England, Family, History, Scones, Tea, Tea Accessories

Understated Celebration

As Queen Elizabeth II and her family celebrate her 70 years on the British throne with massive parties and festivities in the UK, I opted for a simple show of respect for the monarch here across the pond. My late mum adored the Queen. They were the same age and my mother had a tremendous… Continue reading Understated Celebration

England, History, Tea, Tea Accessories

The Fine Print

It was a happy, but slightly shocking mistake when I ordered a teapot from the iconic Cornishware® from England. The “seconds” sales always draw me in. Yes, the items are less expensive than their regular items, and yes, they’re sold with minor “defects” that make the product less-than-ideal for their high standards. But it’s still… Continue reading The Fine Print

England, History, Loose Tea, Tea Accessories, Tea Treats, Travel

Springtime Memories

10 years ago this month, Dave and I enjoyed about 5 days exploring London, England and some of the surrounding areas. It was Dave’s second trip to London, but my first. Yes, we hit the usual tourist places, but I thoroughly enjoyed the epic history around every corner. Today I enjoyed some of my favorite… Continue reading Springtime Memories

Bag Tea, Food, History, Ireland, Irish, Tea

All the Irish

Today is St. Patrick’s Day around the world. I’m Scotch-Irish on my mother’s side. Here’s the rundown from today’s tea break: The tea today is Barry’s Irish Breakfast from Cork, Ireland. The Claddagh teapot and mug are from Belleek in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland . The traditional Irish soda bread is made by me. The butter… Continue reading All the Irish

Food, History, Loose Tea, Scotland, Tea, Tea Treats

Outlander Tea Season

To honor the 6th season premier of the STARZ television series OUTLANDER, I whipped up a wee tray to pay tribute to the remarkable characters in the Diana Gabaldon A Breath of Snow and Ashes novel. I received a gift certificate from Art of Tea for my birthday in December. After receiving an email from… Continue reading Outlander Tea Season