Friday, 21 January 2011


I am not quite sure what the fascination of drinking leaves and hot water, but it is a national institution. Everywhere I go, I am offered a "cuppa". Even my husband in an effort to console me after the passing of my grandfather asked if I would like a cup of tea.... Personally, I am a water drinker. Just like a tea drinker can drink boiling tea in mid summer, I can drink cold water in winter. Water is good for you, it doesn't stain the cup (or your teeth for that matter), and it comes ready to drink. No need to boil or dip leaves in it. No need to add sugar or milk. You can drink water straight from the tap. I have tried a variety of tea and I still do not like it. It should not come as a surprise, I do not drink coffee or soda (or Pop). As a child we had to carry water around with us because bottled water was not readily available. I have tried drinking hot water and lemon, but it taste like a glass of water left in the sun in Florida too long. The only hot drink that I like (after it cools a bit) is hot chocolate. I will brew mint tea to make my hot chocolate with from time to time! Unfortunately, if I drank a cup of hot chocolate every time my husband drank a cup of tea, I would be a diabetic in about a week. I am not giving up on my attempt to drink tea, I have just ordered a sample of strawberry/mango tea and cranberry/raspberry/elderflower tea. They may taste better as a Popsicle! Cheers!


  1. This post made me smile, as I lived in Hampstead for eight years and managed to drink a cuppa occassionally. Back home, though, it's iced tea again, thank you so much. Loved living there, though and miss it lots!

    Thanks for your lovely comment about Winter. You're so fortunate to have worked with her!

    I love your blog, and it's nice to meet you, even with a pond between.

  2. Oops! Sorry about the misspelled occasionally. Knew I should have previewed...

  3. Don't worry about the misspelled word, I type from a netbook most of the time. The tiny keyboard makes me in constant need of spell check.

    Working with Winter was wonderful. I have worked with the Aquarium on and off for over 10 years as intern/volunteer/and staff. She brought me back after a several year break and was the last dolphin I worked with before moving to Orlando and then the UK.

    I am enjoying England and glad you like the blog. I am looking forward to being back in my adoptive home of FL in a few years time though. I will look forward to your FL base posts especially!