Throughout the ages, camellias have been used to represent everything from desire to steadfast love across different cultures. Pink camellias are supposed to indicate longing and red camellias passion or desire, whereas a combination of red and pink camellias expresses romantic love.
Enough about the flower, what about the leaves we all brew and love? Some of you may have heard of the five languages of love, which can all be expressed through tea:
Words of affirmation: Instead of ‘going for coffee’, ask someone on a date by saying “Let’s share some tea”. Or, if you’re happily partnered, offering tea or praising a good cuppa is just as loving.
Acts of service: Making someone a cup of tea, need I say more?
Gifting: Give tea or teaware. You can go the extra mile by finding something personal – a rare tea, a custom blend, a special accessory.
Quality time: Tea up an extra long sipping session with your loved one. You know it’s not just about the tea but time you share.
Physical touch: They say a cup of tea is like a hug so if your love is long distance, tea is a potential substitute (if you’re hugging in real life though, don’t do it with a hot cup of tea in your hands).
This Valentines Day, or any day, the perfect way to say ‘I love you’ is right in front of you!!
Well tea lovers, I have spent all day in my garden today. Mowing the lawn, weeding, and planting new plants. Call me crazy, but there is something peaceful and calming about pottering around in the garden. That sense of grounding, of being close to ‘Mother Earth”. It is as there is nothing else in the world except me and the greenery that surrounds me. At the end of the day, I sat there with a pot of my favourite tea, fulfilled and at peace.
In this crazy busy full and hectic life that we live, there are not many places that we can go to recharge our batteries, and to re connect with ourselves and the earth.
Tomorrow, the Bedfordale Bush Markets (@bedfordalemarkets) are celebrating ‘sustainable gardening’. Come down and say hi, chat to other like-minded gardeners, and pick up some supplies for your garden!
The markets are on from 8-1pm. Hope to see you there!!
Crazy Tea Lady x
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body but the soul” Alfred Austin
Well this is my first blog…ever!! It is something that I have wanted to do for such a long time, as I have so much to say about tea, and all the wonderful things about having tea in my life.
And I desperately wanted it to be perfect! So have kept putting off starting it, because it wasn’t the right day, I was not in the right frame of mind, the weather wasn’t right! However, I have now realised that all of those things are never all going to be all in line, because life simply isn’t like that. And if I keep waiting, I will be missing out on doing something that makes me happy. So…..here goes!
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting some lovely women at an afternoon tea for International Women’s Day. Many of them had faced adversity in their lives. I was blown away by their determination and strength to be the best people that they can be, in spite of what life had thrown at them. At the centre of all this was their ability to count their blessings daily, to highlight the positives, and to be grateful for the good things in their lives. And they did not sit and meditate for hours upon end to do this, but simply incorporated gratitude into their normal daily activities.
I have been told by many people that they simply do not have time to use loose leaf tea to make their daily cup of tea, and that tea bags are quicker and easier. I agree. Tea made from loose leaves does take more time. You have to measure out the tea, place it in an infuser or pot, and allow time for the leaves to unfurl and steep, so that the full flavour of the tea can be appreciated. However, it is during this time, that I practice my daily gratitude. In that five minutes, I step out from the madness of my day, breathe in the freshly made tea, and mentally acknowledge three things that I am grateful for. Sometimes this is not easy to do, especially if the day isn’t going so well. And I would say that this is when I need it the most! The making of my cup of tea allows me to stop, relax and refocus…..the ultimate mindfulness!!! And I get to enjoy a lovely cup of tea afterward, which always makes me happy!
In our crazy world today, anything that gives you a few minutes just for YOU has to be a good thing!!