Sunday, September 9, 2012

A cup of tea perhaps?

I may be a bit scarce for a little bit while I enjoy the company of my English friends whom we picked up at the airport today. We have just spent the evening drinking several cups of tea and now they are in bed catching up on their sleep.  It's the wee hours for them and I think they did well staying up as long as they did.

In case you can't enlarge the photo for a better look, the top of the above photo reads,

"We had a kettle, we let it leak:
Our repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week....
The bottom is out of our universe."

Rudyard Kipling

With our English friends visiting , I am sure the kettle will be singing more than usual.

What is your favorite tea?  Mine is Yorkshire Gold or PG Tips. 

"When the world is all at odds
And the mind is all at sea,
Then cease the useless tedium  
And brew up a cup of tea.
There is magic in its fragrance,
There is solace in its taste,
And the laden moments vanish
Somehow into space.
The world becomes a lovely thing,
There's beauty as you'll see,
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea."

Author Unknown

"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as Afternoon Tea."

Henry James from The Portrait of a Lady

This one made me laugh as I have a husband who enjoys Iced Tea very much, but I have never developed a taste for it in any other way than served hot, even in the height of summer.  And I have heard jokes about our English weather on both sides of the Atlantic.  (My friends were telling me that Iced Tea is actually getting very popular in Great Britain).

"American-style iced tea is the perfect drink for a hot, sunny day.  It's never really caught on in the UK, probably because the last time we had a hot, sunny day was back in 1957."

John Holt

I can't really say this, because I enjoy a cup of coffee enormously.  Now here's a twist, in Torquay which is the town where I worked back in my single days, there was a restaurant that served Iced Coffee and I enjoyed that a lot, but I never saw Iced Tea on a menu until I came to the States.  That definitely was not my 'cup of tea'.

"Coffee is not my cup of tea."

Author Unknown

And last but not least, a little bit of tea wisdom.

"Remember the tea kettle, it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it still sings!"

Author Unknown