Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tonight I'm thinking about tea

The beautiful tea cup was a Christmas gift from Rob this year and I've already enjoyed many wonderful pots of white, green and Darjeeling tea.

Tonight I'm thinking about tea, but drinking wine... and it is the middle of the week... let me read the fine print of my resolution... o yes, it was 'drink less wine during the week and drink more tea'...

Here are Kinks on You Tube (circa 1972) urging me "for Christ's sake have a cuppa tea!" Okay, okay I'll put the kettle on.
(sorry I would embed the vid but the link is disabled... but definitely click to visit).

Googling poems and tea brings me wonderful phrases.

Like this one from myloveisaverb:

I want to write a million little poems
put them in a tea cup
drink them


and this haiku from Chula:

wrapping my hands
round the warm teacup
the waning moon


and this posted in an online tea room but written by Jonker in 1670 Amsterdam:

A Cup of Tea
When the world is all at odds
And the mind is all at sea
Then cease the useless tedium
And brew a cup of tea.

There is magic in its fragrance,
There is solace in its taste;
And the laden moments vanish
Somehow into space.

And the world becomes a lovely thing!
There's beauty as you'll see;
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea.

Tea helps our head and heart.
Tea medicates most every part.
Tea rejuvenates the very old.
Tea warms the hands of those who're cold.


Look, some instructions from a 1920 publication on how to read tea leaves, or 'tasseography' if you're a purist.

Hey, some great recipes for Chai! a tea shop in India...

excuse me now, I must be going, I think my kettle's boiled dry!


Annika said...

I brought out my tea cups for a dinner party recently, and my guests could not stop talking about how wonderful it was to drink tea out of a porcelain tea cup. A few days later, she told me that the "tea" at my house had inspired her to go shopping for her very own tea cups . So TEA can be a loveley thing..

One Womans Thoughts said...

Yes Yes Yes . . . the solace and comfort in a cup of tea, to share or enjoyed just by me. No paper, styrofoam, ugly cup for me. Pretty and delicate sometimes with lemon, at times with cream. It makes for a lovely respite in the middle of your day or a relaxing comfort to end your day. Lovely posting.