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Sunday, March 6, 2011

The New Yorker Tea A Literary Tour, Tea Quote and Streamlined Teapot, Tea With Jane Austen

A friend on Afternoon Tea Across America Yahoo group or ATAA posted a link to an article in New Yorker Magazine Online on November 24, 2010 of an article called Tea: A Literary Tour which is quite fun. The article explores a book I got at Christmas called Tea With Jane Austen by Kim Wilson which is great fun.

Some of the things discussed are the novels tea appears in...like Henry James The Portrait Of A Lady, and which tea blender is said to have introduced Earl Grey to the world...which is personally not my favorite.

A tea quote from the book:

The Muse's friend
tea does our fancy aid,
Repress those vapours
which the head invade,
And keeps the palace of
the soul serene

--late 17th-century poem
"of Tea" by
Edmund Waller
pg 64

The table of contents includes:
"Happy, Happy Breakfast": Tea in the Morning

Cents & Sensibility: Tea and Shopping

"The Best Of All Travelling Liquors": Tea Away from Home

and more chapters...all with reference to Jane Austen books. How cool is that!!! The link above for the book takes  you to Amazon. The book is a great read and great fun.

To change gears and move to the more modern, I wanted to share this art deco 1930-1940s Cornwall, England streamlined pottery teapot that I just love. I really think if Jane Austen had been around in the art deco era she would have liked this teapot with it's streamlined shape, no nonsense style and mottled, homey (or homely in Brit speak) art pottery design.

Perfect for that cuppa...and different to boot! To see more photos and info for the streamlined teapot at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

Off to service this morning at Sequim Community Church. It is good to worship the Lord together...make a joyful noise and forget not His benefits!

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read that book yet, but I plan to add it to my tea library.

    That is a great looking teapot - love the shape.


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