Sunday, November 30, 2008

Tea

Tea Party at House Terborg
I'm sitting here sipping a cup of hot Lipton Pyramid White Tea with Island Mango and Peach. Have any of y'all tried it yet? I'm normally a coffee drinker; I drink it morning, noon, and night, but sometimes I crave a cup or two of hot tea and I especially like some of the flavored teas.

I was already a coffee drinker when I moved to England in the late 60's for 3 years but while I was there I was soon one of the blokes having my hot "cuppa" tea around 4 every afternoon. My favorite tea is made with Earl Grey tea leaves, steeped in a teapot until it's strong and dark, then poured through a strainer into a cup with a dash of milk and a half spoon of sugar. We usually had sandwiches and/or scones and jams with our tea but I also always loved having high tea on special occasions when we would have tiny little watercress or cucumber sandwiches, fancy little cakes, biscuits (cookies), and wonderful cheese spreads.

When I was in Holland 4 years ago we went out to an estate (House Terborg) for a tea party (photo above) one afternoon. It sure did bring back some lovely memories.

House Terborg

24 comments:

Jeanne said...

I'm a coffee drinker too Brenda but you're right a good cup of Earl Grey done properly hits the spot. Throw in a scone and heaven!

bermudabluez said...

You have been to so many places! I am a die hard coffee drinker...morning, noon, and night. Not a tea drinker, unless it's iced or I'm sick...

Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

Oooo tea and that place setting looks so pretty! And very delicate. I've never been to a tea party or anything like that, would be so fun!

Donna said...

I Want Some!!! What a layout! And what a Fun break to take...Hope your weekend was a happy one sweetie!!hughugs

Jeanette said...

I am a coffee drinker but I try to drink at least one cup of tea a day because it is so good for you!

cassie-b said...

I lived in Scotland for 2 years a while back, and learned to enjoy a nice cuppa. My favorite tea is English Breakfast.

And I did like the scones that went with that tea.

Enjoy. It seems to be a relaxing thing to do.

Cas
And I always prepare tea properly.

Sally said...

Oh my good, Ms. Brenda, it looks SO pretty in here! What a great Christmas spirit going on.

Your tree is gorgeous! I'm sorry about the closet accident, but thank heaven no one was hurt. I can just see Zach standin' there 'it wasn't me'. hahaha

So glad you had a nice Thanksgiving! ((HUGS))

Sally said...

Oh my good? As you can see, I don't have much "going on" in the brain area today. :)

Kellan said...

I am a coffe drinker too, but I would love that tea with mango and peach - YUM!

Have a good week - Kellan

Debbie said...

I visited Holland quite a bit from Germany, but we were camping and there were no tea parties LOL!

It does sound wonderfully comforting and relaxing though. I usually only drink hot tea when I'm sick. Now give me some "sweet tea" and a cucumber sandwich for lunch and I'm good!

joan said...

Hi Brenda,

I am a big time coffee drinker but I did have high tea when we went to London and had the cucumber sandwiches, you just have to when you visit there. I have a great cucumber sandwich recipe if you ever want it. I make it every Christmas and it flies off the table. Have a great one!

Brenda said...

I'd love to have it Miz Joan!

Virginia Gal said...

You lived in England for three years?! I am totally jealous!! ps that blend sounds so yummy!

Sharon Ellery said...

I could never drink coffee but sometimes enjoy a berry or green tea. Your high tea looks lovely :-)

Sharon

Louise said...

I don't like much tea, but I love everything associated with tea. Love your Holland photos!

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