Gracious living and women’s conversation, tea and sympathy.
Fran’s beautiful blue and white pottery served a selection of three teas on Saturday afternoon in Calgary. Three! How delightful!
I started with the refreshing Jasmine Green tea, just for the taste, and then couldn’t resist going directly to the Irish tea with milk. Surprisingly smooth, I tried for a second cup but we had already finished it off. Martha had the Moroccan Mint, which I also love, but didn’t taste this time around – and my mum, who turned 89 the day before, had the Irish with milk also.
I loved seeing this tea service gleaming in the afternoon sunlight, so snapped this photo before we left, to share it with you. Often we imagine tea happening in a tea shop or tea house, making a special occasion out of the ordinary stuff of life.
Here we did the same thing in the peaceful atmosphere of a home.
Heightening the everyday with the ritual of tea, and tea’s endless varieties and moods, can deepen our connection to each other, establishing a beautiful setting for contact and conversation. If the brain waves were measured, we’d see a marked calming of the spirit. And at the same time the uplifting effect of the caffeine in most teas keeps us alert and conversational.