The very sight of a teapot puts a smile on the face of most people. One cannot help but think of more serene and genteel times. From a whimsical child’s teapot to an elegant English Teapot, to collectible teapots that adorn some homes, they are a subtle reminder of all that is good in this world.Barbara Roberts ♥
I love nothing more than to sit with my family or friends catching up on everyone’s news with a huge pot of tea and something delicious to share. I think back to my childhood and remember my grandparents often connecting with their friends around the teapot, whether it was a cause for celebration, commiseration or discussion. So many special memories are made with tea as the main connection.
I reached out to some of my friends and asked what particular memories or traditions they had when it came to how tea plays a part in their lives. I also requested photos of their favourite tea accessory be it pots, cups or art…ooooh what a gallery of pictures I was blessed with ♥
Vicki – When I was a child during the school holidays, my brother and I would bike to different family members over the week to be cared for while my parents worked. We would bike to my Grandma and Grandad to be looked after for the day. Every now and again my Grandma would let me choose which cup and saucer I would like to use for morning or afternoon tea or both. I would usually choose the cup and saucer with yellow roses on it, along with the side plate to have my biscuit on. In my tea cup I would have cordial, while Grandma would have a cup of tea. As I got a bit older I would then join her in a cup of tea. I would have it the same way she would with just a splash of milk. I loved playing ‘ladies’ with her, I miss her ♥
In 2016 I traveled to China with my husband. While in Beijing we went to a Tea Ceremony. I had no idea what was going on during the ceremony, there was no English spoken. One of the most memorable parts of the ceremony was when the lady that was hosting our ceremony was checking that the water temperature was perfect for making tea. She dropped a terracotta ornament into the water and when she lifted it out and turned it towards us water squirted on us from the ‘Pee Pee Boy’ (the only English she spoke)! The ornament was a naked little boy that then ‘peed’ out the water (from you know where). Well I got the giggles and then HAD to have one of these ‘Pee Pee Boys’ so I bought a beautiful tea set and a Pee Pee Boy!
Adele – My most fave fave travel tea was with my bestie in Turkey (by the way that is me).
Debbie – My love of tea started way back, I remember sitting on my Mum’s knee and waiting for the last bit in her cup and dunking my biscuit in her tea, Dad didn’t have milk in his tea so that wasn’t an option for me. I grew up knowing if something dreadful or exciting happened…the tea pot came out. As I grew up, around 9 or 10years I offered to make the tea for Mum and her friends, great way to catch up on the gossip and baking too. Our family ritual was always warm the teapot, turn it three times clockwise, let it sit, then pour. I loved hearing the long stories after dinner while Mum and Dad had a cuppa and told us about their dating days . One thing that sticks in my mind is how the teapot was the first thing I reached for when my Dad died ♥
Kerrie – I am not sure when I became a fanatic with my tea, maybe when I finally realised coffee wasn’t my thing. People think I am crazy going out to coffee shops and ordering an English Breakfast tea but I wouldn’t order anything else. You see, I love English Breakfast tea. Besides the flavor being right it is also all about the spout. Have you been out, ordered a tea and when you begin to pour it goes all over the table? Seriously, everyone thinks its all about the barista, well I can tell you, it’s all about the spout! Anyhow, to me tea is my comfort, it’s home. A bit like Chicken Soup For The Soul…that’s what tea is for me. So much so, want a chat? Hang on, let’s put the kettle on first. Feel down? Hang on, let’s have a cup of tea and talk about it. I cannot remember my Mum influencing me with cups of tea, but I know I have passed this ‘problem fixer’ onto my daughter. Every time we chat, have a problem to share or just enjoying our peaceful moment that cup of tea is with us. The picture of the beautiful teapot symbolizes so much to me. It was a gift from the most beautiful and brave young woman I know. Every time I look at it I am reminded of her strength and determination to overcome the seriously bad cards she was dealt. I don’t use it often…I don’t need to. It has a place in my kitchen so that when I put the kettle on I begin to smile. Not because of the sadness that we discussed together but the courage and survival it represents. Don’t ever let someone tell you a latte or cappuccino gives you the same hope…I wouldn’t believe it ♥
Ashley-Marie – I fell in love with green tea when I was in high school and since then it has only grown. I have tried other tea including blooming tea but I always go back to green or black tea ♥
Kitty – I used to set up afternoon tea for my children and I after school with my special fine bone china cups that I had been given by Grandparents and an elderly neighbour. My family have always been tea drinkers with my least favorite memories being the sound of my mother jingling her tea cup and saucer early on a Saturday morning from her bed wanting me to get up and get her another cup. Coming from a large family, it was always a trap to leave the table first after lunch to put your plate on the bench because you were then designated tea duty, and after emptying the pot, serving everyone else and starting over you could finally get your cup. Currently my favorite tea is a berry herbal tea. Making a pot after tea and taking it to the couch for several refills is fast becoming my new favorite tradition ♥
June – This is the teapot I bought in Darwin – I just love it. It ‘spoke’ to me the moment I saw it in a wee, out of the way shop. I denied it but then went back the next day and bought it! The only tradition I recall is that years ago, if you had visitors, the very first thing you did was to invite them in, put on the kettle and offer a cup of tea, and always with something to eat, whether scone and jam, biscuits or cake ♥
Trudy – Over the years my taste buds have changed and now my tea of choice is Dilmah’s Extra Strength black tea. It is a single-origin, first blush pick, and tastes sublime. I don’t like herbal infusions and I have an absolute dislike for green tea. I tend to travel with my favourite tea in my handbag, just in case the person I am visiting has an inferior tea! I also have a wrap-around tea cosy for my teapots. I bought the cosy so that my tea remains warm enough to drink from start to end. Lukewarm tea – not on my watch!
I collect Dilmah tea-related items; teacups, saucers, teapots, infusers, wrapping paper, a book on the life and history of the founder of Dilmah, tea caddies, and so on. My collection reminds me that there are beautiful things in the world and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When I joined the Red Hat Society (a social network for women of a ‘certain’ age) my Royal Name became “Lady Cupatea”. I even made and wore a hat that was a teacup on a saucer. That was a difficult hat to wear but worth the effort…I won Hat of the Day with it!
Tea, for me, is not an obsession not my identity; It is just something I enjoy drinking.
Valery – I guess that tea has always been a part of my life but when I lived at home it was your typical strong cuppa with milk. Plus we always had tea time around 5pm with sandwiches, cake and biscuits. My interest in tea took off in The Netherlands with their different flavours and later I turned to herbal teas as I was became lactose intolerant. My favourite teas come from India.
Thank you everyone that took the time to contribute to this article, very much appreciated. I loved everyone of your anecdotes and of course photos ♥♥♥
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