A Lovely Cup of Tea - Poem, Art and Bone China
This is my poem about Tea - all kinds of tea
The word for "tea" is universal - shai in China, Char in India, Chai in Turkey and the Middle East, and it is not uncommon to hear people say a Cuppa Char in Britain - harking back to the travellers and mariners who tasted tea in foreign lands and brought some back home with them.
I have a lovely collection of tea paraphernalia, and am showing it off on this web page. There's also a Quiz "What Do You Know About Tea?"
All images on this page are by Diana Grant, unless otherwise specified
Here's My Poem - "A Lovely Cup of Tea" - (or "A Nice Cuppa" if you prefer)
I'm off to Vladivostok
Where it's samovar and chay;
And Chittagong's my next stop
Punkah wallahs serving char;
Then China shai in Shanghai;
In Istanbul it's chai.
Then back to dear old Blighty
For a luvley cuppa char:
I'll see me mates in Hackney
And 'ave some Rosie Lee
(Earl Gray would think that common
and stress that we sip tea).
But when one reaches Kensington,
One has variety:
Darjeeling in the evening
And breakfast tea at three
And rosehip with one's cereal
And peppermint for tea
And red and orange zingers
Whenever one is free
And fennel, jasmine, camomile,
Lapsang souchong -
All I ever dream of is
A lovely cup of tea.
© Diana Grant 1st March 1992
(*Kensington is a rather trendy area in London)
This is my Catherine Kidson Tea Cosy, bone china jug and a floral mug
N.B.: Important Reminder When Making Tea:
Remember that the water must be boiling
when it hits the tea
A very unusual mug
On no account put the milk in first
- this would cool the boiling hot water
and the teabag would not brew properly
If you are using a teapot,
make sure you warm it first with hot water
If you are making it with a teabag in a cup,
put the teabag in first,
then pour boiling water on it
Here are Some Mugs With my Designs:
They are from my Zazzle Store
See more of my designs in my Zazzle Store: Glorious Confusion
Take This Poll About Tea - How do you compare with other pollsters?
What's your favourite tea?
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party
From Alice in Wonderland
On the right is the version by Arthur Rackham
Another Mad Hatter's Tea Party - This Time a Modern Version
This Copyright image is used with the consent of the artist, Mark Bryan. He is a wonderful artist, humorous, political and technically brilliant. Have a look at his website: artofmarkbryan.com
Isn't this picture fun?
Links to Other Web Pages About Tea - The pictures are very appealing. Lots more information about tea-related things
- Tea With Friends by Angela McRae
A very appealing and attractively designed blog about tea generally. In particular there are a few pages about Teatime jewelry - a magnificent collection of antique pins, bracelets and brooches connected with tea - I recommend this highly for an info
- Tea at Prim Rose Hill
A delightful blog about teatime with tea-time recipes and lovely photos
- Why I Love Tea
"I love tea! Probably because I'm British I can't imagine life without tea. Coffee is important, but somehow life without tea is not something I want to imagine. So here I'm going to reveal many of the reasons I love tea; the ways that I think the wo
Here are some Poetical Links - All things poetry. Have a look and see if there is anything you like
- My Poetry on my blog: Diana's Blog - Glorious Confusion
You'll find a few of my poems there
- Builders' Depot - Poem
I wrote this whilst sitting in my car outside a real Builders Depot, watching all the comings and goings
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Did you like my photos (or shall we say mug-shots!)? The mugs are all part of my collection of bone china mugs.
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