Lessons to be taught, writing to be done, an apartment to be cleaned. Of course, it's all happening on a Saturday. But there is time enough for everything when you take a moment to have a spot of tea. This time I am using my two great-aunt's—spinster sisters actually—hand-painted Bavarian china, which they created in the 1920's. If I remember correctly, painting your own china was something of a cottage industry then. I love the peacock feather motif and silken feel of the china itself, which is soft and cool to the touch. The tea, of course, is Darjeeling: perfect for that sinking feeling.