Thursday, September 13, 2007

Autumn Bliss Week: Thursday

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.

An Engaging Book

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.

You can purchase the chart at The Sampler Girl. She is offering a free “Tea With Jane” chart and a giveaway contest so hurry over before you miss it.

I hope you find the quiet center of your life today.


Storybook Woods said...

Oh my what a lovely afternoon of Autumn bliss, very Victoria !!! Your tea sounds lovely and I am drooling over your sampler. I too fid Jane Austin fascinating and would like to read more about her life. Thank you for today’s wonderful Autumn Bliss contribution xoxoxox Clarice

a pink-bee said...

What a nice way to spend some time. Sometimes it is nice to slow down, planning a break to do just that this afternoon. :) Have a great day :)

Kristie said...

I'm pretty sure it's NOT hiding in my cubicle. I hope you have a wonderful autumn day.

Lynn said...

Oh your needlework looks lovely! How funny you posted a tea recipe, I was just drinking a cup thinking - hmm, this isn't very good. I'll have to look into herb teas and that cute little heart tea leaf holder too. Don't tell me you grow all those herbs and then dry them for your tea!

Mrs. Staggs said...

This is a truly lovely and inspiring post June. Thank you for the reminder to "take time" and for the tea recipe.
Your sampler is lovely. You have such patience for things. I really admire that.
That is a beautiful mug!

Maize Hutton said...

"sigh" I wish I had the patience to cross stitch. :-)

rohanknitter said...

Thanks so much for the link- a combo of stitching and Jane Austen, perfect!

Robyn said...

Whew! I have been wanting to post for a day silly computer or is that the user is silly...LOL! It probably was me! I just wanted to tell you how much I have been enjoying your lovely blog!

kim said...

Ahhh, love Jane Austen. And I love you mug in the photo! Thank you for the neat-o link.

Tanya said...

Your stitching is lovely. Glad you like the sampler :)