"There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon a loving eye;
There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by."
~ William C. Bryant
Hello Tea Friends,
I thought this was a fitting poem as we end the month of April. It just seems like yesterday I put away the Easter decorations.
Today's theme is the lovely fruit- the orange. We were fortunate to move into a house with some established fruit trees with one of them being an orange tree. The tree wasn't well cared for, so for the first two years the oranges were extremely sour. With some pruning, removal of another tree and organic fertilizing, the tree now produces delicious and tasty Valencia oranges which are great for juicing. Our tree blossomed in March and still has one orange hanging quite high. The blossoms (shown in the photo) are extremely fragrant when in bloom. The whole side of the backyard is wonderfully scented.
Well, now onto our featured teacup...Orange Blossom by Royal Albert. This teacup is part of the Blossom Time Series which I shared in my March 22 post. I inherited the Lilac teacup in the series and purchased this one on ebay. (Don't worry I won't feature each teacup in the series.) I connect with the lilac and orange blossom teacups because we have those trees in our backyard. I'm still on a quest to collect the rest because I think they will make a fine set for a party.
This teacup is in the Shelley shape and was produced between 1966-1970's in England. Looking at the photos online of the series, I thought this particular teacup would be the least attractive of the set. I was happily surprised when I opened the mailing package. It is prettier in person. The fine details of the blossoms and the addition of mint green adds beauty to this cup.
When I acquire my teacups through flea markets or online sources, I do wonder about their history. First owners? First country? Displayed or used?
Click here to see the rest of the teacups in the Royal Albert Blossom Time Series
This teacup needed an authentic orange-based tea and I have just the one: Market Spice Cinnamon Orange Tea. It is a strong black tea with natural orange flavorings and a whole lot of cinnamon! The scent is incredible and it's a great autumn tea-probably would make a great iced tea. It can be a bit strong for me in terms of spices, but has been a widely popular item at Seattle's Market Spice.
I know some of you live in or near Seattle so you may be familiar with their other items.
Thank you for visiting today and
have a great tea week!