A stream of consciousness about tea? Should be easy enough. After all, I’m English, which gives me a head start. And I drink about 10 cups a day of the stuff as well.
Ah, tea. It’s a ritual. A chance to sit down and relax for 10 minutes. Or half an hour if you can get away with it. Years ago I used to have a cat who, on seeing me approach the sofa with a steaming mug, would stop whatever she was doing and climb onto my lap for a stroking/purring session. It’s a pity that children aren’t as easy to condition. The number of cups of cold tea I’ve had to pour away since becoming a parent…
It’s the poor relation of hot drinks these days, with coffee shops and their qualified baristas going to ever greater lengths to tease new varieties of flavour from their coffee beans. But ask one of these places for a humble cup of tea and you get sent on your way with a tea bag dunked in scalding water. What happened to leaf tea? And warming the pot?
Tea – in my humble opinion – has just as much going for it in terms of flavour as coffee. A good strong traditional brew in a mug is the ultimate comfort drink. Earl Grey on lazy Saturday mornings with toast and honey. Fancy speciality teas, best drunk with no milk, when I’m visiting friends abroad. Green tea last thing at night. Some of my friends drink it so weak it’s practically the colour of milk, but I grew up with drinkers of tea so strong the spoon would practically stand up in it. I’m somewhere in the middle. Tea with milk, bag in cup mashed to the appropriate shade of orangey-brown. No sugar, unless I’m starving and there’s no sign of biscuits. Ah, tea.
Excuse me. Going to put the kettle on.
Written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G. Hill. This week’s prompt was tea/ T/ tee. If you’d like to take part the rules, borrowed from Linda’s site, are as follows:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.
8. Have fun!