After having watched the emotional race of a lifetime as Bradley Wiggins created cycling history, making a brew was all I could do to calm down afterwards – and oh how I wished I had this historic china teapot to make that celebratory cuppa in. I adore the retro 1948 austere simplicity and the stylish olympic rings decoration at the lid. Just the perfect teapot to brew your celebratory cuppa with Great British pride.
Wouldn’t it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn’t have tea?
So said Noel Coward. Quite honestly, what self respecting tea drinker could possibly disagree. Indeed, I would go so far as to advocate the need to employ some sort of tea strategy to avoid at all costs that situation where you are unable to get a decent cuppa. Well, you wouldn’t wish to be caught short, craving for that all important and restorative cup of tea, especially when you are on holiday and meant to be having a splendid time.
Here are some thoughts on potential options:
1 Find a fabulous tea room PDQ (that’s pretty darn quick)
A local option is frankly an upside miracle in some situations, and plan B at best. but what a rescue if you can locate such an establishment.
There is hope for this approach, as I have stumbled across some lovely places whilst on my travels.
2 Locate an amazing leaf tea supplier
I shudder to think of the scenario if, heaven forbid, you are in the inevitable position of having left or, she gasps in amazement, forgotten to pack your tea supplies from home. In this case, you’ll be hoping for strategic option 1, however, failing this, finding a seller of gorgeous leaf tea is then another possibility to remedy the omission.
3 Create you very own, home from home, portable travelling tea kit
As you may have guessed, this is my preferred approach, as at least you know you have something to fall back on! What I would advise, strongly is to create, or find your own kit. In my kit is an unbreakable tea pot, flasks with hot water and cold milk, and the all important leaf and ahem, tea bags (one never knows the constraints of the situation that may dictate the tea making…needs must and frankly this is preferable to no tea at all), flasks, and lovely cups. What I would just love to have in my possession though is a gorgeous vintage tea making picnic hamper. No hot water flasks requited here as the means to heat water is part of the set up. Quite frankly, freshly boiled water is so much better for tea making.
If abroad from old Blighty, there are other key tea factors at play
I do confess that even the self created tea kit does have its limitations however……..The water will be different for sure. I remember using filtered water when I lived in the US, and still tea just never quite was the same. I could not achieve that perfectly remembered brew until I returned home. Then, there is the additional complication if you take anything in your tea. As I am one of those, it is access to fresh milk that taxes me, and in hotter climes, my experience is that this is virtually an impossibility. Without wishing to sound like I am never going to leave the security of my home for fear of the lack of a decent cup of tea, one country that delighted the tea sense was Japan. I would return in a heartbeat.
It goes without argument then that when you are a tea girl who is a long way from home, clearly, one would wish to avoid being caught short. I’d be thrilled to hear of any more idea for avoiding such a dire situation as lacking tea while travelling.
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There have been many, many articles on the health benefits of tea.
However, there have been a few articles also that point in the other way. A notable recent study was in prostate cancer in men. Quite honestly even its authors could not mitigate that this finding could be due to the fact these men had lived to an older age where the incidence and likely risk of prostate cancer is increasing. So what is the truth? Is tea doing anything at all?
A true test of tea
The prostate cancer data was from a collaborative study, but it got me to thinking that there can never ever be a truly double blind randomised controlled trial that is regarded as totally de rigour. For one, there could never be an absolute “double blind”, as quite honestly, it would be a bit tricky to disguise whether you were being given tea or not. In other words, all the participants would know, even if the “prescribers” were “blind” to who was getting what. There is undoubtably something in the anecdotal evidence that exists though, and the antioxidant argument for one can be supported through other means. I would argue it is more than the tea per se.
There is another more essential Tea element
And it is this. Beyond the qualities of the quite wonderful flavours of tea, there is the act of brewing that brings a moment of peace, a glimpse of mindfulness. More importantly though, there is an innate sense of belonging and feeling of care that is bestowed when one is making, or being made tea. It is that communion as well as the heady warmth of that first sip that I think gives an intangible health benefit of tea.
When unwell, what has perked me up is the prospect of a warm fragrant cup that will wake me, brewed under instruction by my darling whose pinnacle of tea brewing sophistication is Yorkshire Rwandan bag as he so eloquently has described it. Please don’t mistake me here, I am a huge fan of Yorkshire tea, and this seasons Rwandan is lovely, but I do believe there is so much more to the health benefits of tea than its taste alone.
P.S. My thanks to the lovely friends who sent this card with their very kind and wise words that accompanied it.
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Just perfect for adding that finishing touch to any self respecting vintage afternoon tea party, I loved these paper teacup vases from Paper Parlour. Practical as well as beautiful, they have a clever plastic inner to ensure your flowers remain in perfect bloom and the teapot does not get soggy. I will be rushing to order as very fortunately have a surfeit of lovely flowers at the moment.
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Pylones is an innovative company that takes everyday objects and designs them into wonderful animations that are both practical and amusing.
My personal favourite that exemplifies this was the squid shaped whisk but frankly my dears, that was before I discovered their new range of kettles. Heavily disguised as teapots,I adore the description of these colourful creations for boiling water almost as much as the objects themselves. Quite honestly, Pylones kettle description is just too fabulous not to include, so I do so, word for excellent word:
Behind my cool exterior, I’m boiling with passion. I’m steaming with desire and bubbling with anticipation. When I start to boil I turn myself off, ready to serve you the perfect cuppa.
The Wimbledon tennis championships are almost upon us. For those in need of any context, this is a time when the UK weather becomes either amazingly good, or spectacularly bad. All hopes are pinned on the possibility of a British winner – again. Perhaps fate will deem that time is now here – after all, it is the Jubilee, London Olympic’s year, she says in ever optimistic tones.
Cucumber sandwiches, strawberries with cream are the traditional fare of course but looking for inspiration for a tennis afternoon tea, I stumbled across a wonderful tennis ball and court cake – quite the perfect creations for such an occasion. Another favourite I feel compelled to share is the very creative collection of Wimbledon inspired cup cakes from Hummingbird Bakery. The grassy one is just amazing!
Now, you may be thinking what is the perfect drink to accompany your afternoon watching tennis?
Now I know I am biased but what could be more perfect that iced tea. I love Lahloo tea’s cold infused summer punch tea. Truth be told though my dears, it may be very likely that you will be battling with your umbrella against the horizontal rain whilst clinging to your flask of hot water, thereby ensuring there is a more traditional, and importantly hot brew available. Whatever the weather though, do enjoy your Wimbledon tennis afternoon tea.
More afternoon tea time inspiration can be found at:
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Su Blackwell is a very talented artist, sculpting her art from books. Being a tea obsessed kind of girl, I adore her Alice, a mad tea party, The detail of the cups, teapot, table and chairs is exquisite. I am sure you will love it too.