Turning out the attic reveals some miscellaneous china, including tea cups which belong to the days when tea was accompanied by thinly-sliced cucumber sandwiches (this is no mere cliché, by the way – I was at Oxford with a chap whose tea parties involved bone china and cucumber sandwiches, all three – chap, cups and comestibles – remarkable for their delicacy).
What do you do with such things? They have no cash value; charity shops would accept them with gritted teeth; we have cupboards enough crammed with unused things to eat and drink from; they are certainly not going back in the attic.
Our answer is to use them, relying on their individual prettiness rather than feeling the need to have matching sets. Here they contain a suitably delicate lemon posset.