Tuesday, September 29, 2009

~Ten Commandments of Tea~

I am so short on time this morning, so will pull double duty by combining my post for both Tea Things Tuesday and White Wednesday. Visit our lovely hostesss, Kathleen, to see some beautiful whites by clicking on the lovely lady to the right.

Happy Tea Things Tuesday! Please visit Kim and the other participants who are sharing their tea interests. You can find Kim by clicking on the teacup to the right.

My husband, granddaughter and I went to Arizona for 4 days to visit family, and just returned tonight. After driving 14 hours on Friday and another 14 hours today, with only two days in between, I am exhausted, but it was so worth it…family is so important, and we just don’t see each other often enough.

I haven’t had a chance to take new pictures, answer emails, or leave comments on my favorite blogs, but hope to catch up within the next few days. In the meantime, I did want to show off a couple of my teapots, but first, here’s just a little “instruction” on tea!

The Ten Commandments of Tea

  1. Thou shall not call it brewed; tea is steeped.
  2. Thou shall select water with care. Avoid hard water or even a hint of chlorine.
  3. Thou shall respect tea; it is all-natural.
  4. Thou shall understand the three different types of tea: Green, Oolong, and Black.
  5. Thou shall sanitize equipment before each run.
  6. Thou shall use Tea Essence as a flavor supplement to help avoid the formation of unsightly sediment in the container.
  7. Thou shall read the Templar Tea Update.
  8. Thou shall be guilt free; tea is healthful.
  9. Thou shall know how to spell Polyphenol.
  10. Thou shall drink tea often.

This teapot is probably my favorite, given to me at Christmas by my Daughter in Love…I had never seen this pattern before, but since getting it, I have added 6 teacups and saucers. It is Royal Albert Old Country Roses Green.

You can see just a peek of the teacups behind the teapot, but I’ll have a better picture next week.

The second teapot was in the antique store that I visited with my tea club when we went to tea a couple of months ago. It is vintage, with no maker or pattern name… I just love it!

ocr green

green toile teapot

I hope you had a wonderful week-end with family and friends, or just quietly enjoying your favorite pastime or hobby. The older I get, the more I know life really is short! I’m trying to enjoy every day, and make every day count.

Please pray for those needing physical healing, and those that have other needs, such as financial, family, employment, etc. Please, please pray for our troops…they really need our prayers!

There is much we can do nothing about except vent and share our anger, worry, and wait, but there are things we can do something about…I hope everyone will continue to become educated about the issues of this country, and speak out…it makes a difference.

God bless you, and God bless America, land that I love. I know there are many countries represented in blogland, and I pray that each and every one of them are pleasing to God so that they, too, will be blessed as this great nation has. I pray that the United States of America will remain free. I remember a quote of Ronald Reagan, that was something like this…we are only one generation away from losing our freedom…He knew how fragile and precious freedom is. I really wonder if we do. Or is it like the old saying, “you don’t know what you have til you lose it”. I pray we don’t find out.

Now…come on over to my cottage and we’ll fix the world’s problems over a cup of tea!



  1. YOur teapots are beautiful and I love your ten commandments. I obey them. LOL I love tea and drik that most of the day.
    Have a nice day

  2. Mary darling these teapots are absolutely divine. Your Tuesday post is so sweet and as always so interesting, read every word. I have a teapot that almost looks like the first one you posted. Darling, you must be exhausted, get some sleep.

    Love & Hugs

  3. Love your teapots! And thanks for the 10 Commandments of Tea :-)


  4. Really pretty post. I love both teapots!
    And I enjoyed your Ten Commandments for Tea!

    And I so agree with every word you (and Ronald Reagan) said!
    In this unreliable world I try to remember that God uses man's evil for His Own Glory.
    I just used this quote by Vernon Paterson on one of my blogs:
    "There are always uncertainties ahead, but there is always one certainty - God's Will Is Good"

    Welcome back, Mary, and have a great day!

  5. Gorgeous tea pot. Great post!

    Glad you had a wonderful trip. We missed you. I totally understand about the exhaustion. I am still trying to recover from our daughter's wedding. Hope you have a great week.

    Blessings and prayers, andrea

  6. Both teapots are so lovely. Green is the one color our whole family agrees on.

  7. Hi Mary...Your teapots are lovely! I love both of them! Isn't traveling exhausting?? Hope you had a great time though!~Patti

  8. Hi Mary,

    Glad you had a nice time on your trip. Your teapots are lovely! I love your 10 comandments for tea. Hope you get some well needed rest.


  9. Mary,
    Glad you had a wonderful time on your trip but now try to rest!
    Very pretty teapots for sure.
    Can see having Christmas tea with that set.
    Great post as usual.;-)

  10. Oh loved this! I so enjoyed reading the ten commandments for tea. That is wonderful! LOL, And the two teapots were just beautiful. REALLY like the 2nd one. Did you get it?I can't tell . . . if not - where did you see it again? (hehehe)
    Thanks for sharing.

  11. Love the teapots. I think my favorite one is the green one. Wow I bet you are tired after 14 hours driving. Have a nice rest after that.


  12. Lovely post Mary, and your teapots are beautiful....loved the 10 commandments of tea, I haven't read these before. Rest well and have a wonderful day.....:-) Hugs

  13. How fun. Both your teapots are beautiful. As always, love the old country roses. I don't have any of the green, it's lovely!

  14. Happy Tea Things Tuesday!! I am so happy this is my first time participating. I love both of your teapots and the 10 commandments of tea!!
    ♥ Rebecca

  15. Hi Mary,

    I just love your blog so much. Those 10 commandements of tea are great. Your blog is so educational and inspiring and I'm learning so much more about the "Art of Tea" than I ever have before. Thanks for being a great teacher!!

    Your teapots are both so pretty, it's hard to decide which is my favorite. I don't think I've ever seen any pieces before in the Royal Albert Country Roses Green pattern. I think it's even prettier than the other Old Country Roses pattern. I like that it has more green in it and such a pretty shade of green at that.

    Hope your finding time to relax and catch up on things after your trip. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week!!


  16. Hello, Mary,
    I am so glad you had the opportunity to visit your family. Your teapots are so lovely! I always look forward to seeing all the tea pretties you have to share. Sending autumn blessings your way... Vicki p.s. I am thinking I may join you all one of these days on Tea Tuesdays.

  17. Love those tea commandments. I was in high school in the 50's and what is going on right now was something I can remember so well. The study about Communism and how it would infiltrate this country. I doesn't matter to them how long it takes. It is a scary thing. At that time I thought on no way. I have seen the 50 years roll along bringing it closer and closer.

  18. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. When I first started reading The Shack I thought it was one of the strangest books I had ever read. However, I wanted to read it because a friend had bought and given away twenty copies. I think that it is a book that will reach some people that can't be reached in any other way. You have to be willing to put away almost everything you have known about God and just start over where many people start. If you can do that, there is a message there about the love and grace of God for the hurting. I'm thinking about reading it a second time but I can't seem to get to it because I have so many other books to read. I think it might be good for you to read it so you will understand and know what to say when people start talking about it.

  19. What a sweet blog. Love you teapots and your passion for freedom.

    Have a great day

  20. Hi Mary,
    thank you for stopping by Rita's Shabby Chic Rose. Glad you liked my WW post,just sorry you could'nt read the post well. Actually for the past 2 hours (it's 11.35 pm here in Italy...)I've been trying to improve my blog changing its html but didn't manage to find something I'm happy with. Will work on it again in order to improve it. Definitely will change the color of the posts into a darker shade of grey now that you have stopped for a visit (this means you've got to come and visit again!!!). I love roses, tea cups and teapots. I'm crazy about antique linens, especially those with monograms. Will add your blog to my fav blogs list as it is just so right and adorable.

  21. Mary,
    I just love your teapots, how beautiful they are.
    I like what I have seen so far of your blog, I am following you now so I will come back when I have more time. Terry

  22. Mary, I woul love a cup of tea! Sounds delightful as the weather turns more fall like in my part of the world. Thanks for stopping by. The dream home I visited is in beautiful Sonoma. Actually the whole neighborhood was gorgeous!!! Definitely worth the trip. Traci

  23. Those teapots are so LOVELY! I especially love the pattern on the first one. Something about that type of pattern takes me back to my childhood.

    God bless you today!

  24. I LOVED this post and your teapots are just soo pretty. I loved the ten commandments for tea too, haha I do love tea too but I have to stick to herbal to avoid caffine... = ( I do have a couple of really pretty teapots however...There is just something so homey and warm about a teapot. Thanks for nice comment on my post, and it is funny that you should mention that scripture. My youngest son built his whole post around it. Have a WONDERFUL day. Blessings to you, Debbie

  25. Mmmmmmmm.........Isn't tea just the best thing in the bevvie world? I read once that if you drink a cup of tea every day you'll be a lot less likely to suffer from cancer.....I'm thinking at that rate I'll live to be about 209. :-) I'm having a little cuppa right now, as a matter of fact!

    That was some great tea information. I always nuke my water because it's faster....I know I should boil and steep, but I just don't have time for all that!

    Thanks for the dear comment on my blog about my little slipcover. I'm being quite productive in the sewing area right now...It's all been on hold forever.


  26. Dear Mary,
    I just had to come over and tell you thank you for your sweet and kind words yesterday. If you have a momemnt come over and see what I did. Have a wonderful day.


  27. Mary, I am so glad you found my blog and I feel very blessed to have found a blog friend to have tea with. I am new in our city and I have spent one very lonely year here already. I am hoping that this next year will be better. Meeting her was a Godsend and to make it even better, she lives within a half hours walk from me:O) And I love to walk. Oh, I LOVE tea, too. Sweet and iced in the summer and hot with milk and sugar in the winter. It is a staple in my life. I love your teapots, too, btw. Hugs, Cindy S.

  28. What a nice post. Those teapots are so pretty - I've never seen Old Country Roses Green. My two brothers and sister-in-law just drove all the way from Canada (Northern ON) to Georgia to be at our anniversary party last Saturday. They only visited from Friday night until Sunday morning before driving home. Yes, family is important!

  29. You were missed this past Sunday. I always read comments no matter when they are posted, so I'm so glad that you left a comment. Your teapots are just beautiful. I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Arizona. My husband and I are wanting to go see Charlotte and Clif sometime real soon.
    Take care,

  30. i love your teapots. I have about six or seven of my own. I also have many pretty teacups, most of them given to me. I am having my first ladies faith sharing/social on Oct. 14, and will remember your ten commandments of tea!!
    I agree with you wholeheartedly on the condition of our country. Prayer changes things.

  31. The Ten commandments of tea are very interesting, and I love your teapots. I have Old Country Roses, but hadn't seen the green, very pretty.

  32. What beautiful tea pots! I haven't seen the OCR Green before either, love it!