If you make your tea using a teapot, chances
are you own a tea cosy.
A tea cosy is a cover for a teapot traditionally made of cloth or wool which
is used to insulate the tea, keeping it warm while it brews.
Cloth tea cosies often have padded inserts, which can be removed and washed
They are often available in matching sets with other items such
as tablecloths, oven gloves and aprons.
Although the history of the tea cosy
may begin when tea was introduced to Britain in the 1660s, the first documented
use of a tea cosy in Britain was in 1867.
The quaint little cottage cosy, was
given to me by my parents, on one of my visits home.
No deadlines to meet, no chores to complete, no lists to check twice.
A day to lounge in the comfort of your pajamas and woolly socks, to gaze out of the window and watch the falling leaves drift slowly to the ground.
A day for sipping cups of tea and curling up in a comfy chair with a portly feline at your side.
A simple day.
O, TO have a little house! To own the hearth and stool and
all! The heaped up sods upon the fire, The pile of turf against the
wall! To have a clock with weights and chains And
pendulum swinging up and down! A dresser filled with shining
delph, Speckled and white and blue and brown! I could be
busy all the day Clearing and sweeping hearth and floor, And fixing on
their shelf again My white and blue and speckled store! I could be quiet there at night Beside the fire and by
myself, Sure of a bed and loth to leave
The ticking clock and the shining delph! Och! but I'm
weary of mist and dark, And roads where there's never a house nor
bush, And tired I am of bog and road, And the crying wind and the lonesome
hush! And I am praying to God on high, And I am praying
Him night and day, For a little house—a house of my own— Out of the wind's and the rain's way. ~Padraic Colum 1881 - 1972
Our home will be void of it's Halloween porch decorations this season.
We are in the middle of some overdue renovation, all the porch-rails have been taken down, and columns stripped of paint, there is much work to do, and all as the weather has turned colder.
Oliver is not pleased, since the front-porch is where he sits atop his wicker stool, and keeps vigil against any intruders.
Change is not one of our strong points.