Tuesday, August 24, 2010

taking and giving back

I've learnt a lot from the good old Information Superhighway.

Well, maybe two things.

The surefire cure for no longer being able to wear my gold jewellery is to boil it. Yes, I too raised an eyebrow at that, because most search results told me I was allergic to things like Alcohol or Chocolate and of course one mustn't fall for that hokey stuff. But I gave the boiling a go and the gold was wearable again. I'm only harping on this point in case someone out there has the same problem and might find this solution in a search. Boil the gold in water for a minute or so. BOIL THE GOLD.

And lately, over at Fun and VJs, I spotted an array of colourful glass on a shelf, and liked the look of it, so I scoured the house for anything jolly I could find and created my own burst of colour on the landing.


How uplifting a sight in the morning as one struggles toward the continental breakfast buffet.

So that's two things, and now it's time to give back. I've made the perfect rose tea, and I'd like to tell you how. No, I insist. Brew a cup of Earl Grey tea (or similar, any sort of light china tea) and add a few drops of rose water (and milk, if you like).


Why did it take years of the quest for a good rose tea for something so obvious to occur to me?

And there'll be a giveaway in the next post for even more giving back.

41 comments:

  1. You know I feel for once, just this tiny little once, that I can emulate your cultural epiphanies- I discovered a fabulous honey green tea one night late last week when I put a spoonful of honey into my green tea. There now. I'm going to rebrand myself as Pretty Far North! Shame I don't have enough gold to melt down!

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  2. You know I love your colourful glass display - deliciously luminous!

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  3. How clever - tea plus rose oil equals rose tea. Wouldn't have thought of it in a million years.

    But I am mostly concerned at the thought of you boiling gold. I appreciate that you are probably being ironic or satiric and I, American style, have lost my irony for the day, but really wouldn't you have to get that gold REALLY hot to melt it, like about 1000 degrees? I too have some gold I would be happy to boil. And then I thought I could put them in my ice cube trays and make goldeny cubes, or hearts or elephants. xo

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  4. MAybe I missed something, but why are you boiling gold?

    Love the bright bottles......you will be very chipper now over breakfast.

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  5. The way you write makes me feel like I know you in person-

    What a great tea potion- I made various tea potions and am excited about drying out the seasons mint and lavendar.

    I love that you used the things you had in the house- That is my favorite way to decorate- using what I have-

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  6. I like the tea idea...your so very clever at coming up with that. I’m already queueing up for the Giveaway.

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  7. Thanks for the tea recipe, Mise. My 10 yr old has just started to drink tea (she does a very good Nigella impersonation "T is for Twinings") and she loves Turkish Delight so the rose water infused Earl Grey might be just her cuppa.

    Wish I had bright colourful glasses to cheer me up on the way to the Continental Buffet Breakfast. Oh, that's right, I don't have a Buffet Breakfast! It's a bit more airline style - "Here, catch, this is what you're having today. What's that, you had that yesterday? Tell someone who cares, it's 7am!"

    Jennifer XX

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  8. Boil the gold to make it wearable again? Does it work on silver? I once became allergic to my handmade silver wedding band and had to remove it...

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  9. I'll file your tip about the gold in case of future allergies. A very pretty collection of bottles, Mise, and yet another fine tip about the rose tea. All in all, a most productive visit.

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  10. I love coloured glass by a window too, so pretty. And the rose tea sounds so subtle and floral! Beautiful! I'll have to try it.

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  11. Do you serve rose tea at your Continental Breakfast Buffet? Or is it more of an elegant afternoon accompaniment to cucumber sandwiches and petit fours?

    PS The boiling thing - does it work on stuff other than gold? 'Cos my kids are looking quite grubby and The Hamster is due a clean out. Just wondering.

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  12. OK, magsmcc, a Pretty Far Tea partnership? What fun we'd have on Dragons' Den in our best hats.

    Jane, I've updated the post to mention boiling in water. Careless, imprecise me. Mind you, your goldie cubes would be exquisite in gin and tonics.

    Becky, I'd say it's worth a shot for silver. You could even try soaking it in hot water if you weren't inclined to boil it. I guess it gets rid of soap residues.

    Humel, you could try it on your computer maybe as a trial run? Cheaper than screenwipes.

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  13. oooh.. must try your rose tea recipe.... I always have my tea with a drop of peppermint or orange oil..

    Now about that gold!! fascinating.. I rarely wear jewellery now as it irritates my skin.. I wonder if the boiling removes acid residue from the skin???? I do believe my jewellery issue is the reaction to acid... [OK... that sounded truly yucky!!]

    Have a great week Mise.. xxx Julie

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  14. Very pretty glass display - Rose Water idea sounds mouthwatering! G

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  15. Timely. I've got a contact allergy (not your ordinary everyday allergy mind you) from an antique silver fob chain necklace thingy. So I'm forced to try your metallurgy magic if I'm ever to wear it again. Hope it works. Quite like it!

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  16. Mise....that is a lovely tea recipe...I had not heard of boiling gold, but I will pass that on if I ever meet another who is allergic :o)

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  17. I'm a lover of colorful bottles as well. And this array you have is beautiful!
    Brenda

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  18. Allergic to chocolate - that would be a hard diagnosis to hear. Boiling gold, hmmm, boiling chocoate, chocolate fondue?

    Frankly, I have never even thought of rose tea, but why not, sounds delightful, and if you spilled it on your clothes, at least you would smell good.

    Magsmcc mentioned using honey. I also use honey if I choose to have a sweeter tea. A small amount does not change the taste but only adds sweetness, and I think it gives it a little more body.

    Your bottles are pretty and probably more so with the light coming through. In Ireland do you have bottle trees?

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  19. Thank you for the pearls of wisdom, oh wise and fair long haired one.

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  20. I didn't have any glass coloured bottles but I had some plastic milk cartons waiting for recycling. Funny. They just don't look the same on the windowsill as your arrangement does.

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  21. I did not know that about gold! I'll have to share that news with my aunt, who is allergic to gold and hates that can't wear it!

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  22. Someone once told me to boil my rings in water with a drop of dishwashing liquid (washing up liquid as you would say). It'll shine up any stones. I have yet to try it but she's one of those wise old women so I assume it'll work. I hope you've been having a good summer, Mise. xoxo, Ally

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  23. Should one cool the jewelry before putting it on?

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  24. What a cool collection of beautiful coloured bottles. I am a mere beginner in the art of accumulating a little collection of beautiful clear glass bottles/jars which will hopefully transpire and evolve into the next stage of beautiful coloured ones like you have.

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  25. I have followed your lead, and lovingly arranged my unrinsed milkbottles on the windowsill, aiming for a minimal housewifferly-chic look. The way the light comes through the slightly cheesy residue is beautiful.

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  26. I'm a little light on gold, but thanks for the tip. Now that rosy tea sounds good. Your happy bottles must bring you endless delight!

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  27. In India, they beat Gold so thin that it's used as a container for oils that you could not put in your mouth. A bit like a oil filled pill of a biggish antibiotic size.
    But thinking about the rings ET AL, are they not like the Ties on a hospital medic.
    Put it this way, when was the last time you or anyone cleaned your Squeezes ties. Much like your gold, when was the last time it saw a cleaning.
    Earl Grey eh.

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  28. we've just put a wee collection of glass thingys in our livingroom but they're all not coloured...clear was the word i wanted

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  29. i am so attracted to shiny colourful glass... and sparkly things...
    sweet collection
    ~laura

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  30. That's sounds yummy! I'll have to try it now.

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  31. Oh Mise - the gift of the Irish - you've certainly got it!
    No one else could do a post about gold jewellery and bring such humour to it - I love it and you've made my day!
    Still winter here in New Zealand - cold and wet - no humour in that!!

    Rose tea sounds what I need - I've got the Earl Grey so I'll pop into the local chemist tomorrow and get the rose water!
    I usally do have it in the pantry as it goes in "moroccan lamb" a great winter roast recipe.

    Enjoy your weekend in the emerald isle dear Mise and take care!
    Shane

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  32. ooh, that sounds wonderful. ditto magsmcc - i added coke to my ginger tea and now have ginger cola tea! can i be pretty northeast? goody!

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  33. So, a bit off-topic here: thanks for your words over there. You are so wise and have such a beautifully precise command of language. Such a powerful gift - thank you.

    xoox,
    -maria

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  34. The only thing that might make earl grey even tastier for me is rose water. Since two of your helpful hints involve boiling, I'm beginning to suspect that boiling might be the cure for many problems I've been having. I won't boil the cat who has decided to stop using her litter box, but I can think of a college administrator or two who could use a quick dip.

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  35. n0T s*R3 biLNg CmBTr sCh 8d Id3A. sE3mS 2 hAV meSt uP Kebd.

    Pr0b B35T Not 2 Byl cH1LdrN.

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  36. if you “fix” your giveaway, I could send you some of that awesome mustard...thanks always for your visit and witty comments.

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  37. I come to this once the 'boil the gold' issue has been cleared up- what fun I could have had imagining you stirring a huge vat of bubbling gold, creating some sort of weird alchemy...

    I used to have coloured bottles dotted about and they got put away when the little folk were baby & toddler folk; must hunt out and arrange artistically somewhere with the firm rule 'Mise said'.

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  38. A cup of rosy lee while sitting at the continental breakfast buffet. What a lovely way to start the day!

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  39. Oh I did drop in at the right time Mise. 2 useful tips and a luminously colouful day. Thank you thank you thank you. I shall put down my wine and rush to make myself a cuppa rose tea right away I tell you. I really do need you over here for my 40th! Think of the team we would make - you looking fabulous flouncing around in colours, wafting past with a g'n't in your gold covered fingers as you arrange the colourful glassware. Me on set design and pouring champagne.... Sigh!! Are you free??

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You're looking particularly well.

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