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The Tea Cosy

Aug 24,2013
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6 Tea Cosy

 

Here is my tea cosy.

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I found it in Katoomba (of course!). It has a cat on it. It has a mouse on it. It has flowers on it. In other words, it includes half the cast of Clair-de-Lune and The Three Loves of Persimmon. It was made for me, don’t you think?

I love tea. All kinds of tea. I grew up drinking traditional tea, made very carefully and ritually by my father. But now I also love the fancy teas — chai tea, ginger tea, rose tea, vanilla tea — which are sold by that well-known chain of tea emporiums which began in Brunwick Street Fitzroy, and to which I was introduced, I must say, by The Love of My Life. How very much I owe him.

Tea is another of those ordinary miracles of life. You could pass it by without a second thought, and yet how could any invention be more useful and clever? It has the power to comfort. It has the power to make you slow down, and calm down, and meditate, and create. Like flowers, tea is a conduit of love. When you make yourself a cup of tea, you are showing yourself love. When someone makes you a cup of tea, they are showing you love. When you make someone else a cup of tea, you’re showing them love. 

And if you don’t believe me, you must never have drunk a cup of tea after bursting into tears. Tears followed by tea is one of the most beautiful sequences in life.

Are you a tea drinker? If so, what's your favourite tea?

P.S. For this month's Inside A Dog competition the winner will receive my new book Pureheart (an Inky's Choice recommendation) and The Three Loves of Persimmon. Head over to the Win Stuff page to enter.   

Aug 26,2013
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Ahhh Tea. Has helped on so many occasions.

My absolute favourites (yes, I have favourites) are Russian Caravan tea and Rooibos tea.

 

 

Aug 26,2013

What an excellent question! Yes, Rossetti was an influence on that character (although the book is set in the days of Art Nouveau rather than the Pre-Raphaelites). I am fascinated by the whole Rossetti family, actually. But to tell you the truth, I think Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a nicer person than my Gabriel L'Estrange.

Aug 26,2013
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Tea is, without doubt, one of the greatest pleasures of life. Cassandra, one of the most wondrous things about your delightful novel "The Three Loves Of Persimmon" is that it is peppered with rich literary allusions. Is the character of Gabriel L'Estrange is based on the Pre-Raphaelite painter Gabriel Dante Rossetti?

Aug 24,2013
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Beautiful post. Love T2 in Brunswick St. It's a magical mecca for tea worshippers and lovers . I have choc chip chai, gorgeous geisha green, and many many others but French Earl Grey is my favourite floral blend.I love my teapots, gorgeous cups and accessories! Yes, you're right. it's a ritual of love. Tea makes everything ok. :)

Aug 24,2013

I absolutely LIVE on T2 ginger tea, Nicole! That is, when I'm not living on Melbourne Breakfast tea, or Chai tea, or Rose tea...

Aug 24,2013

T2 has this amazing Ginger Tea. Now, I'm not a ginger flavour type of person usually... but there's something about this tea that has my hand reaching for it every single day. 

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