Christmas Teas From Bluebird Tea Co

Sometimes I’m a real cliche when it comes to being a crafter. I do my knitting on the train, I hoard posh wool I can’t bear to use and I drink tea when I’m making stuff. I used to be a big coffee fan until I discovered flavoured teas a few years back and I’ve been hooked ever since.

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Tea from Bluebird Tea Co

G and I went to Brighton around this time last year (see my post about it here) and whilst there, we visited Bluebird Tea Company. It was a teeny little shop with a huge amount of loose tea to choose from. I tried their festive and Christmas teas and I’m pleased to see they are back in abundance this year! They even have tea hampers and tea baubles for your tree which is genius. Christmas-Tea-Selection

I have a ritual in the afternoons where I make a pot of loose leaf tea for one. Or if I just want a cup, an infuser is perfect.
Tea-InfuserAs a teetotaler, I always feel I am missing out on festive drinks, so this mulled wine tea fills that gap for me! Orange, clove and cinnamon give it a distinctly Christmas feel and if you want to make it boozy, you can chuck it on the stove with some red wine.  Quite a few of their teas are available as ‘cocktail kits’ too. Mulled-Wine-Flavour-Tea

The guys at Bluebird have been getting creative too. Their new screen printed tote bags are only a fiver. I am trying hard to remember a reusable bag when shopping now, but I do forget at least once a week!Bluebird-Tea-Company-Tote-BagIs it weird that I really enjoyed taking pictures of tea for this post? There’s something about loose tea and all the different textures and ingredients that make it interesting to look at. Especially as the pumpkin spice one had little pumpkin sprinkles in!

By the way, I’m at Renegade market today doing some Christmas craft shopping, so expect a haul post very soon!

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*Bluebird sent me the tea for review purposes. As always opinions are my own. Read more about my disclosure policy here.

Tea Time

It’s official. I am a tea geek, tea snob, tea addict, whatever you wish to call me. But it hasn’t always been like this. As a student, I worked at Starbucks and they made us taste the different coffees each day as part of our training. I loved one cup of strong black coffee per day.

However, a couple of years ago I got pretty sick & had to change my diet and cut caffeine completely. Then I tried peppermint tea and everything changed…..loose tea features daily in my life & coffee is long gone (sorry Joanne!).

I was recently lucky enough to acquire this beautiful tea set designed by British ceramicist Alison Appleton from a giveaway on The Secluded Tea Party Blog. It has joined my delicate glass teapot from teapigs and my Stump teapot for one. 

Alison Appleton Tea Set

Source: Alison Appleton

My WI group hosted a meeting of tea tasting and buying last week which I sadly missed. The ladies of local company Kandula Tea shared their wonderful story of how the business began. Read Crafty Glitten’s blog here to find out more. I was super grateful for my friends who bought tea for me from the meeting.

Whilst in Vancouver I visited David’s Tea. I am a fan of anywhere that has a ‘tea menu’ and happy smiley staff who are tea geeks too. The range of over 150 flavours is amazing and I made sure I had space in my suitcase (and hand luggage) for some, as they don’t do international delivery yet *sob*!

I tried Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, Organic Peppermint (which is said to stimulate creativity) and Forever Nuts which turns pink when steeped as it contains beetroot. Pretty tea.

Birthday Cake David's Tea

Source: David’s Tea

Next on my list to try is Birthday Cake. Yes, they have teas that are named after cake! It is a blend of Red and Green Rooibos, honeybush, sprinkles and ice cream bits. What a treat a cup of that would be!

I will leave you with my latest Etsy Treasury, “Tea Time“, which is a collection of  handmade and vintage items based around tea. Do share in the comments below if you have a favourite item! 


Antique Teapot with Pea…

$18.00

The Original Maker Of T…

$49.00

Tea Time Apron, gift, w…

$18.00

Cream coloured hand kni…

$17.00

Shelley Bubble Floral C…

$128.00

Soft Blush Pink Heart S…

$14.00

Time for Tea – Hand St…

$16.00

Small Refill Bag Organi…

$11.99

Tea Print – 11×14 Kitch…

$35.00

Vintage China Tea Cup M…

$132.00

British Tea Party Handm…

$8.00

Ornate Teapot Knob

$7.00

Kitchen or Wall art. Ho…

$15.00

Tea Party Tags Favor Te…

$5.95

rubber stamp – TEA TIME

$7.90

Alice in Wonderland Cot…

$5.75

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Happy tea drinking!

claireabelle

A Bicycle Ride & Afternoon Tea

Living in Cambridge gives me every excuse to travel by bicycle. In a city where there are more bikes than cars and the cycle lanes fill up the streets, you could look out of place without a bike.

Dutch Bike

We haven’t had a car for 6 years now, (get us – eco friendly!) so my custom Dutch bike gets me around and ensures I can access all the best places to take tea in the city. This weekend, the boyfriend, the bike and I, took trip along the river to the Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester, Cambridge.

Many people punt along the river to the historic team rooms, which are surrounded by meadows and beautiful countryside. We took a little walk once we arrived in Grantchester and passed some stunning cottages topped with thatched roofs with pretty gardens infront. Quintessentially English.

English Cottages in Grantchester

Wandering past the idylic meadows, we found gardens and passageways with pretty flowers and trees. How lovely is this classic lamppost and spiralling tree branches?

English Summer Flowers

As we approached the orchard, the clouds gathered over head and we wondered if we would be able to take our tea outside with the rest of the visitors. It was 2pm and the gardens were starting to get busy with tourists.

The orchard was first planted in 1868 and first became a tea garden by chance. A group of Cambridge students began the traditional of taking tea in the orchard in 1897 and The Orchard Tea Garden was born.

Orchard Tea Rooms, Grantchester, Cambridge

We opted for tea and a scone to share. They were GIANT! Clotted cream and jam were a must. We debated whether cream or jam was spread first.

Afternoon Tea

I was slightly disappointed to learn that the tea wasn’t loose leaf, but the queues were rather long, so I forgave them. The scone was utterly delicious and I couldn’t help peeking at other tables with lunch plates and fresh cakes. There were plenty of birds enjoying the orchard with us.

Afternoon Tea

We spent a good two hours in the orchard enjoying our tea and remarking how lucky we are to live in Cambridge. Moments like these make me realise how the traditions, history and beautiful settings confirm we chose the right place to live.

We’ve decided to make a list of all the things we want to enjoy in Cambridge; some touristy, some simple and some magical. I love lists. One of these list items includes a sub list of 5 other places to take tea. I am sure I’ll be sharing these with you in blog posts to come.

Finally, we took a wet cycle home along the river (typical English summer!) and arrived back to this little fluff ball who had wedged herself into the bean bag.

A blog debut for our persian cat Tammy 🙂

Persian Cat Tammy

Where are your favourite places to have tea?

Claire x