The French phrase above translates into English as
Boil the kettle and let’s become friends over a piping hot cup of Tea.
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 those early years, 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.
No matter where you are, you can always savour a Tea from the campsite, caravan or picnic to a workplace break, an elaborate High Tea with a group of friends, a morning tea, afternoon confidence sharing with friends over tea, or anywhere else in between.
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 a 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.
A cup of tea can calm, invigorate, refresh, revitalize, quench one’s thirst, and give you strength. I love to drink tea in elegant, fine-china teacups, the tea hot with a dash of milk and no sugar. Every tea drinker has their particular favourite way of enjoying tea.
Tea is much more than a beverage; it’s an opportunity for friendship, a chance to relax, chat or equally delightful in a quiet moment of solitude, perhaps a leisurely moment in the garden or shared to soothe someone in distress. Tea in all the many forms, varieties and serving methods is sought after, favoured and loved the world over. Yes, we all love our Tea, even though what may be Tea in one culture could be vastly different elsewhere. One heartwarming aspect of Tea is the deep connection it brings 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 Richard Edward Miller – Afternoon Tea
” Tea in the Park ” Artist Edward Cucuel 1875 – 1954 Impressionist painter who painted boating scenes, afternoon tea, sleeping, reading and landscape settings.