It might be a restorative mug sipped while doing domestic chores or it might be served in an elegant cup and saucer and savored with a magazine or a good book. Often I sit and look out the window at the garden beyond and take s few deep breaths and ponder.
Emma Bridgewater's tea tray
Good tea is essential.
Testing and seeking out blends and flavours that please your palate is worth the effort.
On our trip to Vancouver I found two such teas which I think are delicious and I am happy to share with you.
Making great tea is simple.
You must boil the kettle to a full rolling boil
put some of the boiling water in your tea pot to warm it and let it sit for a few minutes
Pour out that water then add your tea
if it is loose tea leaves you'll need
one teaspoon for each cup brewed and "one extra for the pot."
Let it steep at least 5 minutes
then using a tea strainer pour into your cup
a squeeze of lemon
and possibly a bit of sugar
it's a matter of personal taste.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the moments
taking tea is a ritual worth cultivating.
It is of of life's simple luxuries.
Like linen tea towels...
they are the towels of choice here in The Humble Bungalow
many of mine are soft and worn with regular use
I have trouble parting with them when they do get holes from years of wear.
Irish linen is wonderful
My family hails from Ireland
they fled when the potato famine struck and emigrated to the US and found their way to Canada
and settled on the west coast.
I love potatoes and can eat them every day served any way.
If I could eat nothing else for the rest of my days I would be blissfully happy
passionate even if potatoes were on my plate 3 times a day.
One of my favourite Hostess gifts are a pair of beeswax candles wrapped in an Irish linen tea towel.
Dani Mop Philosopher has been sewing tea towels to give as gifts this Christmas
she's been busy making Scotch marmalade too.
I love to receive home made gifts
they mean so much more.
What are your most coveted Hostess gifts?
To give or to receive?
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