Of tea and wildfires

Waldo Canyon Fire - Wikipedia
Waldo Canyon fire in which my sister lost her home.

Years ago, I packed up most of my tea things because Colorado is constantly under threat by one wild fire or another. I envisioned myself tossing (carefully) my precious tea accoutrements into my vehicle and skedaddling at the slightest whiff of smoke. They are still packed up.

It has been nine years since the first threatening fire in our area, Waldo Canyon fire in which my sister lost her home, yet my beautiful tea things are still in protective custody. I find this interesting since the last fire threat happened right in our neighborhood last year. My tea things were the last thing on my mind.

One of my goals this year is to unpack, and enjoy, my tea things. I bought many beautiful tea items because I fancied opening up a tea room in my home. Due unforeseen, and uncontrollable circumstances, that did not happen. However, I still have most of what I need to have a really great tea party. Hmmm perhaps I will end up ‘brewing’ up some tea fun in 2021? Who knows?

In the meantime however, life needs to be enjoyed much more than it is being currently which is why I have decided to unpack those tea items this year. As i unpack, I will photograph the process and explain how to ‘revive’ fine china. In Colorado’s dry climate, porcelain can dry out and end up brittle and crumbling. It is a good idea to immerse your china in warm water from time-to-time to keep it, ‘alive’ and fresh. This strengthens it, as long as it is not soaked forever and a day, and keeps it viable for generations to come. We will see how they have held up, if at all, being inside plastic tubs for 9 years. All my china needs a good cleaning. What a great project to share with you.

Royal Albert Rose Confetti cup and saucer from Wayfair

Who said that?

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I am a tea enthusiast. Every so often I see a tea quote attributed to the wrong person. yes, that person said what they said, but someone else said it first. I don’t know it is a generational thing as in each generation needs someone from their time-frame to be connected to a quote or if people are genuinely unaware that at this late stage in the game, there are few, if any, insights left that can be considered truly original. Here are some examples:

“Bread and water can easily be turned into toast and tea.” Has been attributed to; Alexandra Stoddard, or Janet Clarkson when in fact it is from this poem from 1903…

“While I’ve no gold,” he whispered,
      “Love’s riches shall be thine,
Though we, in a modest cottage,
      On bread and water dine.”
“With love’s warm flame to serve us,
      At slight expense,” said she,
We can make of bread and water
      Sweet feasts of toast and tea.

~The Tattler in Town Topics, reprinted in The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1903 April 20th (But I am sure someone else said it prior to this but I cannot recall who at this time.)

The next is, “A woman is like a tea bag, she never knows how strong she is until she is put into hot water.” This quote is often attributed to Nancy Reagan but Eleanor Roosevelt said it first.

Some people may think it does not matter where a quote comes from but I do. To me it is allowing another part of the past to be forgotten and too much of that happens already.

How about you? Do you have a favorite tea, tea quote, tea ritual you enjoy? It is such an easy hobby to enjoy.