Monday, August 15, 2011

Drink More Tea

I would like to share a new tea cup and my favorite tea pot with you.
I found the tea cup at Ross. Pretty in Pink!
On the bottom it reads:
Fine China
Dishwasher Safe
Made in China

Drink More Tea

I've had the Bridgewater Tea Pot (for Past Times) for years.
I love that is says Drink More Tea on one side
Love and Live Happy 
on the other!


I'm still reading The Chinese Art of Tea by John Blofeld.
It can be rather dull reading, but is fascinating at the same time!
Mr. Blofeld collected tea stories, tea songs, tea poetry his entire lifetime
and shares some of those in this book.
Here is one I especially liked and will share on 
Food and Feast tours at the museum:

Under Rare, Legendary and Otherwise Curious Teas he lists
Monkey Tea.

"The first Monkey Tea came from a lonely place haunted by wild beasts, but in the hidden valleys there used to be numerous monasteries with monks or tenants engaged in farming and fruit growing.

According to an old story, a very young novice from Heavenly Wisdom Monastery was looking after some pear trees covered with ripening fruit. Suddenly a large tribe of monkeys came swarming from the forest and set about gobbling up the pears. By the time a few monks came running to help, the trees had been stripped and branches broken, so they all walked back to the monastery with dragging steps, expecting a severe scolding from the abbot. Instead, the old man said resignedly: 'Heaven commands us to show compassion to all living creatures, and so does the teaching of the Buddha. Things come and go. Moreover, monkeys, like all sentient beings, have a spiritual nature. They have taken our pears. Well, so be it.'

Henceforward those holy men allowed the mischievous animals to come and go freely, and the latter, gradually losing their inborn fear of humans, came to regard the monks as friends. The winter that year was unusually cold: heavy falls of snow lay upon trees and mountains, and hundreds of pitiful beasts starved to death. After some weeks a horde of ravenous monkeys invaded the monastery grounds and ran agitatedly around, half-pleading, half-menacing, as though to say:
'Please give us food, or else we shall just have to break in and take it."
So the abbot ordered that bags of food be taken out and distributed to the monkeys;  whereupon the animals uttering loud cries seized the bags and ran back into the forest.

With the arrival of spring came the time for harvesting tea leaves. While this arduous labour was being performed, monkeys came swarming down from the peak dragging along the old bags which now bulged with freshly picked young tea leaves. 'It was as though one's friends were to come back with baskets of peaches to make return for a gift of pears!' The tea, having been picked in places inaccessible to man, was found to be of unrivaled quality. In view of these circumstances, fine tea from that locality became known as monkey tea."

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!


Deb said...

I had Iced Oolong this morning and hot green tea with lunch. I hope the reports of wonderful health benefits are true. I believe that if I drank from one of your beautiful teacups, every part of me would benefit!

Martha said...

Very pretty!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Snap, Gorgeous tea cup --and teapot... Having a gorgeous cup makes the tea taste better. Right????

Loved reading about the monkey tea.

Janet said...

I love the tea theme. The arrangement of the Drink More Tea-pot is so beautiful.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Snap,
An interesting post! Love your pretty teacup and I like the teapot too. Thanks for joining me for tea today and enjoy your week.


Millie said...

That's a cute teapot...and the cup and saucer are pretty.

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

I agree..Drink More Tea!! cute pot and cup but best is the story! Thanks for sharing that kindly w/ your readers! Hugs

Pondside said...

If I ever get to England, the souvenir that I'll bring home will be a Bridgewater tea pot!

Johanna said...

Hi Snap,
what a wonderful ea china you show today and a nice story. Thank you for sharing this delight. May I invite you for a tea, too?
Best greetings to you and your furbabies, Johanna

Lavender Cottage said...

What a great story! I hope you'll share other interesting tidbits from the book.

Lavender Cottage said...

I was so wrapped up in reading the story, I forgot to say how much I like your teapot, a real treasure. The teacup is pretty, very dainty looking.

Birdwoman said...

Fascinating information about my drug of choice.

♥ Miss Tea said...

i love your "drink more tea" teapot! so adorable! and loving ur teacup and saucer too, gorgeous pink! i do love bridgewater collection also. thanks for sharing the monkey tea story! x susan

Antiques And Teacups said...

I LOVE that teapot! That's a great find...and great advice! How fun and a great story as well. Thanks for sharing & visiting!

Vee said...

Hi there just got here to look at your lovely forget-me-knot tea cup I love it. Fabulous! Vee

parTea lady said...

Your dainty teacup is very pretty and I really like that teapot. Thanks for relating the story of how Monkey Tea got its name - I'd never heard this.

Sharon said...

I loved the story. I think we should have more monkey tea, don't you. What goes around comes around... thanks for the story I loved it and your precious teapot.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Great tea story. Hope you are enjoying yours. xox Corrine

Princesa Nadie said...

Thank you for your tea in that lovely cup
That book must be really interesting

Patti said...

Lovely teapot and teacup. Since pink, green, and white are my favorite colors, I am really in love with the teacup.

I love Ross. The one near me has a great inventory all the time. I've seen pretty teacups there, but not the one that you have.

Thanks for sharing,

Terri said...

Your new cup is so pretty with all those colorful violets strewn all around it! The tea pot too is fab, the sayings just wonderful!
Thank you for sharing the story, I enjoyed reading about Monkey Tea.

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Snap, What a darling tea cup from Ross. I find the best treasures there too. Love the tea pot and the sayings on each side.
Your story is delightful with a wonderful meaning behind it.

Thank you for sharing!
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Sherry said...

What a lovely teacup. Enjoyed the story of tea. Thanks!

Kathy said...

Fascinating story! Love your new teacup - gorgeous flowers! Hope you have a marvelous day,

Melissa said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Loved this story. Happy sipping.

Martha's Favorites said...

Wow! What an interesting post. Tea Cup Tuesday has taught me so many things. Thanks for this story. Have a great weekend. Blessings, Martha

xinex said...

I love the teacup, so feminine!...Christine