I learned that January is Hot Tea Month!
Map of Ceylon showing her Tea industry
“We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven’t had any tea for a week…
The bottom is out of the Universe.”
—The Collected Poems of Rudyard Kipling
Original headquarters, I believe, of the Mariage Freres teahouse. The Mariage Brothers company was established in 1854, but the Mariage family has been involved in sequential tea enterprises since approximately 1660 under Louis XIV. Today, the passionate gourmet company boasts half a dozen tea emporiums, tearooms, and tea museums in Paris, and also one in Tokyo. “You cawn’t cawn’t cawn’t get a good cup of tea
they simply do not boil the water”
—Eloise in Paris, Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight
“…they had a Very Nearly tea, which is one you forget about afterwards, and hurried on to Pooh Corner, so as to see Eeyore before it was too late to have a Proper Tea with Owl.”
—The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne
Illustrated by Eugene Hartung (1897-1973), these amusing anthropomorphic cat scenes were published in the 1940s-60s by Alfred Mainzer, and are generally called “Mainzer Cat” postcards. Many traditional postcard collectors are rabid about them and would want to know that this one is from the 4916 series. But I wouldn’t want to sell it. This is one of my first postcards, passed on from Mama Snail. It was propped on my bookshelf when I was a wee snail, and I always felt bad for the maid-cat. The hostess-cat did not look forgiving.
“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”
—Notes from Underground, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Tea would arrive, the cakes squatting on cushions of cream, toast in a melting shawl of butter, cups agleam and a faint wisp of steam rising from the teapot shawl.”
—My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell