Welcome friends for tea this week. 'Taking Time for Tea' is a book written by Diana Rosen from Storey Publishing who have graciously sent me the book to review. Normally I review gardening books but I couldn't resist a tea book for a change to share.
From the pretty cover to her most inner thoughts about tea, Diana also writes about the history and lore of tea as well as seasonal celebrations that include recipes.
"Taking the time to prepare tea for others is an important bridge of communication, and carefully preparing tea for ourselves is a vital link to our deepest core. This, then, is what tea means to me: the embrace of friendship, quiet contemplation, and the sustenance that can bring inner serenity and peace". (Page 1)
"Meditation, with a cup of tea is time to suspend thought, ease your mind and body, and rest your soul. Giving yourself 10 minutes a day with a cup of tea will go a long way toward improving your health, your happiness, and thus your life." (Page 3)
I assembled some tea things on a silver tray which include our family monogram on the tray and a lacy linen napkin.
The pink, black and white quilt on the bed is hand stitched and purchased from a woman in Tignish, Prince Edward Island when we were there on vacation years ago. Sandi, our host for Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage lives in the picturesque province of PEI.
And the final quote to share from Diana's book are words I wish for all of my tea friends.
"Tea is a supreme blessing, an infinite gift, not unlike the treasure of life. May it always be the conduit between friends and family as you walk through your passages of life".
Taking Time for Tea ~ 15 Seasonal Tea Parties to Soothe the Soul and Celebrate the Spirt
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I hope you'll visit our hosts and their guests for a cup of tea.