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||Dear Mr Nicey,|
yes its true the bubbles on the top of your tea do mean good fortune is on the way,or so my nan told me! But you have to catch them with a teaspoon and drink them seperatley. However it can't just be a welsh tale as my nan hails from Newcastle and it is a habit I continue to do today. (still waiting for the money though!) Got to go kettles just boiled.
||I come from a welsh family (South Wales Valleys) and my mother would always say "look at the money in my cup" if she had bubbles floating on her tea. It's passed down the family and we all say it, but not in public because you get some strange looks!|
Regarding Emily's note about 'tea money' - being from South Wales (although far from being a pensioner) I had previously not heard of this theory and yet as a married lady, I now find this very thing to be a minor source of dispute at home.
My husband hails from some northern place called Manchester and has long ago introduced me to 'tea money' which is deemed very lucky indeed, even to displaying affection by giving me the cup with the most money on top. However, as I make tea in the mug (let's not go there) I therefore produce very little money yield on tea, whereas my husband (a pot man) is always has a good crop. I therefore remain accused of not demonstrating the same affection - although I am heartened as my tea is better he tells me!
As for my Welsh granny, she used to read our tea leaves whilst we munched on our M&S tea cakes, but that's another story.
Ginger Nut Review
|re: ginger nuts|
my dad always told us children that if we could smash a ginger nut into three with our elbow (whilst holding the biscuit in the palm of our other hand) we would get a wish. This no doubt aided our basic dexterity as my brothers and myself can hit a ginger nut into three with our elbows every time. Alas, when I say "every time" i mean every time and it is socially embarressing to be drinking tea in company, reach for the biccies, pick up a ginger nut and automatically smash it against my elbow and smile in satisfaction at getting three bits. Only then do you realise what you were doing. Did my dad make this up to torment or does the ginger nut three bits wish exist??
yours in turmoil
Donalda Bint, Scotland
|Nicey replies: I think your Dad was having you on, still good skills.|