Vintage is Back

On October 27, 2012 by Suzi

 

Last week I had the pleasure of taking tea like they used to. Time slowed right down and we whiled the hours away enjoying real tea in real cups nibbling away at tiny sandwiches, tarts and macaroons in the heart of The Vintage Kitchen.  There were three of us and even though we hardly knew each other, the tea connected us in a way which was really rather special.  We chatted, we giggled, we savoured and poured (hearts and tea) in amongst hundreds of vintage teacups, doilies and fine crystal.  It was like there were a multitude of stories to be told and heard from each one of those cups…

One of my fondest memories and still one of my greatest pleasures today, is sipping tea from a beautiful old teacup with someone I love. The ritual is almost as enjoyable as taking tea itself. Choosing perhaps the loose leaf tea first and then moving onto to the right teapot, and then on to the perfect cup for that day, that moment, that occassion.  The table is set with lace or flowers or fancy placemats.  A candle is always a welcome complement. It is like the stage has been set for stories to unfold like a dainty  cloth serviette embroidered with pink rosettes, yellow calendula petals or blue forget-me-nots.

If only we could all take the time to enjoy the simple things in life. To make it a habit of slowing down and breathing in the aroma of a freshly brewed cup of tea (and perhaps the smell of freshly baked scones too!).  To get to know someone new, or connect with someone at a deeper level.  Tea for me is a Universal teacher – it transcends culture, age and gender and just keeps on giving.  But don’t just take my word for it, go pop the kettle on and invite someone over – your class starts now…

Thank you Jo and Jackie for a tealightful morning. May there be many more.

 

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