I know this isn't my first tea related post. But because it is an almost daily ritual here I think it bears updating.
Tea time in the dead of winter in the kitchen while snow falls outside is nice. It feels cozy huddling over the cup to get every bit of warmth out of it. We went through gallons of tea last winter doing that very thing. But change the location and the whole tea dynamic changes.
First, there is a seat for the little person here. Last winter she really couldn't join us for tea because she couldn't/wouldn't sit in the big chairs. Now she delights in tea time. It makes her feel so big. If for some reason I am delayed in the kitchen a moment longer than she thinks necessary, she comes and gets me.
In case it isn't obvious, she's saying Ahhhhhhhh.
Second, tea on the porch sometimes requires a lot of looking. You have to make sure you attack it at just the right angle for maximum tea enjoyment.
Even my big old fat cat likes tea time.He was not invited to tea time on the kitchen table.