Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tea time Quotes and Pictures

"Come and share a pot of tea, My home is warm and my friendship's free."
Author: Emilie Barne.

Come oh come ye tea-thirsty restless ones - the kettle boils, bubbles and
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Tea pot is on, cups are waiting. Favorite chairs anticipating. No matter what I have to 
do, My friend, there's always time for you."

"Tea and books- Mmmmmm, two of life's exquisite pleasure that together bring near-bliss"~ Christine Hanrah

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company. - Anonymous
With the invention  of tea bags, people have stopped taking the trouble of making tea. 
Here is a nice Tea Trivia : The Invention of Teabags
We owe this handy invention to Thomas Sullivan, a New York merchant who, in 1904, decided to stop selling loose tea leaves in cans and start selling tea in small handmade silk bags.
His clients discovered that it was not necessary to take the tea out of the bag to prepare the infusion; instead, they could just pour water directly over the bags.

This helped them avoid the hassle of straining the infusion . Thus teabags began to be marketed and were immediately successful, due to their practicality..

But I still prefer brewing tea in a Tea Pot and make it just as the English do, believe me that is the best way to do.
 But in India, we have people putting everything , like milk, sugar, tea leaves everything together along with water and boiling them together,  thereby killing the very taste and the aroma of tea altogether.

Some more beautiful quotes:

If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you. ~Gladstone, 1865

If I could take your Troubles,
I would toss them in the Sea.
But since I can't, I'm sending you,
My favorite cup of tea.

I cannot sit and chat with you,
the way I'd like to do.
So brew yourself a cup of tea,
I'll think of you, you think of me.
Author Unknown.

When a pile of cups is tottering on the edge of the table and you warn that they will crash to the ground, in South Africa you are blamed when that happens. 

Desmond Tutu
"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds the tea the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?"~ Kahlil Gibran

“To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up”~ Ogden Nash Quotes (American Writer of humorous poetry who won a large following for his audacious verse. 1902-1971)
This is a beautiful Tiles tray from Portugal, the cups with lids are from Sikkim, and next to them the small cute cups are from Spain,(but bought here in India). The green ones have served us for  more than 20 years and are still serving us.

Some little facts about my Green Tea Pot:
Although it looks very plain, it at least more than 60 years old, it belongs to my parents and I remember we had a similar one in pure white. I always liked to make tea in a Tea Pot and when I got married I took this with me. It is made in Great Britain. I am sure the white Tea pot is also still there with my parents lying unused in some cupboard.
 The Black small tea cups with the black tray are a set. It is called Stoneware and this is a speciality of Manipure from a place called Bhishnupore. I found it in an exhibition, and immediately fell for it, and bought it. It feels so good to have tea from it : feels as if you are drinking tea from a Kullad, an earthen cup.
 Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups. The very first one will say, 'Jesus! This cup is expensive!' 
Conan O' Brien 
The row of Mugs are just for show for I can never drink so much of coffee or tea, they too huge for my standard.
 So here ends my Tea time  quotes and tea time stories of Tea pots and Tea Cups.
Do you have any such stories?


  1. wonderful collection of mugs and enriching info on tea and though i am a tamil I and my dad drink only tea, I've developed a taste for coffee only recently.

  2. Warm and comforting post. Loved reading it with a large cup of tea in my hand.Can't imagine my life with out tea .I am a huge tea lover .You have got such a nice collection of cups .Here is another quote i came across-
    Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea?-how did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.
    Another interesting fact regarding is that the Mompas of Arunachal Pradesh add lots of butter to their tea .( not my cup of tea though).

  3. I love the old couple who sit with enthusiasm for any treat that you give,,nice collection of mugs

  4. I was just reading some quotes on tea time and tea cups and mugs,and thus this blog about them just came by. I don't have any great collection, or very beautiful sets, likes ones I see in other people's home or in magazines and other blogs. I love to see them and almost get tempted to buy some of the beautiful ones that I come across,but stop from doing so because of lack of space also because of the usage point of view too.
    Thank you Asha, Kavita and Padmaja.
    Kavita, I also read that quote, and you must be knowing the Tibetans also drink their tea with yak butter. Lately I have taken into drinking green tea, nothing great only more healthier.

  5. I am addicted to tea (and coffee) too. Tea, prepared in any way and in any country is good :))) I like Indian style tea as well as British style.

    Very good quotes and great pictures.

  6. Hmm hi rama :-) this blog was just what i needed to read.. i like brewing my tea in a pot and gradually adding what i want to it :) lol

  7. A: It is true tea had anyway is good,otherwise tea would not have been so popular in India. It is popularly referred to as Kadak CHai/Strong tea. Even making good filter coffee is an art, and generally people don't really know how to make it despite having all the gadgets for making it. One can get the perfect coffee with just a South Indian coffee filter, nothing fancy.
    Hi Emmy, glad to see you after a long time.

  8. What a wonderful post- I absolutely LOVE tea- and to see all your pictures of your tea cups and tea pots and mugs- it was warming indeed! To read your quotes and insights and history behind your own tea making...I loved it...but I think my favorite part of your post was when you told us the history of the tea bags- I have NEVER known this story...and here I am an avid 'tea' fan :) I've learned something new!

  9. Wow....thats a wonderful collection of tea cups:) Have never seen so many at a stretch. Made me long for a nice ginger tea. I too hate the Indian style of boiling everything together. Thanks to Thomas Sullivan, my tea is always good or so the Husband feels;)* wicked chuckle*;)

  10. Rama, have used the Kahlil Gibran quote quite a lot when lighting candles for my friends with memorial web sites.
    Personally, I enjoy my tea from a pot and am amazed that each time I manage to use my tea pot enough to 'season' it, I break it and it takes such a long time to enjoy a 'cuppa' again.
    We have recently purchased a Espresso Machine and Haydn has mastered the coffee and the tempering of the milk. It has been a worthwhile purchase.
    Interesting post with lovely pics and quotes.

  11. wat a collection..u do have interesting things to share..and u write well..believe me boss..

  12. I wish I could do a 'same pinch" to you :-). I posted a picture of my new teapot. I am a big tea and coffee lover. Nice quotes.

  13. Nice pictures and interesting information. :)

  14. I liked the quotes .. it is so true ..

    and the collection of all those mugs lovely ... although i am not a tea drinkier I prefer coffee all the time ..


  15. Great collection of tea cups and love that green teapot and the story behind it Rama:) There is something so soothing and calming about the whole ceremony of drinking tea, especially with friends:):) Wish I was there to share a cup of tea with you:)

  16. That was an interesting post! I normally do brew my tea leaves and then add milk but don't really do it in the kettle. Maybe I am lazy. And tea is a distant second for me; I am a coffee person :). I love your cups!

  17. I believe in what Gladstone said.I love tea and just need an excuse to drink it...liked your pictures.

  18. Thanks Nona, Bikram,Rachna, Kala, Renu And Sanctified Spaces.
    Bikram have you become a coffee drinker after moving to UK?
    Yes, Kala Tea with friends is always good, even I wish you were here, since, it is not possible, as the quote says we can drink our tea thinking of each other.
    Rachna another interesting fact which I learnt many years ago was to first put the milk in the cup and then pour hot tea over it, not only will one get the right color, but also the right flavor. I know we all can be quite lazy.
    Renu nice to know that you are tea drinker, as for me I only drink tea once/ twice a day and one early morning coffee.
    SS you are most welcome and I really liked your blog space, have become your follower, for I need to try some of the recipes.

  19. So much to know about tea...very very interesting, nicely written down and beautiful photographs!

  20. a lovely write cute can the couple be :)

  21. YEs I have become a coffee drinker once i moved here , it was tea in india but then not the usual tea it was tea of milk there :) no water ..