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