Are you like me, longing for the little things in life? Here in France we are back in a lockdown situation. It is not as tight as last Spring, but we are still being very careful and I have to admit there are some things I am really missing.
Of course first and foremost I am missing seeing our family. Parents, children as well as good friends, all of this is put on hold for the moment.
So today, and in anticipation of next year when we can get back to a more normal lifestyle, I’m thinking about the simple pleasure of afternoon tea. When my children were growing up, tea time was a Big Thing. Endless tea-parties with home made cakes and breads, it was such fun.
But in my family, the absolute queen of high tea was my grandmother! Be it in the garden on a summer afternoon, or in front of the fire when it got cold, nobody could lay a tea quite like her. Small embroidered napkins and the obligatory cake fork. Tiny sandwiches, individual home made cakes, a subtle mix of bite sized morsels, some sweet, some savoury …. and of course the tea itself.
She used loose-leaf tea, with a proper tea strainer and a pretty tea pot in its tea cosy. I loved it! She aways warmed her pot with a quick swirl of boiling water, before adding the tealeaves. Boiling water was poured in, the tea well stirred, the lid put on and the tea left to stand for two minutes.
Today when now and again I sit down for tea with a friend, I love to make it pretty. Individual cakes are a must, either from the patissier or home made, and a good quality tea with lemon or milk according to taste. I’m currently using this Degrenne teapot, with the inbuilt compartment for the tea, it is so practical.
A ‘proper’ teatime requires that nobody is in a hurry, and ‘teatime’ can last for an hour or two. This is a moment for conversation, for sharing, for catching up and caring. All those things will happen again soon, and in the meantime we have these pretty memories of tea time in the garden this summer.
For more information on the Degrenne teapot, check out our MFCH Boutique here We are carrying the pot in two colours and two sizes.