Two Happy Teacups
Spring – Welcome Summer
the arrival of spring, we celebrated our 6 month
anniversary on May 1st. It’s hard to believe we’ve been
open 6 months already! Each day brings us a new experience, a new
friend and a new recipe for you to savor. We hope that you have
enjoyed our first six months as much as we have and we so look
forward to many more months and years together.
welcome summer with the installation of central air conditioning,
the opening of our outdoor dining area and the introduction of iced
tea flights, which is a refreshing sampling of 4 different freshly
brewed iced teas.
added a variety of new teas to tantalize your taste buds and in the
gift shoppe new items arrive daily. As we welcome summer and the
outside temperature rises, stop by The Talking Teacup for the best
hot or iced tea brewing and a delicious breakfast or lunch.
A word about Tea
know that Chamomile tea could be used to make an inexpensive organic
Chamomile tea used in a garden is an excellent preventative for
damping-off and as a fungus fighter. It’s a good idea to use it on
seed starting soil, seedlings or any humid planting area. It also
works great combating fungus on rose plants.
make: Pour 2 cups boiling water over 8 tea bags of chamomile
tea. Add one teaspoon of baking soda. Let steep until cool and
strain into a spray bottle. Spray to prevent damping off and
anytime you see any fuzzy white growth on the soil or plants.
Chamomile garden tea will keep for about a week before going bad.
This, as well
as many additional tea related products, can be purchased at The
Talking Teacup Gift Shoppe.
Stories to warm the heart
Losing Your Marbles
The older I get, the
more I appreciate time. A few weeks ago, sitting at the kitchen
table with a steaming cup of tea in one hand and the morning paper
in the other I tuned the radio into one of those morning call in
shows. An older gentleman was speaking. He was telling the caller
something about "a thousand marbles." I was intrigued so I paused
to listen. “Well caller, it sure sounds like you're busy with your
job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be
away from your family so much. It’s too bad you missed your
daughter's dance recital.”
He continued, "Let me tell you something caller, something that has
helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities." And that's
when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."
"You see, I sat down one day and did a little math. The average
person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and
some less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. Now
then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the
number of weeks that the average person has in their entire
lifetime. "Now, stick with me caller, I'm getting to the important
part. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all
this in any detail," he went on, "and by that time I had lived
through over twenty-eight hundred weeks. I got to thinking that if
I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand weeks left
"So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I
ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1000 marbles.
I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic jar
right in my living room. Every week since then I’ve taken one
marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles
diminish, I focus more on the really important things in life. There
is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to
help get your priorities
"Now let me tell you one last
thing before I let you go. This morning, I took the very last marble
out of my container. I figure that if I make it until next week
then I have been given a little extra time and who couldn’t use a
little more time, a few more marbles, a few more memories. Caller,
it’s now your time, those
are your marbles, what are
you going to do with them?”
went silent, I tilted my head towards the radio and looking at its
dial I just had to smile. That morning,
planned to wash the windows and then I was going to do the dishes,
maybe clean the clothes. Instead, I bounced upstairs and woke up
my husband with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you to breakfast."
"What brought this on or have you lost your marbles, I’m trying to
sleep here?" he asked with a smile. "Oh, nothing special, it's just
been a long time since we spent a special morning together. Hey,
while we’re out do you mind if we stop at a toy store? I need to buy
If you've joined us
for Tea and had occasion to sit within our lovely enclosed porch, or
perhaps peaked out one of the side windows in the main dining room,
you may have noticed the old “Pennsylvania Blue” fieldstone patio
right outside. Perhaps you wondered if we were planning on
offering outside dinning someday. Well, wonder no more, because
we’re happy to announce the opening of our:
Garden Tea Service
shaded, under the canopy of a majestic 200-year-old English walnut
tree, and surrounded by nicely trimmed 15-foot hedges, our Garden
Tea offers a special secret place to enjoy the outdoors while
savoring a delicious breakfast or lunch and a wonderful pot of
tea. Or, for a cooling change of pace, sample a refreshing flight
of our fresh brewed iced teas.
There is a natural affinity of tea and the garden. Chinese legend
says that the very first tea was brewed outdoors by the Emperor Shen
Nung when leaves from a tea bush, Camellia Sinensis, fell
into some water he was boiling while on a trip around his kingdom.
This must have been a lovely place, a garden spot for sure, if tea
plants surrounded him. To honor that legend we’ve included in our
Tea Garden’s landscape two beautiful tea bushes. While Camellia
Sinensis, is marginally hardy in our area, we’re hoping they’ll
do just fine in our little garden spot.
Tea and gardens also have a historical connection with The Talking
Teacup. You see, the original part of our Farm House was built in
1761 which just so happens to be the same time that tea gardens, as
they were called, historically came into being.
Tea Gardens arose as a result of women’s demand for change in the
mid 1700’s. During that time coffee houses were all the rage,
combining business and gossip with the pleasure of drinking coffee
and tea. Although women enjoyed tea at home, they would not dare
set foot in a coffee house as they were a noisy and bawdy mixture of
business and decadence.
For women of the time, tea drinking was an occasion of great
ceremony and the precious tealeaves were kept in a locked caddy.
Once or twice a week the lady of the house would unlock the caddy to
serve tea as a family treat or to impress an important guest. Some
coffee houses, at that time, were selling the finest teas, however
women who valued their reputations would have no desire to enter
those places. Ladies wanting to buy fine teas had to send a
footman, or hired hand, inside to make the purchase.
Inevitably, those women demanded better service. Coffee houses
began to sell teas outside the confines of their rowdy walls. This
soon gave rise to serving tea outside the coffee house, oftentimes
in the rear garden. As social life in that century became more
sophisticated, the coffee houses gave way to the tea garden as the
new social meeting place.
So you see, while we harbor no illusions of grandeur about our
little tea garden replacing Starbucks coffee houses, we do find it
interesting that history is on our side! Come; enjoy a little piece
of history outdoors in our lovely little Tea Garden!