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Yixing Teapots--oh tea drinkers!!!!

Aberwacky's picture

I saw some in Chinatown, fell in love and brought them home to live at my house.

How do I use these beautiful things? Or, should I just look at them and use my regular teapot for a cuppa?

Leigh

Strengthen your immune system; eat more dirt!

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Heather's picture

(post #55858, reply #1 of 23)

You probably didn't notice my collection in the living room--I just love looking at them but feel free to use yours.

PS--I wish I could have watched you pack to go home!

PPS--don't use it for any strongly flavored tea, eg mint, because the clay will absorb the flavor.

Edited 10/30/2007 7:57 pm by Heather


Edited 10/30/2007 7:59 pm by Heather

Aberwacky's picture

(post #55858, reply #2 of 23)

No, I didn't notice them, but perhaps they found me subliminally and that's why I was so drawn to them, because I liked your house so much, LOL.  Out of curiosity, why don't you use yours?


I got two, both with dragons (it's a theme in my family).  Oddly enough, a tea search of CT turned up that Plantlust has one just like the one I carted home!  Didn't see any like it online, other than hers.


The surprise one for Dave that I'm having shipped is a dragon/egg, which fits our odd house (long story, but it involves a large crystal formation mounted on the chimney that we make up dragon stories about, along with unopened geodes below it that we call dragon eggs).


That one's being shipped, and is probably too large for us to really use, since I'm the only tea drinker in the house and it's definitely family-sized.  But, it was love at first sight, so what can I say? Although, I could have taken about a dozen of them home with me--they were so beautifully clever.


The kids are in bed, and I finally have a quiet moment for myself so I'm enjoying a cup of tea right now, from my little dragon as a matter of fact--I "seasoned" the pot with a batch of tea, according to the instructions, and the second batch was for me.  A pot of Assam something or other from a local tea importer. Yum.


Oh, and all my stuff made it home in one piece--all the wine, the oil and everything else (all though I did buy a larger duffel bag in Chinatown, LOL) and I even had bubble wrap left over!  My luggage weighed a ton, though.  Thank goodness for wheels.


And, in case you're wondering, soft cheese does not count as a "gel" for Department of Homeland Security regulations, and can be carried on.  Yes, I asked!


Leigh


Strengthen your immune system; eat more dirt!

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Heather's picture

(post #55858, reply #3 of 23)

I have a dragon one too. I'm not sure why I don't use mine. I have a lot of other teapots and the Yixing ones seem so happy together in the living room.
Glad you and all your treasures made it home safely--and good to know about the cheese.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #55858, reply #4 of 23)

Happy Happy Birthday tomorrow, ma'am (and I mean that "ma'am" in the best possible way).


Leigh


Strengthen your immune system; eat more dirt!

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Heather's picture

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Bless your heart! (meant in the best possible way<G>)

Wolvie's picture

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Yes - Happy Birthday!!

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."


Khalil Gibran

 

Heather's picture

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Thank You ;-)

Marcia's picture

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Did Leigh go around blessing peoples' hearts? That is SO southern - she was kind enough to bless my heart on the phone one time, and it felt so good. You could tell she meant it, too. :)

Heather's picture

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She was teaching me the fine points of differentiation between the "poor pitiful fool" version and the sincere version of the blessing.

Marcia's picture

(post #55858, reply #10 of 23)

ROFL!


Yes, it's all in the intonation.


Edited 10/31/2007 2:01 pm ET by Marcia

Aberwacky's picture

(post #55858, reply #11 of 23)

Yes, there's a big difference between the insult-softening variety of "She wouldn't know her head from a hole in the ground, bless her heart," and the wholehearted thankfulness of "Why, bless your heart!"

Leigh

Strengthen your immune system; eat more dirt!

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Marcia's picture

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The difference is even bigger after a couple of glasses of wine. ;-)

MadMom's picture

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Every Southerner just knows the difference between a heartfelt "bless your heart" and "She's so ugly, she scares little children, bless her heart."



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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #55858, reply #14 of 23)

Okay, you made me Google on this. Now I'm hooked, and it's all your fault. As if I needed yet one more thing to collect, but those teapots are too beautiful to ignore.





"the meat was prime,/the produce sublime,/but nevertheless/the dinner was/a horrible mess."
Samchang, 2007

Aberwacky's picture

(post #55858, reply #15 of 23)

I'm so sorry--I'm afraid they're going to be addictive. So many beautiful ones, and they're useful, too!

I brought the little one to work today and have thoroughly been enjoying it.

Leigh

Strengthen your immune system; eat more dirt!

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Marcia's picture

(post #55858, reply #16 of 23)

You hadn't seen the teapots before?

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #55858, reply #17 of 23)

No -- or if I have, I didn't know what they were called. (I've led a sheltered life.)





"the meat was prime,/the produce sublime,/but nevertheless/the dinner was/a horrible mess."
Samchang, 2007

Marcia's picture

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HA!

AnnL's picture

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I'm refusing to google.  What I don't know won't hurt my wallet.  :-)

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #55858, reply #20 of 23)

But you kjnow you want to....





"the meat was prime,/the produce sublime,/but nevertheless/the dinner was/a horrible mess."
Samchang, 2007

AnnL's picture

(post #55858, reply #21 of 23)

No, no, I don't.  <slapping fingers>

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Aberwacky's picture

(post #55858, reply #22 of 23)

As a tea drinker, you really should check them out. Many are quite affordable, and just think of the pleasure you'd get from using it!

Leigh (who took enabling lessons in SF)

Strengthen your immune system; eat more dirt!

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
Wolvie's picture

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TOOK enabling lessons? HA! Gave them more like. ;-)

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."


Khalil Gibran