Tea? How very English

I’m drinking too much tea. Why am I drinking so much tea? Perhaps I have a deficiency in something that tea has lots of. But I’ve never in my life managed to drink so many cups of tea in one day. Last week, when I had a bit of a throat, I couldn’t touch tea because it scratches on its way down. I was on coffee last week, weak, milky, sugary coffee. This week I’m thinking of taking out shares in a tea plantation …

My dad called me last night and asked if the cashpoint had given me my money back. I hadn’t checked yesterday, so off I tootled to have a look and yes, there it was. It took them 4 days and it could have been very inconvenient for me had it taken the full £300 and not let me have any more, especially if it had been my last £300 too. But at least I have it back now and the machine didn’t diddle me.

I finished the last of the annuals last night and I think that will be it for at least a few months. The books are seasonal but I think there’s something going on back at base anyway, so I don’t expect to see much more before the autumn.

I’m proofing another history book now, one on the Romans in Gaul. It’s a short book so it should only take a couple of days. Today is also a study day. Tonight I have my local Ramblers’ meeting to go to. I have a lot to tell them following the area meeting on Monday night.


6 thoughts on “Tea? How very English

  1. Sarah Pearson 15 June 2011 / 9:32 am

    I’m glad you got your money back, and after ‘only’ four days too.!

    Do you think all the tea drinking might be to do with the fact that you are a full-time at-home writer now? I drink more tea (and diet coke) at home than i ever did at work.


    • Diane 15 June 2011 / 10:29 am

      I’m trying to think back to the last time I worked from home – 6 years – and I don’t remember drinking so much tea then. Mind you, I was married then and expected to work 24/7. Maybe I have more time this time, maybe it’s an age thing. I *have* always said I wished I drank coffee so I could have a pot on the hot plate all day, so maybe I was always thirsty and am just succumbing to it now. Who knows? 🙂


  2. Colin Galbraithlin 15 June 2011 / 12:20 pm

    It just goes to show it’s always worth checking what these machines give you, something I admit not doing very often.


    • Diane 15 June 2011 / 12:23 pm

      The woman before me carefully checked hers, which – along with the notes getting a bit stuck – prompted me to check mine. Otherwise I might not have noticed until I was a bit short later in the weekend.


  3. devonellington 15 June 2011 / 12:55 pm

    Glad you got your cash back.

    Try Throat Coat tea for your scratchy throat — we used it in theatre all the time for the singers. It comes in a box of teabags. Slippery elm capsules (at the health food store) will also help with your throat.


    • Diane 15 June 2011 / 6:03 pm

      I’ll look out for the tea, although I’m not one for speciality teas or even herbal or natural ones. Tea just doesn’t feel very smooth when I have a bit of a throat. I’ll check out the health food shop too, ta.


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