Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Rare But Exquisite Lady Devotea Moment

The tea enthusiast world is a lovely place, full of warm and wonderful individuals. Over the past few years, I've become acquainted with Robert Godden, aka The Devotea, who was kind enough to share a Moment here just a week ago. In the time I've gotten to know him, I've also seen glimpses of his "other half." He has spoken lovingly of finding a cabinet that he was sure she would love. He has mentioned times where the two of them have enjoyed an outing with friends, and his enjoyment of sharing those moments together with her absolutely shines through his written words. And so, when I received confirmation that The Lady Devotea herself was willing to share a Moment here, I was more than delighted! Any insights into the lives and goings-on in such a couple of Devoteas is a welcome event. Please enjoy this beautiful Tea Moment by Lady Devotea, Anne Drury-Godden.
 
My Dad was a Gentleman. Not in the “titled” sense, far from it.
He was humble, a family man, and had a heart of gold.
He loved Tea, and would walk in through the door, rubbing his hands together, saying “got the kettle on, love?” We always had.
I miss his jaunty walk, his caps, the smell of his aftershave. But most of all, I miss sharing a cuppa with him.
When Rob and I developed a Russian Caravan style tea, we decided to name it after my Dad, and so, Jim’s Caravan was born, or, should I say, brewed.
Dad enjoyed that slightly smokey taste, derived from centuries of campfires and dusty caravan trails.
Sitting there at our table, having that first, sweet sip, the emotions were running high.
But somehow, I felt his approval and his pride, his smile reflected in the ripples of the tea.
Just one cuppa, so many memories.
 
 
Anne Drury-Godden AKA Lady Devotea is one half of the dynamic duo who make up Australia’s most colourful tea company. When not actually blending the tea or conducting live tastings at pop-up tea shops she's adding the style and panache and keeping an elevated pinky on the pulse of tea.

14 comments:

  1. What a wonderful memory moment which inspired such a lovely blend.

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    1. I thought so too. What a lovely tribute to a dearest father.

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  2. I had forgotten this story, good to be reminded again. "Got the kettle on, love?" makes me smile. I can just imagine the scene. Lovely photo within the photo too. It's nice to think he will be remembered for many years to come. I linked to this post on Tea Trade too.

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    1. The best Moments are those that are shared, and I'm so glad you're sharing this special one. Thanks Jackie!

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  3. Anne's photo styling is a cornerstone of our brand, and obviously this one is special in that it is deeply personal.
    It's great to see this moment as we drink this tea most days, and always pause to reflect.

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    1. I love that you were both willing to share this, as it is a type of reflection most can personally relate to. Beautiful photo. Beautiful moment.

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  4. "Just one cuppa, so many memories."

    Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    1. Such a lovely sentiment, I agree. Thank you, Xavier.

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  5. A rare and exquisite moment indeed. I love reading stories like this :)

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    1. All I can say is that I'm very much looking forward to meeting Anne and Robert in person this June.

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  6. A lovely story about a man who appreciated tea and family life. That is what I want to read more often.

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  7. I agree, Carmen. And I'll be on the lookout for more!

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  8. This was just lovely, thank you for sharing it with us!

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  9. I agree, C.! And I'm so happy that Anne was willing to share this with us, too.

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