All About Tea

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So my first tea post, we visited a lovely little local tea shop yesterday in the middle of Portsmouth called “All about tea”

The smell was amazing never mind the number of different teas available! Unfortunately the little darlings weren’t as impressed as their mummy and daddy so it was a fairly short visit. Never the less we came home with samples of Portsmouth loose tea, Hampshire tea bags, Caramel loose tea, Christmas teabags and Southsea grey loose tea (for the hubby).

Portsmouth loose tea
Came in a very useful sample pack that was used up in 24hrs it was such a beautiful smooth tea. I usually have milk and two sweeteners but I enjoyed this with just the milk as there was no bitterness at all that I find in some supermarket brands. I would in fact quite happily drink this black as well it was lovely and we will definitely be purchasing some more!

Hampshire tea – teabags
Again a lovely smooth tea I quite like it with milk and one sneaky sweetener.

Caramel loose tea
We had this last night with a slice of stollen, I wasn’t blown away with it you can taste the Caramel and what was surprising was that it wasn’t bitter at all or even had an after taste so was an enjoyable hot drink but I wasn’t in love with it.

Christmas tea – teabags
The smell is divine when you open the bag and I wasn’t disappointed hubby had his without milk where I popped a drop in and again thoroughly enjoyed drinking this tea which will become a firm favourite for this time of year.

Southsea grey loose tea
Not yet sampled by the hubby but will update post when he does sample.

We will definitely be visiting this little outlet in Southsea in the new year to be purchase the Portsmouth tea, visit their visit and blog to find out more (link here) I just wish Portsmouth was easier to get in and out of.

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Tea anyone?

My oldest little boy is currently mid terrible twos and his imagination is taking him to a vast amount of places, his creativity in pretend play is quite a joy to watch the moment (in-between the moods and whinges that is). So I wanted to make him a tea set from from Aran cotton I had unfortunately I haven’t managed to complete the set yet and I doubt I will before christmas but I’ll keep you posted.

I slightly changed a Martha Stewart pattern I found on lion crafts Afternoon tea cup and saucer pattern.

Here’s my attempt in Drops Paris Cotton in rusty red and petrol. It’s not perfect and I would change a few more things when I make more in the new year. The plan is to make another three tea cups along with a teapot, in which case I may attempt my own pattern so watch this space.

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Oh the excitement…

Mid morning cup tea made, baby napping, toddler fed with snacks and sat in front of octonauts, so I’m free to sit down and check those emails. These are mostly junk 15% off if you order by midnight etc but then the excitement of a word press email of you have a follower! I started this blog to jot down my thoughts and to record my love of crocheting that is starting to take over my life, but it’s such a warming feeling that some lovely people are actually interested and like what I’ve blogged so far.

This blog is a project for me and I will be learning the blog world as I go along, hopefully I will get better and improve over time. I apologise now for future waffle, please feel free to offer any advice, tips or criticism along the way lovely people.

Ps. Here’s a sneak peak of a future post x

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