Here we have a really charming Tea Cosy.
It’s beautifully hand embroidered in blue and white, with a rich navy velvet to the reverse.
To keep your little tea pot warm. Whilst your brew steeps.
How do you make your perfect cup of tea?
Warm the pot.
Pour hot water (not boiling, never boiling water), over the leaves.
Steep for 2 minutes if it’s red tea, up to 7 minutes if it’s green tea.
If you have milk:
Milk? How very dare you.
The milk goes in after and definitely not before.
And of course, if it’s loose leaf tea, which I certainly hope it is, because tea bags are just so infra dig, then once your cup is empty it’s time to read your leaves.
Tea leaf astrology.
Swirl the cup around, let the leaves settle, squint quite hard at the pattern remaining, and then using all your powers of imagination, turn the pattern into a shape you recognise.
Don’t pretend you haven’t done the same with clouds:
Dragons, Diamonds, Druids, Donkeys, Dentures, Dolphins, Doris Day.
All of life is there. In the bottom of your cup. Which must be Bone China – it goes without saying.