Afternoon Tea (vol. 2)
It’s been a bit since I’ve posted an Afternoon Tea & I’m looking forward to getting more in the habit of it, as these posts are such a nice way to catch up with you, dear reader, over a cup of tea! (Even if it’s actually more like 11pm and I’m drinking Cherry Dr. Pepper.) What are you drinking?
I’ve been having fun giving the ol’ website a new look and I hope you love it as much as I do! I’m also hoping to get back into regularly writing more for the blog since it’s actually so much fun to hang out with you all over here, right?
Saint Fiacre’s Farm Tea
I mentioned in my Instagram stories the other day that I was looking for some new small, family-owned tea businesses to purchase tea from and someone recommended Saint Fiacre’s Farm so I’ve ordered a couple of blends to try out! Their whole business seems so darling, so I can’t wait to taste the tea. I’ll update you all soon!
Catholic Hipster Handbook 2: 2 Hipster 2 Handle
(Okay this isn’t the actual name…) I was blessed with the opportunity to write three chapters for the sequel to Tommy Tighe’s Catholic Hipster Handbook, and the amazon pre-order page for our book just went live! It is set to launch in November, and I’d love love love if you took a look and considered pre-ordering the book! You can find it here.
Tolkien on the Screen
The biggest news of the last week has been the release of the official trailer for the upcoming Tolkien biopic starring Nicholas Hoult & Lily Collins! I have so many feelings about this and I’m choosing to remain cautiously optimistic about the whole thing, although I doubt they will include his Catholic faith in the story much. The trailer itself was so aesthetically beautiful, though, so I at least have very high hopes for the visual story it will be telling! I actually cried a little bit while watching the trailer because my heart was bursting thinking about how much I love Tolkien.
In other media-related news, a twitter feed for Amazon’s Middle-Earth series was created and they shared their first few teaser-esque tweets with the world. In just a few days, they’ve gained over 25k followers so I know I’m not the only one somewhat anxiously awaiting more news. You can follow them here. I’m also slightly offended they aren’t following me… yet. ;)
On the Blog
We released our very first guest post on the blog, featuring the lovely Theresa Zoe Williams writing about Flannery O’Connor. This is a first in a series of guest posts discussing the life, works, and faith of different Catholic authors. You can read Theresa’s post here. And get excited because she’ll be joining me on the podcast next week to chat even more about Flannery, our faith, and friendship!
Speaking of the podcast, things are going so wonderfully for our little, growing podcast! If you’re interested in tuning in, you can find all of the links and information for where to subscribe below or on the podcast page here.
Our latest episode discussed Lembas and its ties to the Eucharist, which then led to a discussion of Tolkien’s own devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. I hope you’ll love it!
You can also find my own recipe for baking Lembas here.
Our book club is chugging along nicely through The Lord of the Rings right now! I’m also working on creating an email-delivered book club for those of you who would like to read along on your own -- it will be the sort of thing that you can join at any time and you’ll receive emails once a week for as many weeks as the book club lasts. Sounds fun, right?! I’ll be releasing the opt-in form for that soon!
Love what we’re doing here at Tea with Tolkien? Just a reminder that you can sign up to become an exclusive insider within the Tea with Tolkien community by supporting us for as little as $2/month on patreon. You can learn more here. I also just added some new benefits to the $5 and $10 tiers so you can check them out and see if you’d like to become a part of our community over there!
Thanks so much for taking a few moments to have a cup of tea with me and chat. I hope you have a beautiful week!