When thinking about what to write about in today’s blog, I was sitting at my desk staring somewhat blankly into space looking for inspiration. (I do that often, even though it rarely helps!). My glance fell on this quote, which I had seen on Facebook and loved it so much that I printed it and stuck it on my wall. It said:
You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy tea, and that’s kind of the same thing.
I have to confess, that when I’m tired, or want to take a moment out of my busy day, or just spending time with a friend or a good book, there’s nothing like a steaming hot cup of tea. I start every day with a cuppa, and always have one after dinner. If anyone comes to visit, I offer a cuppa before they take their coats off. If I’m sad a cup of tea always makes me feel better, and when I’m stressed, stopping for a cuppa immediately brings a sense of calm. When I arrive at work I put the kettle on before I turn on the computer. So you can see perhaps why that quote appealed to me so much!
Thinking about tea started me thinking about teapots and teacups and my long love affair with all things tea themed. Of late I have been trying hard to declutter, and have got rid of many dust collectors from my house. But I have not been able to let go of any of the tea things. Just looking at them gives me warm fuzzies!
The collection started when Keith & I were first married. We loved fossicking in second hand shops in small country towns, and bought a couple of pre-loved cup and saucer sets that we just thought were pretty. We hadn’t planned to start a collection, but before we knew it we had quite a few. I doubt if any of them are antiques, or have any intrinsic value, but we loved them for their lovely shape and designs, but also the connection with the past and the thought of the conversations, celebrations and life moments those cups were witness to over the years.
I have some lovely fine china tea sets that belonged to my grandmothers. They bring back memories of a gentler time and a slower pace of life. I have a stylish 1950s set that my parents were given for a wedding present, which must have been the very latest thing when they married in 1953. I have a very quirky collection of elephant themed teapots (there is probably another blog post for another day explaining the elephants!). And when I was in Turkey in June this year, the only souvenir I bought was a classic Turkish Tea Set, which filled close to a third of my suitcase! It sits in pride of place on my dining room table now.
Well, I’ve worked up a bit of a thirst writing this. Must be time for another cuppa …
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