|My first tea pots|
I learned to drink tea "properly" holding my cup of fine china with little finger posed up from the Grand Mrs.Jessie Irwin, my uncle John's mother. I've written about her before on this blog. Jessie hosted Sunday high teas which I did not particularly enjoy because I had to sit still, upright, not fidget and remain charmed by the conversation. As a yongster I was not charmed, I assure you. Still, Mrs. Irwin educated me in the proper way to brew tea, including warming the pot first, and discarding the water, a practice I never understood but find myself doing from time to time today. When I graduated from high school, Mrs. Irwin "presented" me with my first two teapots, the two blues above, which I still own today, a small Blue Lustreware individual pot by Hall China and a fine china pot, made in Japan.
|My Queen tea cozy from England, |
Isn't she stunning?
Many years ago in CA I converted to tea drinking, a necessity, because of my long commute time to work, coffee seemed to stir up the bladder and made it difficult to last an hour or longer..until I could arrive at the office. That could have been a problem indeed. Tea did not have the same effect on me. While I still like a good strong French roast cup of coffee now and again, I prefer my tea. Two aunts were tea drinkers as long as I can remember and made almost a ritual of brewing their teas but then handy Lipton tea bags became their preference. Another reason I switched to tea in career days was it was easy for me to drink cold tea if I had to leave it interrupted, not so with cold coffee. And I could always take along a tea bag to a meeting and find hot water to brew my drink. Green tea became my preference for morning brew many years ago but at night I prefer a cup of herbal. Another of my preferences but only in the cold weather is Japanese Genmaicha, a blend of traditional green tea and roasted brown rice which amuses me with it's sometimes popped rice kernels resembling tiny popped corn. I can't explain why I like that tea only in winter but I do.
|Blue green plaid tea cozy|
|My Rose teapot|
A gift from one of my staff was this ceramic tea bag holder, I had never seen anything like it and actually think it is quite the unnecessary, though attractive piece; I am content to keep my tea bags in their original boxes or a tin. It is a heavy piece of ceramic made at a ceramic shop in Folsom, CA, "Clouds" where some folks made and sold different sorts of ceramic things. I have never seen anything else like this and so have kept it. There is a slot on the other side at the bottom from which you can pull a tea bag. The top lid lifts off to load the tea bags. Cute, but well.....a CA idea perhaps.
|Japanese Lustreware Pot |
|Longaberger tea pot|