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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What do you wear... *Guest Post*

Now it's about time we pretty much got this post up as we've been promising to show you how we wear our tea & summer dresses during the Autumn/Winter for a good coupla weeks now.

So here we finally have it... and how better to start our first What do you wear with a guest post from Kathryn Sharman.

How to wear your tea dresses, now that winter’s here!

I hate packing away my summer dresses. Firstly, I’m not really organised enough to have my wardrobe divided into summer and winter. But secondly, what’s the point when the good old British summertime is about as fleeting as a Mayfly?

No, the good thing about having a jumbled wardrobe like mine is that my trusted woollies, long-sleeved tops, thermal vests and tights are always on hand. Similarly, it’s nice to open the wardrobe and still see a rainbow of dresses hanging there to brighten the dullest of winter days.

But what I really like is combining them to give you the best of both worlds, and a warm, pretty range of outfits to boot!

So I’ve started this season, dressing as I mean to go on, still in my floral prints and colourful, pick-me-up clothes, but I'm layering up for warmth. Crucial to this is my secret weapon: the thermal vest.

I own several thermal vests; long-sleeved, short-sleeved and even a strappy one for chilly summer days (I really feel the cold). I've bought them from M&S, Sainsbury's and even off the market. They're not sexy but they can be (vaguely) pretty. The main thing is they're warm. And the great thing is that you can continue wearing your favourite summer dress even when Jack Frost starts nipping!

Here’s how I try to do it:

Great combination of colours.

Ah! Our favourite floral and stripes combo.

Loving the knee-highs Kat!

Sweet ditsy floral & ever so loved stripes again.

Thanks Kathryn! We like your style.

So! How do you wear yours? Cardis? Jumpers? Tights? Shawls? Boots? Send us you pics and a little bit about your style and join in with our What do you wear with your tea & summer dresses throughout Autumn & Winter posts! That was a bit of a tongue twister...

Well folks, we're off to Holland tomorrow. If we get a chance we'll try and sample Holland's tea, between visiting galleries and taking many a picture or two.

Chin chin...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Turkish Sweet Tea

Good evening you lot.

Today we went for a little saunter into town and came back with a box of Turkish Tea. It was quite surprising as we would never have dreamt of the health food shop stocking it before in a little British seaside town.

We've previously had a little taste of Turkish Tea at a friends house a while ago, who had been on a trip and brought some back. We were quite surprised at how incredibly sweet it is and a little relieved that the custom is to drink it in small quantities!

We were quite excited to open the pack tonight as we couldn't quite remember what exactly it looked or properly tasted like. Again to our surprise it looks exactly like sugar.

The box suggests you put two teaspoons of the apple tea mixture into a suitable cup. We've heard that you're supposed to have Turkish Tea in tiny glasses. So we got out one of our little cups we found on the market, labelled with HMS INDIA on the bottom.

One little problem though... it leaked...all over the place. Harrumph. Hmmmm and so we looked around for the other little drinky cups and they were nowhere to be seen. Double harrumph.

So we gave up and poured the tiny little amount into our Make Do & Mend teacup.

Oooooo what a substantial amount of tea, we hear you say. Darn that leaky cup.

Well, we think we should show you the proper customary way of drinking Turkish Tea.

Image from here.

From a beautiful little glass cup, like this.

Oh wouldn't it be very delightful to own such pretty little tea drinking cups.

And the verdict of the tea...

If you have a sweet tooth, dear ladies and gentlemen, this tea is very much for you. Think, English tea without the milk, without the black tea and go along the lines of flavoured sugar with a little boiling water. It is a fairly decadent as it is literally flavoured sugar. Definitely one to give you a good kick during your mid-afternoony slump or to kids that need sprucing up a bit.

We remembered, (when tasting the tea this time) that the last time we had it, we'd noted how it was not only sweet, but also quite sour as well. It's almost on the brink of that sharp tangy sherbet taste one may remember from their childhoods, so a good little nostalgia tickle.

You can drink it cold too! But not one to dunk your biscuits in little crumpets.

Keep a little eye out for the first What do you wear post...

Chin chin...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

Good afternoon world of the Internet.

You may have noticed a few little changes to our little site recently. For one, the tea (gin...ahem) drinking ladies are out in style, doing their squiffy tea drinking in the summer long-gone sun.

We have a little space for any of you lovely lot that would like to sponsor us at very reasonable rates (contact us if you'd like more info) and also, we've been given this!

Many thanks to Sam from Sam's Notebook for giving us this award!

Upon receiving this award we had better follow the rules... which are:

1: Thank and link back to the person who gave the award to you. Check!

2: Share seven things about yourself. Check! (below)

3: Send it along to five other bloggers and let them know you have awarded them. Check!(below)

Righto, tea chums...seven things about us...hmmm this may be a little difficult without stating the very obvious...

1: We love to watch the good old black and whites, (especially those with James Stewart in) and could merrily sit and watch Mary Poppins, Singin' in the Rain and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on repeat.

2: Favourite EVER cake = Hot chocolate fudge cake with either cream, custard OR icecream. (Goes down nicely with pretty much any tea too!)

3: We believe the little things mean an awful lot and we should never take anything for granted.

4: Wonders how time flies so quickly and why we (more often that not) never complete a day's list of things to do.

5: Can often be found with noses in books. (Isle of Tea Towers should be transformed into a library! *Note to Mrs IOT - get the blummin' Tea Reads Page sorted soon!*

6: We do actually like coffee too...

7: Slippers are a must! Cosy, warm, comforting and fairly decadent. Almost like a cup of tea for your feet.

8: Wonders what a widget is... isn't that something that comes in a drink? (Yes... there should have been seven... but we're ever so slightly naughty...)

That's that then! Very nice to have been given an award. Now, here's to some of our favourite blogs we shall give the award to.

1: It's got to be said at place No.1 it has to be Kat Got The Cream as she has been our most faithful and brilliant guest poster of all our Tea loving days (and we have a fab What do you wear from Kat coming up next too!) and she's a very good versatile blogger indeed!

2: Vicky from The Owl and The Accordion for her interesting, bright and colourful reads who needs a HUGE congratulations for the recent news of cooking a little bun in't' oven!

3: Kirsty from Dottynoggin because we just love her work and we could easily sit, cuppa after cuppa just admiring it all.

4: Floral & Purl for sharing with us all the sweetest, most lovely things in life and appreciating all those little things. Mustn't forget the wonderful photos!

5: Handmade by Emily Oh and how we love Emily's crafty makes and inspirations.

Phewph...all these inspiring hours of blog surfing are pretty tiring. Time for a cuppa with Arsenic and Old Lace.

Chin chin...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

All we want to do...

...is drink tea and knit by our little craft table...

What do you like to do when the weather's getting a bit nippy?

P.S. We have a huge amount to catch up with yet again, as those very annoying money making jobs have been keeping us away!

More of an update very soon.

Chin chin...
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