Monday, March 16, 2015

Hunting For Spring

Daylight savings time has arrived.
I admit, I don't like the dark mornings.
Why do "we" have to muck with time??!!

Daylight savings means spring is just around the corner
and I decided to go hunting for spring in my teacups.

That led me to one of my newest (new to me) teacups.

Spring  Tea

Isn't she pretty?
This is a Rosina teacup.
The iris is one of my favorite blooms.
I couldn't resist this teacup when I found it at The Guild Shop.
The gold edging is worn off in some areas,
but for me, that just means that it was well loved.
I found the adorable little bunnies at the same time.

Easter Tea

I've had the teapot for years.
I love the shape and the decoration.
The only mark on the bottom of the pot are the words
Made in Japan.
You read that correctly -- not made in China!

Spring Tea

When I make a pot of tea,
I normally use loose tea.
I have so much tea in tea bags
(mostly gifts and spur of the moment purchases)
that this time
I made a pot of tea with tea bags from the Republic of Tea.
Imperial White Tea with Persimmon.

Spring Tea

100% white tea is also known as China White.
It has a low-caffeine delicacy and is the most minimally-processed of all tea varietals.
Once reserved for the cups of emperors and the nobility, 
this high mountain China White Tea (from China's Fujian Province)
 still remains one of the rarest of all teas.
The end white downy buds are painstakingly hand-plucked,
only two days of the year, right before the leaf opens.
Because it is so minimally processed,
White Tea retains the highest level of disease preventative antioxidants
known as polyphenals.

Spring Tea
Be Funky Processing
The Republic of Tea has a few teas that are Organic and Non GMO.
Imperial White is one of those.

I'm not sure how long I've had Imperial White with Persimmon!
I note that it is no longer available at The Republic of Tea.
The container had not been opened
and I could smell the persimmon when it was opened.

I made a pot of tea that had a subtle, slightly sweet taste.
The taste was delicate with just a hint of the persimmon.
I'll enjoy several more pots full as I go hunting for spring!

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

I'm joining several tea parties:

* Information about Imperial White Tea from the The Republic of Tea.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Irises are one of my favourite flowers too. And I love those wee bunny babies!

Donna said...

What a beautiful tea with lovely spring husband wants us to leave the clocks alone too!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What a lovely tea post! Your new teacup looks absolutely perfect with your treasured teapot! and your sweet wee bunny costumed figurines are TOO CUTE!
I have never seen any like that and they just brought the biggest grin on my face!

You will hate me but last fall I had our landscaper tear out all my iris - purple, white, peach and yellow. I want a more tidy and compact garden and the iris bloomed once then became a gangly mess the entire rest of summer. I think I will just buy them from the florist when I want them - because I love them in a vase, just not my gardens anymore. (I know, I am evil.)

Have a blessed day!

Ruth W said...

I love your spring Rosina teacup! A favorite maker of mine! The teapot is a beauty too! I love white tea as well. Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Millie said...

The design of that teapot is gorgeous. I like the composition of your photo too.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

The teacup and teapot make a wonderful pair - love the colors. And love the info about the tea.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, your bunnies are just too cute! Your iris teacup is a pretty one and I love the shape of your teapot. Thanks for joining me for tea and Happy St Patrick's day!


Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

Your iris teacup is a great find and goes so well with your teapot. I really like it's shape and top. I've been trying to drink more white tea recently. Too bad the persimmon tea from Republic of Tea is no longer available. I will have to take a look at their other white teas. Glad they carry organic ones. Thanks for sharing!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

So pretty and so springy! I feel more relaxed after reading your post about your teatime:)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a pretty teacup you found, Snap. Your teapot is a beauty, too. Thank you for the Information on the China White tea. That was very interesting. I wish I could share a cup with you!

Margie said...

Very pretty teacup and teapot! Thanks for sharing the info on white tea.

Michelle said...

That persimmon tea sounds lovely.

Tea in Texas said...

Wonderful spring cup and saucer! The iris pattern is the so perfect with your teapot for they were made for each other! Your bunny figurine is darling for your tea time. I feel the same about daylight savings for they should just leave it one way! Our Texas state goverment has a bill to change the time and have it like Arizona. I do hope it passes! Have a great week!

Thanks, Pam

Martha's Favorites said...

Everything looks so beautiful and pretty. Just ready for spring. Love today's post. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Linda said...

Everything is gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

Maria A. said...

Hi Snap, your china is so pretty! It looks perfect to announce the coming Spring... and the bunnies, too.
Thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos.

Carrie said...

Lovely iris teapot and teacup--definitely puts me in the mood for spring, especially when combined with those bunny figurines!

Bernideen said...

Your little tea vignette is so sweet. Your cup and saucer are love. Rosina's are always wonderful! The teapot from Japan is lovely too!

Dorothy Borders said...

What lovely tea things. They really do say "spring."

Vee said...

When you find spring, do let us know! I enjoyed reading about white tea and seeing your beautiful iris tea cup and the tea pot. Any tea pot is a favorite with me as long as it pours well.

Jean | said...

Delightful tea photos! Love those irises. I, too, prefer loose tea and rarely use teabags.