Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easing of Tensions

Wherever you are drinking your tea,
whether at work, in a cafe, or at home,
it is wonderful to allow enough time to appreciate it.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Today I'm sharing a Royal Albert teacup and saucer with you. It's covered with peaches, plums, pears, and berries. Inside the teacup, a cluster of red cherries dangle from their stems. Gold guilds the edge of the teacup and saucer's edges.

The tea is Apple Cider Spice from TeaSource,  a blend that claims to be 'steeped in experience'.  It was a gift from a friend, and it is delicious!  The packaging says to imagine  Red Delicious and Braeburn apples  that are bursting with aroma and flavor with a  few wintry spices tossed in.  And it lists the flavorings as cloves, cinnamon, ginger,  orange peel, rose petals, and safflower. There's nothing that says APPLE on  the ingredient list, but that's alright, the apple cider spice flavor is rich and full.  It's a comforting tea that is full-bodied, spicy,  and it's perfect for a relaxed moment or two.

There is something nearly as relaxing as sitting in contemplation with a cup of tea. Beads, strung onto string or wire repetitively, allow for creative and purposeful d├ętenteStringing beads AND sipping tea? The ultimate in the easing of tensions. Tranquility.


  1. You describe it so well that I'm having a cup of tea with my lunch. Settled.

  2. A special cup, a good tea, and creativity are just the right blend. I love tea cups with fruit on them.

  3. Lovely tea cup... very pretty bracelet... tranquility, indeed.

  4. just sighing after reading your post...pretty bead work.

  5. How relaxing and peaceful....thank you.


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