About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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English China Tea Party | Summer Chintz


Pretty view: a charming afternoon tea, using Summer Chintz dinnerware by Johnson Brothers.

My sister sent me a postcard from her recent vacation in Cornwall, in the west of Britain. I can see why she chose this card, apart from my interest in tea parties and table settings. The tea table setting features Summer Chintz, my pattern. (Okay, one of my patterns.)

How lovely to see it in a table setting using “my” china, laid out for tea with scones, an ivy-covered English cottage in the background.

And it’s no surprise that I’m writing about English china again, as . . . → Read More: English China Tea Party | Summer Chintz

A British Cup of Tea

Today was warm and sunny, but the forecast for tomorrow and coming week is, well, back to normal Michigan weather. If you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes. It’s going back to cool and wet.

But this is great weather to make a cup of hot tea, after my British brother in law. ( We wrote about this last fall, too, when the weather was cool and tea sounded so good…)

You can use any mugs or cups you like, and we have some favorites right in front of the mug section in our kitchen cabinet. We like to use . . . → Read More: A British Cup of Tea

Churchill china, English tea

So….the cooler weather puts us in mind for a cup of hot tea. When the neighborhood is fragrant with woodsmoke to take off the September-like chill, a mug of steaming tea goes down nicely!

Churchill's Port of Call

My British brother-in-law showed me the way to make a good cup. First, fill the cup about 2/3 full with freshly brewed tea. Whatever you like, though we usually had English Breakfast or an Earl Grey.

Then add milk until the tea turns a warm caramel color. That’s the right amount of milk, and enjoy! They still get milk delivered in . . . → Read More: Churchill china, English tea

The Woman’s Club Tea

In February or March each year, my local woman’s club has a tea. The theme is Valentine’s Day, Easter or Alice in Wonderland.

Really, it’s an excuse for the members to get out their best dishes, invite their friends for an afternoon of conversation and treats…. and have some fun!

I confess. I’m a shameless dish flipper. I have to see who made them. I even flip the flatware.

I really enjoy the tea, and I like to come in the night before to savor the table settings at leisure.

The funky setting with the flamingo favors is my . . . → Read More: The Woman’s Club Tea

Happy Anniversary, Tea in Ireland

A year ago, I was having afternoon tea with my friend Siobhan in a castle in Ireland — at Adare, in the west near the River Shannon. It was a wonderful treat.

Of course, I had to flip the china, and saw that it was Villeroy & Boch. Elegant white china. We enjoyed the dishes and the food in this fantastic setting.

Wedding photos were being taken out front as we drove up. We enjoyed our tea in the library.

We had it all to ourselves, with a lovely view of the grounds from a bay window.

A beautiful . . . → Read More: Happy Anniversary, Tea in Ireland

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