A Lovely Cup of Tea - Poetry, 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?"
My Various Tea Containers
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)
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?
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party From Alice in Wonderland
Another Mad Hatter's Tea Party - This Time a Modern Version - 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
Oh, The Sheer Delight Of Drinking Out Of Such A Beautiful Mug!
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.