So la TEA, doh.

I didn’t always love tea. Nope, more of a chocolatey hot chocolate kind of a girl. I did realise the need to grow up one day and since coffee isn’t my thing I settled on tea.

It was a slow developing love. A relationship so sweet in the beginning it makes my toes curl now to think of it. I have been weaning myself down in the sugar department and occasionally, when I go too far, I think why do I drink this stuff?

I’ll tell you why. It’s the whole ceremony of it.  Not the Chinese tea ceremony which is a wonderful thing and a whole other story. It’s the stopping.  The down tools. The take a break to enjoy the moment of it that has really grown on me. With a bunch of friends or just on my own. I like making it, I like the changing colours of it, I like the fragrant smell of it and the whole imagining of where it comes from so far away.

Afternoon tea party with chocolate slice!

That’s not to say I don’t have a cup of tea on the run or when I’m working. How many times have I gotten back into the work and let the tea go cold? Too many. I’d much rather take 10 minutes to imagine myself here drinking my tea in the afternoon. Taking a moment to just chill.

Large family sitting around on the balcony in the Adirondacks. Very old photograph.Okay so maybe there are a few too many people there for my liking… and GET OFF THAT RAILING BEFORE YOU FALL AND DIE.

How about here instead. A little tea picnic at the top of that hill. Perfect.

Walking up a grassy hill in the country. Very old photo.

Happy relaxing people, even if it is only for ten minutes! : )

PS Doh! I’ve just had a slightly horrible thought the ladies in the top photo might be drinking coffee. It might be a coffee pot. Oh dear. Coffee and it’s not a cappuccino… *pulls face*

I don’t know. Let’s just pretend it’s tea. Yes. Tea.

About gillianloves

I decided there was not enough laughing in my life so I set to and started to design greeting cards in addition to my other design work. I'm happy to make people smile and to show that sending something really good takes as little effort as sending something pretty ordinary. I fully believe that if you can laugh about it someday you may as well laugh about it today. And also that we are just about as happy as we try to be. But you should know, Pollyanna I'm not. Even I might want to slap her after a day or so.
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6 Responses to So la TEA, doh.

  1. Elena Fultz says:

    Just stopping by to say, I thoroughly enjoy your blog and read it regularly. And this is exactly the reason I love tea. I have to agree, sometimes it’s NOT for the taste. (But then, sometimes it is.) It’s just worth slowing down for, once in a while. Now I want to go make some. Right now.
    Thanks for posting!

    • gillianloves says:

      I’m glad you did stop by. : ) Thank you for the lovely feedback.
      I went and had a cup too. Just by myself, no electronics just me and the dogs (and the heater).

  2. Cindi says:

    I am the opposite. I hate the heating of the water, the tea bags, the where do I set the tea bag after? If you are saving it to make another cup. Or maybe I just need a little pot to leave it in. Or a little ceramic thingy that’s made for a wet teabag. Or do i toss it after a single use…such a waste. And then it’s kinda weak to taste.
    Now I LOVE iced tea, but of course the hassle of filling the container, putting bags in and WAITING while it sits in the sun. But that’s me…probably the same reason that I drink instant coffee.

    • gillianloves says:

      HA. Me too … sometimes. Teabags get dumped in garden scraps bucket or I just put them in a spare ordinary cup on counter then tip them on the camellias. They love it apparently. Sometimes I take used teabag and let it sit in small jug of hot water, stir in sugar. By the time I remember it’s there it’s cold > bingo! > iced tea. Sort of.

      I don’t bother saving the bags for another cup anymore. I just recycle them on the garden (ie chuck em).

  3. lampshadehat says:

    “If, he thought to himself, such a machine is a virtual impossibility, then it must logically be a finite improbability. So all I have to do in order to make one is to work out exactly how improbable it is, feed that into the finite improbability generator, give it a fresh cup of really hot tea…and turn it on!”
    – Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)

    • gillianloves says:

      I thought about that when I was writing that post! And the bit where Arthur tells the computer the entire history of tea (including the East India Company) and it produces a cup that almost but quite totally fails to resemble tea.

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