“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
Tea is one of my greatest comforts in life – and books are my greatest friend – for me the two go together absolutely perfectly. Whenever I sit for a prolonged period with a book I generally have a mug of tea at my side – and similarly when updating this blog I’m usually sipping away.
I generally drink a good quality English breakfast – Assam is another favourite, and I do have several other varieties which I enjoy. There is a shelf in my kitchen larder cupboard dedicated to tea. I recently discovered a lovely independent tea seller where I can buy all manner of different teas, and tea making accessories. I can confess to two visits in the last three weeks or so both resulting in purchases. On my first visit – along with some tea of course, I bought a rather nifty little tea strainer it is like a little pot that is placed in a mug of hot water. Chai Wallah is situated in the Pavilions shopping centre here is Birmingham, unfortunately the Pavilions has suffered somewhat by the opening of the new Bullring a few years ago. It has a rather desolate air these days – although there a few nice shops in there. I suspect the lovely Chai Wallah will be taking me back into the Pavilions more and more. You may like to know that they have an online shop too – just in case you fancied trying some of their interesting looking blends.
The tea I am drinking now is a Darjeeling Himalayan blend – a lovely traditional tea, aromatic with a slightly spicy flavour.
While drinking this lovely tea today, I am reading Mary Hocking’s Indifferent Heroes – the second of the Fairley family trilogy – the first of which Good Daughters I read quite recently and thoroughly enjoyed. Indifferent Heroes is set during the Second World War – I have always rather loved books set during this period – feeling quite peculiarly nostalgic for a time that was long over by the time I came along at the end of the 1960’s. However Mary Hocking is honest about the realities of war, the fear, and the temptations to a young woman whose husband is far from home, the casualties, and the sudden unexpectedness of death. I am enjoying the novel immensely. The lovely thing about a series of novels is that when reading the second book it is just like meeting up with old friends. Mary Hocking’s characters are real people living through extraordinary times – they are sometimes flawed but I like them all.
“In April the Germans invaded Norway. ‘It’s a rugged country,’ Stanley Fairley said to Judith. ‘The Germans won’t be able to fight in that sort of territory.’ In May he was telling her what splendid fighters the Dutch were. Guy had had embarkation leave in March. Louise thought he was probably on the continent.
Whatever the resolution of the Dutch, it was obviously time to take the war seriously. Mr Fairley decided that the loft must be cleared.”
Following my recent book purchases I haven’t bought any more books this week – I don’t intend to buy any more for a while. I did attend our usual bookcrossing meet up – yes I drank tea- it was English Breakfast that afternoon I seem to remember, piles of books and tea cups on the table are a feature of bookcrossing meet ups, but I managed to avoid the lure of free books and didn’t bring any away with me.
Goodness it’s hard to keep up with everyone else’s blogs – but I do try. In the last few days Kaggsy reminded me about a children’s book I read a million years ago when she blogged about a Beverley Nichols, biography, Liz has reviewed several books that I have tbr – making me wish I could read faster and FluerFisher has had me quite literally green with envy over some of the lovely Viragos she has been reading.
So tell me – what are you reading this week? and what tea are you drinking?
This combination of talking tea and books may well be something I return to in later posts – if that isn’t too ridiculously dull?