She took some time to explain to me how the flowering tea blooms worked - hand stitched silvertip tea which opens in the hot water to reveal gorgeous flowers, petals waving gently and infusing the tea with delicate flavours.
As a huge lover of authentic tea leaves and broadening my horizons with ever more pretentious and intricate methods of drinking tea I quickly snapped some up and expanded my collection with this gorgeous glass teapot and some little glass tea bowls.
Ann is absolutely lovely, very passionate about tea and she has a wonderful range on her site - everything from teapots and the flowering teas to loose leaf tea and strainers and other equipment. If you like tea or know anyone who does, these would make a rare and gorgeous gift. Or do what I did and just damn well treat yourself! You can follow Ann on Twitter or Facebook too.
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Title: China Girl by David Bowie