Sunday, 11 September 2011

Time for Tea

I used to think I was a coffee girl. I was a little bit obsessed with Starbucks, and I'd scoff at tea drinkers with their silly saucers. Don't even get me started on those herbal infusions.

And then, one day, my Dad made me one of his lemon and ginger concoctions, and I was hooked. No longer did I think tea was simply the substitute for people who couldn't have a cup of java. There's something quite ceremonial about tea-drinking. With a cup of tea, you don't grab it on the go and gulp it down like you would with a commuter latte. Nope, tea is meant to be savoured (preferably with a stack of bourbons on hand). 

Since that awakening, I've developed a fondness for unwanted china. You know the sort, the odd cup and saucer which is missing the rest of its set, carelessly in a bargain charity shop bin covered in dust. It's true, I have a thing for unwanted homewear, but when they're looked after and mismatched a little, look how pretty and rejuvenated they can be?

The one in the middle (above) is today's purchase, when I dragged Mum to a local carboot which actually turned out to be pretty rubbish. It's mornings like this I wish I was within a train ride of Battersea car boot! I'm intrigued, what's your favourite tea-accompanying biscuit? xox

38 comments:

  1. I love tea, such a comforting drink :) I have to say Hobnobs and bourbons are favourites!

    Maria xxx

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  2. could drink tea every second if it was possible. Such a relaxing drink!
    has to be malted milk biscuits. BEST thing to have in tea!
    xx

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  3. I don't drink tea, but have so much love for the teacup and saucers! Mis-matched crockery is my favourite xxx

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  4. Such cute teacups! When are you going to invite us all around for a tea partyyyy! :)

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  5. love those tea cups soooo sute. and very you xxx
    plus tea is amazing

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  6. GO TEA! my parent's are obsessed, I swear. if I showed these to my mum she'd be over your house in a minute. and rich biscuits are the way to go, of course!

    but I'll always stick to starbucks coffee hahah.

    xxxxxxxxxx
    ramz and the flock

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  7. Good for you! Drinking tea is one of the best thing all around the world... You can't drink tea when you are in hurry... you must stop for a while when you wanna drink tea...
    and when you learn how to prepare it in the right way... What a beauty! You'll enjoy it like anything else!

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  8. I wish I could drink proper tea but I just hate the taste. I'm a herbal tea drinker only, still gives me a good excuse to get out the china though!

    - Ani

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  9. What a lovely, lovely post. I kind of like it when tea cups don't match their saucers too!

    I'm not a heavy coffee drinker and I love my tea! Earl Grey's my absolute favourite. As for tea-time buscuits, homemade thyme and cheese biscuits!

    x Aliya

    P.S. Don't forget my giveaway that's coming soon :)

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  10. These tea cups are truly wonderful!!

    I am a constant tea drinker all I drink at home is tea :S

    oooo and my favourite tea-accompanying biscuit has to be rich tea :P x x

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  11. I collect tea cups :) I have so many different teas. I have Twinnings English Breakfast in the morning, Earl Grey and Assam in work and green tea with pineapple and grapefruit in the night. LOVE tea xx

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  12. I love tea, earl grey, peppermint, camomile the lot!

    I have a Cath Kidston teacup and definately want more

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  13. I wish I liked proper tea but it just isn't really for me! But I am a fan of Twinings :) cherry and cinnamon is my favourite! x

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  14. I love teeeeea!
    Custard creams take the biscuit (hoho!) everytime xx

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  15. I used to drink coffee as a toddler which is quite odd, but when I got to about 5 ish I started drinking tea and now can't stand coffee. I'm not very experimental though and a big mug of tetleys will always satisfy my tea cravings! And my choice of biscuit would definitely be a chocolate digestive - I am and always will be a dunker
    xxx

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  16. Oooo these teacups are so great! I think you should host a blogger tea party :P My favourite biscuit, malted milk I could probably eat about 4 packets in a row :P

    L x

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  17. aaww this post has made me miss selling china even more now :( I used to work for the company who makes the one on the far right! I have a huge obsession with china and homeware! I dread to think what my house will be full of when I ever move out ;) xxxx

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  18. Ooh I love your little collection, I have a few too :) It has to be the humble bourbon biscuit for me. I wish I could easily get to the Battersea one too, I've heard such good things about it! xo

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  19. Awesome post, I've got a brew in hand as I read :p ...I love old teacups too, I put tealights in them :)

    Oh & best biscuit has to be fox's crunch creams ...plus I love the panda from the advert too! Haha

    Sarah x

    http://letsjustgoback.blogspot.com/

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  20. I love tea - and that's such a lovely collection of teacups & saucers, I love mismatching china! I think my perfect tea biscuit would be a chocolate hobnob! xx

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  21. I love tea, teacups and teapots, so this post was delicious to me xx

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  22. I love a good brew! (: I love jaffa cakes with mine, half dunked and then you get a normal jaffa and then a soggy one! I'm also quite fond of a bit of a rich tea - the classic! (: x

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  23. I normally have a lovely cup of green tea :) but when I went to Australia, my sister taught me a trick of theirs. They use Tim-Tams (chocolate-covered biscuit), bite the ends off, and suck tea through them. It may sound wrong but it's incredible,

    Rosie x

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  24. Nice biscuits
    Ginger snaps
    Rich Teas
    OR Rich Teas covered in Cadburys chocolate.
    Yum yum :) xxxxx

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  25. Lovely post! I've been rifling through the 'tea box' that is taking up far too much space in our kitchen so I've been drinking a variety of different flavours lately.

    I love a plain old fashioned digestive, or a ginger biscuit. If I'm feeling indulgent, a caramel wafer.

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  26. Oh they look gorgeous! My mum has started collecting things like this. It makes having tea at her place even more of a treat :)

    And hot damn woman! Hells yes I take that as a compliment! I adore Tavi. I actually woke my husband up to show him your comment. Hehe, thanks Love, you made my day!! x

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  27. haha i used to be a coffee girl too but i started having sleep probs so switched the tea and never looked back!! gosh i love tea hah

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  28. Did you know that I collect tea cups? I love the blue one and if I lived near you I MAY be tempted to stuff it up my jumper :(

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  29. Did you know that I collect tea cups? I love the blue one and if I lived near you I MAY be tempted to stuff it up my jumper :(

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  30. Really charming cups, really sweet. The detailing on them is so delicate. Whenever I've tried a cup of coffee I always end up with a banging headache so tea is my best friend when it comes to hot drinks seeing as I dislike hot chocolate.

    Starbucks always smells so wonderful though!

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  31. I don't drink tea but sometimes think I should try a fruit tea and maybe be converted? Love biscuits for dunking in the tea though! Great china find at the car boot, love cups and saucers for storing jewellery etc x

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  32. they are gorgeous!! beautiful, even though I'm a weirdo and don't drink tea!! x

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  33. Oh my gosh, such cute teacups, the blue and white is my favourite. Paperchase and this tea shop in Covent Garden sell this tea cup that looks like a dress. The handle are legs and it's gilted with gold.

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  34. I am a huge tea fan. Nice and milky with a whole lot of sugar! I think my favourite biscuit has to be the good old rich tea with my cuppa. That biscuit always tastes so much better dunked in some tea :)

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  35. How cute are those! Where are you based these days lovely? I'm back in Nottingham soon... actually took a friend to Wagamama in Birmingham the other day! I went there first with youu!

    Adèle ♥
    adelejoanna.com

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  36. I love your vintage tea cups! Those are the sweetest finds ever! I reallly love my tea, obviously I love my green tea but I love discovering new teas too! I need some vintage china too!

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  37. totally agree! i drink both tea and coffee but tea i sit and enjoy.. coffee i drink to stay awake! lol :) xx

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