One of the old Victoria magazine’s beloved themes for September was “finding the quiet center of one’s life.” An afternoon with Jane Austen seems a good way to find that quiet center.
I’ve pulled my blinds shut, turned on the lamp, and am pretending it isn’t 99 degrees outside. Instead, I’m imagining a cool crispness in the air and envisioning rich red and golden leaves wafting about in the breeze as though they have someplace to go but aren’t in too big a hurry to get there.
A Cup of Fragrant Tea
Numerous tea blend recipes can be found almost anywhere. Here is the recipe for the herbal concoction I'm enjoying today.
Autumn Afternoon Tea
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
- ½ teaspoon dried lavender flowers
- ½ teaspoon dried mint leaves
- A pinch dried chamomile
- ½ teaspoon dried rose petals
- 1 clove
Place mixture in a tea infuser and add to 6 ounces of hot water. Steep for 5 minutes and there you go. The Jane Austen Centre provides a brief tutorial on preparing the perfect cup of tea.
Today I’m reading Becoming Jane Austen, a biography by Jon Spence. Jane lived a rather circumscribed life which makes me curious as to how she created the worlds we’ve enjoyed in her books. This biography makes a number of insightful connections that help me understand more about her life.
At Home With Jane Austen
I enjoy doing theme things; it imbues such a richly-textured layer to any endeavor. As such, an appropriate bit of needlework is required for today’s bliss. I’ve chosen At Home With Jane Austen: A Sampler. It’s a work in progress. I’m not hurrying my way through it because sometimes you just have to relish the process and not rush things.
I hope you find the quiet center of your life today.