Last Thursday a local homewares shop was having a sale and I bought this lovely Tea for One set:
My Mother believes that a cup of tea solves any problem - stress, tiredness, sadness, tragedy - anything! Her immediate response is to make a cup of tea. I think I must have inherited that philosophy because I have a vivid memory of sitting in my friend's kitchen about 10 years ago when she had just heard some devastatingly tragic news - and making her a cup of tea.
I'm not sure whether it's actually the tea itself or the ritual that is most comforting. For me, I think it's both. I have about 4 cups of tea a day. Earl Grey for breakfast, Lady Grey for lunch and Irish Breakfast for afternoon and evening. I also prefer to have my tea in a cup and saucer and actually sit down and relax while I'm drinking it. (Although I have to confess that my breakfast tea is made in my favourite mug.) Coffee just doesn't do that for me. I don't understand the concept of drinking coffee in those takeaway cups. I wouldn't even think of drinking tea that way. A cup of tea is not something to be hurried but to make the most of its soothing qualities, it must be savoured.
I had such a trying day today - must be time to put the kettle on.
Until next time