|"MyDear, is this coffee or tea we have in our cups"?|
You got to give the English a round of applause for taking the time in their daily lives to enjoy a spot of tea. I, myself, am not big on drinking tea but when I am traveling in the United Kingdom, I indulge in the ritual of "tea-time". And when I say indulge, I have tea with scones, clotted cream and jam. The pleasure is so burnt in my brain, I can feel my backside grow larger as I write this. One last observation, tea just tastes better in England....like croissants in France, pizza in Italy and Irish Coffee in Ireland. My palate is so refined, no?
|When we stay at the Kolele Lodge on the island of Lanai, we always make time to partake in "tea-time" held the library. Not much left on those plates!|
|You can buy this lovely tea at Market Hall Foods online|
or cheaper teas that are suppose to be "good" for you
I gave up my quest to "enjoy" tea drinking and decide to collect teacups - the next best thing. I had lots of lovely cups, Salisbury and Royal Standard Bone China from England and Noritake and Satsuma from Japan. That is until one fateful day, with an accidental sweep of a wayward arm, many teacups came crashing down from their display and were shattered. As I held a broken jagged piece of saucer to the sky, (in a dramatic form to put Scarlett O'Hara to shame), I swore to God I would not collect teacups ever again in my life.
|Haviland Limoges, France Circa 1930|
Until I found this little beauty.....
|George Jones and Sons, England Circa 1930 (sold)|
|Royal Bayreuth Germany U.S. Zone Circa 1940|
|"Made in Occupied Japan" Lusterware Circa 1940 (sold)|
|Lithophane Geisha Girl Circa 1940|
|You can see the image under a bright light|
|Hand Painted Satsuma, Japan Circa 1950|
So, whether it's for tea time with the girls or a special love one OR you're feeling rather regal ..... grab a charming teacup and sip away.
"Tea for Two" sung by Frank Sinatra