People are generally divided into two camps in terms of their morning tipple. Are you a tea or a coffee person?
I'm definitely for tea.... first thing in the morning, elevenses, lunchtime, bedtime.... it's my go-to hot beverage.
Back in my student days, when I fancied myself as a bit of a sophisticate, I used to mix my own blend, which was 50% Lapsang Souchong, 50% Earl Grey, and very delicious it was too.
These days I mostly drink bog standard decaffeinated tea, although I do sometimes dally with Lady Grey, or Green Tea.
Sadly, tea seems to have fallen out of favour with Brits in recent years, as people have defected to overpriced High Street coffee chains in their droves. I'm proud to say that I have never, ever bought a Starbucks, Costa or Cafe Nero skinnychocolattemachiato or any other of the zillion impossibly named coffee combinations.
No. I'm a tea girl.
So then there's the thorny problem of 'how do you take it?' Do you put the tea or the milk in first? Cup or mug? Leaf or bag? Milk or lemon?
The expected response is always "as it comes" but that's a risky strategy. You could end up either with a cup of coloured water, or a black, tarry liquid so strong you could stand a spoon up in it.
I'll hold my hands up as a fairly fussy tea drinker. I like it medium strength and milky.
And while I'm on the subject, how does 'milky' ever translate to 'a dash'? Nobody else ever gets it quite right... never quite enough milk.
As a child I used to have my tea with two sugars. Now, if I ever accidentally end up with a visitor's sugared tea I almost yack.
It's my favoured drink while I'm writing blog posts too.... as I type there is a large mug of tea just to my right elbow.
So, join with me in raising a mug..... to tea!
PS - I think I blogged a wee while back about the prescience of the number 58 recently.
I was born in 1958, turned 58 this year, it's three hundred and FIFTY EIGHT years since tea arrived here.
I'm taking it as a sign......