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Well, I never thought I would be writing a blog about the Coronavirus but I feel that with it at the forefront of everyone’s mind, it is certainly hard to avoid, I have to be honest, until the beginning of this year and the events that transpired in Wuhan, China, I had never even heard of Coronavirus. Every social media platform, every news outlet, and every newspaper has non-stop coverage of this virus gripping the world. So let me explain how tea can help in the uncertain times of the Novel Coronavirus.

Social Distancing

They say that Tea solves Everything, well I must say, perhaps it falls a tad bit short at the moment but let’s look at it from a slightly different perspective. Here in Ottawa, Ontario, the Medical Officer for Ottawa Public Health, Dr. Vera Etches is now asking citizens to self-quarantine to flatten the curve and protect the most vulnerable members of our population. Schools, museums and daycares are closed. Ottawa is no different from other places in North America having experienced panicked shoppers and cleared shelves with necessary social distancing in effect.

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10 ways to Pass The Time During The Coronavirus Outbreak

Some people are finding themselves without work or in a situation where they can work from home. To avoid the stress and boredom that come with this newfound reality, you have to keep busy. We’ve prepared some tea-influenced suggestions for focusing your attention on more positive matters.

  • Catch up on Your Reading  I am not sure if there is anything better than a cup of tea and a good book. If there is, I have not found it yet. There are several great books that focus on teacups or bone china in general. Laura Childs is the author of the Tea Shop Mystery Series and The Gilded Newport Mysteries by Alyssa Maxwell has several books in the series all set in New England. Consider re-reading some of your favorites or embarking on some of the classics like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
  • Shop Online Take advantage of this downtime to build your collection. Check out our selection of beautiful teacups with new additions every week. The best thing is that everything on our website ships for free. 
  • Make a tea room itinerary If you love going for tea and have new places you want to try, this is a great time to make plans of all the places you would love to visit when you are able to get back out.
  • Throw a tea party Of course, in these times where social distancing is essential, why not throw a mini tea party for your family. It’s a great time for conversation and connection. It can be as fancy or as casual as you like and it gives you a nice opportunity to use your teacups.
  • Host a virtual tea party Meet up with friends on Facebook, create a virtual event where you can share pictures of your china, share recipes or even video chat over a cup of tea. In this age of technology, think of new ways to connect when in-person interaction isn’t possible.
  • Remember all that tea you keep buying? When I travel, instead of buying kitschy souvenirs, I purchase tea and it starts to add up. I also receive it as gifts which I love. I have a shelf in my pantry plus 2 different tea boxes full. It’s time to get sipping!
  • Try new recipes Have you tried cooking with tea. Several recipes online use tea like delicious shortbread cookies. Consider trying some new ones out or creating a Pinterest board to save all of your ideas for later.
  • Grab a copy of Tea Time Magazine You can subscribe to their online edition and get access to loads of recipes, beautiful china and tea party ideas.
  • Get an early start on your Spring cleaning That also means extra time to wash and re-arrange your teacups. It’s a great idea to take them out periodically to clean them and inspect their condition. It’s even better if you sit down and have a cup of tea. This can take a while as you will likely be distracted by all the pretty teacups.
  • Rewatch a great series like Downton Abbey Try to spot the different pieces of china they used. If you need some help, check out this website

Let us know in the comments how you will be spending this extra time at home.

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