"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Monday, January 18, 2010

Taking tea

"If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you."

~Gladstone, 1865

Do you take time out of your day, no matter how busy, to treat yourself to the art of taking tea? I can promise you that it will reward you. You will feel rewarded by having made time for this simple luxury that we can all afford. It will relax you and even change the pace of your entire day.

Make a small pot of your favorite flavour of tea. For me, that is strong English breakfast tea with a little milk. Be sure to use a pot as it does affect the taste of tea when made in a pot.

Take out a teacup and saucer. No mugs allowed when you really take tea. I promise you that tea taste better in a teacup and holding the cup will also influence your mind to slow down and relax for a few moments.

Perhaps you have a pretty spoon you purchased like me at a flea market? Or perhaps you even have one that is a family heirloom? Place the spoon on your saucer to remind you that you deserve this moment.

And enjoy a little cookie to nibble on. Almond biscotti is delicious with a hot cup of tea as one example. Don't feel like you cannot take tea alone. It is a way to pamper yourself and slow down in your day, whether you only have 15 minutes or an hour. Taking tea alone each day should become a necessity and not a luxury!

"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future."

~Thich Nat Hahn

Painting above...Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin - Lady Taking Tea


Tracy said...

Tea... my favorite drink! I've always had a love affair with tea and taking tea. Oh, yes, I teak time out daily for a cup of tea--several times a day actually! While I don't indulge daily in sweets to got with, I do nibble on cheese or fruit to make it festive, and like to pair tea according to mood. It's snowing here today--definitely a day for Lady Grey, the citrus adding some cheer. :o) Happy Tea Time, Heidi ((HUGS))

*Ulrike* said...

I live for tea! I could never acquire a taste for coffee, and I like to explore the different teas when I can. Your tea cup is so pretty, and I love the saying that you put with it!

Elizabethd said...

I agree with all you say Heidi...but have to tell you that mostly we grab a mug, a china one, and dont take tea the proper way!
Your tea cup is so elegant, I may have to change my ways!

Nancy said...

Welllllllllllll, I rarely make tea for myself. I do like it better when it is in a china cup. That also I usually do not do. I don't use my teapots, I quickly make it with a tea bag. Okay, I'm bad. My very favorite tea, is in England of course. "Oh to be in England". Lets go.
I have not seen that cup, and it is very pretty. Enjoy.
Love you, Mom

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I drink tea every day, but mostly iced tea. I love a hot cup of tea on cold days. I'm not a coffee drinker at all. I cannot say I'm good at the art of "taking tea" though, although my girls and I like to get out my grandmother's old teacups to drink ours in. Wonderful post.

Saskia said...

Yes, love tea! Just got my favorit; Apple/cinnamon/raisin.
I have my bunzlau teapot, and cups.
Just a treat. Only I miss the typical Dutch 'maria biscuitjes'.

Carolien said...

Grins: when André would drink it slowly he wouldn't be able to do anything else ... seen the amount of tea he drinks during the day!!! One of the first things he did when we dated was buy me a 'proper' teapot. I had a very nice one actually, but no! Totally wrong. I must have been so very much in love then ...;) I still am, I guess, we still use HIS teapots ...
Lovely teacup, by the way.

Have a nice evening & hugs, Carolien

Anonymous said...

I have gotten so use to taking my mug of coffee with me, that I had forgotten about taking tea.

My wonderful Aunt Vivian(she is from England) showed me when I was 13, the proper way to drink tea. I had also forgotten how much I enjoyed it with milk.

Thank you for the wonderful memory.


Cindy at her Country Home said...

Ooooohh wat ben je toch een lieve schat en bij dit bericht kan ik alleen maar een lieve zucht laten... Dankjewel voor je lieve reactie met prachtige woorden, werd er helemaal stil van. Ik kan niet wachten lieve Heidi om gezellig met je thee te drinken! Dikke zoen van Cin x

Celestial Charms said...

Yes, I call that tea therapy and I'm addicted. Tea is the best luxury! Such pretty photos.

Sonja said...

I agree, a cup of tea can be comforting. I love my cup of tea the most with my breakfast. And having the time to enjoy it! (and not having to hurry to go to work and drinking quickly).

Annemarie said...

You do have a way with words, Heidi :o) Although I am widely known for my coffee addiction, I used to be an equally big tea nut before the pressures of life turned me into a caffoholic. I do have an old-fashioned kettle (baby brother to yours, remember?), a tea pot and a very lovely antique china tea-cup and saucer... Hm. I think I will go and put the kettle on now.

Tam said...

Love your post Heidi.
I enjoy Chai tea and a cookie (or two) everyday around 4:00...love it!
"Sip a cup of tea and come stitch with me" :)

Anonymous said...

You cannot imagine how many times I have put the kettle on... and let it boil and forgotten about it because in the meantime I had been held up on some urgent matter... How many cups of tea missed ? Mugs of tea, actually, as I love my mugs - I have several, all china, as thin as possible, and I pick them according to my mood.
I'll go and make myself a cuppa. Right now !

Brigitte said...

Even your pictures "taste" delicious. And you are right - tea from a fine porcelain cup tastes much better than from a mug.

Debbie J said...

Thanks for your sweet comments! I really do appreciate comments too.

I'm a Southern girl, so sweet iced tea is my tea of choice. My very favorite is from McDonalds for $1.00. I know that's not very romantic sounding, but its true!

Debbie J.