For those of you reading from elsewhere let me explain southwest Georgian summers: humid and unpredictable. Afternoon thunderstorms often sweep over the sweltering landscape with no warning. But I don't mind the rain or the thunder. I typically make some hot tea (with honey!) and enjoy the sound of the rain outside.
I met a really interesting lady last week while on vacation with my husband. She asked me what to do with the used tea bag when you're having tea. I'm a nerd and happen to have a book on tea etiquette and have done some reading on the matter. There are a few different solutions to explore.
If you're having tea with someone else and you've steeped the tea in the pot, simply leave the bag in the pot. Otherwise use a service dish to remove the used tea bag. When you have tea at a tea house or nice restaurant whether the hot water is brought in the pot or in a separate container they typically will bring a service dish for your use. Service dishes also come in handy if there's other "trash" on the table (think sugar or honey that's prepackaged.) If they don't provide a service dish do ask for one; they'll be happy to serve!
All the tea talk reminds me of the summer I interned in Washington, D.C. Some work friends and I decided to have afternoon tea at the Willard Intercontinental. It's an experience I plan to duplicate sooner rather than later.