Do you remember when?… Oh gosh I must be getting older if I’m starting a sentence like that…Oh well here goes. Do you remember when you used to use a Teapot? You know, that chubby, homely looking piece of pottery, with a spout and a handle that used to sit comfortably in your kitchen. Perhaps you are one of the few who still use one, or could possibly locate one at the back of your cupboard if you looked hard enough. Maybe after reading this blog you might even be inspired to get it out and give it a dust.. Do let me know.
‘Legend has it that in the year 2737 BC tea leaves from the Camellia Sinensis tree floated down into a bowl of water being boiled for Shen Nung the Emporer of China. Finding that he rather enjoyed the taste he continued drinking “tay”. Tea didn’t reach Europe until 1610 when Dutch traders brought it back to Holland and of course now it is the drink of choice for us Brits and many others throughout Europe’. An interesting bit of trivia!
The Teapot which came later was at first used for just one or two cups, and often carried around for personal use. The drinker would apparently drink straight from the spout. Hmm, maybe worth a try although I think I prefer mine in a mug unless im on a posh day, or having a ‘remembering my mum moment’ in which case a china cup and saucer is definitely preferred.
I guess we have the ‘T bag’ to blame for the decline of the Teapot, it’s so much quicker and easier to just chuck one in a mug and drown it in water, but is that the answer? Is quicker and easier better? or are we loosing something in the passing by of the Good ol’ Teapot, and the time it takes to make an old-fashioned brew.
I think we are. The Teapot symbolizes friendship, companionship, chatting and sharing. It says ‘Im making time for you’. Picture a plump, brightly coloured Teapot sat in the middle of a table, surrounded by a group of friends sharing their deepest troubles and joys. The Teapot sits quietly, nonchalantly. Faithfully doing its job of keeping the tea warm while listening in to the chattering voices that surround it, understanding the importance of quietly kept confidences. From time to time it smiles as it’s lifted up and tilted towards a favourite mug or tea-cup, as friends happily share from one vessel. The Teapot unites us.
Time is such a precious commodity and yet how often do we hear people say ‘I havent got time’ or ‘I havent had time’ or ‘there just aren’t enough hours in the day’. Maybe they should go and buy a Teapot, and enjoy the old-fashioned ritual. The warming of the pot, the waiting for it to brew, deciding to have just one more cup before it goes cold. It really is an art form and one that is sadly fading.
I think my recipe for a good cup of tea would be this:
1 whistling kettle, 1 Tea pot, 1 mug, 1 tsp tea leaves, a little milk (I prefer goats milk) 1 tsp of time and 1 tsp patience. A little sunshine always helps along with a good friend.(recipe to be adjusted for two). Oh and dont forget the strainer!
Try it and let me know how you got on.. you may find that taking some time, actually produces more, as relaxation and the taste of a good well made cuppa recharges your batteries and restores you.
I always feel quite sad when I break a tea-pot. I just think they hold such precious daily memories. It’s usually the lid that gets broken and once that has gone you really need to go and buy a new one, but I always find it hard to throw the old one away and often try to think of a good use for a lidless Pot.
I was faced with throwing this one away the other day. Its been sat on a shelf for a long time, but I really didn’t want to part with it as it holds memories of a certain time of my life. Thankfully I found a new use for it and although I don’t have a picture I was excited to see a little blue tit flying in and out of it the other day enjoying a good meal.
Its seems to me that there was no good reason to sack the Teapot, but I can think of lots of reasons to reinstate it.
Love Alison x