Tea with Ainee viewing of teapots, teacups at Wayside Antiques and White Dog Gallery of West Boylston, MA

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Teatime with ainee ventured to West Boylston to visit some gallery of photography and this antique shop by the wayside of the road.

Shelves of teapots and teacup dinig area of White Dog Gallery Fine Art Gifts Tea and Cards

 For all the many teapots and teacups viewed on this day; poetry suits them well:

When the world is all at odds
And the mind is all at sea
Then cease the useless tedium
And brew a cup of tea.
There is magic in its fragrance,
There is solace in its taste;
And the laden moments vanish
Somehow into space.
The world becomes a lovely thing!
There’s beauty as you’ll see;
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea.–– Anonymous

three teapots at Wayside Antiques tan pink and blue florals teapot at Wayside Antiques owl teapot at Wayside Antiques miniatures in teapots teacups in display case at Wayside Antiques Vermont Miniature teapot teacup set at Wayside Antiques shelf of teapot and tea cups at White Dog Gallery Fine Art Gifts Tea and Cards

three teapots at Wayside Antiques white floral and a light blue print teapot three at Wayside Antiques blue floral teapot printed red dots at Wayside Antiques black teakettle at Wayside Antiques

table with teapots plates and wall photos at Wayside Antiques

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee and a visit to Paradise City Fairs of Fine and Functional Arts

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Teatime with ainee attended the Paradise City Fairs and found some tea items worth mentioning.

“A barrier is an interruption in the flow of work that can stop you (if you let it) from producing the results you intend. And a belief as it relates to barriers in the ability to see that barriers are (approaching) opportunities to improve the way you do your work—The Valuable Office Assistant by Michelle Burke

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Paradise City Fairs  www.paradisecityarts.com/

I attended this fair as a result of being given a post card to attend and such was the pleasure to be had for having attended. Those in attendance saw the goods presented by artists as an opportunity to start their Christmas shopping while others shopped for their own pleasures. We walked away with a lovely garden bug for yard of our in-laws.

India House was present at Paradise City Fair, and they did have cups of masala chai for sale, but I did not sample of this

India House luncheon area at paradise city fairs of fine and functional arts

I did view some teapots and mugs which I wanted to present here.

glazed teapot umber like at Paradise City Northampton fairs teapot and mug at Paradise Festival of Funtional Arts in Northampton, MA lovely glazen teapot at Paradise City Northampton Functional art

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 Books in Review:

Some reads have also led me to want to share of tea mentioning:

All Souls by Edith Wharton

“Agnes before leaving her had made everything as comfortable as possible. She had put a jug of lemonade within reach, and had even (Mrs. Clayburn thought it odd afterward) insisted on bringing a tray with sandwiches and a thermos of tea.”

“I was a fool not to let her leave the tea besides the bed, as she wanted to.”

“Then she remembered that Agnes; on leaving her the evening before, had refused to carry away the tray with the tea and sandwiches, and fell on them with a sudden hunger.”

“Mrs. Clayburn poured some of the brandy into her tea, and swallowed it greedily.”

“I am not going to leave you for more than a minute—just to get you a cup of tea’ I reassured her; and she lay stilled”

“I left the door open, so that she could hear me stirring about in the pantry across the passage, and when I brought her the tea she swallowed it gratefully, and a little color came into her face.”

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Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James

Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James

“Oh, but it does. You wrote this one in September 1796 when you were in Kent. Here you speak of Miss Fletcher: she wore her purple muslin, which is pretty enough, tough it does not become her complexion. There are two traits in her character which are pleasing; namely, she admires Camilla, and drinks no cream in her tea.”

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Cliff House Strangler by Shirley Tallman

The Cliff House Strangler by Shirley Tallman

“Mrs Seacrest arrived at my office promptly at two o’clock. This time, I was ready to offer her fresh tea and a dish of assorted cookies and cakes.”

“Do you have time for a nice cup of tea? My neighbor called up to me.”

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I want to move the world but in order to do of such there must be movement on my part; as of this posting this is not possible. what little I do, is not significant enough. Yet, at times I continue to chip at the barriers that I continue to find myself behind of.

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee during a visit at Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar

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Teatime with ainee attended the Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar during one of their Tour Schedule in the Boston area.

image of bird on floor at Whole Foods MarketsWhen I sip of tea, I find that there is always hope for better, especially if tea is nicely hot and is to be enjoyed in one’s quietude, thus becoming solace of sort to being the soul’s nourishment!–

Bigelow Tea

https://www.bigelowtea.com/

“After 70 Years, Bigelow is taking their family’s passion for tea on the road…”

after 70 Years' Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar is in action with visitors to this event

I received an email with a schedule for Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar event and I thought to go in town and see what it is all about. No, I impulsively wanted to see what their tea bar was all about. I sent an email reply asking for the address of the Whole Foods Market where the event was to have taken place and they were kind enough to provide the address. I then tried to map out the directions but this was not helpful to me. I ended up phoning Whole Foods Market (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/) and got very specific details on how to get there. The associate who provided the directions was very exact; she was most helpful to getting me to their front door without getting lost. I only had to ask once; to make sure I was on the right street.

Bigelow Tea tent and Bigelow Tea van Whole Foods parking area

Anyhow, when I reach the Whole Foods Market parking lot, sure enough there was the Tea Bar Mobile.  I walk up to them and greeted them and a young lady offered me a cup of tea; she asked which one would I like to sample. I asked her for Matcha but they do not make Matcha; I then asked for Oolong Tea and she gave me a tea bag and asked that I open of it to enjoy the aroma from the tea bag. True enough, the aroma was that of roasted chestnuts or such. She gave me a cup of very hot water and put my tea bag in it and closed the lid. I let it steep a while as it was very hot.

Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar in Boston 9-19 thru 9-24 Catchem if u can

I went around snapping some photos of the Mobile Tea Bar, the Bigelow Tea van and some guests approaching to sample of their teas.  I think this took about five minutes or less. I asked the Bigelow Tea Representative why they were here today.  She said that it was to bring focus to this family’s tea history and company; for folks to be introduced or re-introduced to Bigelow Tea and its family history.

Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar schedule coupons and oolong tea bag Whole Food deal flier

She gave me coupons and another Oolong Tea bag to take with me and asked me if I would go in to visit Whole Foods. I said that I had not been there before and that I might take a look.  As I entered the Whole Foods I was greeted with an escalator and this made me think of Trader Joe’s Copley Store as they have an escalator when one enters.  Prior to going to the escalator, I saw a cart filled with Bigelow Teas and took photo of this as well.

Whole Foods Market front River Street Cambridge

Whole Foods September wall calendar Whole Foods Simply Delicios Catering Van

Whole Foods Market signage from escalator

Bigelow tea shelf Yorkshire Gold Twinnings teas on shelves tea shelves at Whole Foods Market

Rishi Sweet Matcha Tea box

In all this was a good experience and not at all demanding. I did purchase a pair of men’s socks very brightly colored that I may wear it and a box of Rishi Sweet Matcha Tea while at Whole Foods Market.

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Bigelow's Tea crate selling for 3.39 a box

Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee and reading of Nomad by Sibella Court

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 Teatime with Ainee and of the book, Nomad; A global approach to interior style…viewing of the world corners whilst at Duncan Donuts one morning.

Where true principles lack, the results are imperfect.—Henry Madathanas. And with the idea of the Nomad stems forth these words from the poem titled:

The Life of the Nomad by The Amir Abd al-Qadir

“For fame we have sold our citizenship forever, for fame is not won in the town! We are kings! None can compare himself with us! Does he then truly live, who lives in shame?”

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Nomad by Sibella Court

A global approach to interior style

Nomad a global approach to interior style by Sibella Court

I viewed of this book while at Duncan Donuts one morning waiting for my yoga class to begin. I mean it was early in the morning and I went in to pass the time. I had this book with me and so I began to leaf through it. I found it contained favored objects from Japan and New Mexico; specifically it explained the many uses of Bamboo.

What Bamboo Can Make

The many uses of bamboo in Japan: chairs are made, utensils, teapots, tea kettles, scaffolding, tea whisks (for their famed Matcha, perhaps!), ladles, and spoons are made from bamboo; as well as matting, screens, kitchen ceiling, pipe covering, teapot handles, bridges, shoes, sandals, and garden tools to naming of a few. Wow.

There was a small section on heavy luggage, nothing to do with bamboo. I am noting the comment on this traveler collecting of stones to bring back home as this made me think of the many times I collect stones or rocks from the beach and my walk about; and recently I threw a bucket full of precious stones (odd in shapes and texture) as I was cleaning out my storage unit and I could not find reason for keeping of such a thing. I have others but not as fine as those I threw away, I am sorry to admit now.

Anyhow, this book made me see the world as not or ever seen because I don’t travel except when reading such a book the like of this reading.  I may be deported one day; like black mailed or such to pay up or else. I am fearful; for my life has come to be of this emptiness and nothingness. That is why I have been blogging, all the while hoping for a better ending than this, surely I thought there might be more out there for me? Anyhow, there was an exhibit in this book celebrating of the artist Frieda Khalo Diego Rivera, whose exhibit was lovely; depicting Mexican pride. ..or such; I enjoyed of this as well because her work was familiar to me; like when seeing the work of O’Keefe depicted, one immediately recognize her work. This is what I mean; familiarity breeds the same thoughts and emotions.

Tea mentioning:

teahouse in Damscus viewed in Nomad book

 

Teahouse in Damascus and yet it was a coffee house and what a coincidence as I was seated at a Duncan Donuts while perusing of this Nomad book read.  I like learning that the famed Damascus rose scent stems from Damascus so anytime one is fortunate to obtain a rose scented fragrance one is to think of this ancient place…

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Tea with Ainee ends with this reminder of how tea masters guarded their treasures with religious secrecy, and it was often necessary to open a whole series of boxes, one within another, before reaching the shrine itself—silken wrapping within whose soft folds lay the holy of holies. Rarely was the object exposed to view, and then only to the initiated.—Kakuzo Okakura

This tea legacy brought to the world from farthest east to Europe, the Mediterranean, to the Americas, and back again and continuing always in ways not ever imagine and enjoyed similarly by all who have come to know of the having of tea!

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Duncan Donuts everyone stops here

Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee & Jane of Lantern Hill, a reading of…

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Teatime with ainee ~~~~Tea and books—mmmmmm, two of life’s exquisite pleasures that together bring near – bliss.—Christine Hanrahan

What more is to be said of this divine elixir?

Take care not to spoil its purity,

For drinking wipes clean all dust and pain—

A drought of spiritual grace.

From the mountain,

Where it naturally lives,

I brought a tree to my own untamed garden.

The tree, to my great delight, flourished,

And now I can invite my friends over for some.—Wei Ying Wu

a bouquet of flowers in teapot needlepoint at Oh my gosh antiques

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Reading has gotten me into more and more worrisome trouble; I plug at it when not too depressed. Taking heed knowing that I will have to stop doing of this soon.

Stop of what?

This blogging and copying of others, as they are paid to do this, while I am not paid or known. Anyhow, I frequent the library more time than not. I have made mention of attending library book sales. Well this is how I came to stumbling on this book title

Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery

Jane of Lantern Hill Montgomery

Afternoon Tea

“An afternoon tea was in progress at 60 Gay when she arrived there. The big drawing-room, decorated lavishly with pale pink snap-dragons and tulips and maidenhair fern, was full of people. Mother, in orchid chiffon, with loose trailing lace sleeves, was laughing and chatting. Grandmother, with blue-white diamonds sparkling in her hair, was sitting on her favourite needle-point chair, looking, so one lady said, “Such an utterly sweet silver-haired thing, just like a Whistler mother.” Aunt Gertrude and Aunt Sylvia were pouring tea at a table covered with Venetian lace, where tall pink tapers were burning.”

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee sharing of this Centennial Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Palliser

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Teatime with ainee is honoring this upcoming Centennial Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Palliser in Calgary Canada. It is an FYI!

Afternoon Tea Dancing in the Streets

This Sunday, the castle-like hotel is hosting a party that will literally stop traffic along 9 Avenue S.W. The Fairmont Palliser’s Centennial Afternoon Tea Dance takes place Sunday, June 15 between 2 and 4 p.m.  There will be big bands and swing dancing in the street. Pastries will be given out and tea will be served. It’s an ode to the glory days of the Palliser’s afternoon tea dances.

The mid-afternoon parties are a product of the Victorian era that carried through the early 20th century when live orchestras would play and well-dressed guests would dance and snack into the early evening.

Tea dances were a way to cut costs — buffet-style afternoon parties with tea was much less expensive than a sit-down supper. The Fairmont Palliser did hold supper dances including the Cowboy Ball, held during the first week of the Calgary Stampede between 1924 and 1939, which was so popular that dancers overflowed the lobby onto the street.

PalliserPostcard(1) Tea Dancing weekend

Read entire article at: http://www.avenuecalgary.com/Things-to-Do/Afternoon-Tea-Dancing-in-the-Streets/

http://www.fairmont.com/palliser-calgary/

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Tea with Ainee’s reading of this book as suggested by the Mystery Book Club of Winthrop, MA

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Teatime with ainee always reading of something, when not too troubled for other wise…

“The ancient tea mountains bathed in the setting sunshine. The old tea trees stretching out their ancient branches as if turning their nose to the human world and recalling antiquity. ~Yang  Jiang Ming”

suggested reading:

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I. As  I read of this and wondered if Simon was indeed her lover return again to help her get through her nursing studies/duties as her father Frank Dobbs wants her to be an accomplish professional.

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Tea mentioning:

“Don’t be, Mrs. Daveham, Don’t be, take some tea.”

“Keeping Maisie’s hand in hers, the woman took the cup in her other hand and shaking, lifted it t her lips to sip the still-hot tea.”

“She moved only to pour more tea and to bring her own cup to her lips.”

“Maisie saw the face of the other people in the tearoom, occasionally looking toward them, drawn to a conversation they could not overhear but could not help observe.”

“Maisie took a sip of her tea and continued, “I questioned the coincidence of several men buried with only their Christian names to identify them…”

“Maisie sat on a large cushion on the floor sipping her tea, while cup and saucer on the floor and rubbed her cold feet.”

“We’ve got another half hour. Then let’s get up and go get ourselves a mug of that strong tea,” said Iris, making an attempt to reclaim the comfort of deep sleep.”

“One of the medical officers sat down with Iris and Maisie ready to gossip as he sipped scalding tea and took a bite out of the thick crust bread.”

“The two women left the tea shop and walked together toward the bus stop just outside the station where Enid would catch a bus to work.”

“Maisie looked sideways at her companions, who were continuing with their tea quietly in order to listen to conversation.”

“Father and daughter laughed together, then sat in companionable silence drinking tea and eating apple pie, comfortable with only the heavy tick-tock of the grandfather clock for company.”

“I’ll keep it with me all the time, just in case.” Maisie slipped the knife into her bag, leaned across to the table to kiss her father in the cheek, then reached for her tea.”

“After tea, Maisie walked through the gardens and down to the Dower house.”

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Newsletter story sharing from Simpsons and Vail (http://www.svtea.com/)

Sharing of this tea newsletter and their Quiche recipe

Simpson & Vail Inc., one of the oldest Tea companies in the USA, is a family owned business dedicated to offering quality teas from around the world. They have over 300 teas (black, green, oolong, decaf, flavored, flowering white and blends) from China, India, Japan, Bolivia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nepal, Indonesia, and Taiwan.

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At Simpson & Vail, the Harron family’s mission is to provide the highest standard in quality tea, providing good service and value to their repeated customers. The family is dedicated to bringing the finest quality, most health conscious products at the fairest prices. (I have been following along and when I received of this latest newsletter I thought to include of it in this post for a quick recipe section.)

The Harmutty tea estate is one of the oldest tea gardens in Assam, dating back to the 1870’s. It is located in the North East region of Assam, in the North Lakimpur district alongside the Dikrong river and bordering the forest of Arunachal Pradesh. The name Lakimpur is thought to be derived from “Lakshmi”, the name for the Goddess of Prosperity.

The golden tippy leaves are uniform in size and well styled. They brew to a smooth and malty cup with classic Assam boldness.

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 3 minutes.

Assam teas complement foods such as chocolate, spiced desserts, meat, strong cheeses, fish and more.
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Quiche with a Black Tea Crust and Green Tea Spinach

Quiche  and green tea spinach recipe

Crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp black tea, coarsely ground
1/3 cup butter, frozen
1/4 cup ice cold water

Preparation:
In a bowl mix together the flour and the tea leaves. Using a grater, grate the butter into small pieces and stir into the flour/tea mixture. Add ice water 1 Tbsp at a time and toss the dough lightly through your fingers to mix. Avoid pressing the dough together; let pieces fall separately.

When all the dry flour is mixed in, press dough into a ball and flatten it. Chill for at least 30 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface. Fold crust in half, slip it gently into a 9inch pie plate, and unfold. Trim edge so that it overhangs pie plate ¼ – ½ inch. Fold edge underneath itself and flute.

Filling:

1 tsp green tea (I used Gunpowder Green Tea) 
1 cup boiling water
1 lb fresh spinach leaves, washed and chopped
1 large leek, (white and pale green parts only), sliced (approx. 3 cups)
2 Tbsp butter
1 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup red pepper, finely chopped
4 eggs
1 cup half and half
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 cup swiss cheese ( I used Madrigal cheese)

Preparation:
Toast the green tea over medium heat until the tea is lightly browned (approximately 5 minutes). Remove from the heat, put the toasted leaves in a measuring cup and fill with 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 2 minutes then strain the leaves out and return the brewed tea to the pan. Heat on low and add the chopped spinach leaves and cook until wilted. Remove from the heat, strain and cool.

In another frying pan melt the butter and add the leeks, cooking, on medium-high heat, until they are tender. Remove from the heat when done and cool.

Preheat the oven to 425.

Retrieve the crust from the refrigerator and, on a floured surface, roll out the crust to fit into a 9-inch pie plate (see directions above).

In a bowl beat the eggs with a whisk. Add the cream, salt, pepper and mustard and whisk. Add the cheese and stir.

In the crust, layer the leeks, then spinach, corn kernels, and finally the red pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables. Cook at 425 for 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 375 and bake for another 20 minutes, until the center is set and the top is lightly browned.

A slice of quiche with a fresh green salad – a heavenly treat!

Quiche recipe completed with salad side dish

http://www.svtea.com/Assam-Harmutty-Estate-Black-Tea/productinfo/T0914/

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Tea with Ainee enjoyed several cups of tea while perusing of these tea findings and mentioning.  I am happy to say that tea continues to have that strange influence over my mood; a strangeness in power; in that it can change the way I see of things, changing it for the better, so that I can have hope where there may have not been any before. Because without tea, I would give up, residing only in discouragement and despair which at times I feel it so over whelming-ly so. Anyhow, it is becoming serendipitous by nature or habitual it seems like. If stopping here for a visit, imploring of all, to keep the warmth alive!

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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