Friday, October 16, 2020

Time For Tea ....

When you are raised in a culture of hot tea-drinkers, from the time you are old enough to enjoy a  milked-down version in your baby bottle, through infancy and youth and young adulthood.
Continuing throughout your life into senior days, you rarely pay any attention to your daily habits until someone points them out.

The first thing that most English people do when people stop by the house, is to put the kettle on. Tea mostly, or coffee if you prefer, it's embedded in our DNA.
We were watching re-runs of Downton Abbey today, I couldn't help but smile as I watched the offer of "tea ?" being suggested at every twist and turn. 
When a visitor drops by, when good news is received, after bad news is received, when a helping hand is needed, or a little encouragement is welcomed.
Tea drinking in many cultures is the centuries-old tradition and universal language of civility, and social nurturing, a little more partaking these days would be a good thing.


"Let others sing the praise of wine,
Let others deem its joys divine,
Its fleeting bliss shall ne'er be mine,
Give me a cup of tea!

The cup that soothes each aching pain,
Restores the sick to health again,
Steals not from heart, steals not from brain,
A friend when others flee.

"When sorrow frowns, what power can cheer,
Or chase away the falling tear
Without the vile effects of beer,
Like Pekoe or Bohea?

What makes the old man young and strong,
Like Hyson, Congou, or Souchong,
Which leave the burthen of his song
A welcome cup of tea.

"Then hail the grave Celestial band,
With planning mind, and planting hand,
And let us bless that golden land
So far across the sea;

Whose hills and vales give fertile birth
To that fair shrub of priceless worth,
Which yields each son of mother earth
A fragrant cup of tea."


Louca por porcelana said...

I love visiting you!Hugs!

Kay G. said...

My husband is from England and it is true, the Brits love their cuppa tea!
Being married as long as I have, I can make a very good cup of tea also even if I am American! :-)

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Deanna said...

Tea drinking is becoming more common for me as I have stopped drinking coffee for a while. Lovely poem. Downton Abbey is a favorite of mine. I know you are having fun watching this series. Blessings,d

DJan said...

I am a coffee drinker, mostly, but every morning I start with a cup of tea. Not elegant like yours, but still good. :-)

Kathy said...

I have drank tea since I was a small child. In fact, I can't remember NOT drinking tea. I have both British and Chinese ancestry so it was inevitable. Love the poem you posted.

happyone said...

A cuppa is good for everything. :)

The Great Ethan Allen said...

Totally agree! Our household used coffee. Always instant, because my family was incapable of brewing coffee or operating a coffee machine. But the hospitality was there, along with cookies or something. My wife discovered green tea a few years ago and has never looked back. I still enjoy my coffee. And I always accept a cup if anyone offers it. ( In-laws mostly...) It seems we had drifted from having "company" over these days. Personally, we meet people in some neutral spot as our apartment is so small and cramped. But it is usually a good long visit when we do.

Rian said...

We actually had coffee and milk in our baby bottles growing up in New Orleans. But dad and his family being from London drank a lot of tea (along with the coffee)... so both are my standbys. I will say that tea is my 'comfort' drink while coffee is my 'pick me up'.

Heritage Hall said...

Ahhh, yes. Our time of residing in Great Britain
taught us a thing or two about the rite of imbibing civilized....

Divers and Sundry said...

Around here tea generally means iced and sweet, but I remember being introduced to hot tea as a child. I was grown before I used a tea pot :)

Susie said...

Jo, I loved the poem . I like that we can have tea or coffee. Today was a good day for some hot tea. You have such sweet tea things. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

I only drink tea when I'm back in the UK, must be the water:)

Manchester Lass, Now and Then said...

Whoops forgot to add what a lovely post♥

Henny Penny said...

Sure enjoyed this post. You know how much I want to be from England, and drink tea from a pretty cup. I want to be like you. :) Growing up, mama would fix us a little coffee in a cup with lots of milk and sugar.

Edna B said...

My comment just got eaten by Google. Sorry. I just wanted to say I love the poem. Enjoy your tea and have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely post and guess what!
I've just made a lovely cup of tea :)

All the best Jan

Winifred said...

A lovely post Jo thank you. When you write about tea and its joys it always reminds me of my Mam. The kettle was always on the hob, she & my sister loved their tea. Sadly I didn't I was a coffee fan. I do wish I liked tea.
Your tea set is very similar to mine, Wedgewood's Blue Willow I have the whole dinner service, no idea why I bought the tea pot & tea set too but it looks nice.

mvmaithai said...

Hello from Chattanooga!

We love coffee in the mornings. We drink green or herbal tea at night, especially when the weather gets cooler, and so good with sweet desserts!

L. D. said...

It is a tradition that is so soothing to be a part of.