Tea for Someone

“When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for, when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.” Audrey Hepburn The art of making tea is not about getting the water temperature right, or setting the table with rare and delicate China teacups, or serving the most expensive tea. It…

Never Too Much

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S. Lewis Britain – 1800’s: tea consumption reached an all-time high. Everyone wanted to drink tea but the price was considerable, especially with the amount of import tax levied by the government. It was only a matter of…

An Artist Takes Tea

 “After tea it’s back to painting – a large poplar at dusk with a gathering storm. From time to time instead of this evening painting session I go bowling in one of the neighbouring villages, but not very often.” Gustav Klimt I never connect ordinary daily routine events with artists who are almost bigger than life. …

Istanbul

“If the earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.” Napoleon Bonaparte   This is not quite a tea quote, but it is one that reminds us that Istanbul has always been a city of international trade and commerce.  What came as a surprise to me was that tea was a latecomer to Turkey,…

The Russian Love Affair With Tea

“I’m an afternoon tea type of girl. I come from a Russian background where we love our teas. So between lunch and dinner after training I come home and I love a nice cup of tea with jam in it, as we drink it there. Black English Breakfast with raspberry jam is my favourite.” Maria…

Catherine

“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.” Alice Walker Alice Walker, born February 9, 1944, is an American author, poet and activist best known for her critically acclaimed novel, “The Color Purple.” It is not unusual for Americans to consider tea an English drink. In fact, Great Britain had a great deal to…