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“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 …

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

One of the more pleasant aspects of rainy days is being warm and dry indoors with piping hot tea nearby, and some yarn for knitting or crocheting. For me, it's all about crochet which is not only relaxing and calming at the same time stimulating. Not unlike tea; invigorating yet soothing. I need nothing more …

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“Tea, garden. Tea, garden. Does a good morning need anything else?”

Apart from loving Tea, I also enjoy being outdoors and in the garden where tea plays a vital role in the day of working on garden tasks. In fact one of my favourite tea moments is sitting on a garden bench, piping hot cup in hand, taking a breather after heavy work, and collecting one's …

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“Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.”

It is heartening to realise that millions of people throughout history 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, Russell Crowe, Lady Gaga, …

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“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 …

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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 …

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“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 …

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

The design and aesthetics of everyday objects I've always found fascinating and I enjoy collecting antique and vintage cups and saucers. They have an endless array of designs, decorative styles, embellishments, colours and shapes. Fifty years ago it was common to collect the best set of china and later pass them on to daughters and …

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“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, …

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

My philosophy of living is a "my door is always open" attitude and there is nothing I like more than cooking 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 opportunity. Even now …

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“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, …

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“The Perfect Temperature for Tea is Two Degrees Hotter than Just Right”.

The best place to enjoy a cup of tea is often at home because so many cafes today do not serve 'proper tea' We have become accustomed to a tea bag popped into a cup or a pot of hot water and a lonely teabag on the side, unfortunately. Given the emphasis on specialist baristas, …

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