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I have just discovered your website.I can't believe it ! I am the world's biggest fan of tea,cakes and biscuits.
My partener recently had his 50th. birthday.We decided to have a garden party. We had an urn, supplying endless hot water for mugs of tea. On top of that we had mountains of scones, clotted cream and home made jam, as well as platters of cupcakes.
Everyone was blissfully happy.
(P.S. Yorkshire tea rules.) Joan.
|Nicey replies: Joan,
Thank you for that lovely picture of the cup cakes. It sounds like a charming event.
And talking of small cakes and tea urns. Wifey and I manned the tea and cake stall at the school fair last Friday and that little lot would have traded at 20p each which at rough first count comes to £22.80. Unfortunately due to some bad planning and people neglecting to write SOLD on some of the cakes we did manage to sell a few twice, although both Wifey and I were prepared to fight our corner if Sir Alan dragged us into the board room.
||I need this mug in my life...|
|Nicey replies: Not sure about the picture with somebody pouring half pint of milk in their tea.|
||Please tell Mark I have had good luck removing tea stains with baking soda and a damp cloth. The mild abrasiveness is enough to remove the buildup, but not enough to damage the china, and it rinses clean with no aftertaste. Perhaps in addition the mild alkalinity interacts with tea's mild acidity, but I hesitate to make such a grandiose claim. I believe this is one of those tricks that is passed down by great grandmothers, or in my case a little old lady at my mother's church. It has the advantage of being easy, cheap, and immediate (no soaking needed).|
Just by chance came across the letter on tea stains on mugs and, equally by chance a few years ago came across washing powder dissolved in hot water to dissolve the stains (carrying a cup of powder in a wet mug to my halls of residence laundry). Leave it to soak for a bit, it really works! Thorough rinsing required of course :o)
|Nicey replies: Hoorah! That should have counted towards your final degree. Also well done on finding the laundry.|
I think you really ought to know about this product.
I feel a little ambivalent about the implications of this mug. Does it take some of the spiritual/ aesthetic/ artistic dimensions out of making a cup of tea, or does it leave nothing to chance, to ensure a perfect scientific brew, precisely to specification?
|Nicey replies: I really do wish these design types would just let it be. If its not that half useless dunk mug then its something like this. They are continually trotting out these ill thought out gimmicky mugs. Even the most colour perceptively challenged can see from their own picture that the tea doesn't match any of their suggested colours. How could it when most of which seem based on Yellow Ochre.
Designers just leave it alone, look further than the office kettle for inspiration, go back to your desks and instead wonder how you can be as successful as Johnny Ive.