So here's my confession - I am guilty of exalting the shadow! I have teapot, tea leaves and all the necessary paraphenalia, but 9 times out of 10, I just bung a teabag in the mug. However, I do like going to my parents and making tea "properly", including warming the pot. And maybe you can tell the difference :-)
See all my tea tales here, being posted retrospectively to fill some lj gaps!