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cup of teaWhen I look to my right I see my to-do-list, a stack of paperwork that needs my attention and my notebook filled with pencil scribbles. When I look to mt right I see my tiny backyard that needs my attention, my plants need a little tending too, my bike a bit more air and it needs a bit of tiding up.  But when I look in front of me all I see are letters, words, a screen filled with blank pages and endless possibility, yet I feel a little stuck.

Now we all have our little rituals and habits that we turn towards in these kind of situations. Some get up and go for a walk, others switch on the TV of half an hour or pick up a newspaper or magazine and browse for a while, a third group may opt for a chat with colleagues or on the phone. But for me the perfect thing to do when I  need  a little break is to make a cup of tea.

Just waiting for the kettle to boil and then watching the steam billow up out of my mug while I pour the hot-water onto the teabag, pouring milk into the brew and watch the little clouds of lactose rise to the top, colouring my tea the perfect shade of brown, settles me and helps me gather my thoughts.

So as my mug is empty and I need a little “pick-me-up” I think I’ll step away from my desk for a little while and try and find inspiration in my beverage of choice, create a little time for tea and me.

There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. – Henry James