“The Drinking of Tea” Wednesday, Feb 18 2009 


“In the kitchen at the back of the house there was a packet of green beans that needed to be washed and chopped. There was a pumpkin that was not going to cook itself. There were onions to be put in a pan of boiling water and cooked until soft. That was part of being a woman, she thought; one never reached the end. Even if one could sit down and drink a cup of bush tea, or even two cups, one always knew that at the end of the tea somebody was waiting for something. Children or men were waiting to be fed; a dirty floor cried out to be washed; a crumpled shirt called for the iron. And so it would continue. Tea was just a temporary solution to the cares of the world, although it certainly helped. . . . Most problems could be diminished by the drinking of tea and the thinking through of things that could be done while tea was being drunk. And even if that did not solve problems, at least it could put them off for a little while, which we sometimes needed to do, we really did.”

~ Mma. Precious Ramotswe (Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith)


Tea Thoughts Sunday, Nov 9 2008 

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

~ C.S. Lewis

My current tea favorite is Harney & Sons’ Holiday Tea. I first had this tea about a year ago when Jeff’s sister Emily included it in a Christmas gift basket. I just recently picked up another tin of the tea for this holiday season at Barnes & Noble (which sells a variety of Harney & Sons teas). The tea is described as “a special seasonal black tea spiced with citrus, almond, clove and cinnamon.” If you enjoy tea, I’d recommend trying a cup when you’re next at Barnes & Noble.