Tea and Saving Mr. Banks

On my grist list of things that inspire creativity, there is art. And there is tea. I just watched the film Saving Mr. Banks and you can imagine my excitement when I got both!

I maybe see a movie once a year. And often the most memorable moment is the well buttered popcorn. But not this time! I loved watching Saving Mr. Banks. Have you seen it? Oh do, if like me you love a good story, the magic of the creative process, and a sturdy carpet bag.

In this biopic you discern the agony of the author P.L. Travers (1889-1996), who wrote the book ‘Mary Poppins’, a mirror of her tortured and precious soul, as it is coaxed from her prim and icy hands by the warm and convivial, business savvy Walter Disney.  Entreating upon her that “the world must have it”, you can entirely feel her trepidation and utter fear in garish Mickey Mouse ear proportions. Emma Thompson splendidly depicts her character’s very English abject horror to the cultural differences and artistic standards between English author and American producer.  The clashing of personalities was amusing and enchanting.

Together Travers and Disney embark on a painstaking journey of collaborating on and producing the magical, and best-loved  musical film ‘Mary Poppins’.  And I dare say it never could have happened without tea. Tea as explained by Traver’s Character with these few words, wholly lost on the demographic of the Hollywood Hotel lounge crowd, “is balm for the soul”.  And in another scene when presented with afternoon tea after a particularly exhausting day at the Disney Studios, Traver’s responds, “Its blasphemous to serve tea in a paper cup!”

It took over 20 years of  contemptuous wranglings and copious amounts of tea (milk first!;) and when the situation required, a dash of rum, that ultimately succeeded in bringing our beloved ‘Mary Poppins’ to the big screen. And where would we be without Mary Poppins? Or tea?

In the spirit of sharing the good stuff,  I’ve put together a little gift for you. ~

From Salli and Nate of They Draw and Cook,

Six art infused tea recipes beautifully illustrated by six different artists.

::Fragrant Tea::   ::Happy Tea::   ::Apple Tea::   ::Cozy Tea::   ::Anti-cold Tea::  ::Hip Tea::

P.S. The Anti-cold Tea has a bit rum. The perfect tea or toddy to stave off a chill. Enjoy. ♥

[Tweet “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ~ Walt Disney”]

7 thoughts on “Tea and Saving Mr. Banks

  1. cindy pliaczynski says:

    I loved saving Mr Banks. Glad you got to go see it. I checked out the tea recipes they look quite tasty and will definitely give them a try!

    • Betty Fitzgerald says:

      Hi Laurie, I shop for a lot of my herbs at my local health food store and I love Mountain Rose Herbs for tea and herbs. Here is a link to their website. https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/

      Adding a lot of spices to your diet is always beneficial for lowering/balancing blood sugar. Cinnamon, Oregano, Cloves, Sage, and Garlic. For herbs you might try milk thistle, astragulus, and licorice root. I love marshmallow root in a warm pot of tea. It’s so good for respiratory issues and cough. And of course Elderberry syrup is beautiful to have on hand.

  2. Sheryl Porter says:

    You’re sister posted your website Betty. I like it..I will look thoroughly at it. Will send the link to a friend of mine, Kathy in Summer,Wa. She’s into natural herbs also.

  3. Lorie says:

    Sounds like a good movie. I love a good story in a movie, in fact, I really don’t like one without a good story line. There’s a new one coming out, Winter something…I want to see it! Speaking of tea, we had dinner at a little Chinese place in downtown Portland before Christmas. The food was ok, but their house tea was fantastic! I can’t wait to go back and see if I can buy some. It was their house blend and had Jasmine in it…best tea ever for me!! Thank you for the recipes, I might try them out.

    • Betty Fitzgerald says:

      Be sure and give me a heads up if you need company. I’d walk a mile for a perfect cup of tea. I guess in this case, drive 50 miles. :D

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