First Cup of Tea of the Day

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
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If you are excited, it will calm you.”
William Ewart Gladstone

After a night of sub-zero temperatures, I woke to a blanket of white draped across the world outside. The snow had fallen while we slept. I hadn’t dreamt of snow, but I have been re-reading ‘The Dark is Rising‘ which is full of it – so full that at times it feels like it’s going to drift out from between the pages of the book.

I got up early and came downstairs to switch on the heater. It was 10 degrees inside, probably only 1 or 2 outside. I put the pan of sweet onion soup on top of the heater and placed the kettle beside it. Now for the tea. I chose Turzum’s ‘Himalayan Mystic‘ Darjeeling summer flush from Thunderbolt Tea. It’s the one in the photo. Unfortunately it’s not very clear to see, but the leaves are beautifully coloured, ranging from a deep, dark brown, almost black, to a pale silvery-white. The tea brews a rich, golden amber colour, and has a strong aroma of muscatel. It tastes like summer in a cup! After drinking a few sips, I feel warmed and relaxed. I can watch the snow fall from a place of rich comfort, grateful for this quiet moment outside of time.

Right, time to venture outside and clear some of that snow:)

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