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New Kid on the Blog 10th April 2013 Hi there & welcome to Harlequin's first ever blog post! We’re excited to join the blogosphere, another great way to connect with YOU – our loyal customers and make some new friends along the way. Just a little bit about me now, my name...

10th April 2013

Hi there & welcome to Harlequin's first ever blog post!

We’re excited to join the blogosphere, another great way to connect with YOU – our loyal customers and make some new friends along the way. Just a little bit about me now, my name is Jess and I'm a proud member of team Harley, a mum, a wife, a writer, a self confessed word nerd, lover of tea and blogs, homeware mags and cooking - but only if it's dessert!

 

There’s so much we want to share with you!

Kids, food, health, the environment, community events, relaxation, lifestyle – you’ll find it all here. This month we’ll be talking about rainy day activities to keep you sane during the holidays, yummy (and easy!) lunches to pack for the kids, books to read with your littlies and how you can win a sumptuous spa pamper package. So grab a cup of tea, sit down and relax with us. Speaking of tea, here’s some interesting facts about that lovely little beverage…

 

Liquid hug

Tea drinkers, you know who you are. Nothing against coffee of course – sometimes that morning coffee is what gets us out the door, right? But tea… tea is for sipping, savouring. It warms you from the inside just like, well, a liquid hug! Whether you take the time with tea leaves, a pot and a favourite delicate tea cup or simply plonk a tea bag into a hearty mug you need two hands to hold, there’s nothing instant about tea – waiting for it to steep, as well as cool, it’s about the ritual, about slowing down, taking time out.

Where it all began

It’s easy to associate all things tea with the Brits, but it actually started life in China in 2737 BC, when “the Chinese Emperor was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled his drinking water. Some leaves from that tree blew into the water and the Emperor, a renowned herbalist, decided to try the infusion that had been accidentally created. That tree was a Camellia sinensis, and the resulting drink was what we now call tea.” Check out the UK Tea Council website for more fascinating tea facts.

Pour us another cup will you?

How many cups a day do you drink? According to the UK Cups of Tea Counter at the top left hand side of the UK Tea Council website 161, 663, 172 cups of tea had been drunk in ONE DAY in the UK. Staggering!

Here’s to your health

While the absolute health benefits of tea are as yet inconclusive (pop over to the Victorian Governments, Better Health page for more info on this), whether you prefer white, green, oolong, black or one of the many fruity infusions (ahem… not real tea according to die-hard enthusiasts), taking time out from a busy day to pour yourself (or a friend!) a hot cup of tea and indulge in a few moments of ‘me’ time just has to be good for the soul.

Share!

Got a tea ritual you’d like to share? Post in our comments section below because we’d love to hear your thoughts… on anything! And if too much Harley is never enough, you can find us below on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. 

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Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!

Jess x

10th April 2013

Hi there & welcome to Harlequin's first ever blog post!

We’re excited to join the blogosphere, another great way to connect with YOU – our loyal customers and make some new friends along the way. Just a little bit about me now, my name is Jess and I'm a proud member of team Harley, a mum, a wife, a writer, a self confessed word nerd, lover of tea and blogs, homeware mags and cooking - but only if it's dessert!

 

There’s so much we want to share with you!

Kids, food, health, the environment, community events, relaxation, lifestyle – you’ll find it all here. This month we’ll be talking about rainy day activities to keep you sane during the holidays, yummy (and easy!) lunches to pack for the kids, books to read with your littlies and how you can win a sumptuous spa pamper package. So grab a cup of tea, sit down and relax with us. Speaking of tea, here’s some interesting facts about that lovely little beverage…

 

Liquid hug

Tea drinkers, you know who you are. Nothing against coffee of course – sometimes that morning coffee is what gets us out the door, right? But tea… tea is for sipping, savouring. It warms you from the inside just like, well, a liquid hug! Whether you take the time with tea leaves, a pot and a favourite delicate tea cup or simply plonk a tea bag into a hearty mug you need two hands to hold, there’s nothing instant about tea – waiting for it to steep, as well as cool, it’s about the ritual, about slowing down, taking time out.

Where it all began

It’s easy to associate all things tea with the Brits, but it actually started life in China in 2737 BC, when “the Chinese Emperor was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled his drinking water. Some leaves from that tree blew into the water and the Emperor, a renowned herbalist, decided to try the infusion that had been accidentally created. That tree was a Camellia sinensis, and the resulting drink was what we now call tea.” Check out the UK Tea Council website for more fascinating tea facts.

Pour us another cup will you?

How many cups a day do you drink? According to the UK Cups of Tea Counter at the top left hand side of the UK Tea Council website 161, 663, 172 cups of tea had been drunk in ONE DAY in the UK. Staggering!

Here’s to your health

While the absolute health benefits of tea are as yet inconclusive (pop over to the Victorian Governments, Better Health page for more info on this), whether you prefer white, green, oolong, black or one of the many fruity infusions (ahem… not real tea according to die-hard enthusiasts), taking time out from a busy day to pour yourself (or a friend!) a hot cup of tea and indulge in a few moments of ‘me’ time just has to be good for the soul.

Share!

Got a tea ritual you’d like to share? Post in our comments section below because we’d love to hear your thoughts… on anything! And if too much Harley is never enough, you can find us below on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. 

Harlequin School Bags FacebookHarlequin School Bags TwitterHarlequin School Bags PinterestHarlequin School Bags YouTubeHarlequin School Bags Google+Harlequin School Bags Contact Us

Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!

Jess x

15 THOUGHTS ON "NEW KID ON THE BLOG"
Hannah On 16 Apr 2013 11:45 Said:
Hi Jess, I love a 'cuppa' and interesting tidbits. Can't wait to check out your links and dazzle my kids with newfound knowledge about all things tea!

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Jess On 18 Apr 2013 11:34 Said:
Hi Hannah, hope you enjoy learning all about tea - some interesting stuff there! Thanks for stopping by, Jess x

Natalie On 12 Apr 2013 14:05 Said:
Nice to meet you Jess exciting to see what is to come. Tea...it's so important..with two young children I am lucky to get to sit down to one cup a day and it has to be just right!!

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Jess On 15 Apr 2013 17:53 Said:
Nice to meet you too, Nat, and thanks for your comment - sometimes having that hot cup of tea can make all the difference to your sanity! Jess x

Naomi On 12 Apr 2013 12:20 Said:
Hi Jess. Loved the tea info. I look forward to a peppermint tea with my hubby after the kids have gone to bed. It helps relax me before bedtime and signifies that the day's work is done! Definitely a ritual at my house. I always seem to sleep better afterwards too. Loved the first blog and will look forward to more. x

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Jess On 15 Apr 2013 17:55 Said:
Hi Naomi, and thanks for your comment. The peppermint tea ritual before bed is a ritual in our home too! It definitely is a lovely way to wind down after a busy day with kids and work and everything else! Thanks for sharing. Jess x

Carla On 11 Apr 2013 11:28 Said:
Hi Miss J, I agree with Michael - it is so lovely seeing you in print. My tea ritual is, without a doubt, to have one first thing every day. I find it calms me and gives me that boost to tackle the school lunch boxes (very keen to read that part of the blog too) and anything else the kids throw at me before the birds have even started to sing! You don't want to mess with me before that first sip either - the kids can attest to this.

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Jess On 11 Apr 2013 11:30 Said:
Thank you, Carla! And thanks for sharing your tea ritual - I think all the mum's reading will agree with you! Jess x

Michael On 11 Apr 2013 11:28 Said:
I agree - time spent having tea with a friend is a great way to refresh our body and your spirit. Nice to see you in print Jess and I look forward to the next blog – Michael

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Jess On 11 Apr 2013 11:29 Said:
Thanks Michael! And I agree, time spent with friends and tea is time well spent! Jess x

Lee On 10 Apr 2013 11:41 Said:
Welcome aboard, Jess! It's great to have you as part of our team!

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Jess On 10 Apr 2013 15:56 Said:
Thanks so much, Lee! It's great to be here. Jess x

Anne On 10 Apr 2013 11:29 Said:
Hi Jess! Nice to meet you. I guess my tea ritual is making tea for everyone when I'm at work. It's nice to get up and move around and then spread the tea cheer. It's the little things in a day that make it better!

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Jess On 10 Apr 2013 17:23 Said:
Great to meet you too, Anne. How nice to have you on the team - I bet that makes your co-workers day! Jess x

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