A good cup of tea is like a warm hug, there is nothing quite like wrapping my hands around a warm cup of tea and sinking into the softness of my couch after a long . . . . long day. I am a little tea obsessed, in fact ask me if I would choose tea or coffee and honestly it’s like asking me to choose a favourite child. It’s just too impossible to choose as I am obsessed with both equally (and all 3 when referring to my children).
There are times of the day where coffee is my number one ‘go to’ item, moments I feel I can’t live without it, the aroma, the taste, the warmth, but when it comes to evening time, nothing can top a cup of tea for me!
There is just something so soothing about tea. Maybe it goes back to when I was a child. It is funny how often things that comfort us as an adult can be traced back to a time in our past where we felt loved, nurtured and safe. For me it is memories of my paternal Grandmother. She would make my sister and I a cup of warm milky, sugary tea and provide Teddy Bear biscuits to dunk into it. It was warm and sweet and it came with her precious time. She had curly white hair, big blue eyes and a thick British accent.
Now I drink my tea black, no milk and no sugar, but still tea brings me comfort. I find it so relaxing that it has become part of my nightly pre-bedtime routine. There is rarely a night that goes by where I don’t have a cup of tea before bed, especially during a long cold Victorian winter.
I will confess I am a little bit of a tea snob though. I only like ‘expensive’ tea and yes it does taste different. For me making a pot of tea is part of the ritual to relaxation. I love watching the water go into the pot and the leaves swirl around. I have so many different types of tea so I don’t get bored. I love the tea that opens like a flower, or the little tea cakes, which look like a mini cake but open up gradually into tea leaves. As I warned you I am a ‘bit’ or perhaps a lot obsessed with tea. This image below is taken through my glass teapot. (Yes I even photograph tea, WARNING crazy tea lady).
Some women have a ritual of luscious facials or creams, but for me my bed time ritual priority number one is my tea! (Although I did just buy a luscious foot cream I’m enjoying). I think it is also just the fact that it is a time where the house is quiet, a time where the chaos of the day (yes chaos I have 3 kids, 3 kittens, 5 chickens,1 puppy, and 1 dog, oh and a husband), has settled. My hubby usually makes the tea for me too so it is a nice moment to come out after tucking our children into bed and just sit with him and enjoy each others company.(Admittedly we do get interrupted by a five year old who needs the toilet, or an 11 year old having an emotional issue when they ‘should be’ sleeping!)
So when it comes to my bedtime routine I guess my main thing would be to have some down time before heading to bed. To soothe your mind and body after a long and busy day. Whether it is with a cup of tea (like me), a bath, meditation or a great book, it is just important to allow yourself to unplug from your phone or computer and give yourself a little ‘me time’.
What’s your bed time routine? Are you tea crazy like me? Could a good cup of tea be a metaphor for how we live our lives?
Thanks for joining me, love Mackenzie xx
Here are this weeks writing prompts. 17 July 2015
- What is your bedtime routine, if you have one? If you don’t, would you change anything you currently do?
- Reminisce about your wedding day.
- Are you addicted to social media? Assess yourself honestly!
- Reflect on the following quote: “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark
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Remember each week we also pick a Featured Writer, it could be you! This week I would actually like to mention the post written by my co-host Janine Ripper. Her post last week titled Ripper blood runs through my veins was deeply personal and moving, a must read if you haven’t already. Our thoughts are with you Janine. Our featured writer this week is a new comer to Friday Reflections, Wendy from The Art of “Why Not”? We just thoroughly enjoyed her style and the way she turned some negatives into some light hearted positives with her post 10 Unexpected Places To Look For Gratitude.
I want to take a moment and thank all of the wonderful ladies that have been linking up with us. When Janine and I started this Linky we had no idea how it would go. Our aim was to inspire you to reflect on life and explore new ideas. We couldn’t have known that we would make such great friends through this venture. Each week your support and comments just mean so much to us, both here on our blogs and on our Facebook Page. So thank you, I will gladly share a cup of tea with you anytime xx
And to all my readers a huge thank you for all your support. I honestly never expected this many people to visit my website and read my words. I am inspired every day by all of you, your comments, encouragement and kind words mean more than you will ever know. I often write about gratitude and letting people know how much they mean to us, so today I want all my readers to know I am grateful for each and every one of you! Love Mac xx