Tea with Ainee
Teatime with Ainee spends some of her days fundraising on-line with several charities (AIDS Walk, and Walk for Hunger through Project Bread) as a volunteer walker for them. And when I am at the library viewing of books, I am happy to stumble on tea mentions while reading the likes of Bespelling Jane Austen; where heroine Catherine Merrill who is vacationing in Bath, and as she encounters individuals wonder if they are a vampire out to do harm to some unsuspected victim.
“We tend to impose our own self-centered thoughts on the simple drinking of tea. How proficient was the manner of preparation? What kind of teabowl was the tea served in? How was the tea? In this way, drinking is defiled by the “six dust.” When we prepare tea, we must put ourselves wholly into the act. Our minds, however, tend to be drawn to the forms and thus we fall into confusion.”
― Hamamoto Soshun
I have become this person stumbling unto things to do with tea. Not set out but as I am out somewhere I find there is always tea around me. A visit to a new antique shop and I find this teapot and set, as well as the books I try to read, there is tea—Tea with Ainee
Verbayna Antiques & Uniques
Antiques & Unique Up-Cycled Pieces
Owners are Stephen & Heather Bukovsky
I visited this shop the previous weekend and spotted this Japanese tea set and so the above mentioned quote fits this tea set finding.
Some Savory Substitutions: Naturally Good Nutrients
The book title: Prescription for Dietary Wellness (Second Edition) by Phyllis A. Bach; Tells us to avoid coffee, Chinese teas (except for green tea), and to replace caffeinated tea with herbal teas, including kukicha tea, a favorite of mine. I remember enjoying several kukicha teas that I had purchased for its roasted aroma drunk either very hot or as iced tea. It is a lovely fragrant tea, one of a smoky roast and good for you if one is to accept Ms. Bach’s claim.
Kukicha Tea (also known as twig tea), is made from the pruning of natural grown tea bushes, is an excellent substitute for ordinary black tea. It is soothing beverage known for its distinctive nutty taste. Kukicha tea aids digestion and has been sipped with meals for centuries.
more Book in Review:
Bespelling Jane Austen
Northanger Castleby Colleen Gleason
Bespelling Jane Austen
This is an anthology of a group of authors asked to select of their favorite Austen novel and re-invent of it into a vampire series or short tale/novella.
One of the short stories that I favor is title: Northanger Castle by Colleen Gleason
Ms. Gleason grew up reading gothic novels—she enjoys the dark, brooding heroes who remains a mystery until the book’s ending. She likens her characters to that of Ms. Catherine Moorland, who sees stories everywhere, making up histories and gothic tales in her mind—and she (Ms. Gleason) as a writer does the same thing.
She selected Northanger Abbey as the Austen novel she wanted to work with, when asked to be part of this selected group of authors for Bespelling Jane Austen. Ms. Gleason had written a series of vampire hunters who lived during Austen’s time. So she took the history of the Gardella Vampire hunters and weave of them into a summer at Bath with a dramatic young woman. Caroline Merrill; who is a counterpart to Caroline Moorland, a young woman who likes to read gothic novels as Catherine Merrill did. And she sees of stories everywhere and in everyone. She is not always correct with assessment but she rise to the occasion never the less.
“There had to be at least one scheming woman in Bath who was poisoning her innocent husband’s tea.”
“It is such a delight to have you sitting near me tonight,” Isobel gushed, leaning close enough that Caroline got a strong whiff of powder and tea rose.”
I also took delight in one titled: A Little to Hex Her by Janet Mullany. This is based on Emma, who continues with her meddling as the witchy owner of a contemporary matchmaking business in.
Readers may recall of a previous one of Janet’s books’ title: Jane and the Damned
Masterclass by Morris West
One cold winter evening, while the night nurse was knitting at the fireside and he was seated on the settee cradling Pia in his arms, she reached up a tiny clawed hand to touch his cheek. Then as if the effort was too much, she gave a small sigh of weariness, turned her face to his breast and died. He carried her upstairs, watched the nurse settle her decently in the bed, called for the parish priest and him sat by the dying fire, lonelier than he had ever felt in his life. He had escaped her at last, as he had longed wished to do.
Max Mather’s plight, at the moment, was that he was in bondage to the Palombi household and perhaps now he could bargain for his freedom and passage to New York, the art capital. Well, for him it is America.
With Pia’s death and leaving him to select the painting of his choice he was free to leave and travel to New York as was his resolve.
The lost he felt upon her dying was described as such: “I feel as if locked in a vault and Pia has flown away.”
As true love can only be experienced in agony, in terrible wrenching at the heartstrings.
“His liberty ended at eight o’clock on Sunday evening. Pia would be waiting for him, tired and fretful after the siege of relatives. He would share supper with her tea and English style sandwiches.”
I enjoy reading and discovering of things to do with teas. I hope readers enjoy all aspects of tea with Ainee as it is changing in ways that I had not expected but still seemingly of interest to some persons out there. Today, is a rainy downpour with some snow expected for the next day, and yes it is springtime in New England. A good cup of hot tea gets me through the day. No matter, let’s keep the warmth alive!
Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!