Everything stops for tea.

Tea in the Hague

I watch very little TV but last night I saw the programme by the inimitable Victoria Wood all about tea and the history behind it. ( If you are in the UK you can probably catch up , on Iplayer. The second episode is tonight. )

For something that people went to such efforts to obtain, we have become very casual about it. Choosing tea bags for speed and convenience and really drinking it without much attention.

I remember learning about the tea caddies when I was a guide at a Scottish castle for a summer. In the past the Duchess kept tea in a locked wooden box , so that no-one could help themselves to a quick pot.

Another memory was something that I read in the Statistical Account of Scotland ( which is a marvelous resource for all kinds of information about Scottish towns and villages.) In this exerpt, the location of which eludes me now, the minister was lamenting that the townsfolk had started to take a liking to the dreadful and unhealthy tea drink instead of drinking the much more acceptable beer !

I’m as guilty as the next person of using tea bags to make a quick cuppa , but I’ve turned over a new tea leaf and am brewing tea in a pot from now on.

By the way, its not too late to enter my 5 year blogiversary giveaway. All the info is in this post, but all you have to do is subscribe to my newsletter for a chance to win one of two $50 vouchers for my etsy shop. Existing subscribers are entered automatically.

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5 thoughts on “Everything stops for tea.

  1. Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog, it gave me opportunity to come visit. And I had to smile because I have just made a cup of Early Grey Vanilla tea using a bag and I am not thinking about it, just drinking as I read! I have paused to be reminded that I buy special teas to enjoy!

  2. How is it I’ve not visited your blog before? I love your work!! Drinking a cup of PGTips as I type. Our British cousins tell us that’s “builders’ tea.” Happy Anniversary!!

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