Tea… from the farm to the cup

The phenomenon of paddock to plate is continuing to build in Australia as we live more mindfully and sustainably. Being more aware of where our food is grown, by whom and the story behind the farmers and producers of our commodities is one way to be more proactive about food ecology and ethical values on… Continue reading Tea… from the farm to the cup

Put the Kettle On…

The simple act of putting the kettle on to make tea has been written about, quoted, and even sung about millions of times and yet remains a highly significant and worthwhile task. We do it naturally at the pauses during the day, to comfort others, on waking, when we come in from the garden or… Continue reading Put the Kettle On…

You can never have too many teapots..

Many of us have enjoyed the Regency splendour of shows like Bridgerton with the elaborate tea settings in glorious palaces and stately homes lately. Together with popular shows, The Crown, Sanditon, Downtown Abby, or The Queen and Pride Prejudice have given rise to increased interest in many of our everyday objects; tea sets, vintage delicate… Continue reading You can never have too many teapots..

“I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china”.

We can never hope to attain the perfection and beauty of blue china aptly expressed by Oscar Wilde. He said he found it harder and harder to live up to his blue china in the abovementioned sentiment, and I wholeheartedly agree. Blue and White are unequalled; fresh and bright, charming and delightful, elegant and forever… Continue reading “I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china”.

I don’t drink tea to wake up. I wake up to drink tea. 

Is there anything more invigorating, comforting and refreshing first thing in the morning than a hot cup of Tea? The quote above says it all. Do I wake to drink Tea, or does Tea wake me up? There is a fine line between the two at times, and like coffee drinkers, tea drinkers love the… Continue reading I don’t drink tea to wake up. I wake up to drink tea. 

“Who would not spout the family teapot in order to talk with Keats for an hour about poetry, or with Jane Austen about the art of fiction?”

It is heartening to realise that there are millions of people throughout history that were as fussy, and demanding in their tea drinking habits as I am. Not only in the past but now in the modern contemporary world of art, music, film and literature, ardent tea drinkers abound. Who would have thought Mick Jagger,… Continue reading “Who would not spout the family teapot in order to talk with Keats for an hour about poetry, or with Jane Austen about the art of fiction?”

“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.”

There is a fine line at present in these surreal times of keeping abreast of the current situation, monitoring our own risk and navigating lockdowns with a degree of happiness or normality. Being positive, talking of happier times, and our daily rituals and habits are very important. A ritual is defined as "an internally motivated… Continue reading “Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.”

“Remember the tea kettle, although it is up to its neck in hot water it keeps on singing.”

The timeless warming sound of a kettle boiling is always heartening and sings with a promise of our favourite beverage. At your place, no matter whether you like to use a stovetop or an electric kettle, or you prefer the features of an iconic Alessi or Le Creuset kettle, a smart kettle that keeps the… Continue reading “Remember the tea kettle, although it is up to its neck in hot water it keeps on singing.”

“The Mere Chink of Cups and Saucers Tunes the Mind to Happy Repose”

The design and aesthetics of everyday objects has always been fascinating to me. It is no wonder that I enjoy collecting cups and saucers; the endless array of designs, decorative styles, embellishments, colours and shapes. Whether vintage from fifty years ago when it was common to collect the 'best set of china' and later pass… Continue reading “The Mere Chink of Cups and Saucers Tunes the Mind to Happy Repose”

“Earl Grey is really more of a ‘Sense and Sensibility’ kind of tea”

What exactly is Earl Grey Tea? Earl grey is a flavoured Tea scented from the oil in the rind of Bergamot oranges, that grow along the coast of Italy and the south of France. Adding the oil from the orange rind to black tea gives the tea an aromatic, zesty flavour that, according to Twinings,… Continue reading “Earl Grey is really more of a ‘Sense and Sensibility’ kind of tea”

“Come and share a pot of tea. My home is warm and my friendship is free”

I like to live with the philosophy of "my door is always open" attitude and there is nothing I like more than to cook for loved ones - family and friends. Sharing a meal around the table or a tea is a joy and I always like to use my fine China collection at every… Continue reading “Come and share a pot of tea. My home is warm and my friendship is free”

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”

My mother used to have a day now and then where she would stay inside, read books, drink tea and, because her hands were rarely idle, do knitting or handiwork all day. These occasional days she called 'a nightie day', meaning she stayed in her nightie all day. Rather than a common habit, 'nightie days'… Continue reading “Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”

“Nobody can teach you how to make the perfect cup of tea. It just happens over time. Wearing cashmere helps, of course”.

What is the perfect cup of Tea? tea noun ( tee) an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by infusion with boiling water. Can diminish your troubles,calm your nerves and revive your brain cells. Tea is best made with fresh, good-quality tea leaves in a pre-warmed teapot of your choice with boiling water and served… Continue reading “Nobody can teach you how to make the perfect cup of tea. It just happens over time. Wearing cashmere helps, of course”.

The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people.

Well designed objects fulfil our desire for art and beauty and are a natural source of pleasure every time we use them. A ubiquitous Teapot is an object that is not only practical in providing a way to serve Tea but can also be a source of memories, a promise of an interlude, a symbol… Continue reading The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people.

“What better way to suggest friendliness and to create it- than a cup of Tea?”

From the beginning of Tea two thousand years ago to when Tea first arrived in England in 1657, Tea has become the second most popular drink after water around the world. The tea beverage has motivated writers and poets who, throughout the centuries, have expressed their adoration and passion for drinking Tea. In their writings,… Continue reading “What better way to suggest friendliness and to create it- than a cup of Tea?”

Life’s Short Use the Fine China!

Teacups have been collected for as long as people have enjoyed Tea. Beginning in China during the eighth century where Tea was served in small porcelain or stoneware bowls. Over the centuries Teacups have been made from various materials; clay, glass, porcelain, bone china, earthenware ceramic, glass, tin, plastics, paper and pottery. Burn the candles;… Continue reading Life’s Short Use the Fine China!

“Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one”

The ancient Chinese proverb above encapsulates the sentiment I felt in lockdown last year on a ship heading for Italy at the height of the pandemic. Without warning, the Captain sent us to our cabins, and we did not come out for more than a week. Apart from the fear of the unknown situation and… Continue reading “Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one”

Time for Tea?

“The Servant Girl” Emil Brack, 1860-1920 How do you like your Tea, made in a Teapot or with a teabag? A cup or a mug? Do you fancy a glass, china, earthenware or ceramic cup? Green or Black Tea, oolong or china Tea, White Tea or herbal, there are many considerations. One thing for sure… Continue reading Time for Tea?

“A simple cup of tea is far from a simple matter.”

Tea lovers are notoriously pedantic about their tea-drinking habits, and I know this because I am one of them. As obsessive tea drinkers our customs, rituals and tea habits are likely to be annoying to others. Although it is human nature to create habits and both coffee and tea drinkers consider their daily rituals as… Continue reading “A simple cup of tea is far from a simple matter.”

Love and Scandal are the Best Sweeteners of Tea.

A Little Tea and Gossip by Robert Payton Reid  Tea drinking has come a long way since Victorian and Edwardian England's stuffy drawing rooms. Today we make our own rituals and trends of Tea from fruit, flower and herbal infusions, individual private tea blends to Japanese Tea ceremonies and Matcha green, White and Pu-erh Teas.… Continue reading Love and Scandal are the Best Sweeteners of Tea.

“The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and refinement.”

Our long days of self-isolation and being confined to our homes for all but essentials, provide an opportunity for us to think about what we value most in our lives. A chance to reflect on priorities and spend more time doing the things we love. But when we consider how small after all the cup… Continue reading “The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort, and refinement.”

“But, indeed I would rather have nothing but tea”

“Some days 'staying put' might feel the same as Going Nowhere. Make a cup of tea, and wait for that feeling to pass.”Vivian Swift I love my cups of tea but recently I was forced to spend a week with no tea at all, locked inside a very small room due to the worldwide pandemic.… Continue reading “But, indeed I would rather have nothing but tea”

“Tea is the Elixir of Life.”

As we move towards a more sustainable way of living, there is a growing trend towards seeking a fair trade, plant-based, gluten-free, lactose and sugar-free beverage that also contains antioxidants. What better drink is there that covers all these criteria than TEA? A simple cup of tea is far from a simple matter.”Mary Lou heiss… Continue reading “Tea is the Elixir of Life.”