giveaway - I realised that I had made the closing date rather a long time ahead but thought I'd better not change it! If you haven't entered and want to do so you have until Sunday 30th which, in case like me you never know what the date is, is tomorrow - winner will be announced on Monday.
I am off to France next month to stay with a French friend - for whom the gifts are being made. Not not on the bus although I did wonder about getting the train which would have involved a coach to Hammersmith, underground to St Pancras, Eurostar to Paris, metro across Paris to Gare d'Austerlitz and a train to Limoges and would have taken 13 hours!! As I am only going for 3 nights I decided against that idea and will instead fly from Southampton. I don't have that much stamina especially as when I arrive I will spend most of my time having to think in French as my friend speaks no English so I would be exhausted! I am going to stay with the friend who introduced me to the patchwork group which is holding the exhibition I mentioned here. Months ago I had said I'd like to see it - thinking my entry might be on view too and my friend invited me to stay with her if indeed I went. Well I had forgotten all about it since my idea for a patchwork inspired by Glastonbury legends never got off the ground and Mr M has been so poorly and so on but on my return from my trip to Swanage a letter was waiting for me asking which days I was coming! I thought I must go having promised and anyway I would love to see my friend so it's all booked now and I have been busy making some little gifts for my friend to take with me.
I have been sorting through my summer things ready to put away all those I know I shan't wear any more this year and I realise just how many of them I haven't actually worn this summer nor for some years now. When I was on my bus pass jaunt I found it really liberating to have so little with me to choose from. No dithering about whether to wear this or that just what was clean. I find it true what they say that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time and with me it might be an even lower percentage of things that gets worn. I plan to cut down on what I have in my wardrobe so that there will in future be
Topic 3 - TEA!
One of my followers left a comment on my recent post saying that my adventures reminded her of a grown up Winnie the Pooh and always with a cup of tea at the end. We entered into a little e-mail correspondence when I wrote:
Thanks for your lovely comments on my posts I had to smile when you said my jaunts reminded you of a grown up Winnie the Pooh with always a cup of tea at the end. I hadn't realised just how often I mention the cups of tea - but I do don't I? Of course we Brits survive on tea and cannot imagine life without the stuff; it is the cure for all ills here, or at least for people of my generation though I think youngsters now often prefer coffee. If someone dies, if you lose your job, if you break your leg or are feeling sick, if you are tired or have just come back to the house after a jaunt or..... put the kettle on and make a cup of tea!! I don't know if it is the tea itself or the fact that it gives the maker something to do, when there is nothing that will make a difference really, that helps.
I think it's the whole ritual of making tea. You don't have to focus on what you're doing - it just happens - putting on the kettle, warming pot, choosing favorite tea, the cups, it all just comes together without much thought. This allows you to really concentrate on the problem or happiness at hand. Your brain has a chance to sort things out so that when you're ready to sit down and have your tea, slowly drinking the warm liquid, you can say what needs to be said or at least get your two cents worth into a good conversation. Drinking something cold doesn't allow for that pause you get when you carefully drink hot tea.
This made me think more about tea. The ritual of making a cup of tea varies from the full blown warming the pot sort of tea to a quick teabag in a mug. There are tea bags and loose tea, different blends of tea according to time of day or personal preference, there are myriad different styles of teapots and cups and saucers as well as mugs not to mention tea cosies, trays with or without traycloths and so on and so forth. To take it with milk or lemon or just plain black. To add sugar or not and if so plain granulated spooned in or dainty lumps using a tongs, What to serve with it - dainty afternoon tea snadwiches with the crusts cut off, sponge cake or scones or just a HobNob or ginger nut to dunk? How do you drink yours and when I wonder. My day starts with a cuppa taken in bed and usually made by Mr M using leaf tea and served in my Tigger mug given to me by my daughter many years ago. Tiggers silly smiling face gets my day off to a good start. During the day I take several mugs of tea usually made with a tea bag in the mug but if I fancy a proper sit down I will make myself a pot of real loose leaf tea (my preference is for Assam) and serve it in a fine china cup and saucer. I take mine with milk no sugar although when I lived in France I learned to drink it black when visiting French friends.
Well the sun is shining this morning so I had better stop waffling on about this and that and go and get on with my day - hope the sun is shining where you are too and that you will have a good weekend.