Monday, September 9, 2013

The Perfect Tea Pot (for Me)

by FabricGreetings

Many people can't seem to function in the morning without their cup of coffee. It is not a taste that I ever acquired and don't have the desire to start now. I do love the smell of freshly brewed coffee, but that is about the size of it. Anything with coffee flavor or mocha is just not on my radar.

Now tea is a different matter entirely. A cup of freshly brewed tea is a welcome treat at most any time of the day. I am not talking about a tea bag put in a mug and “nuked” in the microwave. I mean a pot of boiling water poured over a tea bag or a tea ball of leaves in a tea pot and allowed to steep for 5 minutes.

Which brings me to the purpose of this blog piece. I have several tea pots. One was my grandmother's and is part of a tea service. It is not particularly pretty to me, but it has been in my family for a long time. This little green pot has a pretty puny handle.

The tea pot that matches our china service is lovely. I like anything that is pink or has pink to it.....well not bubble gum! I really like the flared bottom to this pot. But take a look at the handle.

When my Mother died, I brought her tea pot home with me. It is a very functional pot. It is not made of china, but is rather a pottery type of tea pot with a country style. I like the little pointed top with the knob. Notice the handle.

They are all lovely tea pots and have brewed many cups of tea over the years. But the handles are really not that practical for someone who has hand problems like I do. I pot of tea is heavy. It is hard to lift the tea pot because it is off balance. You almost have to put your other hand under the spout to help raise it.

But along comes this plain white tea pot I found in Florida several years ago. It has no decorations, looks a little utilitarian and almost small. But this little pot has a bit of a surprise to it. Look at the handle. It is inset into the pot. I can easily lift this pot even when it is full to the top. It is perfectly balanced – no need to support the spout when I am pouring tea. And its fat little belly holds an astonishing amount of tea.

Isn't it wonderful when you find something that just works for you! I wish I had bought two of them when I saw this one. There is nothing like a good cup of tea to warm the soul. And a cup of tea made in a happy pot is even better.


jeanie said...

thanks for sharing your lovely collection Fabric.

April MooreMagnets said...

All lovely teapots!

sewsouk said...

I love tea too and am very particular. It must be from a tea pot and drunk in a china cup- tea doesn't come in mugs for me. Interesting tea pots especially the one with the unusual handle. My all time favourite tea pot got broken recently Haddon Hall china - it was like losing a friend!

nancy said...

Pretty teapots! Unfortunately, I never acquired a taste for tea.I wish I did like it - there are so many different varieties to choose from. I do love coffee though.

Lynn said...

What a great collection!