In An English Garden

Your typical Englishman thinks his home is his castle and woe betide anyone who crosses him!  An Englishman's garden, however is something else. Most men cut the lawn and leave the other stuff to the wife but occasionally you see the odd man weeding, mostly they like growing vegetables and flowers for showing. The English …

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Teaware Patterns: Spring & Summer Time Designs

You may be shoveling out from under the latest two or three feet of snowfall, or knocking icicles off the eaves, or huddling around that gas stove in the kitchen to keep warm because your power is still out, but you probably have dreams of Spring, with Summer to follow, going through your head anyway. …

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Another Spring Equinox Tea Time

Of course, you don’t need a special occasion for taking tea. Tea is its own reason. But special occasions are made better with tea. The Spring Equinox is no exception. Since our planet tilts on its axis, the hours of daylight and night time tilt back and forth, too, like a pendulum scale where first …

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Hang in There, Spring is Coming

As I write this, the northeastern region of the United States has just finished being assaulted by one of those "storm of the century" type events. It's called Nemo (did we just start naming winter storms or haven't I been paying attention?) and it made life rather trying in that part of the world for …

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Spring Fever!

The floral harbingers of spring – daffodils, forsythia, and periwinkles – are in full bloom. Peach trees, plums, and beautiful Bradford pears (no pears, just flowers) scent the air with their fragrant blossoms. Bird feeders welcome robins, cardinals, finches, and not a few greedy squirrels. Garden snakes emerge to warm themselves in the sun. Our …

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A “Peeps” Tea Party

Unless you have been living in the remote reaches of some very unenlightened corner of the planet, such as, oh, Siberia, you have probably heard of “Peeps.” In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the folks in Siberia did know about these sweet little treats. They certainly know about tea and keep their samovars fired …

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Green and White Teas for Spring

As I move into spring, I find myself eschewing the rich black teas that I drank all winter and pulling out the green and white teas that have patiently sat in the back of my tea shelf for so long. Spring brings warmth, sun and green leaves and plants, making me want to drink something …

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Spring Equinox Means Time for Tea

Losing an hour of precious tea drinking time by setting your clocks forward for Daylight Savings Time (March 13th this year) is a pretty raw deal. The good news is that Spring Equinox (March 20th this year) makes up for it (at least a little bit). That’s when the hours of daylight and darkness are …

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Tea Tale — Yellow Bunny’s Easter Tea Time

This is the tale of a yellow bunny and his Easter teatime. No, he’s not a live bunny. He’s stuffed and soft and plush and has a cute yellow ribbon bowtie. Even so, he loves having tea out in the sunshine. This is especially true at Easter time. It’s the time of year when Spring …

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