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Have a cuppa
19-NOV-2009

Have a cuppa

Visitors to Irish homes are inevitably invited to have a cup of tea. It's considered polite to decline the first offer, but when pressed upon again, the guest then agrees to have a cuppa.. This convention formed a key concept in the hit tv comedy Fr Ted. The priests' housekeeper Mrs Doyle, whose mission in life was to serve tea, would dismiss all refusals with 'Ahh go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on.....' until they give in.
Having recently discovered the delights of tea leaves as opposed to tea bags, I bought this tea strainer so that we can enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Assam (or strawberry in the case of our son) even when there's not enough people around to justify making a pot of tea.
On a wet miserable November day, a nice cup of tea is just the ticket to cheer one up and is my entry to the TITC
when the task was to photograph a kitchen implement using creative lighting.

Nikon D90
1/160s f/7.1 at 50.0mm iso320 full exif

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Keith O'Brien20-Nov-2009 21:11
Great treatment - they'd be proud of you on Craggy Island!
Neal Nye20-Nov-2009 12:27
A fascinating image and a delightful little story. The perfect combination.
Mary Terry20-Nov-2009 07:54
This is a wonderful black and white shot! I'm a tea-drinker also and love loose teas. :)
laine20-Nov-2009 01:40
I love my strawberry tea & my lemon & ginger...last had milk in my tea at age 6yrs so it's black, weak & 1 sugar, ta :))
Brian with an Eye20-Nov-2009 01:03
Nice work for TITC. I am a tea person too - dark black, no sugar or milk is my preference.
sue anne19-Nov-2009 21:38
I love tea and this is a well know tea implement. Beautiful treatment and enjoy a cuppa tea.
Máire Uí Mhaicín19-Nov-2009 21:34
Arrah go on, go on, go on....have that cup and enjoy it!!
Doug Cruden19-Nov-2009 21:23
Super high-key shot Mairead...few things taste better than a pot of 'proper' tea :o)
Kevin Chester19-Nov-2009 21:20
Just been catching up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whbc5YJz7OU
Phillip Normanton19-Nov-2009 21:18
Ahhh, Mrs. Doyle - they don't make them like that any more :o)) Super high-key-contrasty shot of the strainer :o)
Kevin Chester19-Nov-2009 21:04
Great littl device, I'm till chuckling at the thought of Mrs Doyle's persistance. A true TV classic. Anyone who dosn't know father ted needs to look him up on youtube ASAP.
Ann...19-Nov-2009 21:02
A lovely shot of this invaluable little implement!
Ann...19-Nov-2009 21:02
A lovely shot of this invaluable little implement!
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