There is nothing like a cup of tea and a good book.
In this case, it is a book about tea:
The Chinese Art of Tea by John Blofeld.
Mr. Blofeld was a world renowned writer and scholar who
devoted his life to the study of Eastern traditions.
I've just started the book and it is a delight.
Full of history and stories that will fit in with one of my
Food and Feast tours at the museum.
The tea cup is one I found at Anthropologie.
There are no markings on the bottom of the cup or the saucer.
I love the orange color and the shape of the cup.
It is very thin and you can feel the tea in the cup.
In Mr. Blofeld's words:
"Tea is at its best when enjoyed in pleasant surroundings, whether indoors or out, where the atmosphere is tranquil, the setting harmonious. A large party is distracting, whereas the company of two or three relaxed and friendly people contributes to the enjoyment of unusually fine tea. The other two essentials are very pure water and a set of tea-things that please the eye on account of their subdued, unostentatious beauty, thus adding to the prevailing atmosphere of tranquil harmony. Nevertheless, a perfect combination of these five --- setting, company, tea, water and tea-things -- will fail to work its magic in the absence of the special attitude required to do them justice."
"The key to that attitude is mindfulness. The world today is so full of distractions that mindfulness, which must have come about spontaneously in times gone by, has to be cultivated. Once this has been achieved, a thousand hitherto unnoticed beauties will reveal themselves. For example, there is music in the hiss and bubble of a kettle, a springtime freshness in the fragrance of the steam rising from the teacups, and a gentle exhilaration -- too subtle to be apparent to a distracted mind -- results from certain mysterious properties inherent in the tea itself, particularly in the case of green and oolong teas as opposed to black teas. "
"The spirit of tea is like the spirit of the Tao: It flows spontaneously, roaming here and there impatient of restraint."
Thanks to our tea party hostesses.
These are just a few of the tea parties in the Land of Blog.
Wishing YOU well and a wonderful cup of tea!