My dear ladies and occasional gentleman here in dear old BLIGHTY it is NATIONAL TEA DAY, so I invite you all to SHARE A CUP OF TEA with me.
TEA is consolation when you are grieving.
TEA is sharing laughter and fun with your friends.
TEA makes you feel better when nothing else works.
TEA is refreshing when it’s hot.
TEA is warming when it’s cold.
TEA comes in many guises.
TEA should be FAIR TRADE.
TEA who doesn’t love a cuppa?
This is a picture of my lovely mum and her lovely sister taking tea in the garden in the 1950’s
Just a normal tea for them but look at the teapot, hot water jug, bone-china teacups and saucers, plates of triangled bread and butter, jam in a dish, sliced homemade cake and a proper tablecloth pegged to the table.
So much better than a teabag in a mug.
CUPCAKES, SCONES AND PRETEND BAKING HANDS
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman as you can see I have been baking for a Parish Cream Tea. The scones are hiding in the tin foil.
No Ronald! Just because you strategically placed your hands in the photograph the lovely ladies and occasional gentleman won’t be fooled into thinking you baked them!
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, we have purchased a SLOW COOKER. Little did I know how SLOW it would be.
Ronald was infused with DESIRE to create a meal from his SLOW COOK, COOK BOOK, a gift for his birthday from our son and daughter-in-law.
He chose a BEEF HOTPOT for his first CULINARY ADVENTURE and carefully scribed a shopping list before heading off to the shops.
He started preparing at 12.30. At about 4.30 pm there was a HAPPY EJACULATION as he thought he had finished preparing the vegetables. Followed by a WILTING as he realized he had forgotten the potatoes.
This was when the RED WINE came out which helped him slice through to 6.00 pm when he was ready for SWITCH ON!
We ate our BEEF HOTPOT the next day and it was DELICIOUS.
SLOW COOKERS, on the DOWNSIDE you must plan ahead, on the UPSIDE the food is DELICIOUS and it keeps ones husband OCCUPIED for 5 + hours.
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman back to MOROCCO, after we had recovered from our trek in the ATLAS MOUNTAINS we had a delicious CHICKEN TAGINE lunch on the terrace.
This was followed by a demonstration of BREAD BAKING, BERBER style. The flat piece of dough is pressed against the sides of the hot CLAY OVEN to bake. The lovely lady without aid of oven-gloves or tongs turned the bread over to bake the other side; finished it is like a NAAN BREAD.
LOOK AWAY NOW IF SQUEAMISH
This is the unfortunate big toe that had a head-on collision with an unidentified ROCK on my ATLAS MOUNTAIN trek. Although protected by my SAINSBURYS trainers it still turned black and now the nail is half-way off.
I remarked to Ronald that I hoped I didn’t catch it and rip it off and he disappeared. Only to return with THIS|
his FIRST-AID KIT from his BMW and mutter about making a protective BANDAGE SNOOD.
I don’t mind PLAYING DOCTORS AND NURSES but I’m NOT letting him near my TOE!
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, who doesn’t like a bit of long tall Gaul?
No-one I hear you cry, so let me introduce you to NICHOLAS our host at the RIAD ANYSSATES. Apart from being all PARISIAN and GORGEOUS nothing is too much trouble, he definitely knows how to look after us LADIES!
His wonderful staff, FATIMA and the LADIES and especially dear MOHAMMED and all.
What is there not to like about PANCAKES and CAKE for breakfast?
Tempered by FRESH FRUIT, YOGHURT, TOAST TEA and COFFEE.
If your stay coincides with my dear friend Veronica BEWARE! You’ll never know what you might find on your breakfast table, she does love a bit of FORAGING and will have been into all sorts of NOOKS and CRANNIES up the SOUK!
THE MARRAKECH EXPRESS AKA EASYJET
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman, you will be pleased to know that my dear friend Veronica and I made it onto the MARRAKECH EXPRESS or EASYJET FLIGHT 6021, with our ‘WATER BOTTLES’ intact.
We were lucky enough to be seated next to a delightful lady J who gave us useful advice for our stay; she and her partner are restoring a RIAD and we hope to keep in touch.
Veronica was on the AISLE seat in order to stretch her legs but unfortunately there was a group of people who thought it was a good idea to stand and chat in the aisle for virtually the WHOLE FLIGHT! One of whom stuck her BOTTOM next to Veronica’s head! Which I wouldn’t do especially after she’s downed HALF A BOTTLE OF VODKA!
Veronica was on the point of ATTACK when the CROQUE MONSIEUR, TWIX and TEA was served.
In the AIRPORT Lady J was a hero when she ran back out onto the TARMAC and FLAGGED down our AIRPLANE to retrieve my GLASSES which I had left in the seat pocket, what a woman.
PARSNIPS AND PROCLIVITIES
My dear ladies and occasional gentleman I was in bed this morning quietly dozing when Ronald started his usual morning PROCLIVITIES.
“What are we having for dinner?”
I suggested COTTAGE PIE with CURLY KALE and ROAST PARSNIP
“In a PEAR tree?” replied Ronald.
I’m booking him in for a hearing test.