“Que les invités qui entrent dans cette maison repartent en amis”

The French phrase above translates into English as,

May all who enter as guests, leave as friends.

I love this beautiful sentiment that happens so easily over a cup of tea. Let’s put the kettle on and become friends as I share my love of all things tea; teapots, recipes, quotes, tea news and fine china here on the Teapotsite.


Tea has been a part of my life since I was a young girl when my parents would call from the garden and ask me to “put the kettle on.”

Since then, Tea has been a much-loved beverage, and I never start the day without putting the kettle on and enjoying a welcome early morning cup of Tea in my favourite, fine china mug.

“Boil the kettle and let’s become friends over a piping hot cup of Tea”

If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.
William Ewart Gladstone

No matter where you are, tea and conversation go hand-in-hand. Tea is enjoyed on any workplace break, an elaborate High Tea with a group of friends, a morning tea, afternoon confidence sharing or picnic with friends over tea, and anywhere else in between.

The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly, and to feel close.”
Carol and Malcom Cohen

For centuries tea drinking has been steeped in a rich history spanning many cultures; the traditions, customs, and rituals accompanying tea drinking are fascinating. From fresh mint tea in Morocco to a cup of Tay in Ireland, a tea ceremony in Japan, or right here on an Australian sheep farm, tea is enjoyed across the globe in so many and varied ways.

A cup of tea can calm, invigorate, refresh, revitalize, quench one’s thirst, and give you strength. Every tea drinker has their particular favourite way of enjoying their tea.

Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things”
Cham Potok

Tea is more than a beverage; it’s an opportunity for friendship, a chance to relax and chat; Tea can be equally welcome in a quiet moment of solitude, perhaps a leisurely moment in the garden or shared to soothe someone in distress. In all the many forms, varieties and serving methods, Tea is sought after, favoured and loved the world over. Even though from one culture to another Tea can be vastly different. Tea’s heartwarming aspect is its deep connection to people and their culture.

Join me in discovering all about Tea and teapots; the art, the charm, the traditions, the history, the rituals and the fun of drinking Tea.

All Content Di Baker 2020

Images by Di Baker

Header Image by Swiss Painter Albert Samuel Anchor 1831-1910

Top Teacup Image is a painting by Elena Katsyura.

 ” Tea in the Park ” Artist Edward Cucuel 1875 – 1954 Impressionist painter who painted boating scenes, afternoon tea, sleeping, reading and landscape settings.