See You Tonight! Here’s An Update From Lynda Jones

We hope you’re feeling thirsty!

See you later for the tea tasting and talk!

Lynda Jones : Hello there, I’ve decided to do a “question and answer” session about my work. I felt that would b more helpful than choosing one subject that might not suit all. Please note though, I can’t be specific about your own personal health issues outside the consultation setting. I look forward to meeting you 😃 xxx

Event details are here.

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See You Thursday! Here’s A Poem About Tea

Not long until the tea tasting and talk! What blends are your favourite?

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Here’s a poem about tea from our columnist Dave Horn:

The kettle boils
Signalling the end
Of recent toils
Time for tea!
A dear one calls
And from all around they descend

Just one cup of tea
Is the source of such glee!
A time to rest and share
Make it herbal
And it’s even healthy
Hearts, minds and bodies on the mend

That is the beauty of tea
Rooted in simplicity
It has such capacity
To bring happiness and laughter
A good old catch-up
Or debrief post disaster

Seemingly infinite in it’s forms
A good tea pot
Every house should adorn
Bring out an infuser
And you’re stepping
Into tea porn

Just hot water
Dried leaves
Perhaps milk
But add sugar
And you’re
Of a bad ilk

But that is tea’s beauty
Who am I to prescribe or judge
Infinite forms
And infinite variations
We all have our particular
Tea related fixations

A shared experience
Your unique expression
For times good
For times bad
Tea is a gift and tool
Bring life whatever it would


David James Horn ©

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Join Us For A Tea Tasting

We are very excited to announce we will be hosting another tea tasting! We really enjoyed the last one, and love tea perhaps a little too much, so thought we’d do it again!

We’ll have a range of teas, some we’ve bought and some that have been blended by Cantiaci members in-house at Kipps’ Alehouse, Folkestone. Expect delicious teas and leave your tasting notes!

This time we have invited a guest speaker, local herbalist Lynda Jones! Lynda will be speaking about healthy living through herbalism and the power of herbs!

Join us at Kipps’ Alehouse, Folkestone on Thursday 9th February at 7pm for some amazing tea inspired times!  Below is our poster as well as some photos from last year!

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The Allotment Diary: One Part Dig Three Parts Tea

This week we turned over more beds, and battled with the compost containers.  We opened our hearts to three soon to be homeless herbs and a hyacinth bulb.  Those are really the only constructive things we did.

A great amount of time was devoted to drinking tea and enjoying the sun, as we discussed everything from quinces to some certain recent political event. Rose Lemonade tea and a delicious Marigold /Peppernint/Lemon blend went down very well.  There was even cake!  Truly a terribly civilised Sunday morning.

We just need to decide what to plant!

Foraging: hawthorn health benefits

Hawthorn berries (Crateagus Oxycanthus) are abundant in the UK in early autumn, with the small red berries common in hedgerows, slopes and the edge of wooded areas from early August onwards. At the Cantiaci allotment we have a HUGE hawthorn bush that we have raided for berries to make tea and tincture with, and even as we plunder the hedge more keep appearing, bigger and brighter than ever, more than we could ever use so hopefully the local bird populations are eating their fill.

Packed with health-giving properties, these colourful little berries (or ‘haws’) are unpleasant to eat but have been used to help treat a wide range of conditions for hundreds of years, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and angina. According to the University of Maryland, it is thought their high amount of antioxidant flavonoids are to thank for the heart-health properties of hawthorn.

The haws are unpleasant to eat thanks to their large stone and bitter taste but capsules and liquid extracts are available. You can also easily make your own hawthorn tea or tincture, and hawthorn is often used in conjunction with modern medicine, however if you have health concerns or are taking any other medication you should always speak to a doctor before following any health recommendations you read online.

How to make hawthorn tea

Hawthorn tea can be made from dried leaves, flowers or berries, and you can buy hawthorn teabags from health food shops if you struggle to find hawthorn or it is the wrong time of year.

To make tea from the haws simply take a teaspoon of berries per mug and pour on some boiling water.

Leave to steep for 10 minutes, or longer if you want a strong tea.

Spoon out or strain the haws (or just drink around them if you’re really lazy) and enjoy.

How to make hawthorn tincture

Tincture is a great way to preserve the health properties of hawthorn berries all year round and it’s probably the best way to take hawthorn medicinally. It can be made with alcohol or, for a non-alcoholic version, cider vinegar.

To make hawthorn tincture, simply take your haws and remove the stems. Crush them a little to break the surface.

Put into a clean jar, leaving some space at the top, and pour cider vinegar or alcohol into the jar until the haws are completely submerged by the liquid.

Put the lid on tightly and leave to steep for 4-6 weeks. When ready, strain your mixture and compost the berries.

Store the remaining liquid in a clean airtight bottle, ideally with a pipette lid. You will only need to use a few drops at a time.

The Allotment Dairy: It’s Alive!

This week alongside the inevitable explosion of weeds we were delighted to see life everywhere!  So many insects, everywhere you look!  Not only that but more produce is on the way! There are peas and raspberries well on the way, not to mention actually harvesting more radishes, rhubarb and gooseberries!

This week even the tea was foraged, and it was sunny!  Frank was busy again, this time hedge trimming, tree climbing and honeysuckle taming!  The man is a blur!  We were delighted to see our wild flower and herb bed thriving as well, what a difference a week makes!