A ‘Proper’ Cup of Tea

I picked up the September copy of Taste for Life.  The editor’s note, by Lynn Tryba, was titled ‘Time for Tea America?’.  She read The Splendid and the Vile about Winston Churchill and the 1940-41 Nazi air raids on London.  Churchill’s wife, Clementine, toured the air raid shelters and found that there were no facilities to brew tea. Churchill worked to quickly resolve that and declared, ‘tea is more important than ammunition’.

Aside from the fact that Winston Churchill was the right leader for those times and wishing we had the right leader for these times, this little clip also inspired me to embrace some fall rituals.

First of all, it is time to put together my transition to fall book list:

  • The Splendid and the Vile is at the top of my list.  I started it over the weekend and Erik Larson is a great writer.  This book was also recommended by my friend, KJ.
  • I’ve been hearing a lot about The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue.  It is about 3 days in an Irish maternity ward during the 1918 flu. It is probably next on my list.
  • I have Caste downloaded and will take a run at that at some point.
  • I loved Elena Ferrante’s novels set in Naples. Her new one is out, Lying Life of Adults. I am going to do this one as an audiobook because Marissa Tomei is the narrator and I hear she is amazing!
  • I just finished Monogamy by Sue Miller. It is a story of a long term marriage. She does a great job with her characters.
  • And I am sure a mystery or two will find it’s way into my library.  Not to mention all the books from summer that I haven’t read yet!

I was also inspired to ratchet up my tea drinking to focus more on fall:

  • I ordered my beloved Canadian Breakfast tea from Murchies and hopefully will be able to brew a ‘proper cup of tea’ with it.  Quote credit goes to my English friend, JLQ.
  • I also picked up some Numi Rooibos Chai for my afternoon sipping. I haven’t tried it yet, but I like this brand, rooibos tea, and chai so I should be good to go.
  • Speaking of chai, made with tea, but not tea, I found a really interesting hard cider called Chaider by Shilling.  It is surprisingly tasty.

Then there are some of my favorite television programs right now – there are always lots to choose from this time of year:

  • We are just finishing the Bodyguard on Netflix.  It is terrific and total grabber. Keeley Hawes is in it and plays the British Home Secretary who has a very interesting PPO (personal protection officer)
  • The last season of Last Tango in Halifax launched on PBS Sunday night. It is a great British series about an older couple who reconnect after many years and their complex families.
  • We are really liking Van Der Valk on PBS.  It is a fast paced mystery set in Amsterdam.

And I can’t end today’s post without mentioning RBG’s passing.  So many people across the US are grieving right now, myself included. What a loss this is on so many levels!  We can only hope that some of her wisdom, courage and tenacity will live on!

These rituals of books, tea and TV are even more important to me as this very unusual fall fast approaches.

I’m off to meet my first friend for a much-needed walk in the woods and to enjoy our long overdue clean air.

See you on Wednesday,


Disclaimer – I have no financial relationship with any of the linked companies.  I just buy their products.


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