Thursday, 3 June 2010

Cheers!


When I lived in the US, I remember going into a local cafe and asking for a cup of tea - and being given iced tea which was probably wise given the temperature outside but wasn't what I was expecting at all.


Perhaps it's because the humidity and temperature in the UK rarely approach those in North Carolina, but even on the hottest days here I drink hot tea (well, lukewarm by the time I get round to drinking it). Iced coffee, certainly, but not iced tea. Well, unless it's Long Island Iced Tea of course, and even then I'd prefer Pimms. Actually, I remember making a huge jug of Pimms for friends in the States at a summer barbecue, and they thought it was oridinary iced tea - we didn't realise that's what they thought till it was too late and as a result we had a lot of unplanned extra overnight guests. But I digress.


I painted this mug last time I visited my parents, at one of those fab pot painting places. We've picked it up this half term, and we had another painting session while we were there. And just in case anyone is in any doubt whether this mug is theirs, I named it.


I do fear I'll die of a tea overdose soon though ...

Sorry for my unexplained and extended absence - nothing sinister, just an excess of 'stuff' to get on with! I can't promise it won't be the pattern for the next few months ...

34 comments:

  1. Tea and pimms are just scrumptious. You know that I don't mean mixed together, don't you? I'm planning on drinking quite a lot of one of them this weekend. Cheers- Ax

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  2. I dont like tea or coffee but I'm sure I could slurp my wine from a lovely mug like that!xx

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  3. Your trademark toadstool! I can never see one without thinking of you.

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  4. Fabulous mug Val - we're off to the local pottery painting place for Fred's birthday party tomorrow and if the children are all well behaved I may get the chance to paint something myself!!

    Love the story about the Pimms!!! ;o)

    Lucy xxx

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  5. great mug!
    I love pimms. x

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  6. Lovely mug!

    I'm a failure as an English woman: I don't drink tea. Actually, I'm a failure as an adult, as I don't drink coffee, either. I HAVE drunk Pimms (possibly a little too much), but gave that all up a while back. Still, maybe I need a mug to drink my squash out of (yes, squash - told you that I was a failure as an adult...)

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  7. Love love love that mug - so cute! I must admit to being very un-English as I hate tea. When I was pregnant with sweetpea 2 the smell of tea made me feel really sick and I have hardly ever drank it since:-( Now pimms is another matter, I love pimms :-)

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  8. Hot tea, hot coffee, iced coffee - all yes. Iced tea - er, no.

    Pimms - reintroduced that drink last summer - everyone remarked that they had forgotten how yummy it is.

    Almost as yummy as your mugs!

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  9. You can never have too much tea! I think we are long overdue sharing a pot or two!

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  10. Haha -- that's a pretty funny story! What clued you all in -- the guests behavior? Very cute little mug -- I love the cute toadstools!

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  11. What a lovely mug! It really is adorable. I too drink far too much tea (of the piping hot variety!).

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  12. I love tea, all sorts of tea and I am contentplating making up a nice batch of iced lemon tea later (when I have some lemons). welcome back, love the mug. You would have loved our trip to Stoke to Emma Bridgewater. You would have made fab cups

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  13. I'm not overly keen on iced coffee these days, although as a teenager I loved it. I'm with you on the Pimms, the perfect summer tipple. Very cute mugs too!

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  14. I totally understand the lukewarm thing.

    And I love your mug. Often it's the mug that makes the drink nice.

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  15. Love your new mug! I'm very particular about which mug I drink from, but I do love a nice hot cup of tea, even in the summer!
    R x

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  16. Well of course tea has to be hot. Ice is for gin and tonic.
    Mug sized.

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  17. I love your mug Val, especially your little mushrooms. Being a native Californian, I grew up on iced tea but after living here 13 yrs I too prefer it hot, even on hot days.
    And Pimms, I was just sipping some today with friends and telling them I think it's by far the best ever British invention (It is British isn't it?!)

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  18. Isn't there some rule about hot tea actually cooling you down in hot weather? I might be making that up, just so that I can continue to indulge without looking weird though...

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  19. Joanne, I've heard that rule, too. However, I am sitting here sipping water with lots of ice (and lemon) because it is a zillion degrees (and equally humid) and I am wilting. Severely.

    (Love the DC mug!)

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  20. Tea is supposed to be the best thing to drink in hot weather, your mug is very pretty. Jane x

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  21. What a cute cup you made!
    I drink hot tea year round, and I live in the hottest place in the world -- well almost ;-). In fact, I'm having a cup at this very moment, and last time I checked, it was about 95 F outside. And we also drink Pimms here in the summer but rarely iced tea. Could be we're a little odd -- misfits I'm afraid ;-).

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  22. Cutest cup ever! I love hot tea, but I’m a slow drinker and it get’s cold all the time.
    I love iced tea in the Summer, but it’s no Summer yet...LOL!

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  23. Your mug is so sweet, DottyCookie--love the 'shroom on the bottom! :o) I'm a tea fan too... hot any time, I'll take it. Cold is good too, now that summer is here. Either way, the best drink has to be tea. Happy Summer ((HUGS))

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  24. I'm on my eighth cup of tea of the day. Long live tea drinkers... I honestly can't understand people that don't drink tea. What do they do when they have a spare moment? A x

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  25. I think you should take that mug to every fair and have a brew in it. It's perfect.

    I adore Long Island Iced Teas. I haven't had one for about twelve years. Oh for the lost days of cocktails.

    I would have visited sooner but I was at the Cambs County Show.

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  26. I think it's very important to have your own mug!

    And I do miss proper iced tea. Just a few more days...!

    K x

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  27. but you can never have too much tea, especially when it's drunk from such a fab cup!

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  28. The mere thought if iced tea makes me turn green. No thanks! However, I'd not turn down a Pimms (despite the almost winter-type conditions out there) if you're offering...

    Love the mug.

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  29. iced tea. With peaches left to macerate in it. Divine.


    Try it sometimes.

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  30. Hi DottyCookie!
    Your cup is VERY sweet! I love those pot painting places! You reminded me!

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  31. I am a confirmed tea addict too! Whatever the temperature. I love your mugs, what a good idea, love the picture on the base too. I remember drinking Pimms at a friend's house and their little girl managed to eat all the fruit at the bottom of hte empty jug ....
    x

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  32. I saw a film once which wasn't any good, but it did have an excellent quote: "Tead is the only drink that is both a poem and a beverage." I don't know if that was the exact quote, but the 'poem and beverage' part is right! Americans can keep their iced tea, I'm afraid.

    If only I had a mug like that for my tea.

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  33. That's such a pretty mug - so glad everything is ok, and you're 'just' busy. x

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  34. I am a rare beast in that I like my tea hot, cold, straight or with a rather grown up twist. Whenever I'm in the states I guzzle down the iced stuff, but for some reason I can never get it quite right here....

    (and I am an even rarer beast on the blogging front, but that, like you is due to too much stuff!)

    x

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