Thursday, June 14, 2007

Cuppa

What horrible weather today! Rainy, coldm you can tell winter's coming. I feel like curling up by a log fire with a good book and a cup of tea. Unfortunately few homes in Sydney are heated or have a fireplace but the cup of tea is easy to make. Bushells tea is a local brand steeped in Australian history, it existed before the Federation (1901). Old Bushells tea ads, tins or posters make collectible memorabilia that now sell on E-Bay. This mural, which I found in Essex Street in the historic quarter of The Rocks, seems freshly repainted. I wonder if there was an original ad here a long time ago?
Note for non English native speakers: a cuppa is a cup of tea.

Quel temps de chien aujourd'hui ! Froid, pluvieux, on sent arriver l'hiver. Je n'ai plus qu'une envie, m'installer au coin du feu avec un bon livre et une tasse de thé. Malheureusement peu de maisons à Sydney ont du chauffage ou même une cheminée, mais une tasse de thé, oui, c'est facile. Bushells tea est une des plus anciennes marques de thé australiennes, elle remonte au début du siècle. Aujourd'hui, les anciennes affiches ou boites à thé Bushells tea se revendent sur e-bay aux collectionneurs. Cette ancienne publicité peinte trouvée dans Essex street dans le quartier des Rocks est manifestement repeinte de frais. Je me demande si elle était déjà là à l'origine depuis longtemps ?
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42 comments:

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I like the print ad for Bushells tea at the bottom of the page. I love old posters.

I hope you guys get better weather soon.

GMG said...

If it may help, you're not alone with the awful weather; the difference is that winter is coming in Australia and in Lisbon summer was supposed to be arriving...
Don't remember seeing that when strolled around the Docks, but by that time I wasn't blogging, so the eye was probably not so trained. Enjoy your cup of tea!
Gil

Sally said...

Nathalie - am on the Napoleon trail: check your email!

Oh, we have a working open fireplace, BUT it's un-PC to use it: air pollution and all that! Actually I don't have any fuel.

We are a funny lot - we do shiver in winter, but it's so short, you forget it soon. RC aircon is making things a bit different, I suppose, but our lack of insulation (me included) is ridiculous!

Cergie said...

Des photos couleur vanille-chocolat pour un sujet thé et petite boisson chaude remontante et réconfortante

Tu sais depuis qu'on approche de l'été ici je me sens moins bien
L'été est la saison que j'aime le moins, il y a tant à faire et on part en vacances et les amis partent en vacances et on a le jardin etc...
Je n'aime guère être dehors...
Les civilisations primitives profitent des mauvaises saisons pour faire des choses différentes. Sculpter des poutres, travailler le bois, tricoter. Et se recueillir.
C'est ce que je me dis quand les jours raccourcissent : ne pas oublier de se mettre à l'unisson des saisons. (Avec les journées longues, j'ai du mal)

Olivier said...

de tres belles couleurs pour cette enseigne, que je trouve tres belle et tout en gardant un cote ancien, elle est tres graphique

Cergie said...

C'est pour celà que je voudrais blogguer moins cet été, Nathalie, parce qu'il faut que je fasse tout ce qu'il y a à faire dehors.
Il faut que j'aie le temps de sortir de profiter du dehors.
Je ne sais comment je me débrouille, mais j'ai l'impression depuis quelques temps que le temps s'accélère et que je n'ai le temps de rien
Peut être est ce aussi que le temps semble s'être arrêté en Chine car je fais des messages sur ce voyage et il me semble que jamais je ne vais m'en échapper.
Je voudrais revenir dans ma vraie vie, celle de Cergy, celle de l'été.

La lune est venue me chercher, je ne pensais pas à elle. Elle est toujours là n'est ce pas pour nous rappeler les chères personnes éloignées.
La première fois que j'ai regardé la lune en pensant ce que j'ai écrit était lorsque j'étais au Québec, j'avais 23 ans et mon futur mari était à Nancy.

Un jour, tu auras le temps de retourner au jardin botanique, tu relèveras l'étiquette de l'arbre aux jolies fleurs et tu en parleras
J'en serais ravie, amie Nathalie la tête en bas...

Maraï said...

Bonjour Nathalie,

As soon as I saw your picture, it reminds me a small dolls house...I don't why...I like your picture!!
Thanks for your visit yesterday!
Maraï from Brisbane

Abraham Lincoln said...

I like your post today and the print ad near the bottom is so much like similar ads in America during and after World War II.

Your winter weather is matched by our hot and dry weather. We are in the 90s F and no rain in sight. To keep things going I am watering in the morning. Each plant gets a dose of water. I also work on the large trees some. Trying to get them through this drought.

Global warming?

If you have not seen a big ant then it might be worth seeing my post this morning.
Brookville Daily Photo

lv2scpbk said...

I like to have a sip of tea in the evenings. Don't you love those old ads? I do.

Peter said...

So no heating in your (at least some) homes? Are you somehow like the British, always surprised that the winter can get that cold and that the outside water pipes can freeze? Well, maybe heating may not be really needed where you live.


Followed up the comments on your "Napoleon story" from yesterday. Sincerely hope someone (you?) will come up with a clear answer! It has now become vital that we find out!

Pod said...

oh i know! definitely stay home and snuggle with a cuppa! i've got my ugg boots on!

Pod said...

we must have another cuppa soon!

Nathalie said...

Oh Peter there will be a closure to the Napoleon story. Sally is incredibly resourceful, she's asked ABC Radio to look into it!!!
Apparently there is a section on the ABC radio website where the breakfast team want suggestions for tracking down unusual things in Sydney! So she wrote to them.

They appear to have embraced the project enthusiastically. Now let's wait and see! Will keep you posted.

hpy said...

L'automne est aussi en France, il pleut, il tonne et il ne fait pas spécialement chaud! Je vais de ce pas me faire une tasse de thé pour me rechauffer.

Tony Morris said...

I couldn't survive with out my cuppa, or four before breakfast. Thanks for visiting St Margaret's.

Irina said...

Ah, this is a really bad luck of southern cities: most houses have coolers but not heaters.

claude said...

Hello Nathalie, Hello Sydney ! Merci d'être passée sur mon blog et pour tes commentaires. Ca fait toujours plaisir d'avoir d'autres lecteurs. Il y a qq temps j'avais laissé un comment sur ton post la vie en rose. C'est marrant de se retrouver comme ça. Belle façade avec belle pub. Je voyage par la bloguosphère, c'est génial ! En Suisse, au Portugal, en Hongrie, en Suède et je regarde avec plaisir les photos d'Abrahman Lincoln. A bientôt j'espère.

denton said...

Nathalie, enjoy your tea and while you are at it drop me an email with your mailing address so I can send you a prize. Most likely a postcard for your winning guess on my poorly organized contest. My email address denton at GreenvilleDailyPhoto dot com.

claude said...

c'est à nouveau moi. J'ai laissé un comment sur ton post d'avant.

Bergson said...

J'adore les pub sur les murs cf mon blog
elle sont souvent délavée et pas aussi colorée que celle de ta photo

Carlos said...

So bad weather is going your way. Here il fait chaux. Rain is good sometimes (only some times! :) Thanks for comments. I really enjoyed that Edith Piaff video.

Château-Gontierdailyphoto said...

Hello Nathalie

In Europe also the automn is coming. No sun shine, wind, cold rain....but we are waiting the summer...

Good idea this association between new picture and old advert.

ptitlapin said...

Ici l'été approche et il pleut aussi. Comme quoi tous les continents se ressemblent.

Jilly said...

This is fascinating to me. I remember Bushell's Tea from my years in Australia and have a Bushell's tea tin - currently filled with coins so when the dogs get too barky, I shake it. A good deterent and better than shouting!

ruth said...

I'd never heard of Bushell's. I really like this era of ads and illustration.

Olivier said...

ben alors, tu fais comme miss cergie, repos ;o))) comme je ne pourrais pas repasser, je te souhaite un superbe weekend.

YLLEN said...

Bonjour Nathalie, félicitations et merci pour tes jolies photos.
Grâce à toi je découvre l'Australie.
Amicalement, salutations depuis "Le Havre" (France)

Norman said...

In the days of steam, Bushells had huge billboards along the track with a notice "X miles to Bushells". It was a railway version of the old mileposts along the highways telling you how many miles to Sydney [or wherever else you were heading] As you left Sydney the mileposts would have an initial for the next 'major' town telling you how far you still had to go to reach it.
Melbournites were more parochial. As you left Melbourne, heading up the Hume Hwy, the mileposts told you how far you'd come since leaving Melbourne. It provided a wonderful bonus back then, when it came to needing extra jibes during interstate 'debates' about the relative merits of Sydney and Melbourne.

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