About the White Rabbit Tea Shop
“The art of tea, whichever way you drink it, or whichever country you are from, has one underlining thread for all of us. It is the cultivation of yourself as you follow the ceremony of preparing your tea, the way in which you make your tea, how and where you drink it, and with whom. Making a cup of tea creates a space for just being.”
– Nicola Salter
My name is Laura Tompkins and I am the creator of the White Rabbit Tea Shop. I am an interdisclipinary visual artist, storyteller, educator and writer, fortunate to have grown up in a small town in the interior of British Columbia and equally fortunate to now live in beautiful Vancouver, BC. I am also a mother, grandmother, animal lover, Reiki Master, and retired lawyer.
Before retiring I had my own law firm in Vancouver. In addition to practicing law, I published an independent art magazine.
I raised a son and a daughter as well as two of my three grandchildren. I enjoy my container gardens, my dog and my cat. I am also very happy to be able to drink some of the best tea in the world.
As you can see from my photo, I am not as young as I once was. However, I don’t mind growing older because as I do, I become more and more content with my life. I am at peace with myself and the world.
It was completely logical for me to start the White Rabbit Tea Shop because tea is one of my greatest passions. Tea brings peace. It gives us comfort when we are stressed and every cup can be imbued with fond memories. Tea helps to keep us healthy and when we are unwell it helps with our recovery. It brings friends closer to our hearts with every pot we share. A good cup of tea is like a cup of pure love. I wanted to share this love.
My relationship with tea began when I was very young. I remember times when I couldn’t have been more than about four years old, sitting with my mother and her friends and drinking tea from a beautiful porcelain cup and saucer. My tea would be watered down with a great deal of cream and I was allowed two lumps of sugar with every cup. This is how I learned the conviviality of the shared tea experience.
My mother often attended tea parties, and she would dress me up and take me with her. She also prepared fancy sandwiches, ice box cookies and other treats for the ladies’ teas at our church. She taught me everything she could.
It was at about the same time that I was introduced to Chinese tea. Our family, while not Chinese, was very close to a wonderful Chinese family, whose patriarch had come to British Columbia in the late 1800’s to participate in the Barkerville Gold Rush. After the gold rush he settled down and started a much-needed grocery store in a our little town.
I learned to appreciate Chinese tea by hanging out with this warm and welcoming family. In fact, by the age of 12, Chinese tea had become a favorite beverage. Sometimes my friend would drink Coke while I would watch the flowers expand in my tea.
In the years to come I explored the world of tea. I was able to travel extensively in China India and Japan, where I was able to enjoy some of the best tea in the world. In India I was taught how to make traditional chai tea. Then at one point in China I was informed that the tea in my cup was more expensive than gold. All I could say was that it tasted mighty good!
I have also spent time in England, Scotland and Wales, visiting tea shops and enjoying tea at some of the most famous places as well as at quaint, historic bed and breakfasts and inns. It was on these trips that I learned about the perfect cream tea, Scottish Dundee cake, Queen Victoria sponge cake and many other amazing tea time pleasures.
I drink tea every day and I am ready to put the kettle on for anyone who comes through my door. One of my favorite things is to hold four traditional afternoon tea parties each year: one for each season.
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Why the White Rabbit?
This website is named the White Rabbit Tea Shop
in honor of the white rabbit in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. After all, it was this very same white rabbit who led Alice to the most famous tea party of all time.
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