A Lively Spot of Tea

Er, I say, (adjusts monocle) it appears the teabag is attempting to escape. Cheerio, old chap!

You can’t rush a good cuppa. Dreadfully sorry, Brandi S.



  1. kibblenibble says:

    Time for a cup of…SQUEEE!

  2. Chase it down QUICK!!! Bag that teabag!!!

  3. *picks up the teabag by the tail and bobs it in the tea, before putting it on the saucer.* Deeeevine!

  4. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    Like the cute furry person.

    BUT/ AND I also COVET that particular pattern of porcelain; tiny lavendar blossoms, etc. And I’m NOT someone who generally goes all drippy, in the Bridal Registry Department….

  5. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    PS; is this the monocle in qweshtyun?
    (*HINT*: there’s an “extra bonus” in the picktcha!!!! 😉 )


  7. I would think you would prefer Royal Doulton with Hand-Painted Periwinkles.® :mrgreen:

  8. Rat cake, rat sorbet, rat pudding, or strawberry tart?

  9. I suddenly feel the urge to put on a very tall top hat & find a white rabbit.

  10. 260Oakley says:

    Contestant preparing for a wet tea-shirt contest

  11. Gigi (the original one) says:


  12. Gigi (the original one) says:

    I know you’re supposed to put the milk before the tea but I didn’t know you had to put the hammie BEFORE the milk!

  13. Awww! I wish I could have an afternoon tea companion like that. I just want to stroke the top of its head ever so gently with a finger tip.

  14. Here is that guys long lost brother, M.C. Hamster!

    Happy January!
    M.C. Hamster!
    M.C. Hamster!
    MC Advent Calander
    M.C. loves a dum dum

  15. The Mad Hatter may want a clean cup, but I’ll take this one. It’s all much of a muchnesszzzzzzzzzz

  16. victoreia says:

    Don’t you mean an invisible white rabbit? About six feet tall?

  17. I prefer a beaker, Hyacinth.

  18. Okay, I give up. What’s the, “extra bonus”?

  19. “Theresa,” Fern says in a quiet “Mom” voice. “Where did you get that video? Didn’t your father and I have a long talk with you about visiting certain sites?”

    “Now, if you just give me the number of the young man in the video, we won’t have to mention this to your father…”

  20. kibblenibble says:

    Oh, Theresa, thank you for this! 🙂

  21. Rat sorbet? Is it dead?

  22. Or, rather, “Strawberry tart? Euggh!”

  23. Milk BEFORE the tea? Tsk Tsk. Here, let us listen to the wise Christopher Hitchens as he educates us on proper tea preparation.


  24. I’ve said it before: The best way to get on CO is to put an animal in a beverage receptacle.

  25. Martha in Washington says:

    *checks just-finished cuppa*
    Nope, no hammie.
    *writes nasty letter to teabag company*

  26. Martha in Washington says:

    What upsets me most is when (well-intentioned but ignorant) waitresses want to ADD MORE WATER to your cup of tea!! Seriously, would you add tepid water to your cup of coffee? I think not!
    *steps off the soapbox, muttering to self and shaking head*

  27. Splendid.

  28. DewiCasGwent says:


    Please don’t start the Milk before or after the Tea argument.

    Milk was put in to the cup as the first tea cups had a nasty habit of cracking from thermal shock, the cool milk absorbed the worse of the heat and allowed the cup to survive.

  29. DewiCasGwent says:


    What is worth some waiting staff think Darjeeling, Earl Grey & even Green Tea are drunk with milk

  30. bookmonstercats says:

    I don’t know which is prettier, the china and the doily combo, or the hammie. That means I have to have both. Win for me!

    Erm, may I ask a tea-related question of our American cousins, please? I read a lot of US fiction. It seems to be invariably the case, from the books I read, that tea is made by heating a mug of water in the microwave. Is that the practice over theah?

  31. DewiCasGwent says:

    If you do make tea in the microwave either use a dirty cup or put the tea bag in the cold water then heat.

    A spotless cup can mean you have a cup super heated water, that will explode over you when you drop the teabag in

  32. Bah. Someone has to stand up to what is right and decent in this world!

  33. Guilty. In a pinch, I’ll toss a teabag in a mug of water and nuke it. But now, of course, I’ll be careful to first check for hammies.

  34. bookmonstercats says:

    Eeeh, bah gum. That’s not how tha’ mashes tea! Tha’ boils t’water in t’kettle – fresh water, mind, never re-boiled – and pours it into pre-warmed pot, swills it out, puts a spoonful of tea in for each person plus one for t’pot and lets it brew.

    Actually, nobody really bothers with pots nowadays, it’s a tea-bag in mug with water from a kettle, but I’d never come across heating the water in a microwave before I read those books. Thank you, Dewi and Fluffy. Tha’ lives an’ learns.

  35. Gigi (the original one) says:

    Unfortunate but some people I know do everything, cook meat, heat water, warm bread, make cofee and tea, etc. in the microwave because it’s fast.
    Personnally I think microwaves should be used only for heating frozen diners if you’re in a hurry and there is nothing else to eat in the house.

  36. baileysgrandmom says:

    I know I am no expert on china and/or tea service, but why does Hammie have TWO saucers under his beautiful cup? Did I miss something in Miss Stuffinpuff’s etiquette class? I do know that I have been drinking hot tea (in a clear glass mug) by the 55-gallon drum (well, sorta) since I have been iced-in in Atlanta. Not a single hammie, however…

  37. Gigi (the original one) says:

    Take a deep breath Druj, there isn’t that better 🙂 You shouldn’t take things so seriously it’s not good for you digestion.

  38. Bookmonstercats- I finally got an electric teapot, which works quicker than my old tea kettle and better than microwaving. I know better than to use the microwave, but I have been known to do that. Yes- it’s very very typical to just pop a mug of water with teabag into the microwave over heah.

  39. 260Oakley says:

    “Mashes” tea? I love it. I don’t drink the stuff, but now I almost want to so I could say I was mashing some. Pass the scones, please.

  40. Oakley — you don’t drink TEA? And here I thought you were perfect!

  41. (Response to Gigis post below)

    I am not serious. I thought that was obvious. I guess I need to learn to exaggerate even more to push the point through.

  42. *grabs cat*

    *looks around for suitable beverage receptable*


  43. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    Spam, spam, spam, spam,
    Spighetti spam, spam, spam …. 🙂

  44. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    click on the linkie-poo. Est gibts ein Katz mit Monocle. 🙂

  45. LiptonTeaBoy says:

    Just add boiling water and let steep for 5 minutes before serving.

  46. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    @ Theresa:
    nice R for registered mark.
    Me n o gots circled R, on *MY* keyboard. 😦

    *pouts AND stamps both leetle feetsies*

  47. *raises hand* I’m also guilty of doing this at home. At work, the super-schmancy coffee maker has a (really) hot water tap. I’ll drop a tea bag in a cup and fill it with hot water from the coffee maker.

  48. I much prefer using the tiny toaster oven.

  49. cellarmouse says:

    Is that a dormouse?

  50. The china under the cup’n’saucer is a tea plate, designed for those teensy cakes, tiny sandwiches and other dainties (barbarians call dainties ‘squares’ [shudder]), without which tea is merely nectar, rather than the dormouse ritual of the gods.

    When you tell a Yank to put the kettle on:

  51. Oop North FTW!!!

  52. No, I’ve been making Alice in Wonderland [the book, NOT Tim Burton’s nightmare] jokes about the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
    The dormouse is trying to hibernate so keeps falling asleep in the teapot, but is constantly re-awakened by tweakings by the Mad Hatter, dollops of [I think] jam and treacle on its nose, and words beginning with ‘m’: mousetraps(!), memory and muchness.

  53. NormallyLurksOnly says:

    I’ll have a slice without so much rat in it.

  54. I actually quite enjoyed the movie, as a twisted follow-up to Alice’s original story. Though I wish she’d gone back to Wonderland in the end. I think the Hatter was falling in love with her. (Or did she, and I just have a terrible memory?)

  55. Neither do I– just cut and paste, ONHSID. 😀

  56. It was coughin’ up blood last night!

  57. Dad, there’s a dead bishop in the landing. :mrgreen:

  58. It’s a fair cop, but it’s society’s fault.

  59. PS: Fresh water! Looxury! We got our watter frum the puooddles in a roobbish tip, and glad we were to get it!

  60. Blowtorch! Where’s the blowtorch?

  61. Ahh, tea traditions are great sources of friendly debates.
    But no matter what else, the main thing we must remember, is to always stick out our pinky.

  62. DewiCasGwent says:


    I was very lucky my late Nan never warmed the Pot only because it never cooled, I bet you could just add hot water and still get a bostin’ cupa out of the tea staining inside the pot.

  63. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    Yes, but were you EVICTED from yer HOLE in tha ground? 🙂

  64. Omg Theresa that is the most awsome video ever. HEhehehehe! Thank you!!!1111elebentyone

  65. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    No, that one was named Harvey. Viz:


  66. Bostin! I was just in Yorkshire and now I’m lost in the Midlands!

  67. PS HOW does such a tiny island get SO MANY ACCENTS? 😯

  68. We DREAMED of a corry-dor!

  69. Especially weird when you consider that a place the size of AUSTRALIA has only ONE accent.

  70. Most tea bags have staples on them, so I’d be afriad to put it in the microwave. Guess my cups are not that clean – have had no explosions!

    I say, I think this post is just about perfect in every way.

  71. Mary (the first) says:

    LOL oh this was great!

  72. bookmonstercats says:

    “Mashing” is a Yorkshire expression, Oak, which I’m not really entitled to use, given I’m not from there, but it is delightful, isn’t it?

  73. bookmonstercats says:

    @Dewi, your late nan was a woman after my own heart.

    Theresa, the amazing thing is that regional accents here actually have their own regional sub-accents. I don’t know how it happened, either.

  74. DewiCasGwent says:

    Found You tube clip of microwave superheated water but using coffee not a tea bag but you get the same with tea bag except the tea bag usually pops as well

  75. I think there should be sarcasm font.

  76. /snort/ I don’t have any beverage receptacles big enough…

  77. So, am I the only one who’s had to make a cuppa after reading all these comments?

  78. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    Et moi, aussi.

  79. Aussi? CeeJoe is from Australia?

  80. I think “Anything becomes cuter when it’s in a teacup” should be a rule of cuteness.

  81. warrior rabbit says:

    But that is the picture… cat with monocle. The bonus… is also the picture of the cat with monocle? You’ve got us all confused.

  82. warrior rabbit says:

    He’s only a lad, you really can’t blame him…

  83. warrior rabbit says:

    It is done by many. I wouldn’t say it is the ‘American way’ or anything.

    It is faster. I’m lazy and impatient, so I put a clean cup (sans bag) in, heat it, drop in bag, and voila! No explosions of hot water, etc. I do have a kettle… it just takes too long. I want what I want now, now now gimme gimme gimme.

  84. warrior rabbit says:

    Oooh! Yeah, our work coffeemaker (and the water dispenser, as well) has a hot water tap, too. Very handy, that. And very, very hot!!

  85. I was born an American, but I think I do proper tea better than most of the Brits I know! I’m a starving college student, but I still have a proper tea set with milk and sugar jars, tea cups and saucers, that I bought in a charity shop. I refuse to even use tea bags, only loose leaf for me! And the occasional hamster.

  86. It actually looks a lot like my Chinese hamster, I think that’s what she is!

  87. I don’t know that many people here who drink hot tea. Most often, it’s at a restaurant, where they bring you a little pot of hot water, or at the office, where most coffee makers have a boiling water spigot.

    I’m no cook, but even for frozen dinners, I prefer the oven. Microwaves turn stuff soggy, and it seems to me that it gets cold faster when it has been nuked.

    But microwaves are awesome for oatmeal or other hot cereals! Yum!

  88. Hmmmmm. It took me a while, but I finally realized why I don’t do the microwave tea thing. (Lazy and Impatient being my middle names).

    1. I was taught by my grandmother how to make tea, and the “ritual” reminds me of her
    2. I never drink one cup only, so I always make a pot.
    3. My sister started me collecting tea pots, so not only do I have several large ones, I aslo have a selection of “tea for one”s… my latest given to me by my son at Christmas- a gorgoeus gold filagreed little number from Teopiea (sp?).

  89. Nope, had to go use my son’s gift. 🙂

  90. “You might be a redneck if…”

  91. Queen of Dork says:

    After reading the comments on this thread I must say…you guys are a delight! Such fun comments! I kind of do the tea making method of brinnann and warrior rabbit. Except the coffee maker at my work doesn’t have the super-dee-duper hot water thing but the sink has an insta-hot.

  92. 260Oakley… born with a million of ’em. Such talent!

  93. Bookmonstercats, I’ll tell you someday about my ventures Oop North. Durham Miners Gala!! One of the best weekends of my life, even thought I didn’t understand anything anybody said to me. 😀

  94. All who favor new law raise prosh paws in the air like you just don’t care! All who say neigh will stomp feet and then later admit to despair. Leetle dainty fluff balls in leetle dainty tea cups. It’s not. Fair. It’s too. Cute.

  95. We can use the engine of the riding mower, too. 😀

  96. bob drummond says:

    I think you mean a March Hare.Ask Alice, I think she’ll

  97. bob drummond says:

    Lets wait and see. Maybe there will be another sequel.
    No you did not have a terrible memmory. I saw the movie
    on DVD.

  98. bob drummond says:

    Will that be coffee , tea or rodent? No extra charge for decaf.

  99. bookmonstercats says:

    Durham is gorgeous, Theresa, and the people are wonderful – you’ll just have to trust me on that one. Durham folk are Geordies, rather than Yorkshire Tykes, though 😉

  100. Oh, I know that very well, Bookmonstercats– and the people are really fantastic. It was an incredibly wonderful time in my life, and I cherish the memory– especially since my visits were in the summer, which is so lovely..
    It’s just that once I got north of the Humber, I couldn’t understand anyone anymore. Tykes, Mackems, Geordies, terriers, lurchers, etc., etc. 😀

  101. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    Yup shur yewbetcha!! 🙂

  102. Martha in Washington says:

    I ALWAYS have to ask for milk and then they look at me like I’m some kind of alien.

  103. Not with this tea drinker, it isn’t; just doesn’t taste right without boiling water and preferable loose tea, but a bag will work in a hurry. Just not the microwave,please.

  104. DewiCasgwent says:
  105. MommaMackie says:

    Quite an excellent idea, Meg…..

  106. TheMightyX says:

    Isn’t the mouse supposed to go in the teapot?