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