How the Movies Communicate the Heart of Tea...

Apr 9, 2013 by

    I recently watched Miss Potter for the first time. Enjoyed the movie, thoroughly (Ewan McGregor sings, how could I not?). A classic story of English aristocracy, this interpretation of Beatrix Potter showcased many of the values I hold dear. These included: a commitment to creative work despite the objections of others, even one’s own family. a love for farming and preservation of the land. living through heartache and coming out stronger on the other side. But another value I hold dear that may not have been as easily noticed by other viewers was the constant presence of the teapot. Scene after scene, whenever the characters gathered for any conversation, they included tea. Nowhere did one see the string of the teabag hanging over the side of a mug, but instead the props...

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Awesome Tea Menus For Summer

Jul 24, 2011 by

  Here in Kansas,  it has been over 100 degrees for nearly 2 weeks.  Summer is HERE with a vengence. If you are ready to plan some “summer fun” then you need some original ideas for an awesome tea menu.  Here are some of my top picks for MUST HAVE tea books.  If you don’t collect tea books let me encourage you that you should.  Tea books give you inspiration to create and if you want to create a great tea menu then these books will help you in the process. Give yourself a treat right now and buy one of these books for your collection.  THEN!  Plan a tea party for this spring.  Let me know which book you chose and what recipes you used at your party.  OOH and send photos.  I would love to...

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Addiction, Exploitation and Empire – A Book Review...

Jul 15, 2011 by

Despite the increasing popularity of tea, few good books exist on the history of tea trade. Roy Moxham’s book, Tea – Addiction, Exploration and Empire, offers an interesting examination of the subject. Moxham, author of several historical books, recently retired from the University of London. As such, the story is told from a British perspective. Since the British were so influential in the tea trade, this is a logical viewpoint. The story opens in 1960s Britain with Moxham’s personal story. Although just a few pages, the most interesting part of the book traces the author’s employment on a tea estate in modern-day Malawi. Unable to get into college, he seeks employment and ends up working in Africa. Working on a tea estate, Moxham brings a high degree of authority and credibility to the subject....

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Books and Tea ~ Creating a Literary Tea Party...

May 16, 2011 by

  Click Here To Buy This Wall Art   Is there anything quite as comforting as curling up with a good book and a cup of tea? Doing it with a group of friends! Hosting a book tea party can be a great way to experiment with some cozy teas and share some great books. You can have a quiet party where guests can read, or combine a reading and sharing party, exchanging tea and book ideas, or conducting readings. There are a number of options to choose from. A book party can be a very special event, offering guests a unique opportunity that cannot be found elsewhere. Because it is a private party, your guests can enjoy the feel of a teahouse without all the distractions.   Activities In addition to tasting teas, you...

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Tea Mystery Books You May Have Missed...

May 10, 2011 by

    I admit it.  I tend to like the television series that do not get picked up.  You know, the 8 episodes that are pulled from the channel due to lack of interest.  Yep.  Those are my favorite.  So it is no real surprise that I am in love with a short lived book series called “The Royal Tunbridge Wells Mysteries.” There were two books in this series published in 2004.  “Dead as a Scone” and “The Final Crumpet” by Ron and Janet Benrey.  Both books are now out of print though you can pick them up used on Amazon for as little as .25 cents used.  The great news is that the authors have just republished the books on Kindle!  For only $2.99 you can instantly download the books and read them...

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