Having really enjoyed reading all the 'Randoms ' posts lately it got me thinking
about all the little quirks and foibles that make us us.
The little things that make up our everyday, whether its things that make us smile,
things we couldn't do without, or things that day in day out are part of who we are.
I don't mean the big things like our families and friends, jobs and hobbies,
none of the big things that define who we are
but rather just those little things that are unique to each of us.
My thing, without any shadow of a doubt would be tea.
Its my constant, my default setting, the thing that makes each day tick along as it should,
from the first cup in bed before getting up to the last one of the day before going to bed.
As a child many an hour was spent playing tea parties, and dad has an amazing very flicky and jolty Cine film of me and my sister when we very, very little utterly engrossed in pouring tea for our teddies, all very properly sat around a picnic table in our garden.
Even now I am all grown up I still enjoy a good game of 'making tea' most days at Nursery.
It starts right down in the baby room and continues through to the rather more sophisticated
role play in the pre-school room.
It would just seem to be part of our make up.
And to this day I just cannot resist a good toy tea set.
Whilst not being alone in my passion for tea , with several other million joining me in this love affair , I think its a fairly safe bet to say that every single one of us will have a
particular way we like our tea and that's where it becomes unique to each and every one of us.
And oh boy I am no exception to that rule as my husband will readily
( and probably rather long sufferingly ) attest to.
It has to be in a cup.
No saucer necessary , but definitely a cup, not a mug.
Depending on the time of day that may be a small cup or it may be a big cup.
But always best to ask first just in case, as of course its a woman's prerogative
to change her mind at any time, right ?
Its got to be a teabag.
Tea leaves just don't cut it round here and there's nothing worse
than rogue tea leaves in your brew.
( Could I just add a little proviso here that if I did use tealeaves I would definitely have to purchase this little chap - how sweet is he ? Just lying there chilling in your cup of tea. )
Nothing wishy washy or wet and warm,
and certainly nothing of the herbal,
peppermint or anything else variety.
Good strong Clipper English Breakfast every time please,
although having said that I'm rather loving
a Teapigs Morning Glory too at the moment.
And this is quite possibly the most important one -
it absolutely has to be the right colour.
We haven't quite resorted to a colour chart by the kettle
but its been touch and go at times.
Five quite simple rules but ones that must be strictly adhered to,
as I'm sure you can understand.
But it doesn't stop there you see because then there's my love of cups,
and that's not just any cup.
Oh no -it needs to be a good solid china,
no dainty tingy porcelain or rustic pottery clay.
My absolute favourite ?
T G Green Cornishware.
Always has been, always will be.
Striped or spotty, doesn't matter, but always blue.
And those three little cups that you can see piled up on the shelf below,
I might have just had to buy those this weekend.
A LOT of tea is drunk Monday to Friday at work.. its a very necessary cog in the
wheels that run the Nursery,
and would you believe it, Mr.Sainsbury only went and designed a mug that completely
matches our Nursery logo didn't he ?
Thank you very much Mr.Sainsburys - we love them !
They make me smile when I drink my tea at work.
As to teapot versus teabag in a cup I'm a bit on the fence with this one.
Usually the teabag in the cup option wins because its quicker but you know, there's a lot to be said for a teapot . I was brought up with teapots, different sizes for different occasions, always warmed and always with a tea cosy.
We bought this one for my Dad a couple of Christmas' ago and it still makes me chuckle.
I recently treated myself to a very lovely spotty teapot, and I do rather enjoy the feeling
of grown upness it brings to our house.
( Still haven't got a teacosy, but one step at a time. )
It does however have a special teapot mat to stand on.
I really like this picture from Pinterest because if you're anything like me sometimes only tea will do.
It makes things better, it picks you up, and truly makes you ready for anything.
My most memorable cups of tea ?
Well, this one at the weekend was pretty amazing, out of a cardboard cup
( yes, that's ok for when you're out and about, )
sat on a bench in Fowey next to my other half, just watching the world go by.
But, hand on heart the three best cups of tea I've ever had were the cups of tea I was given on the Maternity ward after having just had our three girls -
I can't even begin to put it into words how good they tasted.
Anyway ... I'm off to put the kettle on, mine's strong with a dash of milk, no sugar.
Thank you to Pinterest for pics 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 13 and 14.