Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fleurs et du Thé (Flowers and Tea)

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

The attributes of summer are endless.

I've probably written ten posts so far just on the glories of summertime, and each little wonder just waiting to be uncovered with each fluttering breeze...

...each one more hypnotizing and more beautiful than the next. 

Fireflies and fresh air...sunsets and dust motes captures in rays of brilliant sunlight...cotton sundresses and bare feet...Jane Austen novels and the tartness of lemonade...all set to the tune of Regina Spektor and Owl City.

Can it get any better than this?

Oh yes, I truly think so.

I honestly believe that any of these beautiful attributes of summer can be amplified with a steaming mug of tea and a wandering stroll through a floral-scented garden.

There is magic found in the bottom of a mug of tea. 

There is whispers of fairy dust and early morning mystery found in dew drops clinging to daisy petals. 

Whether it's curled up in a soft leather chair in a local coffee shop, Harry Potter between my fingertips and a flower tucked behind my ear...

...or standing in the middle of a wide open field, soft grass between my toes and a straw hat hanging down my back, my hair long and loose in the wind and a blanket spread and waiting beneath a maple tree...

...it's that fragrance of tea and rose petals that lingers...

...and that turns even the most commonplace of locations into a summertime fairyland. 

tea leaves
                                                                                                  tea loves
loves tea
lives tea
leaves tea?
~Uniek Swain


  1. This is a perfect description of all that is happiness and joy and simple about Summer. Especially loving that last quote.

  2. Don't ever stop blessing the world with your beautiful words, Rachel. =)

  3. @Grace: I'm very glad you think so. I had a bit of you in mind when I wrote this, what with your lovely tea addiction.

    @Anna Olivia: You are a dear sweetheart. <3

  4. Hey Rachel! I know I asked this before but I'm not sure it got posted... where do you find your beautiful pictures? Do you take them? Find them on Tumblr? I am enchanted by this magic world of pictures! :D

  5. @Dani: I generally use www.weheartit.com to find my photos, unless otherwise marked. Sometimes, I have precious photographer friends that let me use their photos...but those photos are ALWAYS credited.

  6. Beautiful post! It reminds me of all that I love in summer. You're a wonderful writer! :)

  7. Tea is so much fun to drink! Do you like ice tea? Answer on my blog.


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