Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Crazy Times

Teapot, Ginger Jar and Slave Candlestick
Pieter van Roestraten (1695)
©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

It seems that I need to look at
pictures of things.
Photos of places and people
are off limits at the moment.

Still life paintings of teapots are perfect.
I can simultaneously indulge my craving
for milk thistle and lemon verbena tea
and my passion for china.

milk thistle tea...
What depraved depths have I sunk to?
Can somebody reassure me
that this is just a phase...


  1. You've gone off the rails, haven't you?

    (This is a very popular phrase right now, off the rails.)

  2. First, the chakra clearing. Now a liver cleanse?? Because that's what milk thistle is for. Might as well toss in some dandelion for good measure.

  3. Right, that's it, I'm coming to save you from yourself.

  4. Come and stay with me. I have strong coffee, real tea and lots of alcohol. And quinces!

  5. You see here I am in the wilds of the North, never having heard of Milk Thistle and Lemon Verbena tea, my daughter tried to convert me to green tea, but I am afraid I fell off the wagon and i'm back on the hard stuff.

  6. Oh sure, we all these phases.

  7. Don't know about milk thistle but you have been into lemon verbena since the early 80's so you may have to milk thistles for some years to come. quite painful I expect.

  8. I didn't know there was a Milk Thistle tea, I think I'll give it a miss I really like strong Yorkshire tea.

  9. I meant to say - what a lovely picture - why is it called a slave candlestick I wonder?

  10. Oh dear. I will worry about you now, until I read that you have recovered and gone back to real tea.....

  11. Don't worry. It's a phase. (A painful one, though.) Sympathies . . .

  12. i prescribe cake. From a lovely bakery or tea shop. Or, if it feels right, your own oven. And chocolate.

  13. Did MissM leave any shortbread behind? Maybe that would help comfort you.

  14. I need Pukka sleepy tea at night and Pukka Love in the morning - and I don't seem to grow out of it. Perhaps the prickliness will wear off and lemon verbena will be enough?

    Pomona x

  15. Ha ha Alice, I have long suspected you were the wild woman milk thistle tea type! I'm an Earl Grey or Chai type myself, but in my sans caffeine moments I go with 'Sleepytime' (Chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn and rosebuds) or 'Tension Tamer' (Eleuthero, peppermint, cinnamon, ginger, chamomile, lemongrass, licorice, catnip, tilia flowers, lemon, hops and Vitamins B6 and B12 - wait, did they say catnip??) by Celestial Seasonings. Until I just went to their website for ingredients, I basically thought of them as chamomile/mint, and ginger/mint/chamomile/B vitamins, respectively. So, I'm wondering about that, and about 'slave candlestick' - things to ponder. BTW, sleepytime doesn't actually make you sleepy, but it doesn't contain anything that keeps you awake, although now there's a sleepytime tea with valerian, that's an entirely different animal . . .


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