Earl Grey tea with lemon and honey, a soothing potable.
Often, when I look at familiar images of my favorite things, I feel warm feelings of happiness, comfort, relaxation, calm, rest, coziness. It’s sort of a epiphany, a sudden realization that maybe that’s why I take so many pictures at the farm? Reflecting on those photos of interior spaces & the landscape gives me warm fuzzies. And when I’m stressed, I return to those things, especially as an introvert with anxiety.
Tea in particular provides me with comfort, so that’s why you’ll see images of tea as a recurring motif on this blog.
My mother regularly gave me Lipton tea with milk as a child, so I grew up fond of black teas, especially orange pekoe. Now, as an adult, I appreciate a variety of tea blends, but still mostly strong, potent flavors. My go-to black tea blends are PG Tips, Harney & Sons’ Royal English Breakfast, Twinings’ Earl Grey, & Celestial Seasonings’ Chai.
A good amount of kitchen storage at the farm holds tea tins, cups, spoons, sets, & service pieces. You could say I’m a bit of an aficionado. Perhaps that’s another reason why I love the UK and the history of the East India Tea Company.