Sunday, 2 November 2014


Good Afternoon to you,

On Friday, I was shopping in Newcastle, when quite by accident, I came across the perfect pair of slippers.

The funny thing is, you can guarantee, if I was looking for a pair of slippers to buy, I would not find the right slippers, so to find a pair, without really looking, was a treat.

As I said, I did not go shopping for a pair of slippers, even though my old slippers were looking a little sorry for themselves.... comfy, but a little past their sell by date. I came across my lovely new slippers when I was looking for some Molton Brown hand wash, which, incidentally, I forgot to buy, as I was so pleased with my purchase,  I simply walked out of the shop.

The first thing I did when I arrived home, was, unwrap the slippers, take off my shoes and pop the slippers on my feet..... oh the joy of putting my tired feet inside my brand new pair of slippers, it was sheer pleasure.

.... they are so soft and fluffy inside and my feet are as warm as toast.

The second thing I did was, put the kettle on, to make a cup of tea.

..... and as I was making my cup of tea, my thoughts drifted towards a friend of mine who adores, good strong tea and in that moment, I knew just what  I was going to do.

I am going to give my friend a Christmas gift of a good quality black tea,  along with a gorgeous cup and saucer, which I know will make her so very happy.

So it's on with the pinnie and the music I am listening to is,

the album, Mercury Falling by Sting.  When I listen to Sting's words, he reminds me of  a medieval minstrel, as his songs always tell a story.

Listen to,

I Hung My Head,
I Was Brought To My Senses
I'm So Happy, I Can't Stop Crying

and you will see what I mean.

So whilst I am listening to 'All Four Seasons' I will organise the items I will  need..... bit of a cheek really to say organise, as there is very little to organise.


Choose a good quality

I chose a
black Indian tea, 
hints of,

root ginger,



You will need a small
cellophane bag


a funnel.

Place the funnel
inside the
cellophane bag
carefully pour the black tea
into the bag.

The aroma is wonderful.

Gather the top of the bag together
and secure the bag
with a small rubber band.

Choose a colourful
I just love this ribbon,
'Everything Stops For Tea'

and tie a bow
to cover the rubber band.

Now whilst I was doing this,
I thought,
about another close friend
who enjoys tea.

For this friend, I am going to add
a tea strainer
to her gift

I will give both of my friends
and beautiful cup and saucer,
some black tea
tea strainer.

I feel sure,
this will be the perfect gift,
for both of my friends.

I just need to look
for  two lovely
cups and saucers,
like my Italian Spode,
which is not a difficulty for me
as it is
always fun to see what I can find.

Do you have a friend  who would love a Christmas gift of tea?

As for me, I decided to put my feet up and enjoy a cup of tea. I was very happy as I was wearing my new slippers. Would you like to take a peek?

aahh..... the simple pleasures are the best.

Take care and I will see you on Wednesday.

This week I will be joining,


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