I was thinking as I read your comments that it would be nice to see some of your favorite teapots. Most of mine have memories attached to them, but I got them all together along with some of my favorite creamers, even though I don't use cream in my tea. (There's always coffee for cream!)
My mother was a collector of elephants, so I have a few with an elephant shape, others from friends, but one of my favorites is on the left, many colors, and a gift from my late husband. He knew how I loved tea and had to live with my passion for color.
My grandmother had a little pottery shop in the 50's, and some of the creamers were from her shop, the tiny ones in particular. I have others, larger, from her shop as well, but didn't include them in the photo. The ones here are the ones I use most often.
O and never ever wash your teapot. Teapots age with their history and the flavour of your tea increases with the age of your teapot. Swish with boiling water only. No soap. I also have different teapots for herbal and caffinated teas. I am planning a fun 'high tea' when we finish our garden hardscaping for my local gardening friends and mentioned this to my mother when I brought her out to visit last summer. One week later a big box of her and my grandmother's teacups arrived. I get misty whenever I think about this incredible gift from her. My high tea will be incredible just because of these cups. Thanks Sharron for another wonderful article. Never stop writing ma amie ^_^
Hi Dahlia, my dancing friend!
Very nice to hear from you.
I should have said that in my article about washing the teapots, but failed to do so. Another thing, I have a different pot for my mints too.
Your mother is a lady after my own heart. I would not be able to get my teacups and saucers all in one photo, but I have those too...very delicate, some of them. You are so fortunate to have those your mother sent.
When you have your high tea, don't forget to show pictures and let me know. What a delightful idea.
O I will share for sure Sharron. Hats and cravats will be mandatory for fun. It will be a luvly day in the garden. Tea as a social is a tradition that has been sadly forgotten IMPO and I think it will be a luvly event (unless we get h*a*i*l*e*d on and then it will be a bummer).
I had read re not washing one's tea pot with soap; have already read that you can make a paste out of baking soda and a little water and put into your pot or cup (swish around with a paper towel) - rinse well; this paste removes the tea stains that sometimes builds up. I've done this many times and it has not affected tea flavors.
Sharran, your articles are blessings to me - they always teach me something or touch my Heart. Much thanks - Judy/Texas