You know what I miss most about England?
The plethora of cafes and tearooms!
The fact that there are several on every street means that this country truly understands the importance of taking a breather and enjoying a soul-brightening, spirit-healing spot of tea and raspberry tart.
And if tea for one isn’t therapeutic enough, how about:
Ok, raise your hand if you could use an hour or two with a friend and a pot of Earl Grey! I believe it’s these times shared with friends that hold me together.
After all, you know what they say:
Friends who tea together stay together.
BTW, you may remember my lovely friend Chiara as the gal who shared her family recipe for this tiramisu with me. She’s also stuck by me through my worst. Big hugs to you, Kiki!
And with friends like this, why stop at one?
Tea with multiple friends means your table can look full and happy like this:
Surely the sight of these charming teapots are enough to make a little stress melt away, right?
It’s no wonder people flock to what is now my most FAVORITE tearoom in the whole wide world: Peacocks.
The grape arbor beckons you inside (yes, I stole a grape) and the charming little nooks overlooking the gardens keep you there.
Can I have a nook like this for Christmas, please?
Total scone count in 10 days: 6. A personal record.
Bonus points? I met this friendly kitty there. 🙂
If the charming storefronts weren’t enough to lure me into all the cafes I visited, the charming names are what sealed the deal.
Really rather good you say? Well, I have no doubt!
Alright, let’s be honest. At this point you’re probably thinking:
Fancy that, you getting to enjoy all those teas and scones in England. But how does that help me?!
My hope is to inspire us all to:
So for the next 1000 days, pretend you live in England where a hot pot of tea is never far away.
Put your phone away, kick off your shoes and look out a window or at something beautiful while you enjoy a spot of tea.
Since 1000 days is a long time, why not go ahead and gift yourself with a cute little teapot or a charming cup and saucer? They really do make life better.
This is my latest nabbed from Waterside Antiques, a shop right next door to Peacocks.
It just makes me happy.
Not into tea?
A cafe latte ought to do.
And if you find that latte especially delicious, why not hug the tall, flirty Italian who made it for you? He’ll be the happier for it, I’m sure.
Ok, let’s review:
Phone a friend.
Pour some tea.
Savor the moment.
And life will be good.