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You may not remember but I’m the lady who (I think) nearly has your sister’s name and e-mailed you a while ago about interactive biscuit ‘recommends’ features. I’m getting married soon so thought I’d best e-mail you while I’ve still got my name!
I have had a very hard week at work so thought I deserved to spend a few minutes with a nice cup of tea, reading through past comments on your lovely cosy pages, when I came across a chap who had problems with his colleagues making his tea all wrong, the fools. I believe that I have conquered this difficulty in my workplace, and would like to share my tips with the great tea-drinking public.
I achieved this amazing feat by comprehensively training a few key members of staff in the precise way I like my cup of tea, it took a few weeks but I now enjoy lovely cups of tea without leaving my desk (except when one particular lady makes it, I have decided she is untrainable). First of all I started coming with people when they volunteered to make the tea ‘to help carry the cups back’, whilst we were in the kitchen I would burble on about tea and how too strong tea is very bad for you and too weak tea is pointless, peering over their shoulder the whole time and saying ‘ooh just another squeeze on my teabag please’ and ‘maybe just a touch more milk’.
I work with children, and a very important part of my job is getting the little so-and-so’s to learn how to recognise when they have done the right thing, I applied a similar principle by congratulating people wholeheartedly when they got my tea right, and politely ignoring them when my tea was wrong. I also waxed lyrical about the best cup of tea I ever had – which was approximately the colour of a golden hamster, I looked up golden hamsters on google images in order to demonstrate the colour to them – and promised them that I would tell the first person to make my tea perfectly the secrets of the Cadburys finger straws (as per the tim-tam procedure basically). It worked! Hurrah hurrah! Everyone in my office now thinks I am slightly batty, but then perhaps I am, and anyway who cares what people think as long as you get a lovely cup of tea. Think of it as supernanny for tea heathens.
Hope this information can be of some help to someone,
PS – I don’t know how you feel about these new fangled coffee emporiums that have sprung up everywhere, I know for a fact they don’t understand tea, but I was in one at lunchtime and I had the most perfect mince pie! What a surprise and a joy, however I now feel slightly sick.
|Nicey replies: Julia,
That's funny my sister almost had your name after she re-married. Your names are a bit like some grand celestial alignment that is drawing to an end. Mind you that's as nothing to Wifey's name which changed into my mother's when we married. If that does reveal anything about me, it should be that I was prepared to pursue our blossoming relationship in spite of that potential scenario.
Anyhow well done on the people training, its much more subtle than my technique of just being a bit abrupt and rude to them. It must have required great self discipline on your part. I also heartily approve of a tea colour chart based on rodents. I would probably need to refer to the colour of various school desk tops in my life in-order to gauge tea strength, which is obviously not as immediately handy as a metric built around small furry pets.
Hope you have recovered from your mince pie and that your wedding day isn't clouded by thoughts of your name now not being as similar as it once was to some random blokes sister off the internet.
||Hi Nicey and Wifey,|
Long time drinker/muncher/dunker, first time typer.
Just thought I'd send this tremendous picture of the 'Welcome Tray' I received when visiting the Isle of Arran in 2005. Can't remember the name of the B&B where I experienced my tray of glittering delights, but I know it was up a steep road in the Whiting Bay area. Two nights B&B for £46, with everyone's granny as the proprietor, producing her own home made tea and biscuits, cake daily.
How I long for a return visit to the wild, inhospitable landscape again soon.
With all hearty wishes,
Steve Norris (no, not that one...)
|Nicey replies: Steve,
That's really terrific, almost good enough to take your mind off the clouds of blood sucking midges.
|Nancy Bea Miller
||Hi Nicey and Wifey;|
Thought you might get a smile from this photo I posted today on my blog
Of course, I rarely drink from tea cups. It is mugs all the way around this house.
All the best,
Nancy Bea Miller
|Nicey replies: Wow Nancy,
That's utterly superb, you've got quite a Margrite thing going on there, I'm half expecting a train to pop along in a moment.
I thought I would keep you up to date with our tea related race in the lake district.
It went down a storm and in the end team gingerbread won it. The weekend was great fun to organise and everyone who took part is desperate to have another race. as a result there will be another TRC next year.
Stay tuned! Visit our website at: teamteacake.com
|Nicey replies: Horrah for all of you,
Thanks for keeping us up to date with your cycle-tea-and-cake marathon. Well done for showing the value of exercise! It enables one to have their cake and eat it too although seven times in one day does seem excessive. Team NCOTAASD enjoy a good bit of mountain biking, especially if we are a bit lost in forest. Good luck with next years charity one.
I have been press ganged into a Children In Need Fun-Run on Friday lunch time. 'Fun' and 'Run' are two words I would not expect to find in the same sentence let alone joined with a hyphen, so wish me luck. I have signed the disclaimer absolving them of responsibility if I keel over half way round.
Edit Right we did it but I fear I may never walk again. Taking to the bath with a cup of tea and some Ibuprofen.
Love the website. Prawnzilla made me laugh a lot!
I thought you'd like to know about something my girlfriend and I are organising. It's a mountain bike adventure race in the Keswick and Borrowdale are of the Lake District on Saturday the 4th of November this year.
It's called the TeaRoom Challenge and is intended for all abilities. We're running it to bring people together and enjoy mountain biking and experience the pleasures of tea, cake and the lovely tea rooms of the Lake District.
Details of the event including the rules are on our website.
We have spoken to a lot of the tea rooms and if it is successful this year, they are happy to give the money for tea and cake towards a charity next time we run it. Everyone would be a winner!
Thanks for your time,
|Nicey replies: That sounds like a very good plan indeed. Let us know how you all got on we are looking forward to all those pictures of tea and cake (as well as the lovely scenery).|