Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tea Tuesday: tea on my back patio

The weather has been pretty nasty around my place, so when the rain subsided today, I decided to have tea on what I laughingly call my back patio. It's just a slab of concrete off the garage, but it's where my chiminea sits, along with some very old used patio furniture. So to start the day, I lit a fire in my chiminea and prepared to brew some tea.

Regardless of my meager hand-me-down surroundings, I wanted something that would soothe this upset stomach I've had for nearly a week. That's when I grabbed some Senok brand (whose motto is "tea for the senses") chamomile tea. Now I'm NOT a fan of chamomile, and even less of a fan of tea bags, but this chamomile had a much different taste than "Sleepy time," the other brand I've tried.

According to the back of the package, this hand picked blend is supposed "to simultaneously soothe the body and stir your soul." I sure hope it does both to mine (and doesn't "stir" something else). Just drinking this aromatic tea out of my Taylor and Ng mug, one of a set of 10, this one Le Cheval, certainly brings a smile to my face. Sadly, Taylor and Ng are no longer selling these mugs and other wares that were designed by Win Ng back in the late 70s and early 80s, having sold their company to an online retailer which still uses their names.

Be sure to visit Kimmie for links to other Tea Tuesday participants. They'll put a smile on your face and are sure to stir your soul.

Today I'm featuring another tea blog. The owner is Carol Sill, who lives in Vancouver, Canada, and has a very eclectic tea blog. Her notes on teas are generous, informative, and complete. If you are a tea participant, you will definitely want to check out her site.

9 thoughtful remarks:

Tea Toronto said...

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Kimmie said...

I used to have a Taylor and Ng mugs of Le Chat, Le Baleine and Le Canard .... I wonder whatever happened to them. They were the perfect large size for a nice big hot cuppa!

Your patio sounds like mine (sans the chiminea) .... but with kids a chiminea might not be a good idea. My Mom has one and someone always seems to very nearly bump into the thing and narrowly miss get a nasty burn. Makes me a nervous wreck on a summer night at Mom's :)

I hope your tummy feels better soon - if you like mint, peppermint tea is good for a tummy ache too ....

Happy Tuesday! Kimmie

Melinda Cornish said...

the same people that make sleepytime make tummy tea, that is really the name and it is ginger based....it does help I have used it.....hope you feel better!!!!

Marilyn Rock said...

Hope you will be feeling better real soon! xxoo

Steph said...

I hope you'll feel better, Elizabeth...the mug is beautiful and I love the chiminea. It reminds me of tandoor ovens used for cooking tandoori chicken an Indian dish. Tea is definitely good for tummy upsets..when it happens to me (ie say a bloated stomach...I'll let the stomach rest and sip some ginger tea, ) Take care..steph

Dianne said...

Thanks for the link... my back patio is only a concrete slab off the house, but it's filled with plants and breezes... Feel better...

Dianne said...

glad the bad weather cleared for a bit so you could enjoy the patio, and hope the tea did the trick for you...feel better soon!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

here for tea and catching up a wee bit late ... hoping the tea did the trick for you and that you are fit as a fiddle again!

thanks so much for your kind get well wishes for me Elizabeth! I do believe the worst is over
I enjoyed seeing your garden, fresh peas are such a delicious treat I'm sure ... you are busy creating indoors AND out! You Rock!
oxo

Shaiha said...

You might want to also try peppermint tea for an upset tummy. That along with some ginger tea is what I reach for