After weeks of virtually no rain, it was so lovely to wake up here in Georgia and see gray skies and a saturated ground and hear the almost forgotten sound of rain. It felt like a "blue" sort of morning, yet it made me so happy! And when I looked in my tea cabinet, I noticed for the first time that a few of my blue teacups and saucers had ended up in a stack together. Perfect!
Blue teawares seemed just the thing for trying some new oolong tea that was a gift from a thoughtful tea friend. Oolong tea is sometimes referred to as "blue tea," not because of the color of the tea but because it is somewhere between green and black in terms of its production method and taste.
When I prepared my tea, which was rich and delicious with just a hint of a floral taste, I used one of my favorite cup and saucer sets. I think I've mentioned this Swinnertons Silverdale set before because it is so special to me. This was part of a set that belonged to my friend Liz's country grandmother. Years ago, she set aside her "egg money" to buy herself a pretty set of dishes. Can't you just picture this grandmother admiring this lovely blue design and imagining it in her kitchen? And to think, one of the teacups is now in mine!
I also never tire of seeing this backstamp with the tea kettle on it. It sure helped me enjoy singing the blues!