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Elephant's tea party with an elephant and three men from March 1939

Elephant’s tea party

Reasons why Christine dislikes this image

When I first showed Christine this image she recoiled in horror. These are some of the reasons why:

  • Christine is afraid of elephants
  • This elephant is very large
  • It is not clear how they persuaded the elephant to cooperate

In summary

It would be unwise to surprise Christine with an elephant. But she always likes a cup of tea!

Image Credit*

From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/ejffG6; Elephant’s tea party, Robur Tea Room, 24 March 1939, by Sam Hood; No known copyright; retrieved April 2016

*Added post-workshop due to time constraints during workshop!

Teacups and Tea: A Heavenly Match

Delicious Orange Pekoe with milk in a attractive cup and saucer

A great way to start AND end the day!

This media post is about tea and teacups. All the images were taken from Flickr and all the image credits are at the end.

Cup of clear tea on small red tiles

Inviting brew

Teacup shown on side on top of matching sauce and plate

Delicate china with an angular handle

Teacup and saucer with leaf-shaped edges that make drinking elegantly difficult

Unusual leaf design: Probably hard to drink from with any elegance!

The Teacups ride at a fairground

Some mornings this still wouldn’t be enough tea!

Image Credits

Image 1: From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/69pupg; image by https://www.flickr.com/photos/evmaroon/; some rights reserved https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/; retrieved May 2016

Image 2: From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/7opMHm; image by https://www.flickr.com/photos/moonlightbulb/; Some rights reserved https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/; retrieved May 2016

Image 3: From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/4tKa1b; image by https://www.flickr.com/photos/twopinkpossums/; some rights reserved https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/; retrieved May 2016

Image 4: From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/5pZDa4; image by  https://www.flickr.com/photos/72861652@N00/; some rights reserved https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/; retrieved May 2016

Image 5: From Flickr https://flic.kr/p/8HE9RK; image by https://www.flickr.com/photos/jyllish/; some rights reserved https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/; retrieved May 2016

Perfect Tea in 6 Steps!

Teapot with picture of the sun on it, awaiting some tea.

A Sunny Outlook for a Fine Drink

Looking for the perfect cuppa? Follow our guide for the perfect brew…

1. Fill your kettle with freshly-drawn water

Only freshly-drawn water can bring out the full range of notes and flavours in your tea. It goes without saying that the water should be cold when you decant it into the kettle.

2. Pre-warm your teapot

A cold teapot is a terrible thing; use the first set of boiling water to scald your teapot and bring it back to life. Chipped mugs and handle-less crockery have no place at a refined table. Ensure your china is clean and in keeping with the season.

3. Add tea and boiling water to teapot

Select your finest tea leaves and allow one teaspoon per person, plus one for the pot. As soon as the kettle comes to the boil (not a moment before, not a moment after), carefully pour the water into the teapot. Ensure you do not allow any tea leaves to swill too far up the inside of the teapot, or, heaven forfend, out of the teapot.

4. Leave to steep to perfection

How long to allow your tea to brew has been debated for centuries. but science has supplied us with a definitive answer. Ignore the boffins at your peril! Add a modest amount of milk to the teacups. Not enough milk and your china may suffer from tea taint. Too much milk and you may as well be drinking dishwater. Be prudent with your portions.

5. Pour the tea (without spilling)

The moment has almost arrived, but steady your hand so you can pour bold and true; aim for a steady, steaming stream and direct it around the lower inside of the teacup. Do not overfill the cup or spill even a drop into the saucer.

6. Enjoy!

Perfection awaits! Now you may reward yourself with the finest of brews, the pinnacle of taste, the tincture of the gods. You deserve this, so take a moment to relish your achievements.

Elephant's tea party with an elephant and two men from March 1939

Elephant’s tea party

Image Credits

Image 1: Teapot photo taken by M. Higgins, used with permission; April 2016

Image 2: From Flickr; https://flic.kr/p/ejffG6; Elephant’s tea party, Robur Tea Room, 24 March 1939, by Sam Hood and posted by https://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/; No known copyright; retrieved April 2016