Welcome to letter E and to this year’s Theme:
The Glories of Tea With Stepheny
I know I will date myself when I say I am still appalled at the ‘straight from the gym’ appearance people wear on an airplane. It is a far cry from the hat and gloves I wore when I first traveled. I give thanks that children are still being taught to say, ‘please and thank you.’ I like knowing that my children and a few grandchildren were taught to set a table properly; something that will stand them in good stead long after I am gone. I believe that applying some simple etiquette when having tea adds to the refinement that is another part of the glories of tea. After watching this video, more than once if need be, should the Queen invite you to tea, you will be at your ease knowing how to stir your tea and that you are holding your cup properly. Have a lovely time!
In giving his etiquette tips, William Hanson talks about using loose leaf tea as opposed to tea bags. Loose tea needs a tea strainer. This suggests another quest, looking for beautiful pieces like these below. I find teabags less troublesome, but still, I have a gorgeous antique sterling tea strainer that my dear friend, Margaret, gave me years ago. It is a treasure that one day will be returned to her children. I have kept it safe and sound and loved it.