudice
and THIS Hygge background music compilation.
Blossom, Ross and the children will be here for lunch on Sunday, such a blessing.
Though we celebrated Passover last weekend (we follow the Jewish calendar and not the modern adaptations) we shall continue pondering the love-giving sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary with all Christian believers in the days ahead, and rejoice as always in His resurrection to life! Hallelujah!
(below - In the Sanctuary - beautiful!)
May God's blessing be upon your homes and hearts, sweet friends!