This low wooden black table issued by apartment management is an elegant contrast to a seldom used pure white porcelain teapot – a personal treasure out of its bookcase drawer where it sits all year long and comes out only during special occasions. Like today.  My faves are things I happily do to celebrate my favorite author, Jane Austen’s birthday:

i. Drink tea of course.  A quaint break from the usual Moccona – it’s Oolong today.  Ti Kwan Yin, the brand I use is said to be universally held as rare China luxury, and a brew of long-enduring aftertaste.

ii. Color a Northanger Abbey illustration, captioned Pinned up each other’s train for the dance. It’s my first time to hold a watercolor brush since 3rd grade.

iii. Read a chapter of Sense and Sensibility, which is celebrating its 200th publication anniversary this year. The first page of chapter 17 paints a delightful picture of a mother with captivating manners a man could not very well be in love with her daughters without extending the passion to her.

iv. Listen to Weep You No More, Sad Fountains a classical poem by John Dowland, set into music and sung by Marianne Dashwood in the film Sense and SensibilityCandesca, a Canadian operatic ensemble is a new find. Their rendition of Weep You No more is beautiful.

v. Put the (Weep…) poem on a free image of an1888 Victorian floral border. It was fun to make, and it looks like this:

Credits: AllPoetry, Liam’s Pictures from Old Books

This could be one my most aesthetically fulfilling week of the entire 2011. It feels wonderful, and I am grateful.

Susanne of Living to Tell the Story hosts Friday’s Fave Five.