Thursday, 6 July 2017

Tea and pretty china




Tea arrived on our shores from China back in the 17th Century, this new drink was classed as rare and exotic, only the Queen and the aristocracy could afford to drink it. The ceremony of brewing and serving tea was copied from the Chinese, the lady of the house would take charge of the kettle and teapot and would serve the tea in porcelain bowls.

During the 18th century, more teas and different grades were imported, the middle and lower classes began to drink tea for pleasure. Employers started to provide teapots so the staff could enjoy a 'tea break'.

In the 19th century the arrival of cheaper quantities of Darjeeling, Assam and Ceylon black teas meant that everyone could afford to drink more. Public tea rooms started to open all around the country, serving pots of tea a very low price, along with home baked cakes. 

Fast forward to today, there are so many types and flavours of tea. All tea comes from a plant called Camellia Sinenis. Tea is classified into five main types, Black, Green, Oolong, White, and Pu -erh. Flavoured teas are created by adding flowers, herbs, fruits and other flavours. There is so much choice.


I am a big tea fan and keep a good selection in.

In the cannisters by the kettle there is PG Tips, Earl Grey - it has to be Twinnings I don't enjoy any other. 

I love all teas.
















On to the pretty china........

I do love tea served in a cup and saucer, I'm by no means posh, I'm just a sucker for pretty china.

I wouldn't call myself a collector by any means, but I have picked up some nice cups and saucers and pretty china for very little over the last two years.


Bought for £1.00 each.







 
Royal Doulton Plates 50p each



£5.00

Last weeks purchase all this for £4.99 in the charity shop


















26 comments:

  1. I remember the exact set sitting in our China cabinet except it had a pink ring on it not green. It was well used and we loved it. We didn't have a push teapot though, just a brown earthenware one and it was always Coop loose tea back then.

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    1. Pink, how lovely, I was drawn to it because it had some gold on it which I love.

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  2. I am a half pint mug person otherwise I'm running back and forth to the kettle too often! I love tea too and right now have somewhere around a dozen and a half varieties and flavours in house, but my favourite is Russian Caravan.

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    1. I have never tried that one Deborah, I shall have to have a look for some.

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  3. What a lovely post! I love tea and have learned about it and written about it several times. The books by Jane Pettigrew about tea are excellent, too. I love those pretty cups and saucers you have bought - if ever you wish to part with the little violet-printed jug, please put me down for this!
    I've only tried a handful of teas - Lapsang, Earl Grey (lovely blend, but it must be Twinings, of course!) Lady Grey, Keemun, Rose Pouchong (love the smell of that, but not so much the taste), and my late uncle loved Green Gunpowder. I feel I must try some more but I return again and again to a blend such as Yorkshire tea or Lifeboat tea (which we buy in Waitrose as the company gives money to the RNLI.)
    Margaret P
    www.margaretpowling.com

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    1. I am trying to collect the violets China so as much as I would love you to have it I can't part with it, there is certainly a lot of choice isn't there.

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  4. Growing up in England I hated tea!!-how weird is that. I didn't have my first cup of coffee until I started work when we had moved to Canada. In my 20's I lived in N. Ireland for a couple of years and I used to carry a little tin of instant coffee in my purse for when we visited any one as no one had coffee in the house. In my 40's I started drinking herbal teas and quite enjoyed those. About 10 years ago I developed a taste for Earl Grey tea-Higgins & Burke is my favourite. If I am up early I will have a mug of Earl Grey and then when my husband gets up we put on a pot of coffee and drink that between us. I may have a mug of tea in the afternoon but that would probably be Ginger Peach which I love. My sister has some beautiful cups and saucers and when my mom passed away she got all hers too. I got her china mugs, which I really like. Your collection is beautiful and at such great bargain prices.

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    1. It is funny how our tastes change over the years isn't it , my son won't touch tea, he is a coffee drinker.

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  5. I do love tea but I'm sorry, I prefer to drink it from a mug!
    You have some very beautiful china Marlene. I doubt it would last five minutes in this house. X

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    1. Thankyou Jules, nothing wrong with a mug, we all like different things x

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  6. Such a lovely post, I am a big tea drinker and enjoy the process with a teapot and cup/saucer. You have a wonderful collection.

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  7. WOW....you do love your tea don't you?
    I have tried and failed to like flavoured teas so these days it's either Yorkshire tea or Twinnings breakfast tea.

    Your china collection is stunning. I love the Royal Doulton plates.
    Wouldn't dare have anything like that in our house though. Andy is a regular breaker of crockery so most of mine is just plain white which can easily be replaced-x-

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    1. At least white will go with anything x

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  8. you can't beat a good cuppa, and something pretty to drink it from!x

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  9. I'm a great tea drinker but only drink organic tea now as tea and coffee are the most sprayed plants and I don't fancy ingesting a pile of chemicals every time I have a cuppa lol. Have you tried Matcha tea? Full of health benefits it's a bit of an acquired taste but I love it and you need to whisk it so a nice little tea ceremony to go with your pretty China.

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    1. Hi Wendy, no I haven't tried it, but I will look into it, I like to try different ones.

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  10. Your china is simply gorgeous. I do love a nice Earle Grey in a china mug x

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  11. I love a good cup of Yorkshire Tea and adore pretty china. I have a vast collection of Royal Albert 'Old Country Roses'. It is such a treat to eat and drink from nice china... we added dinner plates to the set recently... and then I bought some really pretty cheapo plates from a a garage sale for 5p each.I had intended to use them for a mosaic but they are far too nice to break.

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    1. Yes I do remember seeing those on your blog,they are very pretty, 5p what a bargain.

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  12. What pretty china. I do like to drink out of China cups but I don't like tea! I have tried to enjoy fruit teas as they always smell so nice but I just don't.

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    1. We all have different tastes, I have family members who just won't touch it.

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  13. A colleague who loves tea is leaving next week so I am going to get her a leaving present of a lovely teapot and teas. I think she'll like it :)

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