Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Organic flower power

Ewa knows her tea for sure.

20 th Birthday? Wedding anniversary?

Chucking out time at the hostel.

A Ferrari 360 Raffle for Barretts town house.
Imagine what a car like that would cost to run

I am so old that I remember when we had no mobile fones !
Biscuits were sold loose in a paper bag.
Guinness came in big wooden kegs and we would bottle it and cork the bottles, then the crown caps came along.
We in our shop had our own blend of tea which was delivered in a wooden tea chest, which was lined in silver paper. As kids we would help to fill up bags, weigh them and seal the bags.
Everything is now pre packed.

Change is all around us.

Then you see something that brings you back.

I was passing the Organic flower power shop in Berkley Rd a few weeks ago.
Coffee and tea in glass jars.Teas with flowers, mint and Raspberry.

So many teas !
Then the girl who was working there let me smell the aroma of the dried tea.
You know a scent can transport you through time.
For an instant I was 10 years old pulling the silver paper from around the tea chest,
I can't remember what we used it for.

So I told her I had some tea that my friend Judy gave me and I put it in the car.
The next time I was passing I gave her a sachet.
She told me (I wrote her name on my hand and then I washed my hands,sorry) that she heated the water to between 70 and 80 degrees and let the tea infuse for 8 minutes "It was delicious" So now I find out that the water should not be boiling and that it should be at different temperatures for different teas.

We Irish are the highest per head tea drinkers in the world and I have been doing it wrong all my life (What else is new?)
There is another place opened in Wicklow st. But the place in Berkley Rd is handy for parking and the staff are cool.

Perhaps these teas will replace Guinness as the national drink?


  1. Tell you what made me feel old - a young friend playing my LP's. 'Play the other side, too please' I asked and he said 'What? You can play both sides? Wow!'But all the best things don't really change, so we can be comforted!

  2. Oh yes !
    How my kids laughed when I turned over the CD.
    An old man once told me about the good old days,they were bad and good,just like now. But one thing for sure they were different.

  3. Yum, the spell of tea and coffee. Thanks for the tour! If you have a few minutes, come by and meet Jonathan and Nellie Tate - The Midlife Cruisers at my blog - A Camp Host Housewife's Meanderings http://acamphosthousewifesmeanderings.blogspot.com/. Take care...

  4. I have a 1/4 pound of bulk tea I bought at a cool tea shop in the Chicago area earlier this year. I'm more of a coffee drinker, but I think tonight we'll have tea.