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The Search for Perfection. Bluebelle and Teaview: Chocolate Treasure and Chai Masala, Green Valley Spices

“Perfection is everywhere if we only choose to recognise it.” Kakuzō Okakura, The Book of Tea   A fellow teastagrammer (ahhhh, internet) recently posed a question: The search for perfection (1): Does perfection exist? Is there such a thing as the perfect cup of tea? In our perfection series of posts, we'll be documenting our… Continue reading The Search for Perfection. Bluebelle and Teaview: Chocolate Treasure and Chai Masala, Green Valley Spices

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Lacy Blue plus Teaview: High Tea with Harriet’s Sunday breakfast tea and The Brewing Crate subscription

I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature. Coco Chanel I’d never much been into lacy, frilly things when I was younger. In fact, I was rather repulsed by all things girly. Even when I got married at 23 (wow, 23) I chose a dress that… Continue reading Lacy Blue plus Teaview: High Tea with Harriet’s Sunday breakfast tea and The Brewing Crate subscription

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Red blossoms plus teaview: Perfect South, Shincha First Harvest

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust Some friends are for the moment and some for longer. Some friendships are fostered through mutual interests, or work, or study, or locality. And then there are some friends who own a piece… Continue reading Red blossoms plus teaview: Perfect South, Shincha First Harvest

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Thriftea art deco find, jam dots and Teaview: T2 French Earl Grey

There is a kind of beauty in imperfection – Conrad Hall Thriftea. See what I did there? *snort* I stumbled across this quirky trio in an op-shop. What is it even doing? It gabbled several languages in its haphazard green, orange, black and gold paint. I was confused and transfixed. I didn’t quite know what I thought of… Continue reading Thriftea art deco find, jam dots and Teaview: T2 French Earl Grey

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Oolong through the looking glass: New glass teaware plus teaview – T2 Oolong choc chai

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass. Don’t let… Continue reading Oolong through the looking glass: New glass teaware plus teaview – T2 Oolong choc chai

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Got any blacker? Plus Teaview: Japanese Sencha, T2

Does anyone remember that ad? Probably noone under thirty at the least (and definitely not outside of Australia). It pre-dates Not Happy Jan, which I’m told is barely within memory. How did I get this old? Anywho, yes, yes, I know. You’ve missed me. And I’ve been buying tea and teaware and not sharing it… Continue reading Got any blacker? Plus Teaview: Japanese Sencha, T2

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Dainty op-shop find, chocolate peppermint bites, plus Teaview: T2 Peace, Love and Peppermint

Some people say that I have a problem. I say they’re jealous. Meet my new dainty little set that I found at a local op-shop for $5. Stamped with “Haviland France” and “Haviland & Co. Limoges.” this delicate china cup and saucer is quite fine, with wear from love. A brief investigation seems to place… Continue reading Dainty op-shop find, chocolate peppermint bites, plus Teaview: T2 Peace, Love and Peppermint

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Quest for the Best – Scones. Recipe #1. Pumpkin scones. Plus teaview: Sydney Breakfast, T2

Welcome to the first instalment of my Quest for the Best series! My mission is to hunt out and try different recipes for classical favourites; sometimes traditional, sometimes with a twist. Scones, meatloaf, your mum’s lasagne recipe… nothing is safe! So join me on my odyssey of home-cookery and feel free to point me in the direction… Continue reading Quest for the Best – Scones. Recipe #1. Pumpkin scones. Plus teaview: Sydney Breakfast, T2