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making November warm #4

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Warm inside – warm all over!


Various times in my life I have attended conferences or eaten in hotels where they have a tea caddy. Opening it is like opening a treasure chest. Perhaps you will find Earl Grey, or Orange Pekoe, or Camomile or Red Zinger. Happiness and warmth in a tea-bag!


When I designed my kitchen, it was one of the first things I made for myself – a wooden box that opened to a wide selection of teas.



I love coffee, but as a rule, when I am at home, it is a cup of tea I crave. I like a tea that is mild, a little sweet, with a nutty flavour. I love the fragrance of tea as it steeps and that tea occupies at least 2 of the senses, taste and smell. I also love the feeling of warmth from the inside-out. Tea is the perfect drink for November.



There are rituals for making the perfect cup of tea, but my approach is simple. I start with cold water from our well, bring it to a boil, pour it into one of my favourite cups and then add the tea bag. I let it steep for 2 minutes and then remove the bag and add milk. No sugar in my tea.


I use a special cup for my tea, one of those given to me by a friend over the years. She may recognize the cups she has gifted me and know who she is.



So, if I am chilly this November, a cup of tea will make me warm.


All my best!

I hope you’ll join me in drinking a cup of tea!


Written by jane tims

November 20, 2022 at 7:00 am

Posted in strategies for winter

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  1. I got a nice glow from reading this, Jane. I think I just might make myself a cuppa today; I’ll raise my cup to your influence! 😊

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    Jane Fritz

    November 20, 2022 at 9:34 am

  2. Hi, Jane. 🙂 Tea is a wonderful way to stay warm throughout the colder months. I like the way you described opening a tea caddy. I’ve always thought of those boxes as containing surprises and treasure, too.

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    November 20, 2022 at 7:38 am

    • Hi Robin. I’m trying to get regular about blogging again. My post was done before I added my photos and then the wifi went down. The photo of my tea caddy is up now. Just like a box of treasure!


      jane tims

      November 20, 2022 at 10:02 am

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