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 Sensibility. Candesca, 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:
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.