Que les invités qui entrent dans cette maison, repartent en amis,
The French quote above translates as “May all who enter as guests, leave as friends”. So, welcome to The Teapot site. The Charms Of Tea is all about tea, teapots, fine china, recipes for High Tea, stories about tea and much more. Pop the kettle on and let’s become friends over a piping hot cup of tea.
I have always loved Tea. My first memory of Tea comes to mind when, as a young girl, my parents would call out from the garden to ask me to ‘put the kettle on’. Since those early days, Tea has been a much loved pastime and I never start the day without first thing, popping the kettle on. The refreshment, the upliftment to the spirit that Tea creates and the vitality it brings is why I find a cup of Tea so appealing.
Find yourself a cup; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of things.H.H. Munro
For centuries tea drinking has been steeped in a rich history spanning many cultures across the world. The traditions, customs and rituals that accompany tea drinking are interesting and fascinating.
Perhaps it is while drinking tea that I most of all enjoy the sense of leisure.George Gissing
A cup of tea can calm, invigorate, refresh and enliven, quench one’s thirst and give you strength. What I love most, is drinking tea in fine china cups, very hot with a dash of milk and no sugar. Every tea drinker I meet has their own special way of drinking their favourite type of tea.
Tea drinking gives us an opportunity for friendship and a chat over a cuppa or is equally delightful as a repose in solitude. These seemingly opposite aspects of the enjoyment of tea make Tea an elegant and gentle ritual loved the world over by widely differing people.
There are many charming aspects to Tea in the fashion of what we drink from and how we serve tea. Delicate, fine bone china teacups and saucers, china and silver teapots, silver trays, fine linens and flatware. Throughout the great design periods the great houses of fine porcelain and silversmithing made exquisite cups, saucers and teapots that have added to the tapestry of tea history. From Victorian and Edwardian Tea salons and drawing rooms to the Arts and Craft movement, the Art Deco period, the Bauhaus and designer Walter Gropius, whose stunning Teapot designs are very much sought after today. Designers have been inspired throughout history to make the best teaware for the art of fine Tea drinking.
The Oriental ceramic teaware both ancient and modern brings beautiful design, culture, flavour and history to tea drinking. This reveals the diversity of cultures in the charm of Tea. The Japanese culture has been instrumental in the development of the ritual of Tea drinking and we owe them for the discovery of tea so long ago. Today there is a wealth of teas, tisanes and infusions to choose from, so let’s experiment and try some together.
“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
The teapot site will have many stories to share with you of tea and teapots; the art, the charm, the history, the rituals and the fun of drinking tea. From the campsite, caravan or picnic to a cuppa at work. An elaborate High Tea, a quick cuppa first thing in the morning, an afternoon chat with friends over tea and anywhere else in between. You can always stop to savour a tea. I hope you will join me to pop the kettle on, take a break and have a read with your next cup of tea. Enjoy
Content Di Baker 2020
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