Wednesday, 23 May 2012

a teapot and friendly tea talk

why not a Disney teapot?
Visiting family is often a pleasure, and even more so if members of your family are tea drinkers. I wrote about my tea party with Amelia last year about this time. Although we've enjoyed some prodigious tea drinking hereabouts, the home I'm visiting was sorely lacking a proper teapot. Well, until today that is.

Some of you might view a Snow White teapot with a bit of suspicion. 'Is that really a proper teapot?' you're asking yourself. Well, of course it is. And all the more appealing to the little girls new to tea. Hence the design. I've actually made pot after pot of tea in it today. This teapot has been christened and then some.

Oh, there was a relatively small article in the New York Times yesterday entitled Flying as a Time for Sleep, Or Friendly Tea Talk about David DeCandia, who's a master blender for Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. It was an article near to my heart, because it's ostensibly about tea, but deals with periphery topics and draws them in.

In case you can't (or don't want to) get behind the Times pay wall, I'll include my favourite part of it. He's talking about travelling in general and in tea growing regions in particular. Here's what he says:
'A great seatmate is anyone who lets me sleep. That doesn't mean I don't talk to people, on occasion. I'm a friendly guy, and it's always fun to talk to people about tea...I drink about 20 to 25 cups a day. People are very well informed about tea, and aren't opposed to trying new types. So if someone asks me for a recommendation, I'm happy to give them some suggestions. 
Then there are those seat-mates I wish I never spoke with. 
I sat next to one gentleman recently who would not shut up. He was older, and I wanted to be polite...'
Really love this. As a rule I'm polite but curt with people sitting next to me on the plane (or the train, but that's somehow different). But flying from Germany recently, I had a fantastic experience where my seat-mate and I talked nearly the whole flight. It wasn't planned or anything. We simply had a lot of common interests, and one thing led to another and there we were at our destination.

Goes to show: you really don't know what's going to happen next. I could've been a jerk, and said, 'I really want to read my book,' and missed out on a fantastic connection.

Am really glad I didn't do that.


  1. Firstly, I love the teapot though it would be too big for me,

  2. Love the teapot but it would be too big for me. I am a lone tea drinker and have a more dainty one.

    I have always enjoyed talking to fellow passengers on trains and planes and have been lucky in meeting some really interesting people, some of whom I would love to have had further contact with but that would probably not have worked. There is something rather out of this world about these fleeting aquaintances especially those which take place in mid air which would no doubt feel quite different with feet on the ground.

  3. Yes Barbara, I just read something recently about the size of teapots, and I think I'll blog something about that.

    There was a little individual size teapot from the same company. It just wasn't practical.

    I completely agree with you about the unique nature of these connections to people we meet while travelling. Intriguing topic. Might write more about it soon. I've met some characters. Not sure I'd like to read the accounts of having met me, though.

  4. I think that's a great and thoughtful gift! ;-)