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A Lovely Cup of Tea - Poetry, Art and Bone China

Updated on October 17, 2019
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I started writing poetry as a child. I write performance poetry, observational, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious human rights issues


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?"

My Various Tea Containers


Here's My Poem - "A Lovely Cup of Tea" - (or "A Nice Cuppa" if you prefer)

A Lovely Cup of Tea

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 -

Stop awhile!...........

All I ever dream of is

A lovely cup of tea.

© Diana Grant 1st March 1992

(*Kensington is a rather trendy area in London)

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

Further Instructions For Making Tea

1. On no account put the milk in first - this

would cool the boiling hot water and

the teabag would not brew properly.

2. If you are using a teapot, make sure you

warm it first with hot water.

3. If you are making it with a teabag in a cup,

put the teabag in first, then pour boiling water on it.

Take This Poll About Tea - How do you compare with other pollsters?


What's your favourite tea?

See results

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party From Alice in Wonderland

  By Arthur Rackham
By Arthur Rackham

Another Mad Hatter's Tea Party - This Time a Modern Version - Isn't This Picture Fun?

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
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 | Source

Oh, The Sheer Delight Of Drinking Out Of Such A Beautiful Mug!

Art Nouveau Swan Design
Art Nouveau Swan Design | Source

Did You Like My Photos (Or Shall We Say Mug-Shots!)?

The mugs are all part of my collection of bone china mugs.

Would you like to talk about anything at all? Or say what you think about my poem?

if so, this is the place to do it. I love to hear from people all over the world - somehow it seems to bring us closer together.

Heres my Guestbook Where you Get to Say Your Bit - Did You Enjoy the Poem? Please Do Write a Comment

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Interesting hub, and well-written poem. I don't drink tea often, but when I do I like black tea with just a little milk or black with a squeeze of lemon.

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      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      jptanabe: Me - I'll drink anything except Earl Grey - it's too pungent for me!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love all things tea! Had to vote for "ordinary tea" on the poll because that's what I live on, but Earl Grey was a close second.

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      Kimberly Schimmel 

      5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      I had to choose one for the poll (Earl Grey) but jasmine comes in a close second. Sometimes I think I love the smell of tea more than the drinking of it.

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      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Scindhia H: How lovely to meet someone who is that close to tea

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      6 years ago from Chennai

      My grandparents cultivate tea. I love tea. Looking at your lens brought back so many happy memories. Beautiful lens!

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      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @burntchestnut: Thanks, I've never heard of her, but will look out for the book

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      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      @burntchestnut: Thanks, I've never heard of her, but will look out for the book

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      6 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. just finished reading another Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs. She has all kinds of interesting tea facts in her books. I think you'd like her.

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      Diana Grant 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      @Gypzeerose: Thanks so much, and I'm glad it had an emotional connection for you too

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      Rose Jones 

      7 years ago

      Oh! So much fun! I love tea, and it is sentimental to me because my sister who just passed last year loved it so. Linked to the lens about her favorite tea: and social bookmarked.

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      Amy Trumpeter 

      7 years ago from Oxford

      Oooooh lovely! Nothing like a good cup of tea!

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      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      @bender2003: I've even got a packet of powdered massala tea - I've had it for ages because, having opened it, I don't like it. I gave it to my son, but he gave it back to me, with the suggestion that I use it up when I make curry!

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      David Stone 

      8 years ago from New York City


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      8 years ago

      I tried different tastes of tea in my country regular black tea which is very delicious if prepared in a Samawar, japanese/chinese Oolong tea, different flavour green teas esp the taste in Taipei was wonderful and the awfully (joking) sugar dripped Arabic, Pakistani(milk tea) ...and afterwards same tea different preps,ingredients and hundred percent different taste...

      I feel that this is a miracle

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      The only tea that I am familiar with is "Sweet Southern Iced Tea" so I enjoyed learning more about hot tea here and enjoyed your lovely poem.

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      8 years ago

      What a very nice poem. I love peppermint tea with Honey and half N Half (or the creamers they use at restaurants). I love to write poetry myself. Part of your mug shots from flicker are not showing so I thought I'd tell you. Otherwise, great lens.

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      8 years ago

      I loce hearb teas with honey. You poem is sweet!

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      Liz Mackay 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Loved the tea poem. blessed.

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      9 years ago from USA

      I love your poem!!

      *** Blessed by a SquidAngel *** for original and clever poetry, very nice photos of your personal collection, and because you seem totally enchanting!

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      Linda Hahn 

      9 years ago from California

      Southern style is my favorite - strong sweet iced tea, served throughout the southern United States.

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      9 years ago

      Nothing like a good tup of tea and an interesting page to red, nice job!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      9 years ago from Colorado

      I am another Diana who loves tea, lovely tea sets and mugs, and poetry. So, of course, I find this lens delightful. :-)

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      nickupton lm 

      9 years ago

      Great tea poem. In Thai the word for tea is also "char" - seems almost universal.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      As a tea lover I love this lens!

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      9 years ago

      Green tea is my favorite tea. When I don't have that then I drink the regular tea. You know us southern girls grew up on drinking tea ice tea that is.

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      sponias lm 

      9 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens! I like your poem, your pictures, and the atmosphere you created here.

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      9 years ago from British Columbia

      Fun poem, Glorious! That swan mug is really beautiful, too. I have a couple of tea lenses I will lensroll this to:

      I'd love to have you visit!

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      Liz Mackay 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting finding out about tea. Like the poem too.


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